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2019 Lexus GS Ratings & Reliability
The GS competes well, delivering a balanced combination of ride, handling, quietness, and roominess. Engaging to drive, the car's good handling and taut yet supple ride fare well against German rivals. The strong 3.5-liter V6 returned 21 mpg overall in our tests. Base models, named GS 300, use a less exciting 241-hp turbo four-cylinder. Rear-drive versions get an eight-speed automatic, and AWD versions get a six-speed automatic. A hybrid with a CVT is also available. Interior space is on a par with the class, and the cabin is nicely furnished. A distracting mouselike controller works the infotainment system. A high-performance GS F with a 467-hp V8 is also available. The Lexus Safety System+ is standard, and it includes automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning.
2013 Redesign Year
Lexus GS 2018
The 2013 redesign transformed the car. While handling is sporty, the ride is still supple and controlled. Meanwhile, the cabin is roomy, comfortable, and nicely furnished. Our only complaint is the mouselike controller used to operate the cumbersome infotainment system. We'd stick with the regular GS 350 and get all-wheel drive if winter poses a problem where you live. To us, the only must-have option is the blind spot monitoring system. The 2014 refresh brought an eight-speed automatic transmission to rear-wheel-drive models; all-wheel-drive versions retained the six speed. For 2016, Lexus added Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users and all trims were available with the Lexus Safety System +, which includes pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with steering assist and dynamic cruise control. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert was standard.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $38,050 - $64,850 $35,080 - $57,620
2017 $26,425 - $55,375 $23,820 - $49,100
2016 $22,350 - $47,475 $19,850 - $41,850
2015 $23,475 - $27,450 $20,920 - $24,840
2014 $19,325 - $22,250 $16,870 - $19,670
2013 $17,700 - $17,975 $14,340 - $14,840
2006 Redesign Year
Lexus GS 2011
This version of the rear-wheel drive GS offers powerful engines, but it isn't a great sports sedan. Handling is unexceptional and the suspension transmits stiff kicks from road bumps. The interior is neat and functional, but strangely antiseptic. However, as you'd expect from Lexus, it is well constructed, luxurious and most controls are easy to use. Still though, passenger room is tight and the driving position is flawed. The V6 isn't as strong as some competitors; though a V8 is optional. A hybrid arrived for 2007. For 2010, the GS came with active front restraints, which move forward in response to the occupant's pressure on the seatback; this further reduces head travel and the potential for whiplash injury.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 NA NA
2011 $11,975 - $16,600 $8,875 - $13,140
2010 $10,125 - $13,400 $7,080 - $10,105
2009 $8,975 - $11,350 $6,030 - $8,220
2008 $7,750 - $9,075 $4,880 - $6,120
2007 $6,750 - $8,375 $3,980 - $5,480
2006 $7,250 $4,430
Lexus GS 2005
This rear-drive sedan sits between Lexus' entry-level ES and its flagship LS. Powerful six-cylinder and V8 drivetrains are the GS's most notable feature. Handling is competent but unexceptional. The suspension emits stiff kicks over bumps. The optional sunroof makes head room tight for tall people. The interior is neat and functional but strangely antiseptic.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $6,400 $3,605
2004 $5,750 $2,995
2003 $5,225 $2,505
2002 $4,800 $2,140
2001 $4,425 $1,835
2000 $4,375 $1,760