Advertisement
Go
2009 Lexus GS 450h Photo
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Reviewed by Trevor Wild
Author, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$50,894
BASE MSRP
$56,550
Quick Take
The hybrid powertrain in the 2009 Lexus 450h is very responsive, but a tight interior and lackluster real-world fuel economy detracts from the appeal. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web
Styling
Performance
Quality
Safety
Features

Like other Lexuses, this one features a beautifully finished interior

Car and Driver »

Its styling is sexier than that of many other hybrids

ForbesAutos »

Virtually identical to the GS 350 and GS 460 sedans

Cars.com »

features, including dimensions, match with the standard GS 430

Autoblog »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$56,550 $56,550
4-Door Sedan Hybrid
Gas Mileage 22 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas/Electric V6, 3.5L
EPA Class Mid-Size
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
See Detailed Specs »
7.8 out of 10
Browse Lexus GS 450h inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS
Sign Up

Save this car now, and view it in your Showroom!

Save to My Showroom

The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Lexus 450h in order to give you an expert opinion. Then TheCarConnection.com's auto experts researched available road tests on the new Lexus 450h to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

The 2009 Lexus GS 450h rewards you with satisfying performance while earning nods from your eco-minded friends, but your wallet will be worse for the wear.

The hybrid system in the 2009 Lexus GS 450h is calibrated for performance, rather than absolute fuel economy. The system uses a combination of a gasoline engine and electric power, and it charges the battery system with the engine and during braking. It’s also a full-hybrid system, meaning you can crawl ahead in slow traffic using electric power only. Because the 450h is tuned for performance, the EPA estimates are 22 mpg city, 25 highway versus the Lexus GS 350’s 19/27 mpg; according to the experience of owners and TheCarConnection.com's editors, the hybrid’s real-world mileage is even lower.

Driving the 2009 Lexus GS 450h is what you’d expect from a sport sedan. The powertrain combines a 292-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor system propelling the rear wheels. Altogether, the hybrid powertrain makes 339 horsepower and can push the 450h to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds—faster than the V-8-powered GS 460. The shifter has a manual mode that simulates six different gears, and there's impressive stability in corners, even when the road surface turns rough, thanks to the double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear. The electric-assist steering is well weighted, but it doesn't convey much road feel.

The 2009 Lexus GS 450h gets a conservatively styled but sporty-feeling instrument panel, while seldom-used controls are kept out of the way in a drawer. The GS interior is a major drawback, as it sorely lacks backseat space, and headroom is limited in front. The ride isn't always perfect either; it can be harsh on rough patches and railroad crossings.

The insurance industry-supported IIHS tests the nonhybrid GS sedan and gives it the top "good" rating in both frontal and side impacts, with a "marginal" rating in the seat-based rear-impact test. Front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and dual front knee airbags are standard on the 2009 Lexus GS 450h. Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), a stability control system that closely integrates the steering and brakes, is also standard. Included with the optional laser cruise control is the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which prepares safety systems for an anticipated collision.

The options list includes an excellent navigation system with voice address entry, laser cruise control, and a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with DVD audio/video capability. Another noteworthy option is the active stabilizer system—which provides the advantage of a heavier stabilizer bar almost instantaneously without sacrificing ride quality. And there's no shortage of high-technology features inside to live up to the image of a sport sedan for green geeks. Standard features on the 2009 Lexus GS 450h include keyless entry, adaptive front lighting, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and front ventilated and cooled seats.

Likes:

  • Responsive hybrid powertrain
  • Sport-sedan handling is retained
  • long list of active and passive safety features
  • High-tech features

Dislikes:

  • Limited headroom front and rear
  • Limited backseat space
  • Real-world mileage is no better than the GS 350's
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Advertisement
Advertisement
Other Choices
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Go!
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.
Advertisement