2013 Lexus GS450h

December 16, 2012
2013 Lexus GS450h Front Left Side View
We've covered the interior and exterior styling, amenities, and driving character of the new Lexus GS with a conventional powertrain already. Now we have the opportunity to see what the new GS, which we quite admire in standard form, is like with a hybrid powertrain. My takeaway impression is that you're aware that you're driving a hybrid, but you're not annoyed by it. By that I mean, the brake pedal and accelerator inputs are far more natural in feel and response than they've been in previous Toyota and Lexus hybrid models. The steering is a little artificial and could use more feel, but it's accurate. Body control is admirable. Best of all is the powerful off-the-line acceleration: the powertrain sounds throaty and strong and the power delivery is linear, not abrupt. Freeway merging is deeply satisfying. What's more, goose the throttle at 80 mph and you'll be at 100 mph before you can say, "I just bought a Lexus GS450h!"
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
This was my first time behind the wheel of any new-for-2013 GS, and I was duly impressed with the interior the first moment I stepped inside. The instrument panel was handsome and trimmed neatly in stitched leather; the blonde wood trim attractive; the seats supportive and infinitely adjustable; and controls - especially the Remote Touch commander - logically arranged.
But to invert the old adage, you do pay for what you get. It turns out most everything I swooned over is part of an optional Luxury Package, which also throws in 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, tri-zone climate control, and rear-door manual sunshades. It also adds a sizable $5645 to the price tag, bringing the base price to our GS450h to $65,470. That price doesn't even include a full navigation system, so if you'd like something more than a compass displayed on that beautiful LCD screen, you'll need to pony up some more.
A GS approaching $70,000 seems steep, but the GS450h actually falls into the middle of its segment. BMW's ActiveHybrid 5 starts at $60,000 before options (though it includes navigation). The Infiniti M35h is nearly $6k less expensive, offers an equally fabulous interior, and an impressively powerful hybrid drivetrain to boot. It's the bargain of the bunch.
Evan McCausland, Associate Web Editor

2013 Lexus GS450h

MSRP (with destination): $59,825
PRICE AS TESTED: $68,139
ENGINE:
3.5-liter DOHC V-6
Horsepower: 286 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 254 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
ELECTRIC MOTORS:
Permanent magnet motor (primary generator) Horsepower: 180 hp
Permanent magnet motor (drives rear wheels)
Horsepower: 200 hp
TOTAL HYBRID SYSTEM OUTPUT:
Horsepower: 338 hp
TRANSMISSION:
Continuously variable
DRIVE:
Rear-wheel
WHEELS AND TIRES:
18-inch aluminum wheels
235/45VR-18 Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
29/34/31 mpg
CURB WEIGHT:
4190 lb
CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo: 13.2 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.3/36.3 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.0/37.8 in
Towing: N/A
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Liquid Platinum/Black
STANDARD FEATURES:
Regenerative braking
Adaptive suspension
17-inch aluminum wheels
Stability and traction control
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Rearview camera
Bi-xenon headlights w/washers
LED DRLs
Enhanced roadside assistance w/one-year subscription
Heated and ventilated power 10-way front seats
Heated steering wheel
Power sunroof
Keyless entry and ignition
Windshield wiper deicer
Water-repellent front door glass
Automatic dual-zone climate control
Advanced voice recognition
Bluetooth
USB port
SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month subscription
White LED interior lights
Power rear sunshade
Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Homelink
OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Lane keeping assist and departure warning- $500
Luxury package w/heated rear seats- $5645

18-inch 9-spoke aluminum wheels
Bi-LED headlights w/adaptive front lighting
Heated leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel
Semi-aniline leather
Automatic tri-zone climate control
18-way power front seats w/adjustable bolsters, lower cushions, and headrests
Memory for front passenger seat
Rear-door manual sunshades
Pre-collision system- $2000
Cargo net- $64
Trunk mat- $105
KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Navigation system w/Lexus Enform- $2735
Mark Levinson premium audio system- $1380
COMPARE TO:
BMW ActiveHybrid 5, Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC

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2013 Lexus GS450H

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6
starting at (MSRP)
$59,450
Engine
3.5L V6
Fuel Economy
29 City 34 Hwy
2013 Lexus GS450H