2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 vs. 2008 Lexus GS 350 Comparison Test

2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

(4.6L V8 6-speed Automatic)
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 vs. 2008 Lexus GS 350 Comparison Video

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  • Comparison Test
  • Second Opinion
  • Top 9 Features
  • Data and Charts
  • Editors' Evaluations
  • Final Rankings and Scoring Explanation
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis Specs and Performance
  • 2008 Lexus GS 350 Specs and Performance

It's almost hard to write: Lexus vs. Hyundai. That's the New York Yankees taking on the Albuquerque Isotopes — same game, different leagues. It's pitting an exalted brand name to which millions aspire, up against the bargain brand millions settle for. And yet despite that, putting the 2008 Lexus GS 350 up against Hyundai's audacious new 2009 Genesis 4.6 in a luxury sedan throw-down has resulted in one of the closest finishes ever in an Inside Line heads-up comparison test.

Yes, the Hyundai Genesis holds its own quite well against the Lexus GS 350 — without all that pesky prestige.

Directly Incomparable
Hyundai isn't shy about its targets for the Genesis. "While Genesis will compete for customers with cars like Lexus ES, Chrysler 300 and Cadillac CTS," the company stated in a press release about the car's pricing, "Genesis' performance capabilities and luxury features are comparable to sedans costing tens of thousands of dollars more." In other words, Hyundai's strategy for hitting the luxury market target is to hit the competition where it ain't.

So the Genesis is a large, rear-drive luxury sedan that's priced like a smaller front-drive one — at 195.6 inches long it's just 2.4 inches shorter overall than Lexus' flagship LS 460, but the $33,000 base price for the V6-powered Genesis is more than a grand cheaper than the base price of the entry-level ES 350. There isn't really anything directly comparable to the Genesis at Lexus or, for that matter, at any other manufacturer.

So the GS 350 winds up in this test for being the closest thing Lexus has to the Genesis in price, mission, character and specification. Still, the rear-drive V6-powered GS 350 is somewhat smaller than the V8-powered Genesis 4.6 and it costs more. Way more. The Genesis 4.6 carries a base price of $37,000, while the Lexus starts just under $44,000. And if we had opted for a V8-powered GS 460 as Lexus' contender, the price chasm would have grown to more than $12,000.

As tested, the GS 350 came fully equipped at $49,670. The Genesis showed up with a $4,000 Technology package and a $42,000 sticker. That's a thick $7,670 price difference, in case you haven't already made the calculation yourself. Yet the Genesis essentially matched the Lexus luxury for luxury, gizmo for gizmo.

Quality Issues
Approach the Genesis and you're immediately impressed with how substantial it seems. The body panels are perfectly formed, the paint has a lustrously deep sheen and all the parts that are supposed to be shiny, shine blindingly. The styling is strictly conservative — it sort of looks like a previous-generation Mercedes S-Class — but the oversized lemon zester grille, large tires and sizable chrome dual exhaust pipes successfully give it presence.

Still, the lack of any brand identification anywhere on the car except its tail will leave some buyers thinking it looks a bit, well, generic. You know, like those cars in gasoline commercials where all the logos have been removed.

In contrast to the upright Genesis, the Lexus GS's shape is lean and athletic, with sheet metal that seems drawn taut over its chassis and a fastback roof line. The Lexus is also a tighter package inside and out, with 5.6 inches less length, 2.7 inches less width, 2.2 inches less height and 3.4 inches less wheelbase.

Beautiful? Not quite, but it does look sportier, and by design. The GS, along with the smaller IS, are the sporty fare at Toyota's luxury division, while the ES and the LS sedans are for those who would hire a driver if they could.

One thing's for sure; the GS 350 is built exactly as everyone expects a Lexus to be built. This car is a study in high quality.

Luxuriously Sporty
Inside, too. In the Lexus, every surface is supple to the touch, every control operates with switchblade precision and the whole atmosphere is transcendentally soothing — no mantra or altered states of consciousness required. And frankly, seats don't come any better-shaped than the front thrones in the GS 350.

