It may not be quite as green as the Tesla Model S, but I was gratified to see the range-o-meter showing over 500 miles as I cruised the Lexus GS 450h up and down California freeways. And I was surprised how well it got down and dirty on some curvy mountain roads.
The GS 450h manages to show how technology can make a car get decent fuel economy while also turning in great driving performance. It's no track-day car, but Lexus' new focus on handling lets it eat up the turns. Thank you, adaptive-suspension technology.
And it does not stop with the performance tech. Lexus' new Enform app integration shows excellent promise, and will evolve continually even in existing cars. Lexus could improve its navigation system with more refined-looking maps, but that is a fairly small critique considering the general usefulness of the cabin electronics. The Mark Levinson audio system makes for some tasty icing on this cake.
Check out our review of the 2013 Lexus GS 450h.