This is what I know when it comes to cars: how they look; how they drive; and what they’ve got inside.
Granted, these aren’t the most technical issues, but I’m guessing if I care about these things, others might, too. That’s why I devised the “G” rating system, which we’ll apply to all the hybrid cars on the market. Here’s how it works: we’ll give points out of 10 for each of the following categories: first impression, performance, and special features. A perfect final score would be 30.
First up is the Lexus GS, which pretty much had me at “Lexus”. There’s something about Lexus that I love, and I promise it has nothing to do with memories of cruising the streets of Tokyo in one back in the day. Lexuses are just luxurious. The sleek and sexy GS hybrid is no exception upon first impression, and for that I gave it 10 out of 10.
The GS didn’t disappoint when it came to performance either. Fast, powerful and virtually silent… what else could you ask for in a partner, er… I mean, a car? With amazing braking and suspension, this car was super fun to drive. But back to reality: the GS Hybrid is not the best when it comes to fuel efficiency. 22 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, which doesn’t wow me. It’s better than a regular GS, which does 17/24 city/highway, but not that much better. So, for performance, the GS hybrid gets an 8.
When it comes to special features, this car has it all. In order of coolness: keyless entry and ignition means you push a button and away you go (suddenly keys seem way old-fashioned). There’s also an awesome sound system by Mark Levinson, a back seat massage chair (which I neglected to experience since I was so busy driving), parking assist, back-up camera. I could go on, but why? Special feature-wise, it gets a 10.
Grand total for the Lexus Hybrid GS is a whooping 28/30. Wow, this looks like one to beat.