2011 Lexus GS Review

One could be forgiven for thinking that the Lexus GS line would be lost between the popular ES 350 and the flagship LS 460 but, in fact, the GS models have found their own niche with consumers. By combining the luxury expected from Lexus with subtly-aggressive styling and surprising performance, Toyota's upscale division has gained a foothold in a market segment typically associated with German sedans such as BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Mercedes E-Class. In addition to offering the only hybrid in this segment, the GS 450h (reviewed separately), the GS lineup consists of three gasoline-powered variants: The rear-drive and all-wheel-drive GS 350 share a common 3.5-liter V6, while the rear-drive GS 460 has a larger and more powerful V8 engine.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sedan with room for the family and a touch of luxury with enough performance to live it up now and then, the GS line (especially the GS 460 and its V8) combines them in an elegant, reliable package.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There are those who believe any proper sport sedan still must wear a German badge, or at least offer a manual transmission. For them the GS in any trim will likely come up short.

What's Significant About This Car?

Drivers who opt out of the optional Navigation system will receive a compass-equipped interior rearview mirror. The biggest change for 2011, however, is the addition of Toyota's Smart Stop Technology as standard equipment.

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Hood
Release the lock from the inside of the vehicle to open the hood. Pull the hood lock release lever. The hood will pop up slightly. Pull up the hood catch and lift the hood. CAUTION: Pre-driv ...

Using the Bluetooth® audio system
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