If you’re in need of a serious driver’s car, one that looks the part and performs like one, consider the 2020 Lexus GS350 F Sport four-door sedan.
It comes at a price. But if all facts are taken into consideration, I could make the case it’s a bargain at $60,905.
My Ultrasonic Blue Mica painted GS350 was powered by a muscular 3.5-liter V6 with direct fuel injection and sequential port fuel injectors that ensured ample power and crisp responsiveness.
The paint job actually shimmered, even under gray, gloomy, Pacific Northwest winter skies.
GS350 seats up to five adults, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for the rear-wheel drive version. The combination generates 311 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, and musters 26 miles per gallon down the highway as rated by the EPA.
Drivers will gravitate toward the old-school rear-wheel-drive feature which favors more controlled handling, but an all-wheel-drive, six-speed automatic transmission is available if preferred for safety considerations.
F Sport helps deepen the sports car vibe, offering a unique front fascia and grille, F Sport badging inside and out, unique Black, Rioja Red and Flaxen accents, and track-tuned chassis enhancements that will put a smile on the face of enthusiasts.
The GS350 interior mixes modern and classic design elements – all the while demonstrating Lexus luxury at every turn. The centerpiece is an analog clock housed in a single ingot of aluminum, featuring LED indicators and GPS for adjusting time zones.
Creature comforts are numerous, highlighted by perforated leather seats that can be adjusted to perfection, power moon roof, navigation system with voice command, and Mark Levinson premium surround-sound audio with 17 speakers and 835 watts to enhance the Jimmy Hendrix guitar licks I was listening to.
Of course, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, XM satellite radio, back up camera, Bluetooth, USB ports and more are at the ready.
When it comes to safety, think little brother’s ToyotaSense safety suite – only better.
The 2020 Lexus GS has the most advanced active safety equipment ever offered on the vehicle. Its structure and 10 standard airbags help provide occupant protection, while a wide array of driver-assist technologies helps the driver avoid hazards.
Lexus Safety System+ remains standard for 2020, combining pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with lane-keep assist, intelligent high beams and all-speed dynamic radar cruise control.
All-speed dynamic radar cruise control tracks the speed of the vehicle traveling ahead and can adjust the speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance. The system can warn the driver of a possible collision and can initiate automatic braking with brake assist, if necessary.
Lexus Enform Safety Connect is complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership for the 2020 Lexus GS 350, with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365.
Base Price: $55,525
Price As Driven: $60,905
Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.