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Lexus GS 300h 2014 Review

We turn the spotlight on the Lexus GS 300h and answer all the questions, including the biggest -- would you buy one?

We turn the spotlight on the Lexus GS 300h and answer all the questions, including the biggest -- would you buy one?

What is it?

The GS is the larger of the Lexus sports sedans and one step up from its popular IS the 3 Series competitor. This particular one sports a smaller four cylinder hybrid powertrain from the IS which in turn is essentially the same engine/electric motor combo that can be found in the Camry Hybrid with some differences.

How much?

Prices for the GS 300h start from $79,000, rising to $87,000 for the F Sport version and on to $102,000 for the top of the line Sports Luxury model.

What are competitors?

Think Benz E Class, BMW 5 Series or the Audi A6/S6 range. Benz and BMW are rear wheel drive like the Lexus, but the Audi is either a fronty or all-wheel drive.

What's under the bonnet?

The GS 300h is powered by a 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol together with an electric motor. They produce 133kW and 105kW respectively, but combine to deliver a total output of 164kW at any one time. The engine is paired with a six-step CVT style transmission, with drive mode select that adds Sport and Sport Plus modes for sharper, more dynamic driving.

How does it go?

Surprisingly well. We didn't care much for the IS 300h, but whatever they've done to the drivetrain in transition works because this one is very good.

Is it economical?

Amazingly so. Rated at 5.2 litres/100km, we were getting 6.2 litres/100km after nearly 2500km. In fact, with a 66-litre tank, we got just under 900km from our first tankful of fuel and suspect that 1000km is indeed possible.

Is it green?

Gets 5 out of 5 stars from the Government's Green Vehicle Guide, same as a Toyota Prius.

Is it safe?

You bet. Full five stars for crash safety as well, with multiple airbags and a host of safety systems. Active Lane Keep Assist is standard with this model which sounds a warning and steers the car back into the lane if you begin to wander.

Is it comfortable?

Being larger than the IS (18.5cm longer), it is roomier and is able to comfortably seat four adults, with a sizeable boot to match.

What's it like to drive?

Maybe it's because we were in Christmas mode and in no hurry to get anywhere, but we found the GS more than up tot he task certainly the equal of any diesel economy-wise.

Is it value for money?

Relative to the competition yes. Great sound system but it doesn't get the new satnav system with school zone and speed camera warnings boohoo! The head up display (HUD) has been upgraded and projects navigation, audio and vehicle speed information on to the windshield in full colour. Sports Luxury variants also receive new 19-inch alloy wheels and LED fog lights as standard.

Would we buy one?

Always a toughie. But you know what? I reckon we mightn't be too unhappy behind the wheel of this one, with great economy and a lots of the luxury stuff.

Lexus GS 300h Hybrid
Price: from $79,000
Engine: 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol with an electric motor, 164kW combined
Transmission: CVT
Thirst: 5.2L/100km (6.2L/100km on test)

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GS250 F Sport 2.5L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $27,700 – 36,740 2014 Lexus GS 2014 GS250 F Sport Pricing and Specs
GS300H Hybrid F Sport 2.5L, Hyb/PULP, CVT AUTO $25,100 – 33,220 2014 Lexus GS 2014 GS300H Hybrid F Sport Pricing and Specs
GS300H Hybrid Luxury 2.5L, Hyb/ULP, CVT AUTO $22,200 – 30,140 2014 Lexus GS 2014 GS300H Hybrid Luxury Pricing and Specs
GS300H Hybrid Sports Luxury 2.5L, Hyb/ULP, CVT AUTO $29,700 – 38,940 2014 Lexus GS 2014 GS300H Hybrid Sports Luxury Pricing and Specs
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