2017 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 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+ system is standard for 2017. Another change for 2017: the GS F now uses linear adaptive variable suspension, designed to improve ride quality and body roll.
Behind the Wheel
From our full review: "After considerable time behind the wheel of a new Lexus GS 350 sedan, we found it to be a likable and competent performance sedan with impressive acceleration, cornering and braking response. It’s fun to drive and absolutely luxurious. The GS’s stiff structure, lightweight aluminum suspension and wide track all contribute to its level cornering and compliant ride."
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.
Build and Price
The 2017 Lexus GS 200t starts at about $47,000. The GS F maxes out at above $88,000 when fully loaded. Build and price your own 2017 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 200t, 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. For 2017, 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 2017 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.