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Motor Trend Comparison: Lexus GS 450h vs. Porsche Panamera Hybrid vs. Infiniti M35h

Infiniti M35h vs. Lexus GS 450h vs. Porsche Panamera Hybrid

Two weeks after Motor Trend named the Lexus GS 350 F Sport the best midsize V6 luxury sedan, the magazine has now crowned the GS 450h as the top hybrid sports sedan available, beating the Porsche Panamera Hybrid & Infiniti M35h:

…at least as unexpected was the GS’ handling while trailing in the Porsche’s wake. Though much slower, its tail actually drifted, its throttle modulations adeptly fine-tuned its understeer, and its turn-in was sweet. When I figure-eight-tested the car, I actually yelled out, “I can’t believe this is a hybrid!” as it oversteered out of the corners…It’s not nearly as fast as the Porsche, of course, but — hold on here — is it actually out-scoring the Porsche in our three triathlon qualities?

After our comparison drive, editor at large Angus MacKenzie asked me which of these cars I’d really prefer to drive. I responded, “Around a racetrack” — suspecting that’s what he was getting at — “no question, the Porsche. But to the racetrack, the Lexus.”

The sea change over at Motor Trend is astounding — the GS is cleaning up in their comparisons, and proves that Lexus’ strong effort to boost its performance credentials was time well spent. Can’t wait to see if this new-found respect for the GS carries over to other magazines as well.

Read the full Motor Trend Review

  • C
  • April 23, 2012
Good. At least this time they didn't get fogged up in their own BS or lies. I agree!. 
  • B
  • April 23, 2012
I would have went over there to gloat, but there wasn't much to say.  Logically, it could have ended no other way. The Porsche is not a good value, relatively speaking.  And this is Infiniti's first hybrid on this scale, so there will be some obvious flaws, just like Hyundai's Sonata. You can't just step into the ring and think you can box with the Incas...... BD
    hehe Nissan shouldn't have wasted its time with licensing the most basic hybrid powertrain from Toyota. We all saw how that turned out.
That's what you call a GOOD HOME RUN! #FTW #LEXUS [+]
  • B
  • April 23, 2012
Who would buy such an ugly car like the M35h?(the Porsche isn't any prettier either), they should battle for most ugly crown. Anyway, The 4GS F-Sport is killing it's competitors and now the hybrid is also a winner, good day Lexus..good day.
  • F
  • April 24, 2012
The GS is clearly overall class leading!
  • J
  • April 24, 2012
Nice written article.   It is clear that Lexus has a huge advantage in hybrid drive technology.  15 years of Prius experience is obvious.  I can confirm the feeling behind the wheel of the Infiniti M 35h: I had the experience both on track and on open road and it is very fast... until the first corner comes up.  I never had the chance to drive the Panamera in its hybrid version, but from a full day experience with a 4S I can tell you it's a fantastic car and a real Porsche.  But price-wise it plays in another league (LS segment).  Here in 'dieselized' Western Europe we compare our Lexus hybrids to the equally priced diesel competitors.  I am convinced that the conclusions of this test would be even more in favour of the GS if compared to an Infiniti M 30d and Porsche Panamera diesel.
    • M
    • April 25, 2012
    Having tested both Infiniti and GS on a track, Mh is very poor in cornering !!!
being a Lexus fan I am happy to see these results. From perception of non-Lexus fans the sudden change of heart from car mags would seem that Motor Trend have been very well paid by Lexus :)
  • T
  • April 24, 2012
I always knew Lexus cars were good.... I dont need this to let me kno that they are. I love the Panamera... who ever buys the Infiniti is not wise.
  • G
    go go lexus
  • April 25, 2012
Comparison between Lexus and Porsche = BIG joke
  • Y
  • April 26, 2012
I feel like the reviewers wanted to say that the GS was more fun to drive than the Panamera but didn't dare spit it out.