It will be one year 12/28/14, since buying this car, and I love it. In town averaging 28-29; freeway 34-36--that compares to my Infiniti of 17 city, 23 freeway. The Lexus experience is also so much better than the San Diego Infiniti dealer. I have only 3900 miles at month 10, and one service. SD Lexus has been great. I also experienced zero defects thus far; also, much more than I can say about either of my Inifinitis. I would buy this car again. It drive and handles well, is quiet and a joy to be in. I have the luxury package, which I think helps improve the experience greatly. Trunk lighting is awful. I added an LED light in the trunk. It also needs more charging options.
I've had the car for almost one year now, and still love it. As previously mentioned, I do not drive much, as I live in downtown San Diego, mostly walking. I now have less than 4K miles. I am averaging 29 in town, with 35-36 on the highway when driving to Palm Springs. I have found driving in ECO mode is usually fine, unless I am in the desert (my car is black, so require full a/c there). Sport + is a totally fun experience, and I like that I can have it when I want it. There have been zero warranty issues. The first service experience at San Diego Lexus was good. I will likely have to bring it back in December just because it will be one year old, due to my lack of driving.
Styling (black ext. with flaxen interior). Lexus assist. bluetooth streaming with iPhone. Comfort. Quiet. Mileage. ML stereo. 18-way driver seat. Service experience at Lexus as compared to Infiniti.
Interior Storage could be better. Poor lighting in all black trunk. I added an LED motion sensor light, which helped a lot. Desperately needs a cell phone charging bay; like the little compartment to the left of the steering wheel, but with a charging port.
The only mechanical issue is that when touching the brake with the cruise on, it takes a deep press to disengage. That should be tweaked by Lexus.
I asked SD Lexus to upgrade halogen fog lights to LED, but said not possible. Why? Lexus should allow that.
Purchased via Lexus' December to Remember event for $15K off sticker, so made purchase much easier.
Black with flaxen seats and lux package for $60K--Because of valuation, was considering 2014 ES300h with Ultra, but this price made the GS450h more palatable.
Traded Infiniti FX35 (2009).
Liked car, but dealer experience was like I bought a Nissan.
I drive less than 8K miles per year, so tired of refueling SUV at almost $90.00 per tank.
Interior quality. Quietness. Performance. V6 hybrid. Exterior styling. Technology much simpler to use than my Infiniti; more intuitive.
Already averaging 29 mpg in town with less than 500 miles, and that's driving very normally. The LED headlamps are amazing.
Car is effortless.
It shocks me the GS450h didn't come standard with a power trunk for a $70K auto--really Lexus!?; but, that is now the case for 2014.
Not enough power outlets for lux car. No overhead for sunglasses (no holder).
In most respects, the GS450h is an excellent car. It inspires confidence and drives fine. But, there are two features that are unacceptable to this buyer: 1) Unless you purchase the Luxury pkg., you can't get the LED headlamps w/AFS. The regular bi-Xenon headlamps provide minimal illumination and are worse than any we've ever had on our Lexus autos; 2) Lexus claims that this car gets 34MPG average. While brand new, it only got 30.4 MPG. With less than 9K miles on it, this winter, we've gotten 29.2 MPG!. I'm on top of air pressure and I don't gun the car. So, it's not me; it's the car and Lexus's misleading claims.
Performance, handling, interior finish.
Install LED head lamps w/AFS as a regular feature
Improve windshield wiper design so that it doesn't streak at the points.
Revise MPG claims and don't mislead customers.
Radically improve the navigation and phone voice commands system: It consistently mis-hears our voices, even when simply placing a call.
Improve interior lighting, as well as trunk light.
We traded up from RX's to the GS450h for efficiency and environmental reasons. But, the first time we drove at night was a revelation. The bi-xenon HID lights are simply no comparision to the bright and expansive headlamps we expected. They've checked them out thoroughly, but no, that's what you get. A critical component that nobody ever addresses! The LED lamps that come with the luxury package are impossible to find on any Lexus lot, so a comparison is, well, impossible to date. My suspicion is that the LED lights are better; otherwise, why would they be available only with the luxury package. Have you experienced the LEDs on a Lexus? We've driven the car a little over 1000 miles.
It certainly is a good car otherwise. It's got more features than you can shake a stick at. But, what's the use if you don't feel comfortable driving this car at night.
Improve the illumination qualities of the headlamps radically. They do not illuminate much and are too limited in the distance they do illuminate.