When the Lexus GS-F came out, it was generally considered to be nice enough, but not quite in the realm of cars like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which were generally considered better in most ways: technology, acceleration, power, handling. The GS-F was OK, sure, but people mostly bought it because they couldn’t quite afford the true performance sedan they lusted after.
That was fine, but it led to the GS-F sort of playing second fiddle to the big dogs — meaning it never really got a lot of press or admiration, aside from being good “for a Lexus.” But on the used market, that’s poised to change.
The main reason here is that, as everyone knows, BMW and Mercedes-Benz performance sedans are a bit … troublesome as they age. Once these vehicles fall out of warranty, they become pricey to own, pricey to fix and pricey to repair. At some point, the enjoyment you get from these cars is overshadowed by their massive ownership costs — and then it’s not quite so fun anymore.
Of course, this probably won’t be true of the GS-F. Lexus is known for impressive long-term reliability, and as these cars start to age, it’s likely the GS-F will no longer be playing second fiddle to its German rivals. Sure, its performance isn’t quite on par with the M5’s — but when the GS-F is five, six, eight and 10 years old, people won’t care about that quite so much. Instead, ownership costs will dictate buying decisions, and the GS-F will be there for people who don’t want to spend a fortune keeping their car going.
Just as importantly, the GS-F is already heading in this direction. Used 2016 models on Autotrader are already creeping into the mid-$40,000 range — and once these get into the $30,000 and the $20,000 ranges, they’ll be even more desirable. It’s hard to avoid how impressive these cars will be as used performance sedans with lots of power and reasonable ownership costs for $25,000. That’s something we’ve never really had in a sea of E63 AMGs and BMW M5s.
So mark my words: Even if you didn’t think much about the GS-F when it was new, you’ll start considering it as it gets cheaper. It’ll become a desireable used sedan — and with good reason. Find a Lexus GS-F for sale