The Lexus GS 450h, redesigned for the 2013 model year, demonstrates how far Toyota has come in the two decades it has spent trying to electrify the automobile.
The company’s goal, which seemed a bit of a stretch in the early 1990s, was to make electrified vehicles that were better than comparable vehicles powered by conventional internal-combustion engines. Otherwise, Toyota’s leaders believed, no one would have a reason to buy one.
This shapely GS 450h suggests that it has met that goal. The hybrid is more powerful than any other Lexus GS. It wafts over the road as effortlessly as, say, a Bentley. Its interior, especially with the optional bamboo trim and buttery leather, is as luxurious as any comparable luxury hybrid, and its fuel economy blows away the competition.