If you build the perfect high-end performance sedan, you would probably want to be filled with luxury and abundant technology, stellar powers and impeccable statistics of reliability and resale performance. Fortunately, someone has already built such a car, and it is called Lexus GS 2018. As a direct competitor to the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS and Audi A6, Lexus GS shares the range with a wide variety of versions ranging from the four-cylinder turbocharged fast and efficient GS 300 GS to the fire-breathing F with its 467- power V8. Are you looking for power and efficiency? Lexus offers a hybrid model in the 2018 Lexus GS 450h. Those looking for performance on a budget can opt for the F-Sport upgrade are offered on three of the four trim levels of the GS.
Not for the faint-hearted, the Lexus GS luxury performance sedan is a bold road-going style art. He drives with an aggressive frontal treatment with an oversized grille, a deep spoiler and an intense expression. The distinctive headlamps and LED taillights adapt to its sporty image, its highly defined shapes and its low position. The GS 350 and 450h are equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, while the F Sport and GS F groups add 19-inch wheels. Rich and varied painting options are a pleasant departure from the ubiquitous sea of silver, white and black.
The GS cabin is another force, at least from the first row. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and the materials are of high quality. The rear seat, however, is a little tight for a mid-size sedan, and we’re not fans of the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system. Safety is also a mixed bag. Lexus offers many safety features, including 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, and lane departure warnings with active lane control. Unfortunately, incomplete crash test data mean that the GS has not been up to its German competitors. It is commonly used as a theme for the stratosphere.
The GS 450h Hybrid is faster than the GS Turbo or GS 350, while being more fuel efficient. With 286 horsepower and 257 pounds of torque, the GS 450h accelerates to 60 seconds in 5.5 seconds and gets 31 miles per gallon combined. It does not seem particularly sporty, but the F Sport model is a bit of a game. Its main competitor could be the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. Others include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Bluetec or BMW 528d, the two diesels that get better mileage from the highway than the 29/34 mpg City / Highway GS 450h.
The 2018 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid starts just over $ 64,600 and adding many options can push it considerably higher.