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Slotting between the flagship LS 460 and the popular ES 350, the mid-size Lexus GS line occupies an admittedly modest but still notable niche in the sport sedan segment. Intertwining aggressive styling and formidable performance with typical Lexus luxury cues, it gives Toyota's premium division a very credible competitor in an arena most often associated with German offerings, including the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. In addition to offering the only hybrid in this segment, the GS 450h (reviewed separately), the GS lineup consists of three gasoline-powered variants. The rear-drive GS 350 and all-wheel-drive GS 350 AWD share a common 3.5-liter V6, while the rear-drive GS 460 is powered by a larger and more powerful V8 engine.You'll Like This Car If...
Those demanding a vehicle that offers sporting character infused with loads of luxury touches will find the entire GS family, but particularly the V8-powered GS 460, more than capable of satisfying their multi-dimensional appetites.You May Not Like This Car If...
For some, any proper sport sedan still must come with a German pedigree – or at least with a manual transmission. For those folks, the GS in any guise will likely not pass muster.What's New for 2010
For 2010, the GS gains an updated navigation system with Lexus Enform Voice Command casual language recognition, Safety Connect driver assistance program, and a new Premium Sound system with USB port and streaming audio via Bluetooth.Driving It Driving Impressions
Well-mannered, well-controlled and admirably quick with either powertrain or drivetrain combination, the GS strikes a very desirable balance of personality traits that should please all but the hardest-core sport-sedan buyers. The suspension trades off a bit of fine-edge feel in return for excellent comfort on a daily-driver basis, and the GS 460's optional Power Active Stabilizer system does a first-rate job of keeping body roll in check. Despite a slightly artificial feel, the electronically-boosted variable power steering is both quick and precise. The various supplemental handling assists can be switched off completely by anyone who really does want to press to the edge of the envelope. For those who prefer all-weather security, the GS 350 AWD deserves consideration. Regardless of model, the finely crafted cabin always maintains Lexus levels of isolation from wind and road noise.Favorite Features
Optional Mark Levinson Premium Audio System
Boasting 330 watts of 5.1 Surround Sound power and 14 strategically positioned speakers, the available Mark Levinson audio package delivers an auditory experience that rivals hearing music performed live. It's available with or without the DVD-based Lexus navigation system in any GS model.
Affording an even tidier look to the already business-like cabin of the GS, a concealed panel on the left side of the dash houses a bank of power switches for several items, including the power mirrors, instrument illumination levels and odometer resets.