In contrast, the Genesis' interior is where Hyundai's audacity is most obvious. With a dashboard covered in rich brown leather much the same way a Jaguar would feature burled walnut, the Genesis' interior is uniquely modern-looking without the stark asceticism of the German brands or the digitized, somewhat synthetic feel of the Lexus.

It isn't perfect, some of the plastic pieces that are left exposed are a bit cheap-feeling, the switchgear can't match the Lexus for tactile satisfaction and the wood portion of the leather-and-wood steering wheel is too slippery for its own good, but otherwise this is an interior as interesting as it is comfortable.

And it is comfortable. Although we prefer the seats in the GS, the front seats in the Genesis are very well-shaped, padded and upholstered. And they come with fractionally better legroom.

Hyundai has also done a fine job of getting the details right. The Genesis' shifter, for instance, has just the right heft and shape. It feels like it belongs in a car that wears an established luxury badge. So do its visors, cupholders and other seat controls.

Space and Luxury
Large rear door openings and more generous proportions, thanks to its longer wheelbase, make the Genesis' rear seat the better of the two. Not that it's very hard to get in and out of the Lexus' rear seat; it's just not quite as ample as the Hyundai.

The Genesis has a huge trunk with 15.9 cubic feet of space, 3 cubic feet more than the trunk in the Lexus.

When it comes to luxuries, both cars have virtually everything a modern automobile can have shoved into it, short of night vision and a personal masseur. Of course air-conditioning and all the stuff that should be power-operated is standard on both cars, but both also have optional navigation systems, although the system in the Lexus is slightly simpler to operate (Hyundai has come perilously close to cloning iDrive with its knob-centric central controller), and both feature optional rearview cameras that display what's behind the car on the nav screen. Both also have lots and lots of very smart airbags and standard stability control.

Strangely, while the Lexus has heated and cooled seats for both the driver and front passenger, Hyundai puts heat on both those chairs in the Genesis, but restricts the cooling system to the driver side only.

On the other hand, only the Genesis offers iPod integration. Frankly, it's a slow, clumsy integration that seems to spend more time hunting for tracks than actually playing them, but it's more useful than the cassette deck in the Lexus.

Engineered Like Other Cars in the World
Both the GS and Genesis are built around hefty steel unibody structures. Both have sophisticated multilink all-independent suspension systems both front and rear. And both cars showed up wearing 18-inch wheels and very similar tires. The Lexus wears optional 245mm-wide Dunlop SP Sport 5000 DSST run-flat, all-season performance tires, while the Hyundai's standard Dunlop SP Sport 5000s are not run-flats and only measure 235mm across.

However, there are major differences in their engine bays. The GS 350 is powered by Toyota's ubiquitous 3.5-liter, 24-valve V6 which, thanks to variable valve timing, is rated at a healthy 303 horsepower in this application. In contrast the Genesis has a big, honkin' V8 under its hood — packing 4.6 liters and 32 variably controlled valves — making a claimed 375 hp (when running on premium fuel). Both are backed by six-speed automatic transmissions that can be shifted manually.

According to our scales, the GS 350 weighs in 320 pounds less than the Genesis and that helped it score a 5.7-second 0-60-mph time and run through the quarter-mile in 14.0 seconds at 99.5 mph. The Genesis, despite its larger, more powerful V8, was slower, completing those same feats in 5.9 seconds and 14.1 seconds at 101 mph.

Pity the Fuel
Frankly, better times were expected from the Genesis considering its engine size and claimed output. But the Hyundai V8 lacks eagerness; it just sort of slowly builds speed instead of racing ahead — like the world's smoothest and quietest truck engine. In part-throttle driving, that's responsive enough. But it's an underachieving performance and the Genesis powered by a V6 isn't that much slower, hitting 60 mph in 6.3 seconds while operating nearly as silently and returning slightly better fuel economy.

In contrast, the Lexus' V6 is an overachiever. It may only be rated at 303 hp, but each of those ponies has been eating right, working out regularly and living a wholesome, clean-cut existence.

