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2009 Lexus GS 450h Review


Versatile Performer

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2009 Lexus GS 450h

In short: A sporty and posh hybrid sedan.

nusual to its class, the quiet-driving Lexus GS 450h balances raw performance with a hybrid powertrain, a system that includes a 292-horsepower V6 engine, two electric motors, regenerative-braking disc brakes and a 240-cell NiMH battery. While it won’t beat the Toyota Prius or Ford Fusion Hybrid in fuel economy, this luxury sports sedan is impressive considering that it’s a fuel-efficient vehicle capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and reaching a top speed of 131 mph.

The car’s comfortable interior is appointed with leather trimmings and wood accents, and passengers in the front will enjoy ten-way-powered heated and ventilated seats. In line with the automobile’s luxe persona are several powered features, which include side view mirrors, a rear sunshade, a tilt-and-slide moonroof and even a trunk closer. Other standard accouterments include a HomeLink remote control, steering wheel-mounted audio and display controls, and a ten-speaker premium sound system. A control dynamic radar cruise control, voice-activated DVD navigation system, rear spoiler, XM satellite radio, pre-collision radar system and fourteen-speaker Mark Levinson audio system are all optional.

Read a review of the 2007 Lexus GS 450h

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 6-year/unlimited-mile rust warranty; 4-year roadside assistance.

Base Price: $56,400

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 with dual VVT-i (and two permanent-magnet electric motors)
Horsepower: 292 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 340 hp of total system power
Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: electronically controlled continuously variable

Curb weight:
4,134 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 190/71.7/56.1 in
Turning circle: 36.7 ft

all-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc with ABS, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent double-wishbone in front; independent multi-link in rear; coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar in front and rear with adaptive variable suspension and electronically modulated damping

Traction: vehicle stability control and traction control

0-60 mph:
5.2 seconds
Top Speed: 131 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City: 22 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

dual-stage front and knee airbags for front seats; side seat-mounted and side-curtain airbags for both front and rear seats; direct tire pressure monitor system; side-impact door beams; crumple zones in front and rear; full-color display backup camera; electronic park assist; daytime running lights


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PSV040109 (Updated 04/01/09 SV)