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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

The 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid finishes near the middle of our luxury midsize car rankings. It features an energetic powertrain and an upscale interior with lots of standard equipment, but its infotainment controls are frustrating to use.

Pros & Cons

  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • Elegant, quiet cabin
  • Lively, refined hybrid powertrain
  • Impressive list of standard safety and technology features
  • Mediocre gas mileage for a hybrid
  • Frustrating infotainment controls
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.8
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Overview

Is the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid is a good used luxury midsize car. It's a solid choice for shoppers looking for comfort and refinement. We review the nonhybrid Lexus GS separately.

The 2018 GS Hybrid has many strengths:

  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Generous standard features list
  • Lots of interior room
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Quick acceleration

It also has a few weaknesses:

  • Infotainment controls are difficult to use
  • Not as fuel-efficient as some hybrids
  • Below-average trunk space for the class
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 29 Lexus GS Hybrid reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid?

We currently do not have pricing information for the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2018 GS Hybrid's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,320, or $5,264 per year. That’s below average for a luxury midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GS Hybrid?

Lexus discontinued the GS Hybrid after the 2018 model year, so there are no new models to choose from.

The 2018 GS 450h is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. For 2014, rear cross traffic alert and a power trunk lid became available. The 2015 model saw the debut of the F Sport package as well as infotainment system upgrades. For 2016, the GS Hybrid gained standard navigation and blind spot monitoring, and the exterior styling was refreshed. For 2017, Lexus made its Safety System+ suite of driver aids standard in all GS models. There were no major changes for the 2018 model year.

We recommend shopping for a 2017 or 2018 GS Hybrid, both of which have a longer list of standard safety features – including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning – than older models.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid.

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Which Used Lexus GS Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid features one main trim, and it includes substantial safety and technology features. An F Sport package that adds sporty enhancements like an upgraded suspension system is available.

  • Lexus GS Hybrid: The base GS 450h comes with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, and a moonroof. Its infotainment system includes a 12.3-inch display, a 12-speaker audio system, a DVD entertainment system, the Enform App Suite, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and satellite radio. It also comes with a long list of safety features, including a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Lexus GS Hybrid F Sport: The F Sport package upgrades the steering, brake, and suspension systems. It also includes a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power bolsters, unique styling enhancements, and aluminum trim. A 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system is available.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the GS Hybrid?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2018 GS Hybrid. However, the IIHS performed three tests on the similar nonhybrid GS 350, and it received the highest rating of Good in each.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rear cross traffic alert
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic braking
  • rearview camera
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • adaptive cruise control

Available advanced safety features:

  • head-up display
  • parking sensors

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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2018 Lexus GS?

The gas-only 2018 Lexus GS and the GS Hybrid both have a generous standard features list, great safety and reliability ratings, and lots of cabin space. As you'd expect, the GS Hybrid gets better fuel economy, but the GS' available V8 engine is more potent than the hybrid's lone V6. When it was new, the GS had a lower starting price, so it may cost less than the GS Hybrid. You'll have to decide if it's worth spending the extra money for the hybrid's better fuel economy.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2018 BMW 5 Series?

The 2018 BMW 5 Series features a plug-in hybrid 530e model that is slightly more well-rounded than the GS Hybrid. The 530e is more fuel-efficient than the GS 450h, and its lower starting price when it was new means it may cost less. The Lexus comes with a few more standard features, including leather upholstery, but the BMW has a more user-friendly infotainment system. Both cars have great predicted reliability ratings and comfortable seats. Go with the Bimmer.

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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Drive?

The GS Hybrid provides swift acceleration, a smooth ride, and poised handling. This rear-wheel-drive sedan has a drive mode selector, and its available settings include Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport S+, Snow, and EV.

  • Base powertrain: V6 engine and two electric motors with a combined 338 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 GS Hybrid gets better gas mileage than its nonhybrid competitors, but its numbers are only average among hybrids.

  • 29/34 mpg city/highway

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2018 GS Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 GS Hybrid Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the GS Hybrid. Both the first- and second-row seats have lots of space and plenty of support. The front seats also have numerous power adjustments, which make it easy to find a comfortable position. Additionally, the cabin features high-quality materials, including leather upholstery that comes standard.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power bolsters
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Features

The GS Hybrid has a tricky infotainment system. Despite its physical volume, tuning, and climate controls, there’s a main mouselike controller that is awkward to use and requires too much of the driver’s attention.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a 12-speaker audio system, the Enform App Suite, a DVD entertainment system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system
  • Additional standard features: a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button start

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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus GS Hybrid Cargo Space

Because of the placement of its battery pack, the GS Hybrid has less cargo space – 15.9 cubic feet – than the nonhybrid GS. That's below average for the luxury midsize car class. A power trunk is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: around 16 feet
  • Curb weight: more than 4,100 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2018 GS Hybrid in Japan.


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