Used Car: 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid Review
Test drivers appreciated the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid's swift acceleration, and it has excellent fuel economy and reliability ratings.
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The 2013 Lexus GS 450h comes with a V6 engine, two electric motors, an automatic transmission (CVT) and rear-wheel drive. Reviewers said that the GS Hybrid feels powerful and has no trouble conquering highway on ramps and executing passing maneuvers. According to the EPA, the 2013 GS Hybrid gets 29/34 mpg city/highway, which is better than most luxury large hybrids’ estimates. Test drivers said the GS Hybrid can feel heavy during cornering, but that turning the standard adaptive suspension to a sportier setting tightens the handling. Reviewers also wrote that the GS Hybrid has a comfortable ride, though some noted that its regenerative brakes aren’t as responsive as the brakes in the non-hybrid GS.
Test drivers were pleased with the 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid's tasteful cabin styling, and they liked the bamboo trim. Most critics were satisfied with the head- and legroom in the front and back seats, though a few critics wished the rear seats had more foot space. Due to its hybrid battery, the GS Hybrid has a small trunk for the class, at 13.2 cubic feet. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, proximity key and an infotainment system with Lexus’ mouse-like Remote Touch controller and an 8-inch display. Available features include parallel parking assist, lane departure warning, night vision, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, heated rear seats, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and a 12.3-inch display. Reviewers loved the enormous 12.3-inch display, but noted that rival infotainment systems are easier to use.
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers loved the 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid’s sporty handling and strong powertrain. Test drivers added that the M Hybrid’s infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly in the class.
Though it’s not a hybrid, the base 2013 Audi A6 gets excellent fuel economy for the class, and reviewers wrote that it rides comfortably and is fun to drive. The A6 also has a larger trunk than the GS Hybrid, and critics liked its handsome interior.