The 2010 Lexus GS Hybrid left me confused. I mean, I understand that it’s a sedan, and I certainly understand that it’s a hybrid. I surely comprehend luxury for it’s own sake but I’m a one trick pony and I never really thought that there would be a luxury sports hybrid sedan.
Make no mistake, I LOVED driving it. The Lexus GS is a beautiful, low slung sports sedan that uses every bit of space to remind you that you have arrived. With a lower price point (the one I drove was $65,000) than many cars in its class the GS still boasted every feature imaginable from top grain leather to air conditioned seats and a glossy wood steering wheel.
The Lexus GS is like a jackrabbit, hopping off the line faster than most sedans without groaning or sacrificing a smooth ride. When you put the car into sports mode you realize that you can take corners at ridiculous speeds without giving up any control. This car handles like a dream, it’s comparable to the 5 series BMW without the stiff German ride.
Here’s what baffles me. The Lexus GS is a 340 horsepower V6 engine, yet it’s a really fast car. This sedan does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds. Now I recognize that the 2010 Camaro SS does 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, but folks the Lexus GS is a luxury sedan and it’s only a V6 not a V8 like the muscle cars it competes with.
I loved the silence of the GS. As a busy mom my life is made up of hurry up and wait moments. I’m dropping kids off at schools, camps and playdates. I’m the perfect candidate for a hybrid. What doesn’t make sense about this car (if you’re looking for a hybrid to save the planet) is that that it’s still only getting 25 mpg when you’re driving kindly. I got more like 20 but to be fair I drove it like a manic a little hard so I could report back to all of you.
As a consumer, I’m just not sure who needs a sports hybrid.Well, scratch that, I know people don’t need their sports cars, I’m still figuring out who the buyer is.
I love hybrid innovation. I swoon that Toyota and Lexus have put so many resources towards greener cars but this doesn’t stand out as having amazing fuel economy.
Again, I loved driving this car and if money were no object I’d consider it as my kinder gentler sports sedan but I’m not sure that I wouldn’t just grab an ultra luxury diesel instead.
The exterior styling is superb. I love the soft lines and the gentle arcs but most of all I loved driving a car that was low to the ground without bottoming out on speed humps or scraping fenders while in parking lots.
The interior is actually better than the exterior (you hear that? It’s better than superb). To the left of the steering wheel the side mirror controls are tucked away behind a facade, leaving the car looking fresh and crisp.
If you’re interested in drivetrains, 18 inch wheels, or the chassis you can click here for the detailed specifications. It has enough safety features that I’d happily put my kids in it any day. This is NOT a small car, and it’s practically brimming with airbags.
In all the GS is a beautiful car and I’m a lucky lady. I get to drive a lot of beautiful cars and when I’m test driving them I think to myself, “Now who would buy this?” With the GS I’m still not sure. I guess it’s good for folks who want a hybrid but still want to race like kids through the Hollywood Hills.
Oh, wait, maybe that’s me?