With winter rapidly approaching, the 2010 model year cars that haven't already
been released are quickly breaking cover. The 2010 Lexus GS sedan range gets a
new technology treatment and the hybrid GS 450h gets a new look, but otherwise
they carry over much of what made the 2009 models so good.
Both the 2010 Lexus GS 350 and GS 460 get new iPod and USB connectivity with
Bluetooth streaming audio and active front headrests, plus an integrated XM
satellite radio receiver with the standard Lexus Premium Sound System. The
navigation system has been updated with casual-language voice control and can
also now grab your phone's phonebook via Bluetooth. Standard XM NavTraffic/Weather
capability is also built in, though it only comes with a 90-day subscription.
Safety Connect is also standard on non-navigation equipped vehicles, while the
Enform telematics system is added when navigation is equipped.
Power for the standard GS sedans carries forward the 303-horsepower 3.5-liter
V-6 in the GS 350 and the 4.6-liter, 342-horsepower V-8 of the GS 460. The GS
450h nearly matches the V-8's output at 340 horsepower from its combination of
electric drive and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and though it's a hybrid, it actually
out-accelerates the V-8 GS 460 by 0.2 seconds to 60 mph (5.2 seconds vs 5.4
The Hybrid GS 450h gets all that plus a few more updates, including new 18-inch
alloy wheels, a revised grille and clear taillight covers. Blue-colored hybrid
badging like other Lexus hybrids also features prominently, making it clear the
GS 450h isn't a normal gas-powered luxury sedan.