Exceptionally nice interior; genuinely sporty handling; technology galore; choice of regular and hybrid models; executive-class back seat
Lacks the acceleration of other high-end sport sedans
The GS lineup gets standard 18-inch wheels and a revised infotainment display with 3-way split-screen functionality. Also, the hybrid-powered GS 450h is now eligible for an F Sport package.
We're not sold on the F Sport's ambitious styling tweaks, but we love the 16-way sport driver's seat, and you can't get it unless you check the F Sport box. Still, even the base GS is well equipped. Find a Lexus GS for sale
The 2015 Lexus GS sedan is offered in GS 350, GS 350 AWD and GS 450h trim levels.
The GS 350 ($48,610) comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 10-way power front seats with manual fore/aft headrest adjustability, leather upholstery, driver memory functions, electroluminescent gauges, a trip computer with a color TFT display, an 8-in infotainment screen with the Remote Touch mouselike controller, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with DVD audio capability, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and iPod/USB connectivity.
The GS 350 AWD ($51,775) adds all-wheel drive but loses a couple of speeds in its transmission, while the GS 450h ($60,510) gets the fancy hybrid powertrain, unique hybrid-themed gauges and readouts, exclusive bamboo trim, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade.
Aside from the bamboo trim and hybrid gear, the GS 450h's extra features are available on other GS models as options. Additional options include adaptive suspension dampers, a sunroof, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a head-up display (with full color for 2015), 18-way Multi-contour power front seats (BMW and Mercedes, perhaps not coincidentally, also use this term), semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery, a 17-speaker, 835-watt Mark Levinson audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a 12.3-in widescreen display, a text-to-speech SMS function and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics suite.
There's also an enthusiast-oriented F Sport package that adds 19-in wheels, rear-wheel steering (rear-wheel drive only) assorted exterior styling cues, bigger front brakes, sport-tuned adaptive dampers, a 16-way power sport driver's seat with adjustable side bolsters and unique interior materials.
Trunk space measures an average 14.3 cu ft. in the GS and 13.2 cu ft. in the hybrid.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2015 Audi A6 3.0T -- Feature for feature, you'll pay more for the supercharged Audi, but you'll get superior acceleration in return, as well as more restrained styling. This is a close race, though.
2015 BMW 5 Series -- Any 5 Series model is a strong GS rival, and there's even a hybrid version. Although the BMW has lost its old athletic edge, it's still capable, and it boasts fantastic engines and a beautiful interior.
2015 Infiniti Q70 -- The base V6-powered Q70 is less refined than the GS 350, but there's also a hybrid version, and then there's the optional 5.6-liter V8 with 420 hp. Moreover, the Infiniti has one of the nicest cabins around.
Used Lexus LS -- The beauty of certified pre-owned vehicles is that you can go one size up and still get a factory warranty. The top-dog LS can be had as a pre-owned model for GS prices.