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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.9
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid boasts a comfortable ride, superb safety and predicted reliability ratings, and many standard features. It sits in the top half of our luxury midsize car rankings. On the downside, its infotainment system is tricky to use.

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Strong powertrain
  • Roomy cabin
  • Long list of standard features
  • Tricky infotainment controller

2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid is a good choice among used luxury midsize cars. It delivers a plush ride and great fuel efficiency without sacrificing on performance. This hybrid sedan has quick acceleration, and it handles corners confidently. The Lexus GS 450h also has a sumptuous cabin, a lengthy standard features list, and fantastic predicted reliability and safety ratings. However, the GS Hybrid has a frustrating infotainment system and a higher average price than its non-hybrid competitors.

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We’ve analyzed 25 Lexus GS Hybrid reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, 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 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid?

At this time, we don’t have pricing for the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid are about $27,600, or $5,520 per year. Five-year costs for the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid are roughly $6,800 less. Estimates for the 2017 Lexus GS are about $4,160 more, and the Audi A6’s five-year projections are around $3,250 more.

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

The 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid saw no major changes. You can buy a virtually identical used 2017 GS Hybrid and save money.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GS Hybrid Is Best?

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. The 2014 GS Hybrid gained a power trunk lid and rear cross traffic alert as available features. For 2015, Lexus added an F Sport package and an upgraded infotainment display. Lexus refreshed the GS Hybrid’s exterior styling for 2016. Blind spot monitoring and navigation became standard in the 2016 GS Hybrid, and the Lexus Safety System+ became standard for 2017.

Sports-oriented shoppers will want to step up to the 2015 GS Hybrid (or a newer model) for the F Sport model, which includes enhancements like an adaptive variable suspension system. Safety-minded shoppers should consider the 2017 GS Hybrid, which comes standard with advanced safety features like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid has a top-notch predicted reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid.

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Which Used Lexus GS Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid comes in one main base trim, which has plenty of standard safety and technology features for most shoppers.

Standard amenities include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof. The standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch display, the Lexus Remote Touch controller, a 12-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, navigation, and the Enform App Suite.

Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

The GS Hybrid is also available with a performance-oriented F Sport package. It adds a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power-adjustable side bolsters, unique interior and exterior styling, leather sport seats, an adaptive variable suspension system, larger brakes, and an upgraded steering system.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus GS Hybrid Warranty

Not only does the GS Hybrid have excellent predicted reliability, but it also has one of the most robust CPO programs among luxury brands.  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 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the GS Hybrid?

Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid, it tested the nonhybrid GS, which earned the highest rating of Good in three crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform any crash tests on the GS Hybrid.

The GS Hybrid has a ton of standard advanced safety features. These include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The GS Hybrid and the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid sit close in our rankings. Both hybrid models have lavish cabins, excellent predicted reliability, and comfortable rides. Choosing between them comes down to personal preferences. The ES Hybrid has more rear-seat passenger room and better fuel economy. The GS Hybrid has a larger trunk and more standard features, including leather upholstery, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either luxury midsize car.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2017 Lexus GS?

Fuel economy and price are two major distinctions between the nonhybrid 2017 Lexus GS and the GS Hybrid. Naturally, the GS Hybrid has better mpg ratings and lower fuel costs than the gas-only GS, but the hybrid version will cost you a lot more money up front. Another difference between the two models is the Lexus GS 450h comes with a lone V6 engine mated to two electric motors, while the Lexus GS 350 comes with a standard four-cylinder engine and has available V6 and V8 engines. They both have a lengthy list of features, excellent safety and predicted reliability, and roomy cabins.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid or 2017 Audi A6?

The 2017 Audi A6 has a lot to offer, including a powerful engine lineup, athletic handling, and a roomy, high-quality cabin. The A6's infotainment system is also easier to operate than the GS Hybrid's. What gives the GS Hybrid a slight edge over the A6, however, is its better predicted reliability rating and slightly higher fuel economy estimates.

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2017 GS Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Drive?

The rear-wheel-drive 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid has poised handling and a smooth, composed ride. It’s powered by a 338-horsepower V6 engine and two electric motors, which provide more than enough power for city and highway driving. In fact, it has more horsepower and delivers quicker acceleration than the non-hybrid base GS 350. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) operates like an automatic.

Does the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid delivers 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are great ratings for the class.

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2017 GS Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 GS Hybrid Seat?

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid seats five in two rows. Not only does the front row have ample space, but the back row has a good amount of room as well. You'll find luxurious materials throughout the cabin, and the seats are supple and supportive. Leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Some models also have a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power-adjustable side bolsters, leather sport seats, and heated rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate the GS Hybrid's LATCH system for ease of use.

2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Features

Standard features include a 12.3-inch infotainment display, the Lexus Remote Touch controller, a 12-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, navigation, and the Enform App Suite. Some models come with a premium 17-speaker audio system.

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2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus GS Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average in the luxury midsize car class. However, it's normal for hybrid vehicles to have a smaller cargo area than their gas-only counterparts due to their battery packs. The rear seats don't fold, but a rear-seat center pass-through is standard, and some models come with a power trunk lid.

2017 GS Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid is roughly 16 feet long. Its curb weight is about 4,110 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2017 GS Hybrid in Japan.

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