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2016 Lexus GS 450h

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2016 Base 4dr Sedan
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Luxury hybrids are about more than mere efficiency. Even so, the midsize GS 450h sedan tries hard not to disappoint buyers who expect high mileage from any hybrid, no matter how many other virtues it presents. No, a GS 450h is hardly the most thrifty hybrid on the market. Regardless, we think seriously eco-conscious folks will agree that the GS 450h does justice to the original intent of hybrid power: using significantly less fuel than a comparable regular model. Lexus also offers three conventional gasoline-engine GS versions: GS 350, and new GS 200t and GS F.

What's New for 2016

Some significant changes have occurred for the 2016 model year. Front fascias have been revised and rocker panels are new, while bi-LED headlights and arrowhead-shaped daytime running lights have been added. Machine-finished, five-spoke 18-inch wheels are new.

Navigation now is standard on the GS 450h. Multimedia features have been enhanced, including an available 12.3-inch screen. A revised Remote Touch Interface should make it easier to control primary functions, and Siri Eyes Free integration can provide Apple users with turn-by-turn directions. New Lexus Safety System + includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert is standard.

Lexus GS 450h

Choosing Your Lexus GS 450h

Lexus GS 450h

The GS 450h is neither a strict performance hybrid nor a miser on fuel. With a swift zero-to-60 mph acceleration time of 5.6 seconds and an EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of 31 mpg in combined city/highway driving, it's a carefully balanced example of a mainstream luxury sedan. More specifically, the GS 450h is estimated at 29 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway, versus no more than 20/29 mpg for a GS 350.

Working together, the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors produce total output of 338 horsepower. The gas engine itself develops 286 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. Also aboard is a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, mounted in the trunk area. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Technical features include an adaptive variable suspension system and selectable shock-absorber damping.

The GS 450h cabin contains leather-trimmed seat upholstery, ventilated and heated front seats with a driver’s memory, keyless ignition with pushbutton start, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, and a 12-speaker surround-sound system with CD player and satellite and HD radio. The navigation system uses a 12.3-inch screen. Other standard fare includes automatic wipers, a sunroof, LED exterior lighting, heated auto-dimming outside mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, padded instrument panel, laser cut wood trim, and 18-inch five-spoke wheels. You also get vehicle-monitoring smartphone apps.

Lexus GS 450h

The F Sport version of the GS 450h gets 19-inch split-five-spoke wheels, an F Sport-tuned adaptive variable suspension with Sport S+ mode, larger front brakes, variable gear-ratio steering, aluminum pedals and interior trim, black headliner, and sportier trim throughout. Up front, the grille gets a mesh insert. Dynamic Rear Steering also is included.

The available Lexus Safety System + includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, “intelligent” high beams, and lane-departure alert with steering assist.

Options for the GS 450h include a head-up display, an automated parallel-parking system, heated rear seat, power trunk opener, and 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

CarsDirect Tip

Like other luxury hybrids, the GS 450h carries more standard equipment than its conventional counterparts. Adding the Luxury package is tempting, but not really essential. Likewise for the F Sport treatment, which doesn't have an appreciable impact on performance but should enhance handling with its tauter suspension. We’d rather spend our options budget on the available safety tech features, which you can choose as you like.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 286 HP / 257 ft.lbs.
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 34 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 286 HP / 257 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 34 / 31 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
17.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
192.1 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
57.3 "
Front Headroom
38.0 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
36.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,112 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Mark Levinson Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
12 / 17 Green Edge
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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