2014 Lexus GS 450h Review — Watch CNET’s Video Review

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The good: A drivetrain gives the 2014 GS 450h excellent fuel for its class, and its adaptive suspension a comfortable, competent ride. Enform App Suite adds destination search, Yelp, and OpenTable.

The bad: The Remote cabin tech interface is a bit when trying to select buttons. Maps for the navigation lack a perspective view.

The line: Although not an engaging car to the 2014 Lexus GS 450h comfort and an easy driving while delivering excellent economy.

Buyers considering a BMW Mercedes-Benz E-Class. or even a Model S would do well to at the 2014 Lexus GS 450h. The BMW has its the Mercedes-Benz nearly drives and the Tesla is the best electric car on the

Against all that, the GS 450h has a character.

The GS 450h is a luxury car for the who doesn’t want to spend a lot of thinking about his car.

The exterior design supports mission. Although Lexus some unique styling in the car’s last update, as its spindle grille and some air intake, the GS 450h remains a The smooth flanks, large and rounded roofline give the car a but conservative look.

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These design elements, not exactly sleek, give the GS immense practicality, with ingress for both front and seats. Enhancing that the steering wheel automatically and retracted when I turned off the moving back into position when I started it up.

My favorite styling piece in the is the bamboo trim, the sustainability of highlights the eco-friendly hybrid Personally, I just favor the satin finish, which it feel much more a natural material than the layers of glossy varnish make wood trim in cars seem like

Its grille shows some but the overall design of the GS 450h conservative.

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Fiddly controller

What I less was Lexus’ Remote cabin tech controller, a rectangular piece on the console moves a cursor on the massive inch LCD at the top of the center stack. The is sound, but the execution is lacking. I myself consistently missing the buttons I wanted to hit due to the fiddly

Using the onscreen keyboard for input was particularly annoying.

As other automakers, there are that Lexus will be the Remote Touch controller for a The upcoming Lexus RC model to have a touchpad controller, will likely rely on gesture control.

The 12.3-inch is, however, very nice. it seems counterintuitive, I find a screen less distracting a small one, as it takes time to for me to perceive the information I on a big display. Lexus devotes of the LCD to a primary screen, and the remaining limited to trip, audio, or climate information.

The GS 450h’s system is an option, but should be standard in a $60,000 car. And the maps look good and takes traffic into Lexus really needs to up the quality and features. Unlike the system’s maps don’t a perspective view.

Despite graphics, the system is not appreciably than that found in vehicles, which somewhat Lexus luxury.

Lexus’ navigation system is functional, but lacks the refinement of the competition.

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In app integration, Lexus is also a behind luxury competitors. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz a data connection into the the GS 450h uses the Lexus App Suite, which relies on the smartphone.

Although not built-in, I how the Enform apps worked. the Enform app running on my iPhone and to the car via Bluetooth, I could access search, Yelp reviews, restaurant reservations, Pandora, and Internet radio. The location-capable were integrated with so I could easily find a with a Bing search, set its address as my destination.

The biggest with Lexus’ approach is the apps are all segregated in their own two clicks down from the menu. Internet search really be next to the other entry options and, in a car of the GS caliber, should also be working irrespective of a driver’s

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The main audio menu in the GS separated radio and media sources, a legacy distinction, but I that these main buttons took me to the same listing all the audio sources apps) in tabs across the The GS 450h had HD and satellite radio, the screens for these were I could plug in a USB drive or to the car’s USB port and get a nice library interface.

Bluetooth streaming worked for a selection of smartphones, but there was no to select music using the interface. I had to select my music the phone.

With a USB drive or plugged into the car’s USB I could also request through voice command by or album name. And while I also make calls a Bluetooth-connected phone by contact over voice command, entry was less refined, me to say each part of the address And highlighting the imperfect integration of with the car, I had to hit a separate, icon to use voice command Bing search.

The audio are a bit cluttered in the GS 450h.

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For a premium sound this GS 450h had a Mark audio system, Lexus’ of choice for many years The partnership is a good one, as always enjoyed the Mark audio quality. In the GS 450h, it let me down, producing nicely and well-balanced sound. Turning a track up really loud, I a minor bit of panel rattle the car.

Where this system was in vocal reproduction.

The system 17 GreenEdge speakers, a brand Mark Levinson parent Harman. GreenEdge speakers are to use less power but still robust sound. Lexus skimp on the power, though, the GS 450h with a 835-watt

With the GreenEdge speakers, I that amp isn’t called on to hit its output.

Another clever eco touch in the GS 450h, and something I not seen in other cars, is an setting for the heated and cooled Set on automatic, the heating or cooling in conjunction with the temperature I had set in control. The idea is that the heating and cooling is a more efficient means of keeping you so the general climate control does not have to work as

Win-win drivetrain

Of course, the eco feature of the GS 450h is the gasoline-electric drivetrain, a step up in power and efficiency from the GS 350. The GS 450h gets a 3.5-liter V-6 with valve timing on the cycle for fuel economy and a of port and direct injection. The relies on its less noisy injection at low speeds, then to the more efficient direct at higher speeds.

By itself, the makes 286 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of

Bringing in more power is a motor integrated with the It gets electricity from a nickel metal hydride pack. As in Lexus’ other cars, a generator converts energy into electricity braking, storing it in the battery

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