Getting the V6 in the GS may sound like a compromise compared to the 4.6-liter V8 that comes in the GS 460, but in reality GS 350 drivers will never feel as if they're sitting behind anything except a perfectly wonderful, quiet, silken and wholly adequate power plant.

A Matter of Degrees
But ultimate speed isn't what these sedans are all about. These aren't sport sedans like the BMW 5 Series or Infiniti M that engage the road and then go about the business of filleting it. They're luxury machines first, with just enough feedback through their controls to keep the driver from nodding off.

And they drive like the isolation chambers they're meant to be. These cars are quiet and smooth. Almost equally so. They both waft over road divots that would bounce other cars up and over two lanes, and their engines whirr along so smoothly that actually seem to smooth out any vibration in the earth's rotation.

In short, Hyundai obviously had Lexus in mind when it went about creating the Genesis. And the Genesis drives pretty much like a Lexus (outliers like the current IS F notwithstanding).

The Same, Only Different
Still, there are differences. Remarkably slight differences. On the road, the Lexus' body rolls more through corners, but its steering is more precise than the Hyundai's and provides better feedback. Blitzing in the Genesis, however, is helped by an easygoing ability to maintain super-legal speeds without ever losing composure, and a tremendous highway ride that's slightly better controlled than the GS 350's.

Luxury might come before sport with both these cars, but both are exceptionally stable on the road and capable of higher cornering limits than their comfort levels may suggest. And on our test track, it was all but a tie. The Hyundai stuck a bit better on the skid pad (0.83 vs. 0.81g), while the Lexus was a bit quicker through the slalom (65.2 vs. 62.6 mph).

Their brakes perform about the same, too. The Genesis stopped from 60 mph a foot shorter than the GS 350 (114 vs. 113 feet), but the Lexus' brakes were more resistant to fade.

In fact, the one significant performance difference came in observed fuel consumption. The Lexus drank premium at the rate of 22.9 mpg, while the Hyundai slurped it up at a 17.6 mpg rate.

Degrees That Matter
Helped greatly by its huge price advantage, the Hyundai Genesis edges out the Lexus GS 350 by a cumulative score of 68.5 to 66.3. It just doesn't get closer than that.

But remember, Inside Line's algorithms and criteria don't control for the intangible of prestige. And it could well be that in this status-conscious market segment, paying extra money for that Lexus badge may be worth it to a lot of buyers. After all, they didn't work hard all their lives to retire, take out a reverse mortgage and drive a Hyundai.

Though some of them may be shocked to know that now Hyundai can be mentioned in the same breath as Lexus without convulsive laughter soon following.

The manufacturers provided Edmunds these vehicles for the purposes of evaluation.

Executive Editor Michael Jordan says:
It's tempting to dismiss the 2009 Hyundai Genesis without a thought. There's the familiar formal Hyundai grille leading a blend of sheet metal style and proportions from BMW and Lexus. There's the Lexus-style interior trimmed with Infiniti materials, an Infiniti-style dashboard information interface and an Audi-style console-mounted controller. And the driving experience is so like that of a Lexus LS 460, you couldn't tell the difference if your eyes were closed.

It's another step along the road to maturity by Hyundai, but it's easy to see a lack of confidence in these derivative choices by the Korean carmaker, a kind of corporate embarrassment that it can still recall those days of the 1960s when its factories were built with floors of hard-packed dirt.

And yet you see nothing of this crisis of confidence when you fly into Seoul, as the landscape is marked by buildings of incredible architectural boldness, a unique blend of Asian and Western style. Seoul is a city of substance and fierce pride, and it makes you wonder why Korean cars aren't the same.

It makes me think that Hyundai isn't showing us a copy of something but instead a pragmatic assembled example of what it has found to be the best automotive stuff on the planet. It's a kind of Toyota-goes-to-Nebraska approach to car-building, as if Hyundai asked the people what they want and then made sure to give it to them at a Wal-Mart price. You wait for the best technology to become affordable, then you give it a faintly fashionable appearance that people seem to like. It's a good idea.

