The Lexus GS 350 is a formal, slightly bulky-looking four-door sedan. Power comes from a 3.5-liter 311-horsepower V6 (the other members of the GS family – the turbocharged GS 200t, hybrid GS 400h, and V8-powered GS F – are covered in separate articles). Rear-wheel-drive GS 350s feature a new-for-2017 eight-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel-drive version continues to use Lexus's six-speed automatic.
That driveline choice is one of two major decisions to be made when considering a GS 350, the other being preference for the F Sport package with its retuned suspension and revised trim. The pricing structure regarding those options is unusual – MSRP for the rear-drive GS 350 is $51,690 (all listed prices include delivery), while the ask for the AWD version and its older six-speed transmission is slightly lower at $51,360, probably because this model forgoes leather.
Standard equipment on either variant includes navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure and pedestrian collision sensors, Siri Eyes Free voice control, and a 12.3-inch infotainment system. A Luxury Package with an adaptive suspension, upgraded interior trim including semi-aniline leather, rear-seat climate controls, and other details is available (and identical) on both rear- and all-wheel-drive models, but lists for $4,435 on the rear-driver and $6,845 on the AWD car.
The pricing disparity is even more pronounced with the F Sport – the rear-drive F Sport stickers at $59,920, and the all-wheel-drive variant posts an MSRP of $57,550. The F Sport has the same powerplant and driveline choices as the standard GS 350, although there are notable changes mostly to the chassis and interior, including:
- Revised suspension and drive-mode settings
- A variable-ratio steering rack and computer-modulated rear-wheel steering
- 19-inch wheels with upgraded brakes
- A different instrument cluster and distinct interior trim
- 16-way heated and cooled seats with adjustable side bolsters
- A restyle of the ever-controversial Lexus spindle grille
Standalone options on any GS 350 include a $900 head-up display, parking assist for $500, and a $1,380 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.