2011 Lexus GS450h

Matt Tierney

The Lexus GS450h is the very definition of civilized motoring. It's vault quiet on the highway, it glides along on even the roughest roads suppressing all manner of heaves, cracks, and potholes, and it imperceptibly transitions between its engine and electric motor. No surprise here, this is what Lexus does best. What is surprising, though, is the cabin of this $60,000 luxury car. It's comfortable and the controls are easy to find and reach -- although it took me several minutes to remember that the rearview mirror controls are hidden away in the drawer by the driver's left knee -- but material quality is spotty at best and the overall character is indistinctive and looks dated. The infotainment interface also is in dire need of an update. And the cheesy, faux-marble pattern that comprises the background of the infotainment display is really terrible.

With vehicles like the gorgeous, modern, and much more economical Infiniti M35h vying for the same buyers, the redesigned GS450h can't come soon enough.

Jennifer Misaros, Managing Editor, Digital Platforms

2011 Lexus GS450h

Base price (with destination): $58,825
Price as tested: $60,690

Standard Equipment:
3.5L 24-valve V-6 with VVT-i
Electric drive motor with Lexus Hybrid Drive
Electronically controlled CVT transmission
Electronically powered variable-gear-ratio steering
Adaptive variable suspension
Electronic-controlled brakes with regenerative braking function
18-inch, 5-spoke wheels
Vehicle dynamics integrated management with vehicle stability control
Safety connect (i.e. Lexus OnStar)
HID headlamps
Auto headlamps/DRLs/wipers/climate control
Tire pressure monitor
Semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats
Heated/cooled front seats
SmartAccess with push-button start/stop
Wood and leather steering wheel and shift knob
Moonroof
Power windows/locks/trunk closer/mirrors
Lexus Premium Audio System with 6-disc cd changer, USB/Aux inputs, XM satellite radio
Rear back-up camera
Power tilt/telescope steering column

Options on this vehicle:
Navigation system -- $1665
o Navigation system with voice command
o Back-up camera
o XM NavTraffic/NavWeather/Sports & Stocks
o Lexus Enform
Rear spoiler -- $200

Key options not on vehicle:
--None--

Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
22 / 25 / 23 mpg

Engine:
3.5L V-6
Horsepower: 292 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

Electric motor:
Water cooled, permanent magnet motor
Sealed Nickel Metal Hydride battery pack

Total hp output: 340 hp

Drive:
Rear-wheel

Transmission:
CVT

Curb weight: 4134 lbs

Wheels/tires: 18-inch wheels
245/40R18 summer tires

Competitors: Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC

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