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2014 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

The 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid sits in the top quarter of its class, thanks to a nice combination of brisk acceleration and adept handling. However, a frustrating infotainment controller and limited cargo space keep it from ranking even higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch interior materials
  • Strong powertrain
  • Great fuel economy
  • Frustrating infotainment controller
  • Poor cargo space

New for 2014

  • Power trunk lid became available
  • Rear cross traffic alert became available




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Lexus GS Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Also known as the Lexus GS 450h, the 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid is a good used car. It has a powerful engine, a luxurious interior, and a perfect safety rating. Also, it gets the fuel economy numbers you expect from a hybrid. A downside of the GS Hybrid is that its batteries take up valuable cargo space, leaving you with a small trunk.

Used 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid Performance and Interior

A V6 gas engine and two electric motors produce 338 horsepower in the rear-wheel-drive GS Hybrid. A continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard. The GS Hybrid has quick acceleration for the segment. An adaptive suspension provides a comfortable ride and pleasant handling. It’s worth noting that the GS Hybrid’s regenerative brakes – which improve fuel economy by capturing energy while slowing down – aren’t as smooth as regular brakes. The GS 450h has an EPA rating of 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is very good for a luxury midsize car.

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The 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid has room for up five on its standard leather seats. The 10-way, power-adjustable front seats are heated and cooled. Heated rear seats and 18-way, power-adjustable front seats are available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear seats offer good head- and legroom, but there’s little space to slide your feet beneath the front seats. The GS Hybrid has complete LATCH connections for child safety seats on the rear outward seats, with a middle-seat tether.

Standard features in the GS Hybrid include Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, satellite radio, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display. It also has Lexus’ Remote Touch, which employs a mouse-like controller for adjusting audio and navigation settings. It can be difficult to use compared with rival systems. Available upgrades include a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display and a Mark Levinson 17-speaker premium surround-sound audio system.

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Used 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2014 GS Hybrid averages about $40,800. The price you pay varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid has a perfect reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power. That’s well above the average rating for luxury midsize cars (four out of five) and all cars on the road (three out of five).

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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 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid. The IIHS did evaluate the gas-only 2014 Lexus GS. It received the highest score of Good in all four crash tests.

The GS Hyrbid’s only standard active safety feature is a rearview camera. Available features include pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and dynamic cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used GS Hybrid?

The 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid is part of the car’s second generation, which launched for the 2013 model year. Although a 2013 GS Hybrid could save you money, it wouldn’t have available features like a power trunk lid and rear cross traffic alert. The 2015 GS Hybrid will most likely cost you more, but it adds a high performance trim and an improved infotainment display.

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Which Used Lexus GS Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The rear-drive 2014 GS Hybrid comes in only one trim. A luxury package is available that adds features like multi-contour 18-way power front seats with memory, rear climate and audio controls, adaptive front lighting, and a wood- and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Even with its perfect reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned 2014 GS Hybrid. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2014 Lexus GS Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Lexus GS 350 (reviewed separately) is the gas-only version of the GS Hybrid.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2014 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid?

The Lexus is an all-around better choice. The hybrid E-Class can’t match the GS Hybrid’s brisk acceleration, top-notch reliability rating, and impressive fuel economy. Compared to the hybrid E400 Hybrid, the GS Hybrid is more fuel efficient by 5 mpg in the city and 4 mpg on the highway.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid has a quiet interior, with higher quality materials and more rear-seat legroom than the GS Hybrid. The ES Hybrid has a lower cost of ownership, and it saves you money at the pump. Expect fuel economy of 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. While the GS Hybrid has better handling and a stronger powertrain, the ES Hybrid is the better choice for those seeking more practicality and opulence than the GS Hybrid offers.

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