2014 Lexus GS 450h
Lexus added a hybrid version to its GS lineup for the first time in 2006 when the model was in its third generation. Once the fourth-generation GS was announced for the 2013 model year, the GS 450h was also updated with a more aggressive exterior look, a more powerful engine and improved fuel economy.
For the 2014 model year, the GS 450h will evolve even further, thanks to some new features. Lexus will add new standard features like Siri Eyes Free technology licensed from Apple and Climate Concierge.
Lexus also updated The Luxury Package with new features, like LED fog lights, a Liquid Graphite finish for the 18-inch wheels and the discontinuing of the Lexus Night View system. A series of new optional features will also be added to the model.
Under the hood, the GS 450h keeps the usual Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive system that helps it deliver some of the best fuel economy in its class.
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2014 Lexus GS 450h
Horsepower @ RPM:338
0-60 time:5.6 sec.
Top Speed:131 mph
As expected, the 2014 GS 450h will feature the same design language as its gasoline-only sibling, with exception of some additional features that will help us recognize it as a hybrid model.
Up front, the GS 450h gets a three-lamp design that combines high and low beam LED lights and turn signals in a single horizontal row, while the taillights feature an L-shape design and come with LED technology. The model will get discreet, blue hybrid badges on the side skirts and a special "GS 450h" badge on the rear.
The only real addition on the outside is the optional trunk opener.
2014 Lexus 450h - Standard Exterior Features
- Power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
- Power windows with one-touch auto open/close
- Bi-Xenon™ High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with LED daytime running lights and dynamic auto leveling
- LED taillights
|Overall Length||190.7 in.|
|Overall Width||72.4 in.|
|Overall Height (unloaded)||57.3 in.|
|Tread Width||Front: 62.0 in. / Rear: 62.6 in.|
|Ground Clearance (unloaded)||5.5 in.|
|Curb Weight||4,190 lbs.|
|Weight Distribution (Percent Front/Rear||51/49|
|Coefficient of Drag (Cd)||0.27|
For the interior, Lexus opted for a matte bamboo trim combined with heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, and a high-intensity interior heater.
The 2014 GS 450h also comes standard with a special climate-control system that detects if there is a front passenger and directs airflow only to the occupied front seat or seats, and a Remote Touch system that allows to control the climate, audio, phone, the optional navigation system and more.
New for 2014 is the optional Climate Concierge feature that allows the passengers to personally adjust their climate control, and a full-color display on the heads-up system.
2014 Lexus GS 450h - Standard Interior Features
- Lexus 12-speaker Premium Surround Sound System with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) and DVD/CD player
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio
- Drive Mode Select with Normal, EV [*], ECO, Sport S and Sport S+ modes
- Dynamic tachometer and Hybrid System Indicator, based on selected drive mode
- 3.5-inch color TFT (Thin Film Transistor) multi-information display in gauge cluster
- Steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and display controls
- 10-way (including lumbar) power-adjustable front seats
- Matte bamboo interior trim
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
- Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with automatic tilt-away
Luxury Package Adds
- Unique high gloss espresso wood ornamentation
- Semi-aniline leather
- 18-way power driver and front passenger seats with memory and four-way lumbar
- Rear HVAC and audio controls
- Rear manual side sunshades
- Wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel.
|EPA Cargo Volume||13.2 cu. ft.|
No changes were made under the hood, so the 2014 GS 450h continues to offer the usual Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive system. It combines an Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 286 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 254 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm with two water-cooled, permanent-magnet electric motors. The first electric motor produces 180 horsepower, and acts as the primary generator, starts the engine and controls speed. The second motor produces 200 horsepower, and drives the rear wheels and works to develop additional power through the 450h’s regenerative-braking system.
In total, the system delivers a total of 338 horsepower and it all travels through a revised CVT transmission that now features eight steps. This allows the 450h to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 131 mph.
On top of this rather stout performance, the 450h also turns in an impressive 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined.
The 2014 GS450h comes with the Lexus Drive Mode selector that features five modes: two focused on economy and three on sports driving. The ECO mode sets the climate-control system and other unnecessary luxuries to reduce battery consumption and save energy. The EV mode is for short distances only, and it allows the 450h to travel on electric power only. The Sport, Sport S and Sport S+ modes help improve throttle response and transmission control for a sharper driving experience.
Sport S+ allows the 450h to use all of its power and handling programs, like Adaptive Variable Suspension, electric power steering system and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM), to deliver ideal performance.
|Displacement||3.5 liters (210 cubic inches)|
|Valvetrain||Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)|
|Compression Ratio||13.0: 1|
|Horsepower (SAE)||286 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||254 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm|
|Maximum Engine Speed (redline)||6,000 rpm|
|Motor Generator 1 (MG1) Function||Primary generator, engine starter, controls engine speed|
|Type||Permanent magnet motor|
|Max. voltage||650V (DC)|
|Max. output||180 hp|
|Motor Generator 2 (MG2) Function||Drives rear wheels; regenerative braking|
|Type||Permanent magnet motor|
|Max. voltage||650V (DC)|
|Max. output||200 hp|
Suspension and Brakes
The 2014 Lexus GS 450h comes standard with 17-inch, alloy wheels with 225/50R17 tires. Buyers can opt for 18-inch alloy wheels equipped with 235/45R18 tires.
All the models will be equipped with front and rear aluminum control arms, ventilated disc brakes with four-piston aluminum front calipers and Electronically Controlled Braking system.
As standard, Lexus also offers lots of features that will increase safety and the handling capacities, including: Anti-lock Braking System, Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC).
Prices for the 2014 Lexus GS 450h weren’t revealed just yet, but we expect them to be kept in the same $59k area as in 2013.
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If we were buying a hybrid sedan, then the GS 450h would be out first choice. First of all, it looks really sharp, which is mostly suitable for a sports sedan rather than a hybrid one. Secondly, the powerful drivetrain, high fuel economy numbers and impressive list of the updates just make a good thing better.