Lexus GS 350 Review

Lexus GS series has suffered a significant sales drop due to a worldwide infatuation with crossovers and SUVs. Generally, sedans haven’t been the preferred consumer choice for a while now. Of course, this isn’t just a Lexus-specific problem: lately a lot of the brands have been reevaluating their sedan lines and drastically discontinuing most of the models. Lexus has already dropped the base GS model this year – the 300 – and in all probability, this will also be the last year for the GS 450h hybrid. But the 350 is going strong, so much so that Lexus has already rolled out the new 2020 model. That being said, let’s see why the 2019 Lexus GS 350 should make it to the top of your consideration list. 

The Pros

  • Roomy interior
  • Interior materials of outstanding quality
  • Impressive acceleration
  • One of the quietest rides on the market
  • Bonus points for stand-out exterior
  • Above-average reliability
  • Exemplary resale and reliability ratings
  • Huge trunk 

The Cons

  • Infotainment controller is a big letdown
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still missing
  • Second-row seats don’t fold down 

Lexus GS 350 Overview

Lexus GS 350 F Sport

GS Lexus series has been around for more than 20 years now, and it’s the sort of vehicle that steadily delivered class, exceptional drivability, comfort and the king of on-the-road presence that only a Lexus can offer. This particular Lexus is part of the fourth generation introduced 6 years ago. The brand hasn’t changed much this year: they’ve added the Lexus Enform Connect app to help you run the show from your smartphone. Plus, Amazon Alexa has also joined GS 350.

Overall, the GS 350 is everything with a cherry on top: the V6 performs like a dream, it is comfortable and convenient, the style is outstanding. Moreover, the GS has a long-standing reputation for being extremely reliable, meaning you can count on running 300 000 miles before you’ll need a serious check. Plus, there’s the AWD option for those living in snowy-rainy conditions.

This particular sedan comes in two trims – the base GS 350 and the sporty version – the GS 350 F Sport. The latter it is actually our favorite one – it’s sportier suspension, boosted style and competent breaks are fantastic. 

Exterior

Lexus GS - Black car

Just by looking at the massive signature uniquely shaped grille you’ll be able to identify a luxury Lexus. There’s nothing quite like it, it’s bold and unique, with iconic styling and a very muscular appeal. And, you do have to specifically love the signature Lexus style, as it is surely not everyone’s cup of tea. There are also uniquely shaped LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights that resemble the Nike logo a bit. 

Interior

Though some say it’s about time for a full-on interior overhaul, we find it to be just fine. Yes, most of the rivals offer better design and better infotainment, but you just have to sit down in the GS 350 to feel how wonderful it really is. Spacious and convenient in every way, it is easy to get in and out of. The materials are of the highest quality and craftsmanship is superb. The seats are supportive and plush. Great visibility and 10-way adjustable seats also deserve praise and maybe you’ll love them so much more than you won’t notice the awful infotainment system. 

Performance

Under the hood of the GS 350 is a powerful V6, though, by now, the competition has sprinted way ahead with the more efficient turbocharged options. The 3.5-liter V6 generates 311 hp and runs on 8-speed automatic on RWD, while the 6-speed automatic offers AWD.  The fuel economy is 20 mpg in the city traffic and 28 mpg on the highway speeds.  

Technology

The 350 is the mid-GS trim, thus it does have a great tech lineup. You still can’t count on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but, for sure you’ll have all of the must-haves like Bluetooth, USB-port, 12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System, DVD player, proximity key entry, push-button start, WMA/MP3 and AM/FM/DVD with HD Radio, Navigation System, Audible Text Messaging, Internet Access, Real-time traffic information, then there’s the Siri Eyes free, energy-saving S-flow automatic climate control and the awesome 5.1 Surround Sound,  the Lexus Safety System+ package and much more.

The Premium package Mark Levinson sound system is superb and should be separately mentioned in all of the reviews.  

Value

The GS 350 starts closer to 51 915 USD, the F Sport boosts the price to 52 610 and the fully loaded Sport trim will set you back a bit more than 54K. 

Seats

The 2019 Lexus GS 350 is a five-seater. All of the seats are comfortable with just enough head and legroom. The two front seats are highly adjustable.  You can opt for the heated and ventilated options with genuine leather upholstery. 

Climate control

The dual-zone automatic climate control is easy to use and adjust. 

Infotainment System

The infotainment system is outdated and very frustrating. The controller is something everyone passionately hates. There is no compatibility with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. On the bright side, this year we have the integration with Lexus Enform Connect smartphone app and Amazon Alexa also became available. 

Storage and Space

The GS 350 offers 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which ranks just a bit about the market average. But, there is no way to extend space because the back row seats don’t fold down. 

Comfort

Exterior of the Lexus GS 350

The GS 350 is a very comfortable car. The sedan is quiet, serene and convenient in many different ways. 

Seat comfort

All of the seats are roomy and plush with good lumbar support. The seats are firm and supportive enough to provide an upscale level of comfort even on long rides. There is enough room in front and back and the back seat transformation offers the same awesome seating comfort as it does in the front.  

Ride comfort

Luxury cars do offer a very comfortable ride, and the GS 350 isn’t an exception. The ride is smooth and refined. The driver and all of the passengers can look forward to blissfully quiet, relaxing experience while being comfortably seated in plush Lexus seats. 

Quality

The GS 350 serves up a quality ride in a very quiet cabin. Though you won’t be able to “mute” all of the bumps on the rough roads, most of the flaws will go unnoticed. 

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time. 

Should I Buy the Lexus IS 250?

If you absolutely see yourself behind the wheel of a luxury sedan, this is the wheel to get behind. There are definitely better sedan choices available today, but some customers are not that tech-savvy and don’t seek a crazy-sporty ride, and this is their ideal vehicle. 

How Much Does it cost?

50 915 USD – 54 355 USD