With a combined MPG rating of 23, the Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan seems somewhat less than impressive as a hybrid vehicle. It does have gas only and electrical only driving options, which are seamlessly adjusted depending on the driver's needs. This should equate to the Lexus claims of V8 performance with the fuel consumption of a V6, but just falls short of the mark as far as fuel economy. In terms of performance, the gas only 3.5 liter V6 puts out a decent 292 hp, and when combined with the electrical motor that number gets bumped up to a respectable 340 for this hybrid sedan. However, if drivers are looking to save some money by purchasing a vehicle for its fuel economy, they'd be better off looking elsewhere; this hybrid sedan was formulated with more of an eye toward performance than decreasing the use of fuel while driving.
With its 3.5 liter V6 gas engine and two electrical motors and a continuously variable transmission, the Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan is suited for a variety of driving styles. Capable of running for short distances at lower speeds, the electric only mode is perfect for city style driving; the electrical motor takes a lot of the fuel waste found in stop and go traffic out of the equation. Performance in any mode is well worth the drive, and the power is comparable to V8 engines. This luxury sedan has been estimated to go from zero to sixty in an extremely impressive 5.2 seconds, which stacks up well against even V8s in sedans of similar size. The ride in either case is generally smooth and quiet ride, and with the Comfort and Sport modes, drivers can choose between soft suspension and better performance. And of course, the regenerative braking system means that every time you brake you're providing more power for your electrical motor. This is a great benefit, but can be a bit difficult for drivers new to these brakes to master.
And with the Lexus name on the sticker, you know you're in for a treat with the Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan's interior appointments. From sumptuous leather seating to rich wood trims, the only thing lacking in this cabin is the actual space. While the shorter will find adequate room, and the average will still be comfortable, anyone taller may want to take a pass, no matter how soft the seats are. Despite being a luxury sedan, the headroom within leaves little room to spare; the back seat is even worse. With the sloping ceiling in combination with the slightly raised center of the rear seat, some people may find they are too tall for the GS.