Listings for these models will be added to the listings you are currently viewing. The base set of functions in the 2017 GS is impressive in itself, wrapping in dual-zone automatic climate manage, Bluetooth connectivity, LED ambient lighting, a 12-speaker AM/FM/DVD audio system, HD radio, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, faux leather upholstery, ten-way power front seats, LED headlights and turn signals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener, heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and alloy wheels.
The GS 350, with a 311-hp 3.5-liter V-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic, is far more satisfying. Whilst all-wheel-drive variants continue to use an older six-speed automatic transmission, those with rear-wheel drive have the newer eight-speed unit. Lexus defies the traditions of its brand by piping engine and exhaust notes into the cabin. With rear-wheel drive, a base GS 350 will hit 60 mph in five.7 seconds, and return 20/28/23 mpg.
The voice manage system on the other hand gets praise from all about as becoming one of the extra intelligent systems we have encountered. Equivalent applause goes to the redundant dash-mounted controls for the climate and audio systems. The Lexus Navigation Program ensures that you are usually pointed in the proper direction, while route tracing ensures you arrive on time with it’s estimated arrival time functionality.
The steering wheel is thick with a good heft, inspiring self-assurance even as it speaks to the performance intentions of the auto. It does get a knock for its plastic (trying to make you feel it really is metal) insert, (same goes for the doors and dash) but at least the plastic has a nice glow to it. Housing controls for the audio technique, voice activation, and cruise control the steering wheel gives a higher degree of functionality in addition to its eye-pleasing style.
All versions of the GS sport electric power steering and independent, multi-link suspensions for the front and rear. Thanks to some impressive tuning, light-weight suspension, and a stiff physique, the GS delivers nimble handling. The well-executed energy steering keeps the base auto pleasant, nimble, and communicative, when offering a composed ride. The GS 350 F Sport’s V6 engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which sends energy to the rear wheels. Count on brisk acceleration and nearly imperceptible gear shifts.
The hybrid is not slow either. Accelerating up to 60 mpg requires just 5.5 seconds, and it earns impressive fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, 31 mpg combined. The rear-wheel drive GS 450h hybrid pairs a unique Atkinson-cycle version of the GS 350’s 3.five-liter V-six with a 147-kw motor and 30-kw nickel-metal-hydride battery pack—altogether creating 338 hp. This hybrid delivers robust acceleration, as properly as comfy and quiet low-speed all-electric operation.
We called a Lexus the Ultimate Driving Machine.” In a 4-auto comparison that incorporated a 2012 BMW 535i and 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport, we fell in really like with the then-new GS. Years later, underneath the GS 350’s overdone face-lift is a midsize luxury sedan whose focus remains on entertaining. The segment has changed considerably since that comparo , so we spent some time with and tested a 2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport to see how effectively the auto holds up.
Aero underbody building and stabilizing fins are integrated into the undercarriage for complete aerodynamics and a low drag coefficient. In addition to the new Lexus Security Program +, the GS comes common with ten airbags altogether—front, side, curtain, and knees—as effectively as active headrests, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and blind spot monitors with rear cross visitors alerts. It has performed well in the crash tests it has been subjected to, but it hasn’t undergone all crash tests.
View the status of your navigation system, or check on fuel economy and the air-conditioning all on a single totally customizable, 12.three-inch ultra-wide show. The red perforated leather upholstery in our test auto adds considerable excitement to the interior although the seemingly infinitely adjustable sport seats do almost everything imaginable to deliver assistance and comfort. The adjustable side bolsters accommodate a broad” variety of physique types, when the extendable reduce cushions help legs both extended and short.