2010 Lexus GS 450h Review


2010 Lexus GS 450h

A few weeks back, I had the chance to spend some time with a 2010 Lexus GS 450h, which stands as one of my favorite models in the lineup. Now, having reviewed the 2009 model last year, my main focus this time around was trying out some new photography techniques, but I did want to share some quick impressions on the latest edition of Lexus’ hybrid sports sedan.

While essentially the same as the 2009 model, the GSh did get a couple design changes in 2010, the most obvious being the new front grille:

2010 Lexus GS 450h Front Grille

I can’t lie, I’m absolutely crazy about this grille — just love it. The gradient pattern looks like it was dreamed up by a mathematician, and fits perfectly within the overall design. Still, I don’t know how well the extra chrome fits with the Smoky Granite Mica exterior.

On the other hand, I’m not as thrilled by the new, simpler wheel design:

2010 Lexus GS 450h Wheels

If I had to guess, I would say the change had something to do with how difficult the older wheels were to clean, but the previous design is one of my favorites, and I’m sad to see it go.

The interior is getting that refined patina that comes with age — remember the GS design is now six years old:

2010 Lexus GS 450h Interior

There’s a fine line between simple and simplistic, and the GS interior straddles it — the overall design has a classic feel, with some very nice sharp lines, but the buttons and switches are in need of an upgrade.

One thing that sticks with me: driving the GS at night is a real highlight. There’s something about the the way the pinpoint LEDs light up the cabin, with the Mark Levinson stereo on, cruising slowly with one hand on the wheel — it’s a special experience.

There was one new issue that came up as a new parent — trunk space. There was just barely enough room in the trunk for the daily baby stuff, and on an overnight trip, my wife and I had to pack our bags in the backseat, thereby eliminating the possibility of personally owning a GSh anytime soon.

With the next-generation GS currently being shown at meetings with U.S. dealers, 2011 is likely the last year for the third-generation GS, a model that has aged extremely well and set the tone for Lexus’ L-Finesse design language. I had a great time photographing this car, and I’m looking forward to sharing the results — please look for galleries over the next couple days.

(Special thanks to Lexus Canada for providing this vehicle for review.)

Comments


  • http://www.facebook.com/LexusandThePursuit WorldofLuxury

    I love the full-LED interior lighting. No ugly yellowish-greeny light although it’s not the color that’s the problem; it’s just the way they’re presented.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard RDS

    @WorldofLuxury :

    Any preview of that interior light at night ?

  • Travis

    The car still looks great inside and out. I love the GS sedan.

    I cant wait to see how Lexus improves on it

  • Eljay

    It certainly is a design that has aged well.Looks bang up to date.

  • http://jasoncollinphotography.com Jason Collin Photography

    Very nice preview. Well done on the photographs (I am a photographer). I actually had a client once with a 2010 S-550, but he wanted HDR style photographs of it. Photographed in Tampa, Florida:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2009/9/25/2010-mercedes-benz-s-550-photo-session.html

    I am just a 2000 RX300 owner, but dream of the 2011 IS F. I discovered this site while dreaming of the IS F and have put it into RSS and look forward to all new posts on every kind of Lexus. Thanks for the great posts!

  • Travis

    Am I the only one the notice that Lexus cars always seem to have alot from front wheel gap? The back seems to be lower…

  • Travis
  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    RDS wrote:Any preview of that interior light at night ?

    Unfortunately, no — none of the photos I took turned out. :`-(

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    @Jason Collin Photography: Thanks, and welcome to TLE! :-)

  • Lexus Ben

    I’d just wish the next gen GS lineup will feature a F model much like the IS-F perhaps the same 5.0L V8 with Supercharger? I mean this might be a long shot because Lexus is going Hybrid and eco friendly route. However, please add more driving dynamics to the lineup in order to compete with Euro rivals. And I truly believe that Lexus can make this happen.

  • http://TLE Shane From Australia

    I agree, the GS is defantly a nice car and if i was in the market for one the GS460 would defantly be my pick. I look forward to the next generation model and hope Lexus builds nicely upon the current model and adds a F-sport model.

    GS460 F-Sport … sounds good to me !!

    Actually … as GS450h F-Sport would be excellant considering Lexus is launching a hybrid F-Sport namely the CT200h F-Sport.

  • Lexus Ben

    And one more thing, please make the GS450h model have a usable trunk. Cause the current Hybrid model trunk is almost half the size of a normal GS350,460 trunk size which makes it not acceptable for long trip for 4 people.

  • stockpicker

    I own a GS450h – it rocks and feels younger and more elegant than other Euro rivals….