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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $48,600 - $57,330
Invoice: $45,198 - $53,392
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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Lexus GS Review

The 2015 Lexus GS ranks 2 out of 17 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lexus GS, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Lexus GS delivers agile handling, a comfortable ride and an eye-catching, top-quality interior, according to critics.

Most reviewers write that the 2015 Lexus GS 350’s V6 engine is powerful, though some note that the GS 350 doesn’t feel quite as responsive as turbocharged rivals like the BMW 535i. The GS 350 gets an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is on par with the fuel economy of most six-cylinder rivals. Test drivers are impressed with the GS 350’s athletic handling and precise steering, and they say the F Sport package, which includes an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, makes the GS 350 even more agile. They write that the ride is smooth in the base GS 350, and slightly firmer, but still comfortable, in models with the F Sport package.

Automotive journalists say the 2015 Lexus GS’ interior has sleek styling and top-notch materials. They add that the GS 350’s front and rear seats are roomy and supportive. The GS 350’s infotainment system was updated for 2015, but some reviewers think its Remote Touch controller can be distracting and difficult to use. The 2015 Lexus GS 350 comes standard with leather upholstery, a moonroof, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, push-button start, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display, a head-up display, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker surround-sound audio system, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pre-collision braking and parallel park assist.

  • "From its sophisticated yet user-friendly in-cabin technology to its hushed ride and impeccable build quality, the 2015 Lexus GS 350 and 450h redefine what a luxury-performance sedan can be." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Boasting a refined interior, plenty of high-tech features and class-competitive performance, the 2015 GS 350 can go toe to toe with the historically strong competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes." -- Edmunds
  • "Lexus has built an almost peerless reputation for reliability over the years, but performance has never been its strong suit, to put it mildly. So we're as surprised as everyone else that the new GS is a genuine driver's car." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The new GS' impressive blend of nimble handling, quiet road manners, intriguing looks and high-level interior seem like the perfect blueprint for the brand's future." -- Cars.com (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Critics love the Audi A6’s engaging handling, attractive interior design and superb cabin build quality. The A6 also has a lower starting price than the GS 350, and the base model gets excellent fuel economy.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ supple ride and powerful engine options appeal to many test drivers. The E-Class also has a very large trunk compared with its rivals, and auto writers love its rich cabin materials and handsome interior styling.

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Details: 2015 Lexus GS

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 seats five and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The available F Sport package adds unique styling and an adaptive sport-tuned suspension. The Lexus GS Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Lexus GS 350’s last full redesign was in 2013, and since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 12/17/14

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