2011 Lexus GS 450h Overview
Combining hybrid technology and fuel efficiency with supreme power output and high-end luxury is a rare feat. That being said, it has been done and done extremely well with the 2011 Lexus GS 450h luxury hybrid sedan.
Bucking the trend of hybrid sluggishness, the GS 450h puts the emphasis on performance; it is actually faster than the V-8 toting Lexus GS 460. Power for the Lexus GS 450h is generated by a 3.5-liter V-6 and two electric motors. A 288-volt nickel metal hydride battery pack, coupled with the gas engine combine to deliver V-8 performance, to the tune of a combined 340 horsepower, but with V-6 fuel economy.
The 2011 Lexus GS 450h hybrid powertrain delivers 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, while achieving the Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II rating from the EPA. The GS 450h receives comparable fuel economy to the gas-only GS 350 sedan but more exhilarating performance, thanks to its hybrid powertrain. Drivers can choose between Power, Normal and Snow modes to focus on acceleration, everyday smoothness, or relaxed throttle response for low-traction driving. The hybrid system can also run in gas-only, electric-only and dual-drive modes. The Adaptive Variable Suspension system offers Normal and Sports settings for cruise or spirited ride tuning of the shocks.
Sitting on 18-inch wheels and featuring a moonroof, high-intensity-discharge headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers, the GS 450h is identical to the GS 460. Interior amenities for the 2011 Lexus GS 450h include perforated leather-trimmed power front seats featuring heat and ventilation. Dazzling wood trim, polished metal and leather are draped around every corner to create a delightful visual experience. Once you are comfortably situated, reach for the Lexus Premium Audio System with its ten speakers, six-CD changer and USB media device connectivity. An available 330-watt Mark Levinson Premium Sound System comes with 14 finely calibrated speakers and the seven-inch display screen can display DVD movies when the vehicle is parked. The Lexus navigation system features casual language voice commands, so you can speak normally and get directions easily.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Lexus GS 450h hybrid boasts Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, which incorporates variable gear ratio steering, antilock brakes, brake-force distribution, brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control helping the GS 450h maintain grip and avoid accidents. A useful Lexus Enform™ system with Safety Connect™ includes stolen vehicle location and crash notification functions. The available adaptive cruise control senses possible collisions and alerts the driver.
The 2011 Lexus GS 450h hybrid sedan blends fuel efficiency with power and premium appointments that are the benchmark of luxury, and puts the “sluggish” hybrid tag to rest.