How many hours do you spend in your car during the average week? One 2009 study suggests that some of us spend as many as twenty hours a week in our cars. If you happen to live in the Washington, D.C. area -which I do- you could find yourself spending up to two hours getting from Point A to Point B. A trip that should really only take you thirty minutes. Ah, Beltway bliss.
As yourself this question; If you are going to spend endless hours in a car, wouldn’t you want that car to be a place enjoy being?
The task then becomes finding a car that fits the bill. Were I an Automotive Engineer, I would design a car that was so welcoming, connected, intuitive and luxurious that all who entered would want to stay. Sadly, the fact that I barely squeaked out a passing grade in Mr. Hunt’s 9th grade geometry class, pretty much put the kibosh on that dream. Happily the engineering geniuses at Lexus were already on this one. They packed the 2013 Lexus GS 450h nearly anything I could have dreamt up, and more.
If you’re going to get stuck in traffic, play kid-taxi, run errands like a marathoner or go “Griswold” this is the car you want to do it in. Luxury is just where it starts with the Lexus GS 450h. It has the features you’d expect in a high-end car of this kind; leather upholstery, dual climate controls, programmable seat positioning, wood trim, heated seats and an outstanding entertainment system. Rather unexpected are things like cutting edge tech integration, hybrid technology and great gas mileage.
The biggest “wow” feature for me was the Lexus Enform App Suite. I make no bones about it, I am a wired mom. I have been known to go through mild withdrawal issues when finding myself in a WiFi dead spot (oddly enough this includes my in-laws home). It seems as though this car was designed for drivers like me. With the App Suite I was able to make dinner reservations, and they were for a restaurant with no color-on menus! You can also order movie tickets on the fly, connect to Facebook and more, all using the industry's first available 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. Cool huh? It gets even more cool. The GS 450h has it’s own mouse! Yep, you can navigate your way through the plethora of features in this car using a mouse, much like the one on your desk.
While the mouse and all the tech features are very intuitive, I did also find them a bit distracting. This could be because my car is virtually a covered waggon in comparison. Whatever the cause though, I did feel that I spent an excessive amount of my time with the car trying to figure out all the features. There is a tutorial feature, but I didn’t find it very helpful. That said, I’m sure that, were I to purchase this car, taking advantage of the one-time free setup at the dealer would make a world of difference.
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Even with all the features and extras, I was most impressed by the handling of this car, which is sheer pleasure. If you’re going to be in a car for nearly 250 hours a year, this car offers a whole lot of bang for your bucks and is a truly enjoyable ride.