As its lower-case "h" indicates, the 2008 Lexus GS 450h Base trim comes equipped with the Lexus Hybrid Drive, which consists of a high-output electric-drive motor combined with a 297-horsepower, 3.5-liter gas-powered V6 engine. At speeds up to 15 miles per hour, the GS 450h runs silently on the electric motor. Beyond that, the gas engine kicks in, driving the car from 0 to 60 in just over 5 seconds.
The hybrid engine links to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), which efficiently manages the electric and gas power components, ensuring smooth acceleration and peak operation.
Thanks to its hybrid engine, the rear-wheel-drive GS 450h manages 22 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway, according to Lexus. That's not spectacular when compared to other hybrids, but quite respectable for a luxury sedan.
The GS 450h offers plenty of luxury appointments, including a choice of interior wood trim (depending on the interior color), leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a moonroof, dual climate control, and a power rear sunshade.
Other features include performance brakes, adaptive variable suspension, regenerative braking (which recharges the battery when the brakes are applied), antilock brakes with brake assist, 10 airbags, and run-flat tires.
A Lexus 10-speaker Premium Sound System with an in-dash, six-disc CD changer comes standard, while a 14-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with a six-disc DVD/CD changer can be ordered as an option.
The GS 450h gets high marks from drivers and reviewers for its performance, fuel-efficient engine, safety features, and luxury appointments, though some note that legroom and headroom can be tight for taller passengers.
|Air Conditioning||Air filtration · Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual|
|Airbags||Front airbags: dual · Knee airbags: dual front · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Side airbags: front and rear · Side curtain airbags: front and rear|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: diversity · Auxiliary audio input: MP3, iPod/iPhone integration · In-Dash CD: 6 disc · Radio: AM/FM · Radio Data System · Total Number of Speakers: 10|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 13.1 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 12.2 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc|
|Child Safety||Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release|
|Comfort Features||Cargo area light · Dash trim: wood · Door trim: leather and wood · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Reading lights: front and rear · Rear floor mats|
|Convenience Features||Center console: front console with storage, front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front and rear · Door pockets: front · First aid kit · Multi-function remote: hands-free multi-function remote with keyless ignition, trunk release · Power activated trunk/hatch: open and close · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Rear view camera · Rear view monitor · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic, auto tilt-away · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Storage: front seatback · Universal remote transmitter|
|Driver Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated: multi-level heating · Power adjustments: 10 · Ventilated|
|Engine||Electric Motor Battery Type: nickel-metal hydride · Electric Motor HP: 180 · Electric Motor Power Output (Kilowatts): 134 · Electric Motor Torque: 203 · Electric Motor Type: permanent magnet motor system|
|Headrests||Adjustable rear headrests: height adjustable · Front headrests: height adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3|
|Hybrid||Powertrain Combined HP: 340|
|Instrumentation||Compass · Electroluminescent instrumentation · External temperature display · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level|
|Lights||Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: dusk sensing, HID, Auto on/off · Tail and brake lights: LED|
|Locks||2-stage unlocking: remote · Power door locks: remote|
|Memorized Settings||Includes driver seat · Includes exterior mirrors · Includes passenger seat · Includes steering wheel|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, power retractable, reverse gear tilt · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating|
|Passenger Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated: multi-level heating · Power adjustments: 10 · Ventilated|
|Rear Seats||Center armrest: folding · Rear heat: vents · Type: bench|
|Roof||Moonroof: power, one-touch open/close|
|Safety||Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Crumple zones: front and rear|
|Seatbelts||Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front and rear · Seatbelt pretensioners: front and rear|
|Seats||Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather|
|Security||Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Theft-Deterrent System|
|Spare Tire||Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary|
|Spare Wheel||Rim Type: steel|
|Stability and Traction||Stability control · Traction control|
|Suspension||Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear|
|Telematics||Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System|
|Wheels||Rim type: aluminum|
|Windows||Front wipers: rain sensing · Power windows · Rear defogger · Sunshade: power rear window|