2015 Lexus GS 450h

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Lexus GS 450h receives a new F Sport option package along with 18-inch wheels as standard equipment and a revamped infotainment display.

Most hybrids on the market today are meant to deliver maximum fuel economy. But there are a handful of hybrids that seek to balance out improved fuel economy with some added performance potential. The hybrid-powered 2015 Lexus GS 450h is one such car that can stretch a gallon of gasoline but still manage to provide some driving excitement, too.

Just like other hybrids, the GS 450h applies a mix of both electric and gasoline power to match the driver's demands. In slow city traffic conditions, the electric motors do much of the initial work to get the midsize luxury sedan moving. The driver can also select an EV mode that uses only electricity, but only up to about 40 mph and for limited distances. With more demand placed on the accelerator, the gasoline engine fires up seamlessly to provide additional thrust.

But in the case of the GS 450h, there's a lot more potential thrust available. Together, the electric motors and 3.5-liter V6 gas engine produce a hearty 338 horsepower, which is plenty to keep more spirited drivers entertained. New for 2015, an optional F Sport package further rewards those drivers with sharper handling and looks to match. Yet if you just drive normally, you can expect fuel economy of about 30 mpg in mixed driving

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Midsize hybrid luxury sedan available in one well-equipped trim level

The 2015 Lexus GS 450h is a midsize hybrid luxury sedan that is offered in one well-appointed trim level.

Standard features include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights and accent lights, LED taillights, water-repellent front windows, heated auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, an adaptive suspension, adjustable drive settings, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with lumbar adjustments, driver seat memory functions, a rear seat center pass-through, heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade and a power tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel.

On the technology front, the GS 450h also comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment display with Lexus' Remote Touch Interface, Siri Eyes Free control for iPhones, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 12-speaker surround-sound system with CD player, iPod/USB interface and satellite radio. There are many options available, but it's important to note that their availability and grouping with one another can depend on the region in which you live.

Main optional features for the GS 450h include heated rear seats, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control with frontal collision warning, a driver drowsiness monitor, front and rear parking sensors, a lane-keeping assist system, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system. Also available is a navigation system that also increases the infotainment display to 12.3 inches and adds the Enform smartphone app integration suite with remote locking, climate control and vehicle location and status.

New for 2015 is the F Sport package, which includes 19-inch wheels, unique body and exterior trim elements, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, variable-ratio and rear dynamic steering, upgraded brakes, a rear spoiler on the trunk lid, a 12-way power-adjustable driver sport seat and unique interior trim.

Well-crafted interior, plenty of adjustments in front seats, upgraded screen with a navigation system, Lexus Enform Safety Connect system

In typical Lexus style, the 2015 GS 450h features a well-crafted interior with high-quality materials. The front seats provide plenty of adjustments, support and padding for hours of comfortable touring. Upgrading to the F Sport package will enhance lateral support further, with adjustable side bolsters and additional thigh support. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults.

New for 2015 is an upgraded screen included with the navigation system that gives the driver the ability to view and control up to three systems via a triple split screen. With the hybrid battery pack consuming some trunk space, the GS 450h can accommodate a smaller than average 13 cubic feet of cargo, which is about 1 cubic foot smaller than the nonhybrid GS 350. The rear seats do not fold to offer additional space, but there is a center trunk pass-through for longer objects.

Standard safety features for the 2015 Lexus GS 450h include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect system with automatic collision notification, an emergency assist button and stolen-vehicle location services.

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