Leftlane’s bottom line
We expected to be able to easily write off the GS 460 given its age and Lexus’ general aversion to enthusiastic driving. But a week behind the wheel of the smooth and capable GS revealed a surprisingly complex and enjoyable luxury sports sedan. For most buyers, its positive attributes, like its unflappable demeanor and unparalleled refinement, will probably outweigh its technical and dynamic demerits.
That it’s a veritable bargain in its class makes it all the more appealing as a below-the-radar sports sedan.
2011 Lexus GS 460 base price, $54,470. As tested, $60,490. Luxury Value Package, $2,945; Pre-Collision System and Radar Cruise, $1,500; Rear spoiler, $200; Intuitive parking assist, $500; Destination, $875.
Hybrid system precautions
Take care when handling the hybrid system, as it contains a high voltage system (about 650V at maximum) as well as parts that become extremely hot when the hybrid system is operating. Obey the cauti ...
Select a shift position appropriate for the driving conditions. Shifting the shift lever While the “ENGINE START STOP” switch is in IGNITION ON mode, depress the brake pedal and move the shift ...
2011 Lexus RX 350
After a week test-driving the 2011 Lexus RX 350, a headline in the Wall Street Journal's April 18, 2011, edition caught my eye: "Lexus Falls Behind Rivals." The timing of this article wa ...