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10. (TIE) 3-Series Hybrid, Mercedes E400 Hybrid, Infiniti M35h, Buick LaCrosse/Regal eAssist: 29 mpg
Who is to say that luxury car buyers aren’t affected by high gas prices? If you want to drive in comfort, style, and have the latest high tech goodies in a car, you shouldn’t have to pay more at the pump for it. Here are our picks for the top 10 most fuel friendly luxury cars, ranked in order of their combined city/highway mpg numbers.
Quite a few luxury cars hit the 29 mpg mark combined. The most impressive of the bunch is the Buick LaCrosse, which manage to get solid fuel economy, despite its bigger size. The Infiniti, Mercedes and BMW vehicles make do with a high-power pairing of a six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which gives the end result of over 300-hp.
The Buicks use a mild hybrid system called eAssist which pairs a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a conventional automatic, and a compact lithium ion battery to get its impressive fuel economy numbers.
We’re sure there are legions of fans excited to hear that the 2013 Lexus GS450h will bow at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show – maybe not.
Either way, the GS450h should be an important product for Lexus, as both the originator of the luxury hybrid segment, and a critical new introduction in a market that is fast becoming saturated with hybrids.
No technical details have been announced, but we can expect a 3.5L V6 with an electric motor system, similar to the current GS450h. Stay tuned to AutoGuide for live coverage of the Frankfurt Auto Show starting September 13th.
Set to debut tomorrow during the Pebble Beach festivities in Monterey, California, is the all-new Lexus GS. The model that will be shown, however, is likely to be just the GS350 V6 version, with the latest reports indicating that the GS450h will bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in just over a month’s time.
No details on the specifics of the powertrain are yet available, but look for nearly identical output numbers to the current model, with around 340-hp. A CVT transmission will continue to be part of the package, with six pre-set “gears” so drivers can have a more engaging experience.
Look for improved handling, however, with lighter suspension components and a more rigid chassis. Plus, the car will now get 4-wheel steering, with rear wheels that can turn up to 1.5 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels, to better rotate the car in corners. Adjustable shock settings will also be included.
As for the rest of the vehicle, it’s touted to offer better rear-seat room and a significantly upgraded interior, with matte-wood finishes (like the Porsche Panamera) and a promise that the out-dated green digital clock is now gone. Hooray!
If you can’t wait to see what the new GS will look like, check out these leaked photos.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]
There’s an urban legend that Mitsubishi originally wanted to name the Starion, the ultra-80s turbo terror, the “Stallion,” only to FUBAR the translation. Say what you will about stereotypical Japanese pronunciation—somebody at Lexus isn’t helping that cliché.
A GS450h hybrid recently ran out of juice in Holland, only to display the unintentionally hilarious message “low traction battely.” Whoopsie-daisy! It’s unknown how many GS hybrids—nay, Lexus hybrids in general—are running around with the error-message equivalent of All Your Base; maybe their owners should idle their hybrid cars to oblivion and find out. Oh no, somebody set Lexus up the bomb!