Toyota Crown Royal Hybrid Tested by Autoblog

Toyota Crown Royal Hybrid 1 photo
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The Toyota Crown Royal Hybrid is basically the Japanese version of the Lexus GS, only that is a lot softer for the US market, according to Autoblog, who tested it recently.
Comparing it to the Lexus GS 300h, the reviewers said that the Crown’s seats and suspension made them feel more privileged than in other hybrid saloons. The plush interior made everything feel comfy and quiet, while the floaty suspension absorbed with ease most of the bumps on the highway.

The Crown is also powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson gasoline engine aided by an electric motor totaling 217 hp, which is smoothly and silently delivered to the rear wheels helping with the calm overall feeling. And this also comes with another benefit - a 54.6 mpg (23.2 km/l) average fuel consumption according to the Japanese JC08 test cycle.

So the Crown Royal Hybrid is indeed a Lexus GS 300h, but it’s too tamed for the US market, fitting better in the Japanese landscape where it was designed to work best.

Read the full review here.
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