2007 Lexus GS 450h User Reviews
- No trim specified for this review
- Good fuel economy for the performance, sporty feel, lexus reliability
- Very small trunk space, Busy dashboard, vehicle availability
This review is based on an extended test drive this past week.
I have been in the market for a sport sedan with an 8-cylinder engine and was leaning toward a BMW 550i. I have never been a fan of Lexus because their cars are generally geared toward luxury with a soft ride and mediocre handling although the reliability of their cars almost makes up for these drawbacks. However, I decided to check this model out before making my final decision. I came away with a favorable impression. First of all, the smooth acceleration is something to be experienced. The electric motor provides the full amount of torque from the get go before the gas engine kicks in. The transition is virtually seamless in the car I tested although there have been reports that there was a shudder in some of the cars that have been on the road for a while. The handling of the car is not as precise as the BMW but better than the E series Mercedes that I had tested. The ride is fairly composed especially in the Sport setting. The dashboard was a little too busy for my taste with good quality plastic buttons for the Nav, etc. It is definitely better than Infiniti's M series' interior. The seats were comfortable but not as comfortable as BMW's comfort sport seat. The biggest disappointment was the tiny trunk space. Of course the battery takes up a lot of the room but the space that was left is a joke for a car of this size!
In summary, I liked the car for its performance and fuel consumption. Plus it is rather cool for the technology that went into this vehicle. The small trunk space virtually eliminates using this car for a trip for the family(or even for a couple without kids!). However, the biggest drawback at this time is the availability of this vehicle. Despite my misgivings about the trunk, I wanted to purchase this vehicle. The dealer, which is one of the biggest in the Southwest area, has not even been able to tell me when I would be able to get one and this is 3 days after I placed my order. I have also heard that the only available color is black at this time.
Oh well...I think I'll have to trot over to my local BMW dealer after all.
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