Sunday, September 30, 2007

2007 Lexus GS 450h Review

The 2007 Lexus GS 450h has room for five and an opening MSRP of $54,900. There are two engines, a 3.5-liter V6 and a high-output electric motor. Total horsepower for the system is 340 with the zero to sixty leap taking only 5.2 seconds. (Top speed is 131 mph.) Estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg city and 28 highway.

Occupants are protected by double air bags in the front as well as by bags mounted in the seats to cushion the impact of a lateral collision. Bags are also present in the curtain and knee position for the protection of the driver and front passenger. (Rear passengers enjoy the benefit of side and curtain bags.) Systems are in place for the control of traction, stability, and tire monitoring. The doors have beams to absorb impact and crumple zones are present to the front and rear. (A camera to monitor reverse motion is also standard.)

The dash and center trim selections on the 2007 Lexus GS 450h are golden or black bird's-eye maple or red walnut. Perforated leather is used for the trim on the door and the seats with a combination of wood and leather on the steering wheel and shift knob. Optional systems include pre-collision detection, navigation controlled by voice commands, a premium audio unit, and XM Satellite Radio.

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