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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Smooth, quiet, comfortable. Excellent power and handling. Controls, switches are excellent. But navigation system is is not intuitive, a real pain. Never use."

PAUL P., VA (2008 Lexus GS)

"The acceleration is extremely FAST and smooth. It is an excellent cruising vehicle. It's so quiet you sometimes forget there's an engine out there and then you need to accelerate then . . . swoosh . . . you're out of there!"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus GS)

"The driving experience is fantastic. It has 307 horsepower and that it far more than I have ever had before. The fuel injection system is also superior."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus GS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seat bottoms have insufficient padding"

D W., MA (2008 Lexus GS)

"I'm tall, and the seats don't go back far enough."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus GS)

"A couple minor fit & finish type issues - intermittent rattle in dash and around sunroof - detract from the experience a bit."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Lexus GS)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the style better than the new style."

MARK M., MA (2008 Lexus GS)

"I love the style of my car. I'm so proud that it's mine. It doesn't look like an older car. It looks great and it looks new. It feels good to drive a Lexus."

CAROLYN C., AZ (2008 Lexus GS)

"It's a beautiful body style . . . long, low and sleek. I actually think it's much prettier than the body style on the new GS's."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus GS)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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