It’s been a while since I have driven a Lexus so I was excited when the silver GS 350 pulled up in front of my home. I forgot how much the grille seems to smile when staring at it from the front. The smooth ride and well-appointed interior of this mid-size luxury car were just as inviting. The 2018 version has not changed much from previous years (five, to be exact) and from the moment I stepped in I seemed to smile just as big as its matted, black grille.
The 311-horsepower V6 engine was quietly muted as in most Lexus vehicles. The power was delivered smoothly but maybe not as much as similar cars in this class with turbocharged or supercharged six-cylinder engines. The previously optional Lexus Safety System Plus is now standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent high-beam control, and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert is standard, too. These tech and safety upgrades are nice upgrades to the GS 350 F-Sport makes it a compelling choice among competitors.
The Mark Levinson sound system sounds great, and it has simple volume and tune knobs. I’m not the biggest fan of the infotainment center’s user interaction. Most of the functions for the audio and nav system require the use of a mouse-like joystick that takes some getting used to. A touchscreen would have been more useful however that couldn’t be possible as the screen is a far reach from the driver. The wide screen does allow for tri-zone image display.
The GS 350 F-Sport starts around $52,000. Take a tour with me in the video below.