Lexus GS 350 & GS 460 Review | Los Angeles, CA
The 2010 Lexus GS is available in four models. The Lexus GS 350 ($45,600) sports a 303-hp 3.5-liter V6. The GS 350 AWD ($47,550) adds all-wheel drive. Both GS 350 models have a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shiftgate.
The Lexus GS 460 ($54,070) has a 342-hp V8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GS 450h ($57,450) features a hybrid powertrain that combines the 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission with six preset gear ratios for the manual shiftgate.
Standard equipment on the Lexus GS 350 includes thick, regency-style leather upholstery and color-coordinated wood trim (golden or gray bird's-eye maple, or red walnut); dual-zone automatic climate control; interior air filter; power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel; trunk pass-through; heated auto-dimming power exterior mirrors with tilt-down back-up aid; power windows; power locks; SmartAccess keyless access and starting; sunroof; 10-speaker AM/FM/XM stereo with six-disc CD changer; WMA/MP3 playback, auxiliary and iPod/USB input jacks; vehicle information system with a seven-inch touch screen; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; power trunk closer; automatic HID headlights; theft-deterrent system; and fog lights. The GS 350 comes with P225/50WR17 summer tires on alloy wheels; 18-inch summer ($870) or all-season run-flat tires ($1,190) are optional. The GS 350 AWD comes only with P225/50R17 all-season run-flat tires.
The Lexus GS 460 adds heated and ventilated front seats, wood and leather steering wheel and shift knob, adaptive headlights, an adaptive variable suspension with sport and normal modes, a faster (and variable) steering ratio, more sophisticated stability and braking electronics, rain-sensing wipers, headlamp washers, and P245/40ZR18 summer tires. All-season run-flat tires are optional ($320).
The Lexus GS 450 h is equipped similarly to the Lexus GS 460, plus it gets front and rear park assist, a rearview camera, and a power rear sunshade. It loses the trunk pass-through, but share's the V8 model's P245/40ZR18 summer tires. All-season run-flat tires are optional ($320).
Options include HDD navigation with Bluetooth, casual voice recognition, Lexus Enform, Safety Connect, rearview camera, XM NavTraffic/NavWeather and XM Sports & Stocks; front and rear park assist ($500); Mark Levinson 330-watt audio system with 7.1 surround sound, DVD Audio playback, rearview camera, HDD navigation; active vehicle stabilizer system for the GS 460 ($3,000) or GS 450h ($3,320); adaptive variable suspension for GS 350 ($620); wood-and-leather steering wheel for GS 350 ($330); pre-collision braking system with radar-type cruise control ($1,500); rain-sensing wipers with adaptive headlights and headlight washers for GS 350 ($525); power rear sunshade ($210); ventilated front seats ($200); and a rear spoiler ($200).
Safety features that come standard include dual front air bags, front and rear side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, curtain-type head-protection air bags both front and rear, active front head restraints, and a tire-pressure monitor. Front and rear park assist and a rearview camera are standard on the GS 450h and optional on the other models. Active safety features that come standard include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control (ESC). The GS 460 comes with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
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