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Day by Day Review: 2013 Lexus GS 450h car test drives luxury cars lexus daily car reviews
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I don’t remember exactly what I said about the ES when I drove it just a few weeks ago but I’m sure it went something like this: The interior is well laid out, feels solid and of high quality, and everything is in the right place. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately in this case), nothing much really changes here in the GS.

A few added buttons for things like the cooled seats and removed buttons for missing features on my tester, like the power rear sunshade, but otherwise this interior is the same as the ES. What is slightly different is the leather steering wheel instead of wood. I prefer the sportier leather wheel; too bad that if you pick the Luxury or Tech package on the GS you are handed a wooden steering wheel once again… odd.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Lexus GS 450h car test drives luxury cars lexus daily car reviews
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Rear seat room is ample and co-workers didn’t complain on our trip to our annual Christmas lunch. The middle seat in the rear is a “hump”, though, so it would only be useful in a pinch for short drives by a short passenger.

Trunk space is ample, but not surprisingly the seats do not fold because of the batteries — this is an issue for some but typically in this price range you can afford to pay for delivery instead of scuffing up your nice car while attempting to shove things into the trunk.

The front passenger compartment is a pleasure to be in, of course. The GS has zero wind noise, where as my ES tester had some, but there is some road noise or humming from the winter tires — could just be a bad tire, though, as otherwise it’s pretty darn silent.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.