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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 New for 2007

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 253 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

surprisingly good mpg

By on Monday, June 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quiet, performance, luxury"

Cons: "more head room would be welcomed"

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

"I bought my 08 GS350 3 years ago with 88k miles. I have not had a single repair. I take my car to Toyota for maintenance. The Toyota dealer has significantly lower rates. I currently have 140k trouble free miles. I love the power of my gs350. It is far better than my last Lexus (05 es330). However, when i avoid using the power I am rewarded with awesome mpg. I routine average 25-26 mpg in mixed driving. The highway mpg is surprising. According to my calculations, I averaged 34.9 mpg (car mpg indicator higher) on a recent trip from TX to FL and back. I used some hypermiling techniques. I inflated the tires from 32 to 44 psi, used a/c sparingly, and traveled at 65 mph. I plan to keep this car a long time. A friend of mine has 250k on his gs. The only repair he experienced was trannie replacement about 200k miles."

firmest ride of 3 owned GS models

By on Sunday, January 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great look, smooth performance and build quality"

Cons: "ride not as nice on rough surfaces"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have owned 2001 GS, 2006 GS and my current 2011 GS (CPO 30000 miles)All great cars except the 2011 has a much firmer ride. Still very smooth on smooth surfaces but it is not so smooth on lessor surfaces."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best luxury car on the market.

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
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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: "Handling, sound system, quiet ride, firm but comfy"

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

"Handles like a big car but has the spunk of a small sporty car. Excellent gas mileage which was an unexpected surprise."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Hybirds is the new fast

By on Sunday, October 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Luxury and performance"

Cons: "Run flat tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Beautiful red metallic looks like candy apple. 297 hp gas and 43 hp electric total 340hp and 24mph in town and up to 33 on highway. 2011 GS450h. 0-60 5.1. Quarter 13.9. Otherwise everything is perfect. Would of liked the navigation system to be upgraded to current standards. Great service at dealerships."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this car, amazing performance and precision s

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, reliable"

Cons: "floor mats get dirty quickly"

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

"have owned this car for 6 years and never had one ounce of trouble with it! Will never drive anything but a Lexus again!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best care I ever owned

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 238,000

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

"Who would have thought I could drive this car for over 230,000 miles and it still runs like it did on day 1? Great car!"

19 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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