2011 Lexus GS350 Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Lexus GS350 Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, There isn’t much that’s new for 2011 — on all three models, if the car isn’t equipped with optional navigation, the rearview mirror includes a compass (navigation system has its own compass). Otherwise, last year’s improvements carry over: there are new wheel options, an updated grille, a voice command feature for the nav system, Bluetooth connectivity, and options from the F-Sport line including wheels, brakes, intake, and suspension modifications.

The Lexus GS is offered in three configurations and the body dimensions differ for each. The GS 350 sports a 3.5-Liter V-6 churning 303 horsepower. It has a six-speed auto tranny and it comes with AWD. Meanwhile, the GS 460 is built with a 4.6-Liter V-8 motor offering 342 horsepower that is coupled with the eight-speed auto tranny. Finally, the hybrid GS is offered with two engines: the engine in the 350 and an electric motor that delivers 340 horsepower. The latter is married to a CVT tranny.

The GS got a new design in 2006. The enhancements offered include the addition of some nice gadgets including things like iPod-USB-Bluetooth connectivity, and a navigation system. Rumor has it that more refreshments lie ahead, but the 2011 GS offerings remain carryovers from 2010.

Classy and conservative, the GS line looks attractive without making any waves. All models ride on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, and there are 17- and 18-inch wheels to choose from. Run-flat tires also are available. Plenty of lux features abound on the GS: 10-way power adjustable heated front seats, four colors of leather trim, three different wood trims, 10-speaker audio, and cut pile carpeting are standard; navigation system and Mark Levinson audio are options.

The last time Motor Trend tested a GS, it was the 460, and its V-8 got the sedan to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and through the quarter mile in 14 seconds at 102.0 mph. The engine is smooth and the transmission works well overall, but when the GS is driven hard, the eight-speed hunts for gears and there are no paddle shifters here.

Dual front airbags, dual front knee airbags, front side airbags, and front and rear side-curtain airbags are standard. Four-wheel discs and ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution and stability control are also standard.

Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: GS 350, GS 460, GS 450h

EPA Fuel Economy
GS 350: 18-19 mpg city/25-26 mpg highway
GS 450h: 22 mpg city/25 mpg highway
GS 460: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Price : $46,900 – $48,850

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