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2011 Lexus GS

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2011 Lexus GS Review

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One could be forgiven for thinking that the Lexus GS line would be lost between the popular ES 350 and the flagship LS 460 but, in fact, the GS models have found their own niche with consumers. By combining the luxury expected from Lexus with subtly-aggressive styling and surprising performance, Toyota's upscale division has gained a foothold in a market segment typically associated with German sedans such as BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the 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 and all-wheel-drive GS 350 share a common 3.5-liter V6, while the rear-drive GS 460 has a larger and more powerful V8 engine.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sedan with room for the family and a touch of luxury with enough performance to live it up now and then, the GS line (especially the GS 460 and its V8) combines them in an elegant, reliable package.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There are those who believe any proper sport sedan still must wear a German badge, or at least offer a manual transmission. For them the GS in any trim will likely come up short.

What's Significant About This Car?

Drivers who opt out of the optional Navigation system will receive a compass-equipped interior rearview mirror. The biggest change for 2011, however, is the addition of Toyota's Smart Stop Technology as standard equipment.

Driving the GS

Driving Impressions Comfortable, controllable and quick with either powertrain or drivetrain combination, the 2011 Lexus GS is an excellent all-around performer that should please all but the most hardcore sport-sedan buyers. The...

suspension sacrifices just a bit of feedback in exchange for daily-driver comfort and sporty edginess, but the GS 460's optional Power Active Stabilizer system does a great job keeping body roll in check if you do decide to have some fun in the corners. The electronically-boosted variable power steering is both quick and precise, if slightly artificial-feeling. Those who want to see what the GS can really do can switch off completely the many handling assists and let it fly, while those who prefer all-weather security can opt for the GS 350 AWD. No matter which GS model suits your fancy, its fine cabin provides expected Lexus levels of luxury, convenience and isolation from wind and road noise.

Optional Mark Levinson Premium Audio System
Available with or without the DVD-based Lexus navigation system in any GS model, the Mark Levinson audio package delivers an auditory experience that rivals hearing music performed live. With 330 watts of 5.1 Surround Sound power and 14 strategically-positioned speakers, it makes good use of whatever content your ears prefer.

Hideaway Controls
Affording an even cleaner look to the already elegantly ergonomic 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 outside mirrors, rear sunshade, instrument illumination levels and odometer resets.

2011 Lexus GS Details
Interior

Supple leather, brushed aluminum and beautiful polished woods decorate the 2011 Lexus GS's well-organized and luxuriously comfortable cabin. In a realm where typical Lexus levels of fit are expected, touches like the easy-to-follow white-on-black gauges, well-placed basic controls and clever array of function switches hidden behind a drop-down panel on the dash set the GS apart from the traditional choices. Formed power front bucket seats will carry anyone in comfort, with the bucketed rear bench having sufficient head and legroom to handle a pair of adults and children (only) in the center spot.

Exterior

It's difficult to call any car's design aggressive and subtle in the same breath, but it almost has to be done with the GS. At first glance one could be forgiven for noticing only the badge and letting the eyes move on, but a longer second glance reveals a sedan which has really come into its own after styling tweaks for the 2008 and 2010 model years. The front fascia gives the GS a bit of a sneer, and its lower, wider stance lends an air of sport to the elegant bodywork. The well-proportioned windshield view provides good outward visibility while the bi-xenon HID headlamps and quick-responding LED taillamps make it easier to see and be seen regardless of time of day or conditions. All GS models come with standard alloy wheels: The GS 350 sports 225/50WR17 performance tires, with the GS 350 AWD opting for an all-season run-flat alternative and the GS 460 rolling on 245/40ZR18s.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every Lexus GS comes equipped to justify its place in the luxury sedan market. Beyond the available powertrains, you'll find leather-covered and heated 10-way power front seats (heated and ventilated in the GS 460), SmartAccess keyless locking and starting, dual-zone climate control, 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, a seven-inch multifunction display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, an advanced anti-lock brake (ABS) package, Smart Stop Technology, driver-switchable Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system and front, front-side, side-curtain and knee airbags. Standard on the GS 460, and optional on the GS 350, are Adaptive Variable suspension and the corner-following Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS).

Optional Equipment

The list of options for the GS is fairly short, including a 330-watt Mark Levinson Premium Sound System, DVD-based voice-activated navigation system and the Lexus Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Other single items of note include computer-controlled Active Power Stabilizer Suspension System, all-season run-flat tires, park assist and a rear spoiler. There are three choices (Golden Bird's-Eye Maple, Red Walnut and Dark Grey Bird's-Eye Maple) for the interior wood trim, dependent on which color interior the driver chooses.

Under the Hood

Both the V6 available in the GS 350 models and the GS 460's V8 are clinics in modern engine construction, from their weight-saving aluminum construction to the variable valve timing used to optimize both performance and efficiency. The 3.5-liter V6 in the GS 350 and GS 350 AWD turns out 303 horsepower and 274 pound-feet of torque, to send either car from zero to 60 mph in under six seconds when backed by the six-speed automatic. The 4.6-liter V8 in the GS 460 ups the output figures to 342 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Teamed with a sophisticated eight-speed sequential automatic transmission, it allows the GS 460 to complete the 0-60 mph run in 5.4 seconds. FYI: Manual-style gear changes still must be made using the console lever, as neither transmission offers steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons or paddles.

3.5-liter V6
303 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
274 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (RWD), 18/25 (AWD)

4.6-liter V8
342 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
339 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

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2011 Lexus GS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 243 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

I have owned this car since NEW. Love it

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I hate that this car just turned over 100,000. I really wish I could turn them back. Not a days trouble LOVE Lexus. Had 2 BMW that were nothing but trouble. NEVER AGAIN. Although I hate the new Lexus grill. That's why I wont buy another one till they change it back."

looks great, vg performance,

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive."

Cons: "no heated steering wheel,"

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

"people look at it, cleaned up it is great black with beige interior. handles well, wish it had full memory drivers seat."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever owned

By on Thursday, December 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything about this car is a pro"

Cons: "In 9 years I've yet to find a con!"

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

"Loved this car from day one (new). Still looks great, performs in all weather, and is as reliable as they come."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

2006 Lexus GS430

By on Monday, December 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Stunning luxury and power."

Cons: "Headlight bulb replaced at dealer was $205.00."

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

"I bought this car a little over 2 years ago. It has options beyond anything I even imagined. The power is unbelievable. The ride is smooth and quiet. It has been by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. It was used with about 50k miles when I got it, and now it has 100k and I have replaced the low tire pressure sensors and one headlight bulb. No mechanical problems of any kind. I have looked at brand new Lexus vehicle to trade in on, but I can't find one that I like as much as this one. Why did they stop making this model?????"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Most comfortable automobile for riding and driving

By on Sunday, December 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

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

Pros: "Great car to drive"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"This automobile is an amazing engineering achievement. Acceleration is beyond belief with the V6 and electric motors I can quickly get up to freeway speeds. The comfort makes it an amazing ride as well. Never a problem mechanically and the design makes it attractive on the road even though it is now over seven years old. I can not say enough about how pleased I am with this vehicle and the service it has given me over the years."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love this car! never want to get rid of it!

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

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

"Overall it is the best car I've owned, way better than the E500 before it and it complements the current jeep I own very well. Financially it would make sense to get rid of it but me and my wife like it to much so we will hang on to it for now!"

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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