Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

By Jonathan Spira on 23 June 2017
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The Lexus GS first made an appearance in 1993 and throughout all four generations has been available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. A hybrid version debuted in 2005 and the fourth generation GS received a mid-life refresh in 2016.

It’s clear that Lexus has worked hard to differentiate the GS from its competition as well as from its front-wheel drive sibling, the Lexus ES. It has a more youthful stance, a more aggressive face, putting it within striking range of German competitors such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. This is not your father’s Lexus.

Lexus’ attention to detail is legion and the GS is unquestionably the beneficiary of much attention, down to head- and taillights. Up front, Triple Beam LED headlights surround the updated Spindle grille and the three pods within the clear lens pave the way. The turn signals are just below the second and third light pods and continue around to the side of the car. Below that, the Lexus fishhook LED DRLs make quite an impression. The LED taillights mirror the headlights with lines that recall the front’s trademark fishhook and also continue to the side of the car.

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While Lexus offers an F-Sport version of the GS 450h, the non F-Sport version should be sporty enough for most folks.

Inside there are fewer changes beyond a new steering wheel, updated gauge cluster, and new interior color choices.

Lexus has clearly taken the topic of Information Overload to heart and cleaned up the controls on the steering wheel. While it can perform just as many tricks as the previous wheel, the look is cleaner and the controls are more intuitively placed.

Speaking of managing Information Overload, the dashboard display provides virtually unlimited and neatly organized information about the vehicle, including energy flow in addition to the typical infotainment data. The central display is huge, 12.3” and offers a variety of viewing options. Mercifully, Lexus has added shortcut buttons to the right of the screen.

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