2017 Lexus GS Luxury Sedan

2017 Lexus GS Luxury Sedan

When the Lexus GS arrived in the early 1990s—the original Giugiaro-designed one—its mission was to challenge the reigning mid-size luxury sedans from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Accordingly equipped with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, the second-generation model made such a convincing case that it won 10Best Cars accolades for three years running (1998 through 2000). It has been some time, though, since we could rank the GS at the top of the field. The current, fourth-generation GS is in its fifth year of production and finds itself squaring off against a Mercedes-Benz E-class and a Jaguar XF that were new in 2016, an Audi A6 that was facelifted last year, and an all-new 2017 BMW 5-series.

Lexus isn’t standing still, though. For its 2016 midlife refresh, Lexus added the value-priced base model tested here with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That engine gives the newest GS variant a direct match for the 500-cc-per-cylinder fours that most of the European brands now have in equivalent models. The tail badge says GS200t, although the marketers call it the GS Turbo because, well, because Lexus marketers never had a turbo before, and it comes at a starting price that leaves some breathing room below $50,000, something you won’t find if you shop mid-size premium sedans at the German stores.

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In turbo 2.0-liter rear-drive form, the GS’s direct alternatives narrow to the BMW, the Mercedes-Benz, and the Cadillac CTS. The base Audi A6 and the Volvo S90 are front-wheel drive, and the Jaguar XF’s four-cylinder is a 180-hp turbo-diesel. The Cadillac’s turbocharged four is the outlier here, leading the pack with 268 horsepower, while the others cluster near 240.

With the only available transmission being a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic, the GS200t zipped from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds at the test track. We saw 60 mph in 6.5 seconds in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 with 4MATIC, while the CTS 2.0T did it in 6.2 and the A6 2.0T Quattro in 6.1. The BMW 528i needed only 5.9 seconds, but it’s being replaced for 2017. Note that the Benz and the Audi were all-wheel-drive cars, an option Lexus reserves for the six-cylinder GS350.

While it’s clearly not the quickest, the Lexus doesn’t feel inordinately slow. As long as the boost is up, it’s torquey enough to feel peppy moving its 3869 pounds in routine driving situations. Only at higher speeds does the drivetrain falter—and then only when you need to accelerate quickly. It takes a moment for the eight-speed to find the right gear and tap into the engine’s powerband, requiring that the driver plan ahead for a two-lane passing maneuver. This is not atypical for sedans this large with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. The payoff is improved fuel economy: We measured 24 mpg in our testing, below its EPA combined rating of 26 mpg but much better than the 19 and 20 mpg we’ve measured in tests of the GS350.

Where this car excels is in its easygoing demeanor. The GS200t glides along, unperturbed by pavement irregularities, yet it remains composed on a challenging road. Aside from a little body roll, its chassis measures up in this field, returning a solid 0.86 g on the skidpad. The GS also stopped from 70 mph in 173 feet, a good but not outstanding performance for this class.

For those seeking to amp up the driving fun, Lexus offers an F Sport version of the GS Turbo. It brings a tauter suspension and a lot of other features but adds $7670 to the price, which puts it within $1000 of the $55,785 sticker on a GS350 F Sport with the stronger 311-hp V-6.

Still Searching

Lexus designers seem to be grasping for ways to make their infotainment controls distinctive, without much success in making them functional. There’s a clumsy touchpad in the NX crossover, while in some older designs such as this GS, Lexus still employs a vague and inconsistent floating controller on the center console that continues to frustrate. It’s like a poorly made version of the joysticks on the portable Sony PlayStation and demands too much attention to be a viable control option while driving—this is a case where Lexus would do well to follow some competitors who have replaced or augmented their similarly awkward remote controllers with touchscreen activation. The 12.3-inch multimedia screen that comes as part of the $1730 Navigation package, though, is well organized and gorgeous, and it offers split-screen viewing.

The infotainment story is disheartening, because the GS has an otherwise cordial cabin. The heated and ventilated perforated leather seats are supportive, the brushed-metal accents look classy, and the tight fits and surface finishes measure up to class standards. Our test car had some textured black trim that looked a little cheap on close examination but also avoided the problems posed by the widely used shiny piano-black alternative that emphasizes fingerprints and looks good only in the showroom. Lexus offers optional aluminum and open-pore wood trim, but they’re not quite as handsome as those found in Volvo and Mercedes cabins.

The now familiar GS’s 192.1-inch overall length is the shortest in the field, but the packaging works out well, yielding a competitive 98 cubic feet of interior space. The 18-cubic-foot trunk spanks its competition, which averages around 14, but the rear seats don’t fold to expand the cargo hold. Rear-seat legroom can feel tight for adults over six-feet tall, and the center tunnel is tall and wide. The front center console can be opened only if its lid is slid rearward on its track, which makes the rear center position even less useful—if you’re traveling any distance with a fifth occupant, one of them had better be a child.

For Lexus, this turbo engine makes a lot of sense. The powerplant already existed in the brand’s portfolio (it also is found in the IS200t and the NX200t), and it improves fuel economy in a mid-size sedan. Besides, BMW and Mercedes are doing it, too, and you know how that goes. But, to customers, the GS Turbo’s most attractive feature might be that sub-$50,000 sticker. There are fancier and faster choices in the segment, but the GS200t is a solid, pleasant package at an accessible price.

