There is only one generously appointed trim on the Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan; it is thoroughly equipped with the Lexus standard of luxury and style. The GS' standard features include 18 inch alloy wheels, variable suspension and performance tires for any driving style, forward and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, Safety Connect and xenon headlights for additional safety while driving and parking, keyless ignition and entry, power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, memory equipped power seats with 10 way controls, dual-zone climate control, auto dimming mirrors, and Bluetooth compatibility for added convenience; the audio portions weren't skimped on either, with Bluetooth audio, iPod connectivity, a 10 speaker sound system, satellite radio and a six CD changer available for the driver's choice of musical entertainment while commuting. And don't forget the sunroof, stolen vehicle locator, or the heated / ventilated seats upholstered in rich leather to provide the final touches of comfort and extravagance in this sedan's cabin.
There are luxury options galore for the Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan, most lauded of which is the stellar Navigation system. It uses real-time traffic, Lexus Enform, and can be controlled with your voice so you never have to key in another address. The real time traffic updates combined with its high resolution touchscreen and easy user interface make this system a must have for the long distance commuter. Other options like the run-flat tires, rear spoiler, adaptive cruise control with pre-collision for added security, advanced suspension and a 14 speaker surround sound audio system by Mark Levinson are just some of the things drivers can choose from for their own needs.
The Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan is crafted for performance, and it delivers that. Unfortunately though, Lexus focused too intently on the performance aspect, and left the fuel economy to suffer the fallout. At 23 mph combined city and highway, this vehicle just doesn't do much to justify the exorbitant cost of the 'hybrid' tag. While the style, comfort and luxury are almost completely on par with the Lexus ideal, sadly the sacrifices in cabin and trunk space just don't level up to the sticker. If you're choosing a vehicle to save money on gas, you're better off looking elsewhere. But, if you're a driver of average size looking to take advantage of luxury in your sedan that doesn't compromise performance despite hybridization, the Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan is worth a second look.