When it comes to new hybrid cars, the 2011 Lexus GS 450h is one of the most luxurious options for the year. While its fuel figures can't match more affordable models like the Toyota Prius, the GS does offer considerably more mpgs than most luxury cars. Review specs, features and mileage of the 2011 Lexus GS Hybrid to determine if it is the right vehicle for you.
2011 Lexus GS 450h Styling
The Lexus GS returns with no major changes over the 2010 model year. While a bit on the conservative side, the vehicle's exterior does distinguish itself from the competition with a long, swooping roofline. As with most Lexus vehicles, the overall initial impression is a muted elegance that appeals to a wide variety of drivers.
Inside, the GS 450h offers all the accoutrements one would expect from a near $60,000 sedan. Slide behind the driver's seat, and you'll be welcomed by a pastiche of wood grains and soft-grain leather. Overall, seating is comfortable and rear-seat legroom is adequate for adults. However, headroom is a bit on the short side - a fact that may limit comfort for taller drivers. At a dismal 7.5 cubic feet, trunk space is also a bit underwhelming (trunk space is reduced to make room for the hybrid battery pack).
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2011 Lexus GS 450h Performance
When it came to designing the GS Hybrid, Lexus wanted to make no compromises in vehicle performance. As a result, the vehicle delivers remarkable specifications among the hybrid class. The V-6/electric engine combination musters a total of 340 horsepower - a figure that beats out the base specs of many non-hybrid performance luxury cars. Handling is not quite tops in the class, but should be adequate for the needs and expectations of most drivers.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Lexus GS Hybrid offers 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. These numbers are partly boosted by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Look across the entire luxury sedan class, and you'll see that the GS Hybrid is one of the few to deliver more than 20 mpg in the city. In fact, it is also worth noting that there is no other hybrid option for those looking for a full-size luxury sedan.
2011 Lexus GS 450h Safety
The Lexus GS 450h comes with an extensive list of standard safety features. Base models come complete with antilock brakes, brake assist, side curtain airbags, side impact airbags (both front and rear), front knee airbags, traction control, stability control and active front head restraints. A Safety Connect package that includes automatic collision notification, emergency assistance button and stolen vehicle locator comes on all GS Hybrid models as well. Options include adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system that automatically tightens the seatbelts and initiates brake assist if an oncoming collision is sensed.
In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Lexus GS 450h earned a best-possible rating of 'Good'? in both frontal and side impact categories.
2011 Lexus GS 450h Prices and Features
Base price for the 2011 Lexus GS 450h comes in at $57,950. For that price you'll get keyless ignition, leather seats, 10-way power front seats, memory front seat settings, heated/ventilated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, adaptive xenon headlights and more. Options are minimal, but include voice-activated navigation system, rear spoiler, 14-speaker surround sound stereo, run-flat tires and a refined suspension.
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