Lexus G 450h Review: A Wickedly Fast Hybrid

By Bill Howard  |  Posted 2006-06-22 Print this article Print

Review: Hybrid technology makes the Lexus GS 450h one of the fastest four-passenger cars you can buy in the United States. (

Buying a $60,000 hybrid car to cut driving costs makes sense the way putting Mrs. H. Ross Perot into the workforce makes sense: The Perot family finances improve, but the improvement is the size of a rounding error.

Still, there are plenty of other reasons to covet the Lexus GS 450h, not the least of which is that hybrid technology makes this one of the fastest four-passenger cars you can buy in the U.S.
The GS 450h fuel economy falls into the mid-twenties: Not so good for a distant cousin to the Toyota Prius, and pretty darn miserly for a 4,134-pound vehicle that reaches 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
A hybrids electric motor, big battery, and smaller-than-normal engine yield the same performance as a similar non-hybrid car, and superior fuel economy, by regenerating power back into the storage battery when the car slows or brakes. The electric motor starts the car from stops made while driving, and provides extra power when accelerating. Read the full story on Lexus G 450h Review: A Wickedly Fast Hybrid
Bill Howard

Bill Howard is the editor of, the car site for tech fans, and writes a column on car technology for PC Magazine each issue. He is also a contributing editor of PC Magazine.

Bill's articles on PCs, notebooks, and printers have been cited five times in the annual Computer Press Association Awards. He was named as one of the industry's ten most influential journalists from 1997 to 2000 by Marketing Computers and is a frequent commentator on TV news and business shows as well as at industry conventions. He also wrote the PC Magazine Guide to Notebook & Laptop Computers. He was an executive editor and senior editor of PC Magazine from 1985-2001 and wrote PC Magazine's On Technology column through 2005

Previously, Howard spent a decade as a newspaper editor and writer with the Newhouse and Gannett newspapers in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York. He also writes a monthly column for Roundel, a car magazine for BMW enthusiasts.


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