The Hyundai Genesis V8 illustrates just how good an idea it is, because it drives just like a Lexus (a Lexus LS 460 that is; if you want a Lexus GS 350-style car, then the Genesis V6 is what you want). And yet the unknown quantity with this car is still the same as that of the first Mitsubishi-derived Hyundai Excel in 1986 — quality. We know this car has a great warranty, but will we still believe a year from now that it's a Lexus at half the price? I hope so, because no one wants to drive a Wal-Mart car, not even in Nebraska.

Editors picked 9 features that we believe are important in the segment or justify the added cost of one vehicle. Standard, optional (included) and optional (but not included) features were taken into consideration.

Far from a comprehensive list, each of these features helps illustrate a key difference.

Features

Features
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Adaptive front lighting O O
Cassette player S N/A
Cooled/heated driver seat O O
Cooled/heated passenger seat N/A O
iPod integration O N/A
Navigation system O O
Power rear sunshade S O
Rain-sensing wipers S O
Rearview camera O O

Key:
S: Standard
O: Optional
N/A: Not Available

Adaptive front lighting: Both the Genesis and GS feature optional adaptive front HID lighting systems that will turn the beams into a corner for better visibility. Considering the mature buyers for these cars, this is just the sort of feature that can make anyone with night blindness feel secure.

Cassette player: Have a large collection of books on tape? Then buy the Lexus. A cassette player isn't available on the Hyundai — or most other cars.

Cooled/heated driver seat: Nothing beats toasty buns on a cold morning or a cooled back on a hot day. The Lexus GS offers a cooled and heated driver seat as an option. Heating and cooling is also optional on the Genesis' driver seat.

Cooled/heated passenger seat: The GS has a cooled/heated passenger seat as an option but the passenger side on the Genesis comes only with a heating element — no cooling available.

Navigation system: Both Lexus and Hyundai offer GPS-based navigation systems as options on the GS and Genesis. At this lofty level of luxury, such systems are expected as part of the whole package.

Power rear sunshade: On a sunny day, no one wants their rear-seat passengers' necks turning red. The Genesis has a power rear sunshade as standard while it's optional on the Lexus.

Rain-sensing wipers: In comprehensively equipped luxury vehicles, why should the driver be burdened with the nightmare of turning on the wipers when it rains? Hyundai offers rain-sensing wipers on the Genesis; Lexus doesn't on the GS.

Rearview camera: Anything that helps aid visibility is a boon, and a rearview camera when the transmission is shifted into Reverse counts a lot. Both the Lexus and Hyundai display their rearward paths on the same display screen used for their navigation systems.

Dimensions
Engine & Transmission Specifications
Warranty Information
Performance Information
Safety Information


Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions & Capacities
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Length, in. 195.6 190.0
Width, in. 74.4 71.7
Height, in. 58.3 56.1
Wheelbase, in. 115.6 112.2
Manufacturer Curb Weight, lb. 4,073 3,793
Turning Circle, ft. 36.0 34.1
Tire size 235/50R18 245/40R18
Wheel type Alloy Alloy
Interior Dimensions
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Front headroom, in. 38.1 37.8
Rear headroom, in. 37.7 37.7
Front shoulder room, in. 58.3 56.3
Rear shoulder room, in. 57.9 55.1
Front legroom, in. 44.3 43.5
Rear legroom, in. 38.6 36.4
EPA cargo volume, cu-ft 15.9 12.7

Engine & Transmission Specifications

Engine & Transmission
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Displacement
(cc / cu-in):
4600 (281) 3500 (214)
Engine Type DOHC V8 DOHC V6
Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm 375 @ 6,500 303 @ 6,200
Max. Torque, lb-ft @ rpm 333 @ 3,500 274 @ 3,600
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy City, mpg 17.0 19.0
EPA Fuel Economy Hwy, mpg 25.0 27.0
Observed Fuel Economy Edmunds combined, mpg 17.6 22.9
Fuel tank capacity, gal. 19.3 18.8

Warranty

Warranty Information
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/48,000 miles
Powertrain 10 years/100,000 miles 6 years/72,000 miles
Roadside Assistance 5 years/unlimited mileage 4 years/unlimited mileage
Corrosion Protection 7 years/unlimited mileage 6 years/unlimited mileage

