2018 Lexus GS Buyer's Guide
It turns out you can mix business with pleasure.
Before you even start the engine it's easy to appreciate the Lexus GS as a well-built, refined luxury sedan that practically oozes luxury. But once you fire it up, it's all about fun: the GS offers outstanding driving dynamics and an interior loaded with advanced technology. That mix ensures that what was once seen as an upstart consistently holds its own against rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
At the extreme ends of the sedan's spectrum are the GS 300 (previously known as the GS 200t), the most affordable GS, powered by a fuel-efficient, 241-horsepower 4-cylinder turbo. Then there's the fiery GS F, with a 467-horsepower V8 under the hood and multiple sport modes set up for everything from regular street driving to a day at the track. Also part of the lineup are the popular 350 and the hybrid 450h, the GS with the best fuel economy (29 mpg in the city, 34 on the highway). Whichever model you choose, the Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety features is standard. In addition, for 2018, the Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect packages are free for the first 10 years.
Behind the Wheel
From our full review: "Our time in the V6-powered GS 350 left us with a positive impression of a smart midsize-luxury sedan delivering competent handling, impressive acceleration, a smooth ride and, when equipped with the F-Sport package, thrilling cornering abilities."
The Lexus GS 350 boasts the highest predicted resale value among midsize luxury sedans, and has the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own forecast in the segment.
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Build and Price
The 2018 Lexus GS 300 starts at about $47,000. The GS F maxes out at above $89,000 when fully loaded. Build and price your own 2018 Lexus GS at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
F is for Fun
Looking for a greater emphasis on performance? The F Sport package is offered in the 300, 350 and 450h. F Sport models get their own unique styling tweaks, plus multiple drive modes and available Lexus Dynamic Handling, Dynamic Rear Steering and Adaptive Variable Suspension. A limited-slip differential is available for the rear-drive GS 350 F Sport.
KBB had a certified pre-owned 2014 Lexus GS in its long-term fleet for an extended stay. While the GS has been updated since, with new powertrain choices and eye-catching styling, you can get a basic idea of what life is like with a GS by reading our series of reports.
The 2018 Lexus GS is a great choice, but it's not the only car in the class worth investigating. Check out KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to get to know all the other sedans in this segment competing for your big bucks.
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