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2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid ranks among the best luxury midsize cars thanks to its strong safety and reliability ratings, composed performance, and classy interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • High-end interior
  • Distracting infotainment operation
  • Undersized trunk

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Lexus GS Hybrid is a great used luxury midsize car. Its hybrid powertrain rockets the car off the line and delivers good fuel economy. The GS rewards drivers with a smooth ride and engaging handling. It also boasts a top-notch reliability rating and admirable crash-test results. Inside, the GS Hybrid has an elegant ambiance and plenty of space, but the trunk is small and infotainment features can be distracting.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid?

We currently do not have pricing information for the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid. However, you can view listings of the GS Hybrid for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2015 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 $26,750, or $5,350 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 you can't buy a new model.

However, you could consider a new hybrid like the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which ranks highly among nonluxury midsize cars. The new Camry Hybrid boasts fuel economy above 50 mpg, without sacrificing much in the way of engaging performance. Upper trims of the Camry Hybrid are luxury-like in their appearance and quality of materials, and you'll also get cool standard features like Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. All models also come with advanced safety technology, including pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Pricing for the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at $28,400 and goes up to about $37,500.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GS Hybrid Is Best?

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid is part of a generation that spans the 2013 through 2018 model years. For 2015, Lexus added the high-performance 450h F Sport trim and upgraded the car's infotainment display. If these improvements aren't that attractive to you, consider buying an otherwise very similar 2013 GS Hybrid or 2014 GS Hybrid, which likely costs less.

Conversely, newer GS Hybrid models will probably cost you a bit more, but they come with some desirable updates. The 2016 GS Hybrid received an exterior refresh and gained standard blind spot monitoring and navigation. Lexus made the whole Safety System+ package of driver assistance features standard in the 2017 GS Hybrid.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid has a stellar reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid.

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Which Used Lexus GS Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid is available in two trims: the GS 450h and the performance-oriented GS 450h F Sport. The base GS 450h should satisfy most shoppers, as it comes well-equipped with standard features like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and an infotainment system.

If you want a more engaging driving experience, consider the GS 450h F Sport. It adds a performance-tuned suspension, sport front seats, sleeker front-end styling, and rear-wheel steering. It has the same powertrain as the base model.

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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.

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How Safe Is the GS Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Lexus GS the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the 2015 GS.

This Lexus comes standard with a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid is another luxury midsize car with appealing attributes. Both sedans earn excellent safety and reliability ratings. The GS is more engaging to drive, thanks to its potent powertrain and rear-wheel-drive layout. The front-wheel-drive ES Hybrid only puts out 200 horsepower and suffers from dull handling. The ES to has lower five-year ownership costs than the GS by about $4,500, and fuel economy is much better with the ES, saving the average driver $600 per year. If performance and having more features are priorities, pick the GS. Otherwise, go for the ES.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2015 Infiniti Q70?

Like the GS Hybrid, the 2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid serves up agile handling, spacious back seats, and good fuel economy estimates (29 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway). However, the Q70's harsh ride makes it less practical for daily commuting. The Lexus has a long list of standard features that makes it a better value compared to the Q70's scant equipment list. The GS Hybrid's excellent safety and reliability ratings make it even more appealing. The GS is the better choice in this matchup.

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2015 GS Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Drive?

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid's V6 engine and an electric motor combine to make 338 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard as well. The GS Hybrid has swift acceleration and strong pulling power, even at higher speeds.

The base GS Hybrid delivers a supple ride over road imperfections, thanks in part to its standard adaptive suspension. Handling is fairly composed around corners, but the GS 450h F Sport model offers a more athletic experience. That trim's upgrades include a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and a drive mode selector.

Does the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 GS Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. That's an excellent rating for a luxury midsize car.

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2015 GS Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 GS Hybrid Seat?

The Lexus GS Hybrid seats five people. Every model has leather upholstery for the seats and the heated steering wheel, and the front seats are 10-way power adjustable, heated, and ventilated. A power rear-window sunshade is standard as well. Heated rear seats and a 16-way power-adjustable driver's sport seat are available.

The GS Hybrid's cabin is quiet, upscale, and well-equipped. It also boasts attractive styling and high-end materials. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with plenty of room for a taller driver or passenger. The second row also offers a lot of space for occupants to relax.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The 2015 GS Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are deep in the seat cushion, and stiff upholstery makes it hard to reach them.

2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Features

Standard features in the 2015 GS Hybrid include a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and automatic climate control. The base infotainment system consists of an 8-inch screen, a 12-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and satellite radio. It employs Lexus' Remote Touch controller, which works like a computer mouse. Unfortunately, it can be distracting to operate when driving.

Available technology includes a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround-sound system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, a 12.3-inch screen, and the Lexus Enform App Suite, which links your smartphone to internet-connected apps.

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2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus GS Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid has 13 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the luxury midsize car class. A power trunk lid is available.

2015 GS Hybrid Length and Weight

The Lexus GS Hybrid is 15 feet, 11 inches long. It has a curb weight of 4,112 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2015 GS Hybrid in Japan.

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