‘EXECUTIVE CLUB UPGRADE’
Added 28th May, 2010
By Jonathan Crouch
The only puzzle regarding the Lexus GS450h is why it doesn't do much, much better in a market dominated by the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class. The car has sharp styling, is luxuriously appointed and the potent blend of 3.5-litre V6 and electric motor gives startling performance as well as admirable fuel economy figures and comparatively low emissions.
As a used car, prices are highly competitive when set against its rival models of similar age, mileage and specification. And of course, as ever, used customers know that previous owners will have taken the biggest hits on depreciation. Yet new or used, the Lexus reputation for quality, finish, engineering and durability is on a par with any and better than most. The luxury arm of Toyota has placed great trust in the big petrol hybrid as an alternative vision for large, diesel-engined executive cars. It's a trust used car buyers would do well to explore.