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Lexus GS 300h

Lexus GS 300h 2016

The types of fuel being used in Australia for motor vehicles has undergone change over the years. Leaded petrol is no longer available for sale, and one of the growing markets is that of the Hybrid car.  If you’re interested in one of the best hybrid vehicles on the market, then the best Toyota has to offer can be found in the luxury Lexus GS Hybrid sedan.

Hybrids start to make sense especially in the city.  If you’re doing a lot of your time in congested city traffic, then the hybrid car is an awesome alternative to the conventional fuel reliant motorcar.  Here are some of the big pros of owning a hybrid car:  Toyota claims their cars are up to 80% cleaner than cars with conventional gasoline engines and are therefore more environmentally friendly.  Often your hybrid system gets a longer warranty – typically 8 years.  A plug-in vehicle might be up for tax deductions/credits.  You’ll see the maximum gas savings if you mostly drive in stop and go city traffic at slower average speeds.  On the other hand, you won’t see an awful lot of difference between a conventional car and a hybrid if you do a lot of open road driving.

With this in mind, the Lexus GS Hybrid has set a very high standard in terms of efficiency, power and luxury.  The GS 300h is a roomy sedan which features a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine plus a hybrid power plant.  The combined power output is a lively 164 kW which is responsive and efficient at any speed.  The car rides very well and is especially comfortable.

Driving force comes from the smooth Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission which the driver can manually drive using the paddle shifters.  The quiet interior, comfortable ride and seamless CVT gearing equates to the perfect luxury drive for both city and country.  If room is a necessary factor in your purchase, then you’ll enjoy the leg room that the Lexus GS 300h offers in the back seats.  Obviously, those in the front seats have it really nice with a memory function with a heated option.  Luggage space in the new 2016 GS model is very good, and the boot space swallows a whole heap of suitcases on an airport pick-up.

Speaking of comfort, the Lexus GS 300h has a variety of driving modes that the driver will enjoy using wherever the mood takes them.  The Drive Mode Select feature has EV, ECO, NORMAL and SPORT options.  You can rock up to the car with the keyless entry feature and start the engine with the engine-start push button.  Too easy!  The engine note is powerful and subtle at the same time.  Prod the right foot, and the 2.5-litre engine has a nice raspy note that is not too blatant – it is a fine luxury car after all.

Lexus GS 300h Sports Luxury

I imagine the Luxury version of the Lexus GS 300h will be the most bought of the three models offered.  That’s just because there are more drivers less concerned with out-and-out pace than you might tend to think.  The Luxury version is loaded with items that are usually on the option list for other marques who would call themselves luxurious.  Maybe it’s also because I’m getting older and enjoy the comforts that a Luxury model provides.  But the features like full leather interior, adaptive cruise control, premium 12-speaker sound, a reversing camera with Rear Guide Assist, an 8-inch navigation screen with Lexus Remote Touch, a comprehensive pre-collision safety system and the exemplary heated and ventilated front seats make a difference in my book to the overall driver enjoyment and involvement – not to mention the pleasure comfort brings to other occupants.  Lane keep assist, clearance and reversing sonar and DVD technology all come as standard features.

What the F-Sport version of the new Lexus GS 300h has is a bit of raw character with the emphasis on Sport – very much in the same way an M-specced BMW provides its sporty character.  The F-Sport GS 300h has F Sport grades that inject your GS with loads of sporty character.  A number of styling and performance enhancements inspired by the Lexus LFA Supercar are available and include: F Sport Unique front bumper and mesh grille, F Sport Unique 19-inch Smoke finish alloy wheels, F Sport Unique LFA-style 8-inch Digital Instrumentation, an F Sport Unique steering wheel, ornamentation, scuff plates and pedals, and the biggy – the Adaptive Variable Suspension.  There is little doubt in the motoring fraternity that the Lexus GS 300 is a great looking vehicle – especially with the F-Sport add-ons.

Lexus GS 300h F-Sport

Then there’s always the version for the undecided, and that’s where the very fine Lexus GS 300h Sports Luxury comes in and mops up the remaining buyers.  The Sports Luxury model successfully blends the two other variants with a blend of sportiness and luxury in a flavour that still offers some fine features that include: a 12.3-inch multimedia screen, a Mark Levinson Audio system, Colour Head Up Display, tri zone climate control air conditioning, an adaptive high-beam system, a tilt and slide moonroof, and rear armrest with air conditioning and audio controls.  Not bad for an in-between, eh?

For a car that offers very frugal city commuting, style and luxury, it’s really hard to pass by the elegant new Lexus GS 300h.  It’s a satisfying car to drive, and when you’re travelling between cities, the Lexus GS 300h can swallow up the miles with ease.  Here is a big luxury car that provides an average fuel consumption of near 5 litres/100 km in the ideal world.

The Lexus GS 300h models include the:

  • Lexus GS 300h Luxury
  • Lexus GS 300h F Sport
  • Lexus GS 300h Sports Luxury

For any more information on the Lexus GS 300h models or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Lexus dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!