Specifications

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 28
Cruising Range – City : mi 348.00
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 23
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 487.20
EPA MPG Equivalent – City : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined : N/A
Battery Range : mi N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 17.4
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume : ft³ 18.4

Brakes

Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : N/A
Disc – Front (Yes or ) : Yes
Disc – Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 13.1
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 12.2
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 7.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A

Transmission

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code :
Trans Type : 8
Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 4.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 2.72
Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.86
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.46
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.23
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 4.06
Clutch Size : in N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 2.94
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.82
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.69

Vehicle

EPA Classification : Mid-Size Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity : 5
Passenger Volume : ft³ 99
Front Head Room : in 38
Front Leg Room : in 42.3
Front Shoulder Room : in 57.3
Front Hip Room : in 54.5
Second Head Room : in 37.8
Second Leg Room : in 36.8
Second Shoulder Room : in 55.7
Second Hip Room : in 54.1

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight : lbs 3726

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs N/A
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs N/A

Engine

Engine Order Code :
Engine Type : Premium Unleaded V-6
Displacement : 3.5 L/211
Fuel System : Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 311 @ 6400
SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 280 @ 4800

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 80

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type – Front : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear : Multi-Link
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) : Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A

Tires

Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P235/45VR18
Rear Tire Size : P235/45VR18
Spare Tire Size : Compact

Wheels

Front Wheel Size : in 18 X 8
Rear Wheel Size : in 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size : in Compact
Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material : Steel

Steering

Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft 34.8
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 112.2
Length, Overall : in 192.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 72.4
Height, Overall : in 57.3
Track Width, Front : in 62
Track Width, Rear : in 62.6
Min Ground Clearance : in 5.1
Liftover Height : in N/A

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 3.5L V6 24V DOHC -inc: dual continuously Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i)
Transmission: 8-Speed Sequential-Shift -inc: paddle shifters, ECO, normal, sport S, sport S+ (some models) and snow modes
Transmission w/Oil Cooler
Rear-Wheel Drive
2.94 Axle Ratio
55-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
80 Amp Alternator
4830# Gvwr
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
17.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 18″ x 8″ 5-Spoke Alloy -inc: Machined finish
Tires: P235/45R18 Summer Performance
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster and Power Blind
Light Tinted Glass
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: Lexus Premium AM/FM/DVD/HD Audio System -inc: WMA/MP3 capability, 5.1 surround sound, 12 speakers, Bluetooth streaming, advanced voice recognition, aux and iPod/USB input plugs, digital signal processing w/Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), electronic crossover network, Gracenote music management system, integrated SiriusXM satellite radio receiver (90-day trial subscription), MP3 sound enhancement, rear glass-imprinted radio antenna w/separate FM diversity antenna, text to speech SMS w/navigation, theft-deterrent design and Siri Eyes Free mode for iPhone 4S, 5 or newer
Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Regular Amplifier
Audio Theft Deterrent
Diversity Antenna
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
1 LCD Monitor In The Front

INTERIOR

Heated & Ventilated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver and front passenger seats (power adjustments: fore-and-aft slide, fore-aft recline, front and total vertical height, lumbar support and 4-way manual headrest adjustment fore-and-aft and height) and driver seat memory
Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
Selective Service Internet Access
Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Compass
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Distance Pacing
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Full Cloth Headliner
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Leather Gear Shift Knob
Leather-Trimmed Seats
Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Cargo Space Lights
Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
Smart Device Integration
Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
Blind Spot Sensor
Forward Collision and Rear Collision
Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Departure Warning
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
First Aid Kit
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera

Warranty and Crash Test Results

Warranty

Basic:

4 Years/50,000 Miles

Drivetrain:

6 Years/70,000 Miles

Corrosion:

6 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:

4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Maintenance:

1 Years/10,000 Miles

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 3.5L V6 24V DOHC -inc: dual continuously Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i)
Transmission: 8-Speed Sequential-Shift -inc: paddle shifters, ECO, normal, sport S, sport S+ (some models) and snow modes
Transmission w/Oil Cooler
Rear-Wheel Drive
2.94 Axle Ratio
55-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
80 Amp Alternator
4830# Gvwr
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
17.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 18″ x 8″ 5-Spoke Alloy -inc: Machined finish
Tires: P235/45R18 Summer Performance
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster and Power Blind
Light Tinted Glass
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: Lexus Premium AM/FM/DVD/HD Audio System -inc: WMA/MP3 capability, 5.1 surround sound, 12 speakers, Bluetooth streaming, advanced voice recognition, aux and iPod/USB input plugs, digital signal processing w/Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), electronic crossover network, Gracenote music management system, integrated SiriusXM satellite radio receiver (90-day trial subscription), MP3 sound enhancement, rear glass-imprinted radio antenna w/separate FM diversity antenna, text to speech SMS w/navigation, theft-deterrent design and Siri Eyes Free mode for iPhone 4S, 5 or newer
Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Regular Amplifier
Audio Theft Deterrent
Diversity Antenna
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
1 LCD Monitor In The Front

INTERIOR

Heated & Ventilated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver and front passenger seats (power adjustments: fore-and-aft slide, fore-aft recline, front and total vertical height, lumbar support and 4-way manual headrest adjustment fore-and-aft and height) and driver seat memory
Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
Selective Service Internet Access
Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Compass
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Distance Pacing
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Full Cloth Headliner
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Leather Gear Shift Knob
Leather-Trimmed Seats
Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Cargo Space Lights
Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
Smart Device Integration
Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
Blind Spot Sensor
Forward Collision and Rear Collision
Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Departure Warning
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
First Aid Kit
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera

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