Performance

Performance Information
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
0-60 mph acceleration, sec. 5.9 5.7
Quarter-mile acceleration, sec. 14.1 14.0
Quarter-mile speed, mph 101.1 99.5
60-0-mph braking, feet 113 114
Lateral Acceleration, g 0.83 0.81
600-ft slalom, mph 62.6 65.2

Safety

Safety Information
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Front airbags Standard Standard
Side airbags Standard Standard
Head airbags Standard Standard
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Stability control Standard Standard
Tire pressure monitoring Standard Standard
NHTSA frontal crash, driver Not Tested Not Tested
NHTSA frontal crash, passenger Not Tested Not Tested
NHTSA side crash, driver Not Tested Not Tested
NHTSA side crash, passenger Not Tested Not Tested
NHTSA rollover resistance Not Tested Not Tested
IIHS offset crash Not Tested Not Tested
Evaluation - Drive
Evaluation - Ride
Evaluation - Design
Evaluation - Function

Evaluation - Drive

Overall Dynamics
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.4 2
2008 Lexus GS350 7.8 1
Engine Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.7 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.3 1
Transmission Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.0 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.3 1
Brake Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.3 1
2008 Lexus GS350 7.2 2
Steering Performance
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.1 2
2008 Lexus GS350 7.4 1
Handling
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.1 2
2008 Lexus GS350 7.7 1
Fun to Drive
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.3 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.0 1

Evaluation - Ride

Overall Comfort
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.7 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.6 2
Ride Comfort
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.6 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.5 2
Wind Noise
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.7 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.9 1
Road Noise
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.7 1
Front Seat Comfort/Space/Access
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.6 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.6 1
Rear Seat Comfort/Space/Access
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 9.0 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.1 2
Driving Position
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.6 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.7 1

Evaluation - Design

Overall Design & Build Quality
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.4 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.7 1
Exterior Design
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 7.4 2
2008 Lexus GS350 7.9 1
Interior Design
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.7 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.3 2
Interior Materials
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.9 1
Interior Control Tactile Feel
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.1 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.8 1
Squeaks & Rattles
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 9.3 2
2008 Lexus GS350 9.7 1
Panel Fitment & Gaps
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.8 1

Evaluation - Function

Overall Function
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.5 1
Headlamp Illumination
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.3 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.8 1
Visibility
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.2 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.1 2
Instrument Panel (IP) Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.4 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.9 1
Climate Control Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.8 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.3 2
Audio System Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.4 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.7 1
Secondary Control Layout
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.3 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.0 2
Interior Storage
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.5 1
Cupholders
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.5 1
Standard Cargo / Trunk Space
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.7 1
2008 Lexus GS350 8.5 2
Maximum Cargo Space
Vehicle Score Rank
2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 8.5 2
2008 Lexus GS350 8.7 1

Final Rankings

Final Rankings
Item Weight 2009 Hyundai Genesis V8 2008 Lexus GS 350
Personal Rating 2.5% 50.0 100.0
Recommended Rating 2.5% 66.7 83.3
Evaluation Score 15% 82.4 84.0
Feature Content 15% 59.3 63.0
Performance 20% 96.8 96.7
Fuel Consumption 20% 84.2 100.0
Price 25% 100.0 81.5
Total Score 100.0% 68.5 66.3
Final Ranking 1 2
$42,000 $49,760

Personal Rating (2.5%): Purely subjective. After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vehicles in order of preference based on which he or she would buy for his or her own use. Each editor was told to think of it as "My money, my daily driver, my choice would be..."

Recommended Rating (2.5%): After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vehicles in order of preference, based on which he or she thought would be best for the average consumer shopping in this segment. Each editor was told to think of it as "Your significant other's money, your conscience, your recommendation would be..."

31-Point Evaluation (15%): Each participating editor ranked both cars using a comprehensive 31-point evaluation process. The evaluation covered everything from exterior design to cupholders. Scoring was calculated on a point system, and the scores listed are averages based on all test participants' evaluations.

