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Lexus GS 450h shows refined, yet conservative, design (pictures)

Lexus takes few risks with the 2014 GS 450h, offering a comfortable luxury car with excellent fuel economy, but not much engagement for drivers.

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Lexus' GS models slot in just below the larger LS sedan. The GS 450h version comes with a hybrid drivetrain, giving it more power and better fuel economy than the non-hybrid GS 350 model.
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Although sporting aggressive grille elements, Lexus maintains a high roofline on the GS 450h to make cabin access easy and comfortable.
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The GS 450h comes standard with an adaptive suspension which lends to a very nice, competent ride.
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Lexus fits the GS 450h with LED running lights. Full LED headlights, not shown here, are available as an option.
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Large windows allow good visibility all around.
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Lexus keeps the placement of the hybrid badges subtle.
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The hybrid drivetrain produces a combined 338 horsepower, while achieving average fuel economy in the low 30s.
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Front power adjustable seats come with three memory settings.
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The rear seat is designed for two, but can fit three in a pinch.
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Lexus uses bamboo trim in the GS 450h, a nod to sustainable natural materials.
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The driver dial offers four modes: standard, Eco, Sport, and Sport Plus.
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In Eco and standard drive modes, the instrument cluster shows a power gauge on the left.
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In Sport and Sport Plus modes, the instrument cluster shows a tachometer.
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The Remote Touch controller is a good concept, but difficult to use precisely.
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The home screen on the large, 12.3 inch LCD includes icons for all major car functions.
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Maps in the navigation system only show in top-down, plan view.
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The Info screen includes an Apps icon, which leads to Lexus' Enform app integration.
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With iOS devices or USB drives, you can use voice command to request specific albums or artists.

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