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MPG: 22 City / 25 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Lexus GS Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2011 Lexus GS Hybrid, which is the only hybrid entry among 2011 luxury large cars, offers good performance and carries a high reliability score.

The 2011 Lexus GS Hybrid impressed reviewers when it was new because it offered V8 power with V6 fuel economy. They thought it possessed plenty of power and liked that it utilized an electric engine at low speeds to conserve fuel. In terms of fuel economy, the GS Hybrid gets and EPA-estimated 22/25 mpg city/highway, while packing a V6 engine that sends a total of 340 horsepower to the rear wheels. Reviewers were divided on the GS Hybrid’s handling. Many felt its steering is too light, while others liked its feel and thought it corners well. Still, others in the class have better acceleration and handling. The GS Hybrid was not crash tested in 2011, but it has a long list of safety features. It also has an excellent reliability rating.    

Much like its gasoline-powered counterpart, the 2011 GS, the GS Hybrid offers good interior quality and a quiet cabin. However, when it was new, auto critics were disappointed with the lack of leg- and headroom in the back seat. They felt the GS Hybrid boasts comfortable seats, though. With so many other used luxury cars offering state-of-the art interior features, test drivers found that the GS Hybrid lagged behind the competition in terms of cabin technology. Because the GS Hybrid’s battery is stored in the trunk, cargo space is also limited. The GS Hybrid offers Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch-screen interface and a 10-speaker sound system with USB and auxiliary jacks standard. If you’re seeking additional convenience features, the GS offers a rear sunshade, ventilated front seats, navigation and a rearview camera.

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Other Cars to Consider

With a fuel-efficient clean diesel model, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is worth a look if you’re trying to maximize fuel economy. The E-Class BlueTec has impressive estimated fuel economy without sacrificing much performance. In addition, the diesel E-Class has one of the most luxurious interiors in its class with ample passenger and cargo space.

Although it is not the canyon-carving sedan it once was, the redesigned 2011 BMW 5-Series still offers a good driving experience and is worth a look. Its revised interior also gives it more interior space and the 528i also gets better fuel economy than the GS Hybrid, but with a less powerful engine. On the other hand, the GS Hybrid has a higher reliability rating than the 5-Series.

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