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Lexus GS 350 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 303 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Lexus GS 350

  • The 2009 Lexus GS 350 delivers exceptional road manners at a moderate price, making it an excellent choice for a luxury performance sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong V6 engine, refined handling and ride quality, quiet and plush cabin, outstanding fit and finish.

  • Cons

    Minor ergonomic oversights, touchy brakes, headroom might be insufficient for taller occupants.

  • What's New for 2009

    The 2009 Lexus GS 350 remains unchanged from the previous year.

Full 2009 Lexus GS 350 Review

What's New for 2009

The 2009 Lexus GS 350 remains unchanged from the previous year.

Introduction

Competition among luxury midsize performance sedans can seem tighter than an Olympic 400-meter relay. In the years since its introduction in 1993, the Lexus GS -- which was aimed at unseating well-established German marques in this segment -- impressed us with its sharp styling and impeccable fit and finish. But unfortunately, it lacked the athletic handling and power of its European adversaries.

Times have changed, and the 2009 Lexus GS 350 has nearly leveled the playing field. A capable 303-horsepower V6, available all-wheel drive, a luxurious cabin and plenty of standard and optional features are enough to keep just about any luxury-sedan buyer happy. It's not quite best-in-class in terms of handling prowess, but the GS's overall ride and balance make it an exceptional highway cruiser.

But as good as the 2009 Lexus GS 350 is, we must admit that the venerable BMW 5 Series still reigns supreme over the Lexus. Other alternatives to consider over the GS 350 include the Audi A6, Cadillac STS V6, Infiniti M35, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and even the new Hyundai Genesis. While these competitors offer similar comfort with comparable or better performance, the GS 350 remains a solid choice that is sure to live up to its exceptional reputation.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 GS 350 is a midsize luxury sport sedan offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In typical Lexus fashion, the car is available in a single, well-appointed trim. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a sunroof, leather seats, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats and a 10-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack and a cassette player. Factory options include rear park assist, adaptive headlights, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, ventilated front seats, a rear sunshade, 18-inch wheels with summer tires, a rear spoiler, adaptive variable suspension dampers and an upgraded 14-speaker Mark Levinson DVD surround-sound system with navigation and a rearview camera.

Powertrains and Performance

Powering the 2009 Lexus GS 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 303 hp and 274 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with a manual shift mode is the only available transmission. Acceleration is brisk; the GS 350 achieves zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. EPA fuel economy ratings for rear-wheel-drive versions come in at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. All-wheel-drive models achieve 18/25/20 mpg.

Safety

In keeping with Lexus' reputation for safety, the 2009 GS 350 includes antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front- and rear-seat side airbags, driver and front-passenger knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. A pre-collision system, which is part of the optional adaptive cruise control, uses radar to detect an impending crash and responds by pre-tensioning the seatbelts and activating brake assist. In crash testing, the Lexus GS 350 received the highest rating of "Good" for both frontal-offset and side-impact collisions from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2009 GS 350's interior is flawlessly assembled and surrounds its occupants in supple leather, genuine wood and aluminum trim. Four adults fit comfortably, and although the sedan technically seats five, the elevated rear center seat can make for a tight fit. Overall headroom is fine for average-sized passengers but might feel confining for taller occupants.

The display on the optional navigation system is easy to see, thanks to its high-resolution touchscreen, although the integrated audio system controls aren't particularly intuitive. Minor complaints include the highly polished wood trim that occasionally produces a troublesome glare, and the drop-down dash control panel to the left of the steering wheel impedes driver entry and egress if left open.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 Lexus GS 350's reserves of power, serene ride and respectable handling should easily satisfy most drivers. The capable V6 is civilized enough for the daily commute, yet possesses enough grunt for spirited driving. The GS confidently carves and corners, thanks to its rigid chassis and sophisticated suspension, but lacks the athleticism found in other sport sedans. Initially, we found the brakes had a bit too much grab, but they were certainly effective, as our testing showed the GS 350 could stop from 60 mph in just 114 feet. For those who expect to drive in inclement weather conditions, the all-wheel-drive option makes an excellent choice.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Puts the mercedes 560 sel

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Vehicle: 2009 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The Lexus dealership is amazing Prestige in NJ Handles on curves like a roller coaster no slip or slide The all wheel drive and the push button for extra power is amazing



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2009 gs 350 - that's

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Vehicle: 2009 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I have owned now three GS models 2000, 2006, and now 2009. Which I just picked up last week. The car is great - I had a couple of concerns with my 2006 model and I'm hoping that I'm not going to have this problem with my 2009 model. The Car has a very "sexy" look it to, Sporty and Classy, built for Comfort and Sport. It's a great combination of both, a real Sharp Car over all.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I love it, to my

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Vehicle: 2009 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I'm a long time BMW 3-series fan. So when I needed to trade up to a bigger car, the natural course of action was to buy the 5-series. But wait. After driving both the 5 series and the GS 350 and comparing all their features, the Lexus made a lot more sense. Granted, the GS-350 is not as fun to drive as the 3-series BMW, but neither was the 5-series, after all they are much bigger cars. Nonetheless, the GS 350 is great to drive, is powerful, handles very well in the snow and is amazingly comfortable. I learned to love it very quickly and look forward to driving it whenever I can.




Great car!!!

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Vehicle: 2009 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Coming from a Civic Hyrbid this is an obvious step up and away from good gas mileage...I just wanted a larger car and found one that was a leftover 2009 with a 9K discount and could not pass up that offer on a Lexus. Great looking car and fun to drive, nice stereo....still getting used to the gas mileage versus my old hybrid, but that is ok it is still good for a 303 HP AWD vehicle.




I love this car

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Vehicle: 2009 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I just purchased this car and I have to tell you that I love it. I was driving a 2006 Ford 500 AWD and this is light years beyond what I ever expected. My mother has always loved the Lexus product, I now know why. It handles like it is on rails, the power is wonderful and the toys make driving it fun.



2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Lexus super car

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Vehicle: 2009 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I've lived the German car experience and roughed it out with _MW. For those of you seeking a world-class supercar, the Lexus GS 350 AWD is clearly a remarkable machine. The performance is exceptional, particularly when one hits the open highway and engages the "power" mode-- that's when all he__ breaks loose. For those of you seeking a remarkable audio experience, the 330 watt Mark Levinson sound system is over the top...exceeding the audio quality of the majority of high-end home systems. The 14 speakers will definitely enhance your listening experience. The AWD is exceptional in the snow. After buying the GS in February, it easily proved itself on a steep snow- covered hill. Buy it!



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dcwalker
07-14-2010

slamajam
slamajam
11-05-2008
I'm located in southern california and i'm looking for a good deal on a new 08 or preowned 07 lexus gs 350 RWD. I wouldn't mind a 2007 GS 350 with not too many miles (less than 25k total miles). I f...


CarMan@Edmunds
CarMan@Edmunds
07-02-2009
Hi gia421. Lexus is indeed running a special lease program on the 2009 GS 350 right now. Through July 6th, