The car is a pleasure though not a necessarily a thrill to ride. On the other hand, it's probably not a practical expectation to think of having a thrill ride every time you leave your garage. The pleasure comes from the feeling of driving a tight, quality car, with a nice interior ambiance and external design appeal, and good reliability.
Positives: All wheel drive, attractive styling, quiet interior. Solid feeling. Good control of the steering although not a true sports car driver experience. Touch screen features easy to use.
Drop down accessory panel very inconvenient and impractical. Can't reprogram navigation nor use phonebook entries while car is moving, so your front seat passenger can't even assist you. Run flat tires create a stiff and bumpy ride. Voice recognition functions relatively inaccurate in its ability.
I wasn't really looking for a Lexus. I happened to be driving by the Lexus dealership and test drove the GS and was amazed. Great handling and smooth acceleration. I went back the next morning and purchased it. I love the color Quartz shadow Metallic. Loving it ever since.
After 8 months I am still amazed by the difference in quality between my last vehicle MB S430 and my Lexus GS 300. The Lexus is built to last not make monthly trips to the dealer and the build quality is superb. Last week took a 1600 mile trip and averaged 31 MPG!!!! Yes, 31! Quiet, smooth ride. I've had two MB, a Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti G35 Coupe and the LEXUS IS THE BEST!
Styling, MPG, service, build quality.
Base audio could use some improvement! Trunk access, but the styling would have to change.