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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - October 28, 2016

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4.3 (Excellent)
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19 City / 27 Highway

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2017 Lexus GS 350 OVERVIEW

A longtime member of the Lexus family dating back to 1993, the GS blends the convenience of a midsize four-door sedan with sporty handling. As a result, the Japanese-brand luxury car builder fields a worthy competitor to the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS.

Four versions are available: GS 350, GS 450h hybrid, new GS 200t turbo, and super-performance GS F. Adding the optional F Sport package to the GS 350 can make it even more enjoyable, even if performance isn’t significantly affected.

What's New for 2017

Little has changed, except that the Lexus Safety System+ has become standard equipment. A limited-slip differential is now optional for the rear-drive F Sport.

Lexus GS 350

Choosing Your Lexus GS 350

Lexus has a refreshingly simple selection process for its GS 350, with no traditional trim levels to choose from. Instead, there’s a single Base version with available packages, although the F Sport package is priced as a separate model.

Under the hood of each GS 350, a 3.5-liter V6 produces 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel-drive system is available. Rear-drive models use an eight-speed automatic transmission, and AWD sedans get a six-speed unit. Paddle shifters are included.

Fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway (23 mpg combined). All-wheel drive drops these figures to 19/26 mpg (city/highway), similar to the estimate for the F Sport edition. Acceleration to 60 mph is achievable in 5.7 seconds, according to Lexus.

Base

In standard form, the GS 350 comes well-equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, wood interior trim, leather-trimmed seat upholstery, 10-way power front seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, Bluetooth, pushbutton start, Siri Eyes Free, and a 12-speaker audio system. A moonroof and rearview camera also are standard. The newly standard Lexus Safety System + includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure alert with steering assist. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert also is standard.

With rear-drive, the GS 350 starts at $51,670 (destination charge included). Curiously, Lexus has given the all-wheel-drive version a lower sticker price: just $51,340. Ordinarily, all-wheel-drive vehicles cost considerably more than their two-wheel-drive counterparts.

Options for the GS 350 include a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, triple-beam LED headlights, adaptive front lighting, Intuitive Parking Assist, a power trunk lid, and a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system.

For $4,435, the Luxury Package adds an adaptive suspension system, 18-way power front seats with passenger memory, semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery, wood/aluminum interior trim, rear climate and audio controls, a power rear sunshade, and three-zone automatic climate control. Five-spoke alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires, and a Sport S+ driving mode is included. The $290 Cold Weather Package includes windshield wiper de-icing, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers, and water-repellent front door glass.

F Sport

Paying extra for the F Sport Package cranks the GS 350’s sportiness up a notch or two. No, it's not an all-out Lexus F performance machine by any means, but it does enhance the GS with styling details and a few track-tuned components. Included are a 16-way power sport driver’s seat, an F Sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and 19-inch wheels. Also included are a rear lip spoiler, aluminum interior trim and pedals, exclusive perforated leather upholstery, and variable-ratio steering. Rear-wheel-drive models have staggered wheels and enhanced brakes, and are eligible for a Dynamic Rear Steering system. Sedans with the F Sport Package are priced at $55,785 with rear-drive, and $57,530 with all-wheel drive.

CarsDirect Tip

Even in base form, the GS 350 is amply luxurious and priced well below, say, a BMW 535i. Opting for the Luxury package still keeps the total fairly reasonable, while providing just about all of the amenities that most discerning buyers seem to desire. Moving over to F Sport might enhance handling, but it doesn’t affect performance.

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