Lexus pitches the GS450h as the performance and fuel economy-leader of its midsize GS family. That might sound like wishful thinking, but on paper, the GS hybrid offers the best of both worlds, with a combined total of 338 horsepower coming from a V6 with twin electric motors and a combined EPA rating of 31 mpg. For luxury buyers seeking performance with a little bit of social conscious, the GS450h is an appealing package.
The GS450h comes with a 3.5-liter V6 and a pair of electric motors mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, sending a combined output of 338 horsepower to the rear wheels.Read more »
The GS450h comes in one well-equipped trim level with some option packages available to further enhance equipment levels. It starts with a 3.5-liter V6 and a pair of electric motors mated to a CVT automatic transmission, sending a combined output of 338 horsepower to the rear wheels. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tires; keyless entry and start; leather upholstery; automatic climate control; heated and ventilated front seats; automatic LED headlamps with LED running lights; rain-sensing wipers; a moonroof; and a 12-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, an iPod interface and a satellite radio.
An optional Navigation Package includes a 12.3-inch widescreen for the navigation system and Lexus Enform telematics, while a Luxury Package includes a power rear sunshade, 18-way adjustable front seats, rear-seat climate and audio controls, 18-inch alloy wheels and semi-aniline leather seats.
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Powerful, traditional BMW dynamic attributes, but very expensive and marginal gains in fuel economy
Energetic powertrain and comes very well-equipped, but isn't as refined as rivals are
Solid construction from E-class roots and has good fuel economy, but options quickly inflate the price
Very efficient and poses smaller price penalty than hybrids, but isn't as powerful