Feature Content (15%): Editors picked 10 significant distinguishing features they thought would be most beneficial to a consumer shopping in this segment. Each test vehicle was then given a score based on which of those features it possessed. More points were awarded when these features were standard (3 points), optional and present on this test vehicle (2 points), optional but not present (1 point), and no points were given if the feature was unavailable on a given vehicle. The score given here represents the percentage of points, out of a total possible 30 points. Feature content and price are weighted equally for this "what you get for the money" comparison test.

Performance Testing (20%): We subjected these cars to our standard set of performance tests. Scores were calculated by giving the best car in each specific performance category 100 percent. The other car was awarded points based on how close it came to the best-performing car's score.

Fuel Consumption (20%): Fuel consumption is an important purchase motivation, especially in fuel-efficient vehicles such as these, so this category was weighted heavily. Using EPA combined fuel economy ratings as the basis for comparison, we awarded a score of 100 percent to the more fuel-efficient vehicle. The less-efficient vehicle was scored proportionally based on how close it came to the better-performing vehicle's fuel consumption.

Price (25%): The numbers listed were the result of a simple percentage calculation based on the less expensive vehicle in the comparison test. Using the as-tested prices of the actual evaluation vehicles, the less expensive vehicle received a score of 100, with the remaining vehicle receiving a lesser score based on how much it costs. Price and feature content are weighted equally for this "what you get for the money" comparison test.

Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeHyundai
ModelGenesis
Style4.6 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$38,000
Options on test vehicleTechnology Package ($4,000)
As-tested MSRP$42,000
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,627cc (282 cu-in)
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Redline (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)368 @ 6,550
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)324 @ 4,500
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontMultilink
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP235/50R18
Tire size, rearP235/50R18
Wheel size18 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 101.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)113
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.8
@ Full throttle (dB)72.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.3
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsNot an impressive V8. Lacking both big torque and high-rpm punch, this engine seems rather pointless. Not much quicker than the V6.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsVery good feel and response. Some fade on the fifth stop means heat capacity is questionable.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsNon-defeat stability control actually helps rotate car with brake application. Still, taking away throttle control is frustrating. Steering offers little feedback. It is too numb to be considered among the ranks of sport sedans. Limited, not well defined and can sneak up on driver.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)76.1
Wind (mph, direction)2.2
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.6 (combined)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.3
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,006
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,073
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53/47
Length (in.)195.9
Width (in.)73.4
Height (in.)58.3
Wheelbase (in.)115.6
Track, front (in.)62
Track, rear (in.)62.2
Legroom, front (in.)44.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.6
Headroom, front (in.)40.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.9
Seating capacity5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)15.9
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front and dual rear
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
Vehicle
Model year2008
MakeLexus
ModelGS 350
Style4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$45,375
Options on test vehicle18-Inch Summer Tires With Spare ($870), Lexus Link ($900), Navigation System ($1,850), Rear Spoiler ($200), Rain-Sensing Wipers ($525), Rear Sunshade ($210), Ventilated Seats ($200).
As-tested MSRP$49,670
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,456cc (211 cu-in)
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.5:1
Redline (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)303 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)274 @ 3,600
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, front245/40ZR18
Tire size, rear245/40ZR18
Wheel size18 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)3.8
0-60 mph (sec.)5.7
0-75 mph (sec.)8.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.0 @ 99.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.2
@ Full throttle (dB)72.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsLittle drama at launch. Little to no wheelspin, even with brake torque. Engine is truly impressive. It's smooth and powerful with shifts at redline.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsTypical consistent Toyota brake performance. Lacks solid engagement point, but still quite effective.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsHeavy understeer at limit. Balance leans very much toward understeer and isn't very adjustable with throttle.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)74.6
Wind (mph, direction)3.1
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/27 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.9 (combined)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.8
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,795
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,793
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52/48
Length (in.)190
Width (in.)71.1
Height (in.)56.1
Wheelbase (in.)112.2
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)60.6
Turning circle (ft.)34.1
Legroom, front (in.)43.5
Legroom, rear (in.)36.4
Headroom, front (in.)37.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12.7
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceUnlimited years/5,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsDual Front
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
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