The GS is refined, but it's not the luxury sports sedan Lexus pitches; we didn't find it particularly exciting to drive. The steering lacks feel and the car isn't agile. The ride is comfortable, but no better than its competitors. The GS's well-constructed interior is luxurious and most controls are easy to use. But passenger room is tight and the driving position is flawed.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
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2005
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2012
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. Rear side air bags available from 2007.
Road Test

The GS is refined, but it's not the luxury sports sedan Lexus pitches; we didn't find it particularly exciting to drive. The steering lacks feel and the car isn't agile. The ride is comfortable, but no better than its competitors. The GS's well-constructed interior is luxurious and most controls are easy to use. But passenger room is tight and the driving position is flawed.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (340 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (303 hp)
  • 4.3-liter V8 (290 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Lexus GS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“instrument panel rattles are prevalent”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“dash loose. Lexus fixed at no charge”

Patrick B., TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Ever since we purchased the car the sound of cracking paper continues intermittently. We have had the car serviced at least 10 x and it was never rectified”

Pam V., PA (2007 Lexus GS 350 4.3-L V8)

“Rattles in the IP . Been there forever”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Squeak that appears to come from somewhere in the console. Dealer has been unable to correct it”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Rattle jnside driver side front door. Dealer could not locate or resolve”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Dashboard rattles does not seem well engineered”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“wind noise around windows”

Joel L., CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Rust and activation of braking of system”

Rick S., MA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“Front brakes required replacing at 45,000 miles. I boughtr car at 12,000 miles and downshifted extensively to brake so as to preserve brakes. Break pads too soft. Brake dust extensively on all four rims”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Both front brake pads and rotors wore out in 31,000 kms. These were replaced at Lexus dealer with Lexus parts at 65,000 kms and found worn below limits at 96,000 kms”

G F., AB (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“Normal routine wear”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer failed to address the issue despite being informed of the problem before purchase”

Rick S., MA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Previous OEM Lexus brake pads caused excessive squeaking, new improved softer pads were installed, but at my expense”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“had squeeking problems and brought to dealer but they were intermittent and occured at different times and they did not detect any squeeks. new brakes were installed about 6 mo before so i continued to drive till they were more consistently noticable”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“didn't work”

Stephen H., NV (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“both low beam lights bulbs went out at the same time”

Anonymous, AL (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“driver side Headlight works intermittently”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Headlight goes out intermittently”

Pam V., PA (2007 Lexus GS 350 4.3-L V8)

“Driver side head light would stay on randomly after parking car”

Wayde T., TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Right headlight doesn't always come on. Dealer can't figure it out”

Danica B., NC (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“The tire pressure sensor in a tire failed one time and another time the control system locked up and had to be reset”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Backup camera would occasionally not work (i.e., black screen when in reverse)”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

“Rarely the backup camera would not work. The camera will go dark,. Took to the dealer to fix and since it is a random issue they could not find or fix the problem. Still has it today”

Fausto C., FL (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“Display stopped responding to touch. I found an aftermarket repair shop to replace the the touch potion after I removed it from the car. $200 instead of dealer price”

Gary S., FL (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“It turns off for no reason”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“both side marrow's wont stay in adjustment (Dangers)”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“third time review mirror has been replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“WINDOWS JUMPED OFF THE TRACKS”

Anonymous, AL (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Front driver side panel popped loose after getting too close to snowbank. Designed poorly. To fix properly, must replace front bumper”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Paint peeling in both sides of the Roof gutters (water runoff)”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Peeling of paint on the wheels and subsequent corrosion”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

“Recall of possible gasket leak”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle recalled due to possible fuel seal leak, potentially causing a fire”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“smelled a metallic burning smell one nite after coming home and took the car in the next day. they checked it out and it was the alternator so they changed it.unfortunately, it was a few months out of the extended warranty (7) yrs”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Alternator went out but when it did it shorted out the car computer so bad they couldn't get the computer up and running to run a diagnostic on it to see what was wrong. Took a couple days to get the computer running to find out it was the alternato”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

“Was a faulty senor that made a warning light come on”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer said they were leaking”

Ira Z., FL (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

“Recall issued for gasket problem”

John F., NJ (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Problem more related to Starter switch, vehicle would take up to 3 attempts before starting. Vehicle operated fine after starting”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Pipes

“parts rusted out”

Christopher G., MA (2007 Lexus GS 450h 3.5-L V6)

“Crossover pipes rusted out. Replaced under warranty upnto 130000 km”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“Set temp for driver and passenger sides at same level, get hot air on passengers side and cold air on drivers side”

Kevin P., CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

“Condenser drain grommet clogged, condensate water then flooded front and back floor carpets of vehicle. Dealer Labor Cost $252.44”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Traction battery failed. Hybrid model GS450h”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“When having the car serviced, the tech recommended that the water pump be replaced due to slight leakage found”

David G., CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

“Doesn't engage in reverse immediately on occasion”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Too much oil consumption required engine rebuild”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
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