A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Lexus GS450h

The 2012 Lexus GS450h is for those who want to drive a hybrid, but would prefer to still enjoy a luxurious and safe ride. Fortunately, as this sedan proves, going the hybrid route doesn’t have to mean you lose power under the hood, peace of mind or comfort.

Key Features

The 18-inch alloy wheels are a nice touch and let you know Lexus was serious about making a luxury hybrid fun to drive.

This vehicle also has a great infotainment system. At the time this vehicle debuted, the screen was the biggest on the market at 12.3 inches. It is still bigger than the kind you’ll find in most sedans.

The majority of people will also appreciate that the GS450h is packed with 17 speakers powered through 835 watts. The Mark Levinson sound system may be one of the best stock versions out there.

Changes for 2012

Lexus added a lot more space to their 2012 GS450h. There is 20% more space in the back seat and over 50% more room in the trunk.

The drivetrain has also been updated, so that you get a 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 matched with a direct and port injection engine. According to Lexus, this gives you a 20% improvement in efficiency and emissions. Furthermore, changes were made to the vehicle’s CVT (continuously variable transmission) so that the drivetrain feels better and reduces the “flare” normally associated with this type of transmission.

What We Like

The inside of this car is definitely spacious and not just in the back. Lexus designed the front to make the most out of the space available and it shows.

This sedan is also extremely safe thanks to a blind spot monitor, ABS, a Heads Up Display that includes how fast you’re going, adaptive headlights and more.

What Concerns Us

More space in the back over last year’s model doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be satisfied. While there are five seatbelts, it feels like Lexus forgot to make room for that middle seat.

Available Models

This hybrid model of the 2012 Lexus GS450 is the only one of its kind. It will give you a very impressive 29 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway.

Major Recalls

Lexus has never issues a recall for the 2012 GS450H.

Common Issues

For many, the price tag simply isn’t worth it, even with the savings you’ll see when you hit the pump.

Others have complained about the backseats. There just isn’t a lot of headroom.

Lexus GS450h 2012


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