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.
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.
The GS450h comes well-equipped with numerous standard features, but there are competitors that do a better job on either side of the performance and economy equation. If it's a balance between the two you're after, though, the GS hybrid is worth a drive.