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2007 Lexus GS

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2007 Lexus GS Review

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Lexus is moving to change its image as a producer of pure luxury cars to a producer of world-class luxury performance cars. The first phase in this transformation was launched last year in the form of the new GS sedan. Built to challenge the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, the GS features some of Lexus' most aggressive styling and performance capabilities. Despite the advances in power and a taut new suspension, the GS still lacks one of the rudimentary tools desired by die-hard driving enthusiasts: A manual transmission. Without a doubt the best GS to date, the 2007 GS 350 and GS 430 afford Lexus its best shot at winning over European-leaning buyers.

You'll Like This Car If...

For anyone torn between the performance of a European sport sedan and the unmatched attention to detail of a Lexus, choosing the GS won't require a coin flip.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Even though the new GS delivers impressive performance figures, some people might still be hesitant to drop $50K on a luxury-sport sedan that doesn't wear a European nametag or offer a traditional manual transmission.

What's Significant About This Car?

The GS 350 receives a new 3.5-liter engine, making it the most powerful V6-powered sedan in its class.

Driving the GS

Driving Impressions While some luxury-sport sedans are built on the Three Bears theory—not too hard, not too soft, just right in between—the best ones manage to deliver high levels of both performance...

and comfort at the same time. Such is the newest Lexus GS.

On the highway it's a cruiser, with comfortable seating and amenities and a ride that easily qualifies the luxury component of its dual-purpose nature. And when the road gets narrow and twisty, the GS is eager to keep pace with its European counterparts, even if its operator isn't armed with the same Teutonic intangibles.

Mark Levinson Surround Sound
Delivering true 5.1 Surround Sound through 14 speakers, the optional DVD-Audio surround system is one of the finest factory sound systems we've ever heard.

Hideaway Controls
To reduce cabin clutter, a cleverly hidden but easily accessed drop-down dash panel hides 14 infrequently used controls.

2007 Lexus GS Details
2007 Lexus GS photo Interior

Inside, the GS expresses its enthusiastic character with sharp lines, perforated leather seating and attractive machined-aluminum gauge faces. Overall, the passenger cabin is a comfortable, sensible environment outfitted in wood, polished metal and leather. The backseat is also comfortable, offering generous headroom and legroom plus comfortable quasi-bucket seats that provide welcome lateral support on spirited drives. Technology fans will love the seemingly endless array of gadgets and gizmos, a phalanx so sophisticated it may turn off an equal number of buyers who feel one shouldn't have to be an MIT graduate to operate one's car.

Exterior
2007 Lexus GS photo

The fact that Lexus has managed to develop such a passionate following while wrapping its cars in admittedly bland styling speaks volumes about the appeal of quality and attention to detail that seemingly remains underestimated by many other carmakers. And while not a radical design by any stretch, the latest GS is the first to incorporate the company's new L-Finesse design philosophy that's meant to charge Lexus vehicles with more emotional appeal—and provide yet another reason for buyers to opt into the Lexus family. Perhaps the most notable design element is the fastback-style roofline that terminates in a very short rear deck. Interestingly, the current model evokes the first-generation GS much more than the second-generation model it replaced.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even a "base" GS features a complete list of standard features that includes leather seating, keyless entry/start, xenon headlamps, heated 10-way power front seats with memory, four-way power adjustable steering wheel, seven-inch LCD touchscreen and four one-touch windows. Safety features include a full complement of airbags; front, side and knee airbags for front passengers and a side-curtain airbag protecting all four outboard passengers. Stepping up to the GS 430 adds not just the V8, but also an active suspension, variable gear ratio steering and a sophisticated active vehicle stability system, all of which are unavailable on the GS 350.

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment on the GS sedan includes all-wheel drive (GS 350 only), Generation 5 Lexus DVD navigation system with rear backup camera, Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, rear park assist sensors, adaptive headlamps (standard on GS 430), pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, moonroof, ventilated front seats and run-flat tires.

Under the Hood

The new 3.5-liter V6 in the GS 350 begs the question: Why opt for the V8? Of course the GS 430 does offer more torque and amenities, not to mention an advanced electronic suspension. Unless absolute power is paramount we think most people will be more than pleased with the V6.

3.5-liter V6
303 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
274 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (RWD), 20/27 (AWD)

4.3-liter V8
290 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
319 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25

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2007 Lexus GS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 240 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

2006 Lexus GS430

By on Monday, December 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Stunning luxury and power."

Cons: "Headlight bulb replaced at dealer was $205.00."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car a little over 2 years ago. It has options beyond anything I even imagined. The power is unbelievable. The ride is smooth and quiet. It has been by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. It was used with about 50k miles when I got it, and now it has 100k and I have replaced the low tire pressure sensors and one headlight bulb. No mechanical problems of any kind. I have looked at brand new Lexus vehicle to trade in on, but I can't find one that I like as much as this one. Why did they stop making this model?????"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Most comfortable automobile for riding and driving

By on Sunday, December 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car to drive"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This automobile is an amazing engineering achievement. Acceleration is beyond belief with the V6 and electric motors I can quickly get up to freeway speeds. The comfort makes it an amazing ride as well. Never a problem mechanically and the design makes it attractive on the road even though it is now over seven years old. I can not say enough about how pleased I am with this vehicle and the service it has given me over the years."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car! never want to get rid of it!

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Overall it is the best car I've owned, way better than the E500 before it and it complements the current jeep I own very well. Financially it would make sense to get rid of it but me and my wife like it to much so we will hang on to it for now!"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my Lexus

By on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Only negative: Back seats not made for long legs or tall people (over 5'11") Handles well. Very smooth and tight drive."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best Car I ever owned

By on Monday, August 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, Handling, Comfort"

Cons: "Tire wear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Without a doubt I will replace this car with another one just like it! Lexus hit a homerun on the GS-350. Excellent performance, handling, and comfort."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

totally excellent quality, performance and service

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only mild complaints I have are that there is a glare from the dashboard reflection in the windshield under certain sun conditions and I'd like a bit more thigh support for the driver."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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