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2015 Lexus GS Preview

2015 Lexus GS Preview

Feb. 20, 2015

Pros: The Lexus GS offers performance and lots of interior space in a sophisticated package that’s also rife with reliability, and there’s even a hybrid model on offer.

Cons: The GS, like other Lexus models, feels a bit long in the tooth despite an update in 2014.

2015 Lexus GS Price and Fuel Economy: There are only two 2015 Lexus GS models available and they are as follows:

2015 Lexus GS 350 AWD $57,250

2015 Lexus GS 450h $75,350

Fuel economy numbers are good considering the engine size and AWD nature of the Lexus GS (non-hybrid, of course). You’ll see 12.6L/100km in the city and 9.1L/100km on the highway. Opt for the hybrid variant, the 450h, and you’re looking at 8.0L/100km in the city and 6.9L/100km on the highway: compact fuel efficiency numbers in a midsize sedan.

Powertrain: As mentioned above, there are two engine options. In the GS 350 AWD a 3.5L V6 produces 306 horsepower. Whereas, in the 450h the V6 combined with Lexus Hybrid Drive pushes out a combined horsepower rating of 338 horsepower and will get from 0-100km/hr in just 5.6 seconds. Not bad, for a hybrid.

Power is controlled via a 6-speed automatic transmission, with sequential shift. And there is even Drive Mode Select which lets you choose between: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow. On F SPORT models you get two more modes: Sport S and S+.

The 350 AWD obviously comes equipped with an all-wheel drive system (with rear-wheel bias).

Changes and Improvements: No major changes or improvements have been made since the update in 2014. However, recently unveiled in Detroit was the Lexus GS F; a 467-horseopwer high-performance version of the GS. While still a concept, this is likely to come about in the near future and be available alongside the RC F.

Cargo Capacity: In the 2015 Lexus GS 350 AWD, expect approximately 405 liters of trunk space. However, the 2015 Lexus GS 450h’s trunk space drops to about 374 liters.

Safety: The 2015 Lexus GS models are equipped with all standard safety equipment and airbags (10 to be exact), along with Lexus Enform Safety Connection and even whiplash injury lessening front seats.

Comparing the 2015 Lexus GS: BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Acura RLX, Cadillac XTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Infiniti Q70.

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