Lexus GS 300 Review

2019 is the last year for the GS 300: Lexus has already announced plans to drop the base model of the GS lineup. The sales drop was named amongst the main reasons for the discontinuation. This, of course, once more shows that sedans aren’t at their best game these days; every single brand lately has re-evaluated their model lineup in favor of SUVs and crossovers. Moreover, it seems like Lexus will also be dropping the GS 450h hybrid for the same exact reason.  It is unclear whether Lexus is going to nix the entire lineup, though they’ve already presented the 2020 version of the GS 350, so there’s still hope for the GS that has been around for more than two decades. But, as far as GS 300 goes, this is the last review.   

The Pros

  • Exemplary interior roominess
  • Outstandingly quiet
  • A solid list of standard tech
  • Big trunk
  • Exemplary comfortable ride
  • The strong turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Unparalleled Mark Levinson sound system on the Premium trim
  • The Lexus Enform System 

The Cons

  • Unimpressive acceleration
  • Difficult infotainment system
  • Second-row seats don’t fold down  

Lexus GS 300 Overview

Lexus GS 300

The GS 300 is undoubtedly a very luxury sedan with solid performance. It is great as is, though the available Premium package will take it to a whole new level with the big digital display, ventilated seats and a superb sound system by Mark Levinson.

The entry-level GS 300 is part of the fourth generation that was introduced almost six years ago, so it’s definitely not a new hot entry, but the vehicle has a great sense of style and is still modern, attractive and sleek. Just like every other Lexus, this vehicle is packed full with high-quality materials, exceptional craftsmanship, and luxury. The engine is more than enough for the entry-level sedan and you can always opt for more power by moving up the trim levels. Unfortunately, the infotainment system is a major drawback and it is truly mind-bending why Lexus can’t get this one right. They’ve added Amazon Alexa this year, but Android Auto or Apple CarPlay are still nowhere to be found.

Overall, a great upscale sedan with a very confident resale value and reliability ratings. This year the GS 300 has made it to the top five Luxury Midsize Cars. The GS 300 comes in base and F Sport trim.  

Exterior

The GS 300 is without a doubt an exemplary stylish sedan. If your car wish list includes a noticeable car that stands out on the road – this is exactly it. A bold aggressive exterior is complemented by the Lexus trademark huge grille with nine horizontal slats and a very deep chin spoiler. Sleek headlights and LED taillights and abundance of triangular shapes all come together to create a very muscular looking car. The color schemes are rich and current. 

Exterior of Lexus GS 300

Interior

Moving on in, you won’t be very surprised: it is a Lexus, thus everything is quality-centric. You can expect stylish design, top-notch craftsmanship, the finest materials, and quality leather and wood detailing. The seats are superbly plush with 10-way adjustability.  The GS 300 is very spacious with more than enough head and legroom. And though the front panel could use a splash of design, the large 8 or 12 –inch digital screens almost transform the dashboard. 

Performance

Both GS300 trims the base one, as well as the F Sport, have the same engine: the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that generates up to 241 hp. Generally, the GS line offers up to 467 hp, meaning is you are looking for an extremely powerful model you should look into the GS F model. The GS 300 runs on 8-speed automatic transmission with RWD. The steering feels sharp even with difficult turns and corners, it’s stable on the road and provides an outstanding response.  Acceleration is OK, sort of market average with the estimated 7 sec needed for a 0 to 60 calculation.  

Technology

This particular model is equipped with a great tech lineup. You will surely find all of the 2019 staples, like the  Bluetooth, USB-port, the 12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System, DVD player, proximity key entry, push-button start, WMA/MP3 and AM/FM/DVD with HD Radio, then there’s the Siri Eyes Free, energy-saving S-flow automatic climate control and the awesome 5.1 Surround Sound, furthermore, the Lexus Safety System+ package is packed with cutting-edge safety features. 

Value

The base model MSRP is 46 860 USD and the F Sport is 51 450 USD. 

Seats

The 2019 Lexus GS 300 is a five-seater. This particular vehicle offers the rear luxury of the front and the back seat both offering the top level of comfort. The seating is superbly plush, firm and very supportive. The standard top-quality faux leather can be swapped for the genuine one. The front row is 10-way adjustable. The sublime optional heated/ventilated seating will remind you that you’re driving a Lexus.  

Climate control

Lexus GS 300 has a dual-zone automatic climate control. 

Infotainment System

Infotainment is not great. The controller is difficult, there is no compatibility with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The optional HD 12.3-inch display is very impressive, though, it is probably the only impressive thing about the Lexus infotainment system. 

Storage and Space

GS 300 offers more than enough space and places for personal items. The trunk is outstandingly spacious and 18 cubic feet could be sufficient for anyone, but, unfortunately, back seats don’t fold down in this model, thus the trunk isn’t expandable. 

Comfort

Exterior of the Lexus GS 300

GS 300 offers the luxurious Lexus level of comfort. The seating is plush and supportive, the climate control is effective, all of the materials are of high quality and everything is strategically placed within reach. If not for the subpar infotainment GS 300 would have been #1 in the 2019 five Luxury Midsize Cars list. Overall a very enjoyable experience for drivers and passengers. 

Seat comfort

All of the seats are spacious, with good lumbar support and outstanding comfort in front and back.

Ride comfort

The ride is smooth and refined. The ride is ideal for the comfortable every day in-the city maneuvering as well as long time-consuming trips.  

Quality

There is just a bit of noise present with the largest optional wheels, though it really isn’t sufficient enough to take into consideration. Other than that, the quality is impeccable. 

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA ratings aren’t available as of this time. 

Should I Buy the Lexus GS 300?

Yes, the GS presents a great value in the luxury midsize car segment.  

How Much Does it cost? 

46 860 USD – 51 450 USD