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2013 Lexus GS 450h - Review

 

2013
logo OVERALL RATING 8
out of 10
The 2013 Lexus GS 450h is the hybrid model of Lexus' new GS sport sedan. It slots between the ES and LS in the Lexus range--and like those models, the GS 450h now offers more dramatic, distinctive styling, better performance, and better EPA economy figures. That makes the 2013 GS a much more rounded car than its predecessor.

The EPA rates the 2013 GS 450h at 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg. Not only is that far better than the 2011 GS hybrid's 23 mpg combined, it also trounces its closest rivals from Infiniti and BMW, which manage combined ratings of just 29 mpg and 26 mpg, respectively.

The extra economy doesn't come at the expense of performance, either. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V-6 running lean on the Atkinson cycle, connected to a pair of motor-generators and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack in the trunk. The net output of 338 horsepower is achieved with more compact motor and battery assemblies, direct injection for the engine, and better...

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