The Lexus GS incorporates the convenience of a midsize, four-door sedan with sporty handling, giving the Japanese luxury car builder a competitor to the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS. After a redesign in 2013, the GS finally had the looks to compete with the higher-class models in its segment. What's more, the addition of an optional F Sport package makes the GS 350 and even more fun car to drive.
What's New for 2015
Only a few years removed from a full redesign, the GS 350 carries over into the 2015 model year with limited changes. These include a new multimedia system that is accessed through an eight-inch screen and standard 18-inch wheels in place of last year's 17-inch rollers.
Choosing Your GS 350
Lexus has a rather simple selection process for its GS 350, as there are no traditional trim levels to choose from. Rather, there is a single trim level and five option packages to choose from, ranging from $190 to $5,745.
Under the hood of all GS 350s is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 306 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 277 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The sedan comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive system is available. In rear-wheel drive guise, the GS 350 starts out at $48,600; its all-wheel drive variant starts at $50,850.
As standard, the GS 350 comes well-equipped with 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, walnut interior trim, leather seating, 10-way power front seats, an eight-inch central control screen, Bluetooth, push-button start, Siri Eyes Free Mode, and a 12-speaker audio system. Options for the GS include blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, heads-up display, Intuitive Park Assist, a power trunk lid and a Mark Levinson audio system with 17 Green Edge speakers and 835 watts.
On top of the standalone options, the GS 350 is available with four optional packages:
The GS 350 is plenty luxurious in its base setup and is priced well below the BMW 535i. Even opting for the fully loaded Luxury Package keeps it under the base 535i's MSRP and gives it all the goodies most discerning buyers want.