2016 Lexus GS Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on March 25, 2016 7:09 AM

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.

The two newest additions to the GS line are at extreme ends of the sedan's spectrum: the GS 200t, the most affordable GS, is powered by a fuel-efficient, 200-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. Returning for 2016 are the popular 350, now with more power, 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 GS also receives new styling enhancements for 2016.

Behind the Wheel

From our full review: "We spent a considerable amount of time behind the wheel of Lexus’ 2016 GS 350 sedan and found it to be a competent performance sedan displaying impressive abilities in the areas of acceleration, cornering and braking response. While we’d say the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS have a bit of an edge on the GS 350, it can certainly hold its own against an AWD Audi A6 or a Jaguar XF."

Value Leader

The Lexus GS 350 boasts the highest predicted resale value among midsize luxury sedans, and has one of the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own forecasts in the segment.

Build and Price

The 2016 Lexus GS 200t starts at about $47,000. The GS F maxes out at just over $87,000 when fully loaded. Build and price your own 2016 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.

Long-Term Lexus

KBB had a certified pre-owned 2014 Lexus GS in its long-term fleet for an extended stay. While the 2016 GS has new powertrain choices and updated styling, you can get a basic idea of what life is like with a GS by reading our series of reports:

1. Introduction

2. Riding in Comfort

3. The Grand Canyon and Points Beyond

4. A Drive Mode for Every Road

5. We've Been Served

6. Design

7. Wrap-Up

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and Lexus GS owner Pete offers this analysis: "The sport plus mode is fast, braking excellent and the 800+ watt stereo upgrade was pricey but I love it every day. My only complaint is the voice recognition system; Lexus needs to work out a deal with Apple. I have gone to default usage of my i-phone and the blue tooth for voice recognition." Read more Lexus GS consumer reviews.

Other Options

The 2016 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.