Lexus wants very badly for buyers to believe that “boring” is a word of the company’s past. The 2019 Lexus GS evokes terms of excitement: sharp dynamics, focused technology, and voluptuous styling. Although it’s not without flaws, the GS hasn’t lost its typical Lexus virtues: comfort, quality, and value.
What's New for 2019
The Lexus GS returns largely unchanged for 2019, other than a new smartphone and smartwatch app. Most significantly, Lexus is dropping the hybrid powertrains from GS production. ES and LS sedans retain their hybrid variants, but the GS 450h is no more.
Choosing Your Lexus GS
Choosing a GS begins with choosing from one of three engines, each of which denotes a trim level.
First up is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque found in the GS 300 and GS 300 F Sport. It may only be paired with rear-wheel drive, but it’s good for an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 combined, or 21/30/24 mpg (city/highway/combined) in the 300 F Sport.
If four cylinders doesn’t sound like enough, the next step up is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 found in the GS 350 and GS 350 F Sport. It delivers 311 hp and 280 lb-ft to either the rear or all four wheels, and the extra power is enough to scoot the GS from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Mileage does suffer much – the V6 manages 20/28/23 mpg in rear-wheel drive, 19/26/21 mpg with all-wheel drive, and 19/27/22 mpg in the 350 F Sport.
But the V6’s power (and thirst) pale in comparison to the all-out performance of the third engine, a throaty 5.0-liter V8 found in the GS F. Available only with rear-wheel drive, this engine pumps out 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque and is good for a zero-to-60 mph sprint of 4.5 seconds. Mileage drops to an EPA-estimated 16/24/19 mpg.
It’s worth mentioning one of the strongest attributes of any GS, which is safety. Every GS that rolls off the line comes standard with Lexus’ Safety System Plus, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. These features join parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring for a fairly comprehensive set of safety tech – the only safety options left are a head-up display and cornering headlights.
The 2019 Lexus GS 300 is no slouch, but its 2.0-liter engine lags the competition. It’s worth upgrading to the GS 350 for the V6, and the GS 350 F Sport is even sweeter in the corners.
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