2016 Lexus GS 450h

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Lexus GS 450h. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    286-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride and handling
  • Braking feel, gas mileage for GS 450h
  • Seat comfort
  • Interior quality
  • Large backup camera screen

The Bad

  • No folding rear seat
  • Small moonroof
  • Mouselike multimedia control
  • Transmission smoothness (GS 450h)
  • Disappointing Mark Levinson stereo

Notable Features of the 2016 Lexus GS 450h

  • New GS 200t version with turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Updated front-end styling with standard LED headlights
  • Choice of gas engines or gas-electric hybrid model
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • 12.3-inch multimedia screen available

2016 Lexus GS 450h Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Lexus GS is a five-seat midsize luxury sedan. It comes with a choice of gas engines and is also offered as a gas-electric hybrid in GS 450h form. The V-6-powered GS 350 is available with all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
New for 2016
A new GS 200t version is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and has rear-wheel drive. The GS 350's V-6 engine makes slightly more power and torque. New front-end styling incorporates standard bi-LED headlights.
Significant Standard Features

  • 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (GS 200t)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Distinctive spindle grille
  • Bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (GS 350)
  • Gas V-6 and electric motors team to produce 338 hp total (GS 450h)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (all-wheel-drive models)
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-color head-up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Mark Levinson premium audio
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Navigation system with 12.3-inch screen
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Precollision system with pedestrian detection
  • Lane keeping system
Vehicle Overview

The Lexus GS is a five-seat midsize luxury sedan. It comes with a choice of gas engines and is also offered as a gas-electric hybrid in GS 450h form. The V-6-powered GS 350 is available with all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
New for 2016
A new GS 200t version is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and has rear-wheel drive. The GS 350's V-6 engine makes slightly more power and torque. New front-end styling incorporates standard bi-LED headlights.
Significant Standard Features

  • 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (GS 200t)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Distinctive spindle grille
  • Bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (GS 350)
  • Gas V-6 and electric motors team to produce 338 hp total (GS 450h)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (all-wheel-drive models)
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-color head-up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Mark Levinson premium audio
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Navigation system with 12.3-inch screen
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Precollision system with pedestrian detection
  • Lane keeping system

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus GS 450h currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus GS 450h Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Lexus
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GS 450h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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