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

Reviewers like the 2015 Lexus GS’ sporty handling, precise steering and comfortable ride. Most add that the GS 350 has strong acceleration, though some think its turbocharged rivals feel more responsive.

  • "With its impressive level of handling, acceleration and braking response, the performance-oriented Lexus GS 350 for 2015 suddenly finds itself on equal footing with a number of time-honored sports-sedan nameplates." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In base form, the 2015 Lexus GS 350 provides a good balance of luxurious comfort and sporty performance." -- Edmunds
  • "All it takes is a few miles in the saddle to recognize that the GS is built for people who love to drive." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on rear-wheel drive models, while all-wheel drive models have a six-speed automatic. According to the EPA, the GS 350 gets 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is decent when compared with the fuel economy of most six-cylinder rivals.

Most automotive journalists write that the GS 350 has more than enough power for highway merging and passing. However, some argue that turbocharged rivals like the BMW 535i feel quicker off the line.

  • "Competitors have opted to turbocharge their engines, but since the GS 350 uses one of the few naturally aspirated V6s in the segment, drivers will need to get the revs up fairly high to tap its power potential." --Edmunds
  • "Under the hood, the standard V6 is largely unchanged from the previous GS 350's V6, but it's still a gem, delivering its direct-injected thrust with vigor and refinement." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "It's good for 306 horsepower, but it doesn't come on as quickly as the twin-turbo inline-six in the BMW 535." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Any GS feels strong from a stop, and has more than adequate power for highway merges and passing." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, an adaptive suspension and an adaptive sport-tuned suspension are optional. Test drivers say the GS 350 has athletic handling with plenty of cornering grip and responsive steering. They write that the F Sport package, which adds an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, makes the GS 350’s handling even more impressive. The base GS 350 has a comfortable ride, according to reviewers, and on models with the F Sport package, the ride is slightly firmer, but still smooth.

  • "Take a test-drive and you'll likely be impressed by the GS's sharp handling, which can be further bolstered by the F Sport package for those with a greater penchant for performance." -- Edmunds
  • "Nonetheless, even the F Sport retains a pleasantly supple ride on imperfect pavement, though the base GS is more compliant, and the optional non-sport-tuned adaptive dampers make it smoother still." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "GS is nimble with minimal cornering lean and good grip. Steering is quick and accurate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Rear-wheel-drive GS sedans felt incredibly nimble through a closed road course set up by Lexus, with lots of grip and crisp, precise steering." -- Cars.com (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/17/14

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