The inviting 2017 Lexus GS seats five. I picked my teenage daughter up from school, she is not one of these girly girls by any means but the moment she sat down she ‘oooohed and ahhhhed’. It doesn’t take much to realize the plush luxurious comforts of the Lexus GS.
The base model comes with an 8-inch infotainment system featuring a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, as well as satellite radio. Do not count on a touchscreen however, Lexus uses a mouse-type controller. Not user friendly at first, but easy enough to get the hang of quickly.
The cargo space is ample too, seemingly larger than most midsize cars. On any given day, it hauled four backpacks, miscellaneous groceries, a blanket and a backdrop the size of a pack -n-play all at once. We did not have to spend time shuffling things around either. A nice touch compared to its competition (the Audi A6).
While all-wheel drive is available, rear-wheel drive is standard. Different driving modes are convenient, Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Snow. The base model boast 2.0-liter four cylinder engine with 241 hp, clearly able to meet our driving needs.
And speaking of needs, we all need good gas mileage. The Lexus GS 200t delivers 23 mpg/city and 32 mpg/hwy.
Standard equipment on all Lexus GS models: blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Lexus Safety System, cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams. A lot of this ‘equipment’ has to do with technology and safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Lexus GS top scores. Worth noting, many of these safety features were options on last years model that are now standard. Thank you Lexus for putting safety first!
The Lexus GS also comes with a four year/50,000 mile warranty plus a six year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty.
For an entry level Lexus, the performance, the styling, the comfort and sophistication are hard to beat!
The base model that I test drove for the week was priced at $50,175.