2017 Lexus GS 450h Review

GS 450h

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2017 Lexus GS 450h Overview

The Lexus GS 450h got refreshed just last year, so there are no major changes in store for the 2017 model of this sporty luxury sedan. Apart from a new Smokey Granite Mica paint color replacing Nebula Gray Pearl, the big news is that the Lexus Safety System+ is now offered as standard equipment across the GS lineup (which also includes the GS Turbo and GS 350).

The hybrid GS 450h has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission (ECVT) with a net system output of 338 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. Available only with rear-wheel drive (RDW), the GS 450 boasts a 0-to-60 time of 5.6 seconds, a top speed of 137 mph, and fuel-economy numbers of 29 mpg city, 34 highway, and 31 combined.

Like the 2016 model, the 2017 GS 450h has a wide Lexus spindle grille and low, aggressive stance. This is a luxury car designed to be sporty and not just plush, even as a hybrid. For an even more aggressive driving experience, the GS 450h comes in an F Sport trim with performance upgrades and a suspension system tuned by the LFA supercar team. The F Sport trim features an adaptive variable suspension that controls the shock absorbers at each wheel, variable gear-ratio steering to adjust the front-wheel steering angles and response, 19-inch wheels with staggered-width tires, and 14-inch 2-piece front brake rotors with 4-piston calipers to keep brakes cool and reduce brake fade. Those opting for the F Sport also get exterior features like a unique grille, a rear valance, and a spoiler and interior niceties like heavily bolstered 16-way power seats, F Sport badging, aluminum pedals and scuff plates, and optional Rioja Red leather upholstery.

The GS 450h boasts plenty of interior luxury with 10-way power-adjustable leather-trimmed seats complete with heating and ventilation, heated mirrors, cruise control, a reversing camera, a heated tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a universal garage-door opener. The standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch high-resolution screen with Bluetooth, the Lexus Enform App Suite and Destinations, 12 speakers, HD Radio, and Aux and USB jacks. An 835-watt 17-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system is an available upgrade.

The GS 450h now comes with the Lexus Safety System+, which offers a number of features to help you and your loved ones stay safe, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high beams, and lane-departure warning with steeringĀ assist. Lexus Enform Safety Connect with roadsideĀ assistance, automatic emergency notification services, and a GPS vehicle locator is also offered for one year for free. Other standard safety features include 10 airbags, a reversing camera with dynamic gridlines for parking and tight maneuvers, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, hill-startĀ assist, tire-pressure monitoring, Smart Stop technology, and LED headlamps and daytime running lights. The 2017 Lexus GS 450h starts out at $63,635, while the F Sport trim comes in at $68,680.

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Nicole Wakelin's passion for cars started on the day she went for a ride in a bright red Ferrari as a teenager. She writes reviews and covers everything cars for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, BestRide, and Be Car Chic and blogs all things geek over at TotalFanGirl.

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