Driving It

Driving Impressions

Comfortable, controllable and quick with either powertrain or drivetrain combination, the 2011 Lexus GS is an excellent all-around performer that should please all but the most hardcore sport-sedan buyers. The suspension sacrifices just a bit of feedback in exchange for daily-driver comfort and sporty edginess, but the GS 460's optional Power Active Stabilizer system does a great job keeping body roll in check if you do decide to have some fun in the corners. The electronically-boosted variable power steering is both quick and precise, if slightly artificial-feeling. Those who want to see what the GS can really do can switch off completely the many handling assists and let it fly, while those who prefer all-weather security can opt for the GS 350 AWD. No matter which GS model suits your fancy, its fine cabin provides expected Lexus levels of luxury, convenience and isolation from wind and road noise.

Favorite Features

Optional Mark Levinson Premium Audio System Available with or without the DVD-based Lexus navigation system in any GS model, the Mark Levinson audio package delivers an auditory experience that rivals hearing music performed live. With 330 watts of 5.1 Surround Sound power and 14 strategically-positioned speakers, it makes good use of whatever content your ears prefer.

Hideaway Controls
Affording an even cleaner look to the already elegantly ergonomic cabin of the GS, a concealed panel on the left side of the dash houses a bank of power switches for several items, including the outside mirrors, rear sunshade, instrument illumination levels and odometer resets.

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    Hybrid system precautions
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    Safety
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    If the hybrid system will not start
    Reasons for the hybrid system not starting vary depending on the situation. Check the following and perform the appropriate procedure: The hybrid system will not start even though the correct star ...