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2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

The 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid has a spacious interior, refined driving dynamics, and great fuel economy. Excellent safety and reliability ratings help it rank in the top third of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Strong acceleration
  • Great fuel economy
  • Roomy interior
  • Distracting infotainment controls

New for 2016

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Standard blind spot monitoring and navigation

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Luxury Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Hybrid Car for Families award. Currently the Lexus GS Hybrid has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The Lexus GS Hybrid is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used sports sedan but don’t want to pay a big penalty at the gas pump. The GS Hybrid – also referred to as the GS 450h – earns an efficient 29/34 mpg and rewards drivers with lithe handling, muscular acceleration, and a comfortable ride. It rates highly for reliability and crash safety as well, and it offers a large suite of advanced safety features. It’s a rare no-compromises luxury midsize sedan.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 22 Lexus GS Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid?

You can expect to pay between $30,000 and $43,500 for a used 2016 GS Hybrid. These figures are based on 130 listings for the 2016 Lexus GS on our site. The average list price is $35,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2016 GS Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,300 – or about $4,850 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury midsize car class.

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

The 2018 Lexus GS 450h starts at $63,635. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2016 GS Hybrid, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there is one major benefit to buying new. All 2018 GS Hybrids come standard with the Safety System+ package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If these are must-have items, you may find that it’s cheaper to buy a new 2018 model than to find a used model with these features.

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On the other hand, you can save money while still buying new. The 2018 Lexus IS starts at just $38,000. The compact IS has a smaller interior than the midsize GS, and it isn’t available with a hybrid system. However, the IS can match the GS’ sporty driving dynamics while still providing high fuel economy (up to 22/32 mpg), a handsome interior, and muscular engine performance.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The 2016 GS has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five, according to J.D. Power.

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2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2016 GS Hybrid.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GS Hybrid Is Best?

The 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid marks the fourth model year of the car’s second generation. All 2013 through 2018 models offer roughly the same features and performance, making them all good used car picks. The differences come down to styling and standard features. The 2013 through 2015 models have more sedate exterior styling compared to the later 2016 through 2018 models. More importantly, several previously optional safety features – including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control – became standard in all 2017 and 2018 models.

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Which Used Lexus GS Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Lexus offers the 2016 GS Hybrid in two trim levels: GS 450h and F Sport. The Lexus GS 450h comes standard with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, navigation, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry, push-button start, satellite radio, a CD player, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof, adaptive suspension, rain-sensing wipers, and alloy wheels.

The Lexus GS 450h F Sport adds sport seats, exterior cosmetic updates, larger brakes, and rear-wheel steering. Available features for both models include heated rear seats, a head-up display, a Mark Levinson stereo, and a suite of active safety features.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Lexus GS its highest safety rating of Good in all areas tested: front crash safety, side impact safety, and roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2016 model.

All 2016 Lexus GS 450h sedans come standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Available safety features include Intuitive Park Assist (front and rear parking sensors). The available Lexus Safety System+ package adds lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and the Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2016 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2016 Lexus ES Hybrid and GS Hybrid are both great luxury sedans. Each of these Lexus sedans have solid reliability scores, premium interiors, and the same advanced safety features. Regrettably, both also share the same distracting infotainment system. The major difference between these cars is how they drive. The ES Hybrid provides superior fuel economy (40/39 mpg) and a smoother ride quality, but it offers considerably slower acceleration and more sedate handling. Go with the GS if you want sporty driving dynamics. Otherwise, a used ES Hybrid is the better, and often much more affordable, pick.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2016 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid?

The 2016 Infiniti Q70 is one of only a few other hybrid options in the luxury midsize car class. The Q70 Hybrid yields competitive fuel economy (29/33 mpg) and features roomy seating. That said, its handling isn’t as sharp as the GS’, nor is its ride as comfortable on rough pavement. The Q70 Hybrid also has dated interior styling and features, a small trunk, and a lower reliability score than the Lexus. Stick with the GS.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5?

The 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 has a few things going for it. Like the GS, the 5 Series has refined driving dynamics, a well-trimmed interior, roomy seating space, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, the ActiveHybrid 5 disappoints in an area where it was meant to shine – fuel economy. It returns just 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s worse than some of its nonhybrid siblings. Further, the BMW has a lower reliability rating and higher ownership costs than the GS. The Lexus is a better option. If you want to stay within the BMW family, consider the BMW 535d which gets an efficient 26/38 mpg.

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2016 GS Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Lexus GS 450h has a V6 engine and two electric motors that yield a combined 338 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and rear-wheel drive are standard. The V6 hybrid powertrain delivers swift acceleration – zero to 60 mph is achieved in just 5.6 seconds. The CVT does a fine job of handling that muscle as well; its transitions from electric to gas power are nearly seamless.

The GS Hybrid impresses most, however, with its well-balanced driving dynamics. The GS stays stable around turns, and its steering feels precise and nicely weighted. Operating the brakes feels natural as well, which isn’t always the case in hybrid cars. Its biggest trick is its adaptive suspension, which reacts instantly to road bumps and dips – providing a smooth and comfortable ride. Models equipped with the F Sport package also benefit from a rear steering system, which independently turns the rear wheels to allow for tighter cornering and quicker steering response.

Does the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The GS 450h gets an EPA-rated 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is great for a luxury midsize sedan.

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2016 GS Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 GS Hybrid Seat?

The Lexus GS 450h seats five and features a quiet, handsome cabin. The dashboard is elegantly styled, and most interior materials have a quality look and feel, especially the crisp aluminum trim. The GS’ front seats are soft and supportive, offering excellent comfort over long driving distances. The F Sport model adds sport seats with even larger side bolsters, which provide better hip-hugging support. The rear seats are cozy as well, and there’s ample headroom and legroom for adults in front and back. Heated and ventilated front seats are standard, as is leather upholstery. Heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The GS has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Features

The 2016 GS 450h comes standard with a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a CD player, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include a Mark Levinson sound system and a head-up display that projects pertinent information onto the windshield. The climate and audio controls are simple to use, and they’re conveniently placed on the dashboard. The infotainment screen isn’t very user-friendly though. It’s operated using Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, which features a mouselike controller. It feels very sensitive and can be distracting to use when driving.

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2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus GS Hybrid Cargo Space

The GS Hybrid has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average by class standards. The rear seats don’t fold, but there is a slim pass-through area that allows longer items to fit in the trunk.

2016 GS Hybrid Length and Weight

The Lexus GS 450h is 16 feet long and has a curb weight of 4,112 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Built?

The 2016 Lexus GS 450h was built in Aichi, Japan, along with the 2016 Lexus IS, LS, and the nonhybrid GS.

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