When you’re in and out of different makes and models of cars as regularly as I am, you sometimes can get lost in a sea of letters and numbers when writing about them.
The latest weapon to have me land in its fine leather seats has a big “L” on the steering wheel – with one also on the front and on the back.
There’s also a “GS” in the mix, the number “300” and a “h” with some little “f” adorned badges for good measure.
Not only does it give me an advantage when playing the eye spy the alphabet game with the kid in the back seat of this luxury saloon, it should also reveal the model – the Lexus GS300h with F-Sport treatment.
The angular, aggressive, and bold, exterior design gets the thumbs up from the outset with the GS looking sharp.
It sports a 2.5-litre petrol and electric engine combo providing 164kW of power and 521Nm of torque, and continuously-variable transmission.
Style – and space and storage – abounds in the cabin with controls and gadgets logically laid out.
There, too, were few issues with functionality, although the mouse-like control system for the infotainment system took some getting used with the left hand driving it.
There’s plenty to like about the GS300h in and around the urban jungle, not the least being the efficiency and while not the most dynamic of cars for performance or power, it makes for a nice open road cruise.
It stands strong in the safety stakes too and has as standard equipment: autonomous emergency brakes, 10-airbags, reversing camera with visual guidance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pre-collision safety, lane keeping aid (with active steering intervention), and active cruise control.
There remains another important number that comes with the Lexus GS300h F-Sport… $87,000. That’s the price for it, putting it among the most affordable luxury sedans on the market.
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