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2009 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

The 2009 Lexus GS Hybrid offers the performance of a sport sedan and a smooth hybrid powertrain. However, if you’re expecting Prius-like fuel economy, the GS Hybrid may come up short.

Pros & Cons

  • Great power and acceleration
  • Luxurious interior with comfortable seats
  • Limited head- and legroom
  • Artificial steering feel

Rankings & Awards

The 2009 Lexus GS Hybrid's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Luxury Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2009 Best Luxury Car for the Money award. Currently the Lexus GS Hybrid has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 64 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Lexus GS Hybrid Overview

The 2009 Lexus GS 450h blends performance and efficiency, thanks to its powerful V6 engine and electric motor. In general, reviewers raved about the power and acceleration of the GS Hybrid.    However, shoppers may be disappointed with the GS Hybrid’s fuel economy of 22/25 mpg city/highway, especially since a used GS Hybrid tends to come with a high price tag.

When it was new, test drivers noted that the GS 450h had a quiet, comfortable ride around town, though some reviewers disliked the artificial feel of its steering system. Others countered that the GS 450h balanced comfort and sport better than many cars in the class. 

Inside, reviewers were impressed by the GS Hybrid’s handsomely-styled interior and high-quality materials. However, some said that taller passengers may want more head- and legroom. Because the battery for the electric motor is stored in the GS Hybrid’s trunk, cargo space is also limited, which is typical for hybrid versions of non-hybrid cars.   

The 2009 Lexus GS 450h comes with a long list of standard features which includes a sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, leather, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, push-button start, a backup camera and a 10-speaker stereo. Available options when the GS 450h was new included an upgraded stereo, navigation, a pre-collision warning system and adaptive cruise control.

See the full 2009 Lexus GS Hybrid specs »

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers liked the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class for its balanced performance and elegant interior. If you like the GS 450h because of its hybrid powertrain, you should also consider the diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTec. The diesel E-Class isn’t nearly as powerful as the GS Hybrid, but it gets better fuel economy.

If you’re seeking a good balance between performance and luxury, you may like the 2009 Acura RL. The RL can’t match the GS Hybrid’s fuel economy. However, the RL offers a larger trunk and standard all-wheel drive, which isn’t available on the GS 450h.

Compare the GS Hybrid to the E-Class and RL »   

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