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2013 Lexus GS450H Sedan

2013 Lexus GS450H Review

(0 Stars)  All-new and hoping for a higher profile.

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New For 2013
The previous GS checked out at the end of the 2011 model year. There was no 2012 version. Instead, the all-new, 2013 GS went on sale in January 2012. Once again, this rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive luxury-sport sedan is available with a choice of a V-6 or a V-6 hybrid powertrain. The V-8 is gone.
Overview
The GS has been a bit of a lost middle child in the Lexus lineup. However, an all-new GS, which arrived in early 2012 as a 2013 model, attempts to turn the tables. The car has been completely redesigned, and the new styling is controversial—atypical for Lexus. The V-8 GS460 is gone, but the GS350’s 3.5-liter V-6 returns with fractionally improved horsepower and torque figures that enable a competitive 5.7-second 0-to-60-mph time. All-wheel drive is available, and there is a new GS350 F Sport model that adds a measure of aggressiveness, although its powertrain is unchanged. Instead, the F Sport features the Lexus Dynamic Handling System, with active dampers, four-wheel steering, and a variable steering ratio (available in other GS models as well). With or without it, the new GS is more agile and more predictable than its predecessor. The GS has never been lacking in the tech department, but the new car takes things much further, with an eight-inch LCD (twelve-inch with nav) and a mouselike controller. The Lexus Enform system provides connectivity through compatible smart phones. The most technologically advanced GS, though, is the Hybrid. Whereas the previous GS450h was a strong performer but wasn’t stellar in the fuel-economy department, the new one gives up a bit of performance but promises 30-percent-better gas mileage.

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2013 GS450H Base Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Electric / premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 29 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 31 MPG combined and 539 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
17.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 338 hp @ 6,000 rpm;
Secondary power: 286 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 254 lb ft @ 4,600 rpm

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'13 Lexus Sedan Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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