The 2017 Lexus GS 200t turbo sedan is often described as the ‘entry level’ model in the GS performance sedan lineup due to its lower base price and in-line four-cylinder (I-4) engine instead of the usual V6 or V8 powered trims in the ‘typical’ premium performance sedan segment.

Not so folks – the GS 200t may be entry level on paper, but not entry level on the road.  Equipped with a   turbocharged power train and essentially the same set of mechanicals as the more expensive GS 350 (V6) or GS F (V8) models, it quickly gets your attention.  For 2017, the GS 200t delivers the drive excitement and performance that most enthusiasts look for from more expensive premium ‘sport’ sedans.

Priced at $46,310 (nearly $5,000 less than the 311 horsepower V6 powered GS 350), the 2.0L turbocharged and electronically fuel-injected I-4 power plant in the GS 200t delivers an aggressive turbo-boosted 241 horsepower with 258 lb.-ft. of torque through an 8-speed Multi-Mode sequential shift-automatic transmission.

Featuring paddle shifters and Drive Mode Select with ECO and SPORT modes, the 3,805-pound GS 200t accelerates a respectable 0-60 mph in 7-seconds and tops out at 143 mph track speed (just like the GS 350).

Underneath, the running gear on the rear-wheel drive GS 200t is mounted to the same frame as the rest of the GS sedan family and features an efficient 53/47 weight distribution. It uses a front Independent Double Wishbone suspension with Coil Springs and Gas-Filled Shock Absorbers with Stabilizer Bar.  At the rear are Multi-link with Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shock Absorbers and Stabilizer Bar.

The vehicle-speed-sensing rack and pinion Electronic Power Steering is integrated with the Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System for enhanced handling responsiveness.   The four channel Antilock Braking System features 13.1-inch front and 12.2-inch ventilated discs – all supported by Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist for efficient braking.

With similar performance overall and its lower price – the 2017 Lexus GS 200t turbo is also more fuel efficient than the V6 (or the V8) with its 22/33 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating.

At the end of the day, the GS 200t gives will give you a very satisfying drive experience with measured excitement in a roomy Lexus premium environment for under $50,000.

2017 GS 200t as tested

The new 2017 GS 200t (MSRP $46,310) that Lexus recently loaned us for a week long ride and drive came in their new, subtle rich, Nightfall Mica with Black leather trimmed interior.  The GS 200t (rear-wheel drive only) was powered by the standard in-line 4-cylinder 2.0L turbo with 8-speed automatic transmission.  Our test vehicle came equipped with the optional 18-inch split 5-spoke machined finish alloy wheels and 235/45R18 summer tires.

Being a Lexus premium sedan, it all the features you would expect from Lexus including the (new in 2017) Lexus Safety System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Intelligent High Beam (Bi-LED Auto-Leveling Headlamps) and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist

Other features of note include LED Daytime Running Lamps, Smart Access Key with Push Button Start, Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof, Power Folding Exterior Mirrors and Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control.

Normally an optional package, for 2017, Lexus is including their Navigation and Lexus Enform App with 12.3 full-color high resolution screen package at no charge on the Lexus GS 200t.

Our GS 200t had the optional awesome Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio system with 17 speakers, 835-watt amplifier, DVD/CD MP3 Player and Clari-Fi technology.  For our money, any Lexus GS sedan is not complete without this sound system.

As tested, the delivered price of our 2017 Lexus GS 200t was $50,175.

For additional comfort and convenience, we would have added the Premium Package ($1,400) that includes heated and cooled front seating, rain sensing wipers and a power rear sunshade.

GS 200t F Sport available

The GS 200t offers a F Sport version. Spending another $7,670 you can get the following styling and performance enhancing goodies:

  • F Sport badges
  • F Sport front bumper and rear lower valence
  • F Sport mesh front grille inserts
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • 19-inch staggered width machine finished split five-spoke wheels with staggered width 235/40R19 Front 265/35R19 Summer Tires
  • F Sport tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ mode
  • 0-inch/1.2-inch Front ventilated brakes with high friction pads
  • F-Sport interior with aluminum pedals and scuff plates, striated aluminum trim, unique perforated leather trims and black headliner.
  • Sport Driver Seat with bolsters and thigh support

We are normally an F Sport fan but we think the F Sport mechanical upgrades and unique exterior and interior features (for visual appeal) will only add marginally to the drive experience.

We would skip F Sport on the GS 200t and save the $7,670.

The GS Sedan Family

In addition to the GS 200t and F Sport, the GS vehicle family includes the GS 350 powered by a 311 horsepower V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.  It comes in both rear-wheel (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models priced at $50,695 and $50,365 respectively.  F Sport is available.

GS also comes in a hybrid version – the GS 450h.  It is rear drive only and is priced at $63,635 with an F Sport version at $68,680.

The GS Sedan Family

In addition to the GS 200t and F Sport, the GS vehicle family includes the GS 350 powered by a 311 horsepower V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.  It comes in both rear-wheel (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models priced at $50,695 and $50,365 respectively.  F Sport is available.

GS also comes in a hybrid version – the GS 450h.  It is rear drive only and is priced at $63,635 with an F Sport version at $68,680.

Go to   http://www.lexus.com/models/GS/  for more information on the complete GS family of five-passenger sedans from Lexus.