Last post on Sep 06, 2007 at 8:39 AM
You are in the Lexus GS 450h
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Lexus GS 450h, Hybrid Cars, Car Buying, Sedan
#2 of 66 Re: Why trade a 400h? [callmedrfill]
Oct 23, 2005 (1:35 pm)
I trade every two years. I love the RX400h. It has surpassed my expectations but I greatly prefer a sedan to a crossover. Although I had driven a Prius of a friend and was enormously impressed,I wanted more luxury and performance and with the RX400h becoming available when I was checking cars, I decided to take the plunge. The hybrid synergy drive is so superior to the ordinary power plants that I will only purchase hybrids in the future. The term "hybrid " is used to cover all additions of an electric motor to an ICE. But all that I know or have read about what other auto manufacturers are planning leads me to believe that they will not come close to what Toyota/Lexus has accomplished. Toyota/Lexus with the GS450h has a power plant which is another major step forward. So much so that my decision was made without hesitation. The RX400h is in such demand around here that my depreciation will be minimal, and I'll have a car, the GS450h, next year that certainly will be in great demand.
#3 of 66 Re: color [bigdave2]
Feb 06, 2006 (5:25 am)
I'm leasing my RX400h and will lease the GS450h when I get it. The advantages of leasing is that cost of ownership is specific; that is the residual value is known. If, at the end of a lease, the market value is lower than the residual value the difference doesn't come out of your pocket. If, for any reason, your car can be sold for more than the residual value you pocket the surplus.
I'm very happy at the higher fuel efficiency of hybrids. Raising fuel efficiency of all cars is a very important goal. And don't forget the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to which hybrids make a huge contribution.
#4 of 66 First Pix of GS 450h
Apr 20, 2006 (4:14 am)
Here is the photo of my new GS 450h which I picked up in Rockville, Maryland last night. It is pretty cool and fast. (Not much trunk)
#5 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [gs450h]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Apr 20, 2006 (4:34 am)
VERY nice ride!
#6 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [gs450h]
Apr 20, 2006 (6:06 am)
Congrat on the coolest acquisition. Please post more info about the car... anything.
#7 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [2001gs430]
Apr 20, 2006 (6:40 am)
Thank you. I have only driven it for 30 minutes, but will certainly post more as I learn more. The color is really cool. It changes depending upon the light. The dealer told me the standard colors will only be black and silver...all others will have to be special ordered. Of course there will only be 75 that are this color. It is very fast and very smooth. It is going to take me a weekend to read through all of the materials. The NAV book alone is 75 pages. The Gen 5 NAV is supposed to be much improved. More to come.
#8 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [gs450h]
Apr 20, 2006 (6:59 am)
Lexus Canada said that the 450h will be available in May. I can't wait to see and possibly test drive it. I want to replace my current GS in about a year, so if this were THE CAR for me then I would have plenty of time to special order it.
Btw, how is the CVT comparing to the normal auto box?
#9 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [gs450h]
Apr 20, 2006 (7:40 am)
Very nice. Can you confirm lack of the IPod connection like the IS and ES will have?
#10 of 66 Re: First Pix of GS 450h [brianlbailey]
Apr 20, 2006 (11:19 am)
No iPod connection, but the audio sound is amazing. My dealer may install a VAIS SoundLinQ (SLI) - Auxiliary Input Adapter with Apple® iPod™ interface (fits most Toyota/Lexus vehicles 2001-2007 with and without Navigation System)once he has tested it out on a GS 430