The all-new GS brings with it a much sportier feel and appearance than its predecessor. Quicker steering, retuned suspension, stiffer chassis and a slightly wider track combine to vault this mid-size sedan to now compete with some of Germany’s best.
Instead of packaging and marketing various trim levels of the GS, Lexus chose to group upgrades under “options” – although the F SPORT option shows up in emblem form on the truck lid.
Even though the base model is well equipped, we we fortunate enough to nab the $6,130 F SPORT option that includes 19-inch graphite colored wheels shod with summer tires, special suspension & steering, big brakes with 4-piston calipers and a litany of interior and exterior upgrades.
We were particularly fond of the Drive Mode selector located on the center console. When the urge struck, all we had to do was select from one of the 4 driving style options, sending us from smooth and calm to Dario Franchitti-style in a mere twist of the dial.
The best option was the $1,380 Mark Levinson surround sound audio system. This 835-watt noise maker is about as good as it gets in mobile audio.
If you don’t think the V-6 has the sound of a V-8, think again. Lexus has added what they call a intake sound generator to make the GS growl like a V-8 when you step on its tail. We like it.
If there were any complaints it would be with the joy stick type controller that connects you to audio, climate and navigation. Although not as bad as the iDrive system that BMW refuses to change, there are better interfaces out there. After toying with it for a week, we got better at drilling through the menus to change from navigation to audio.
This all-new GS is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a luxury sports sedan
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Highest MPG City: 19
Highest MPG Highway: 28
Trim Designations: Base
Base Price: $46,900
What I Liked: New “spindle” grille and overall styling both inside and out
What Needs Improvement: Joy stick controller for user interface
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5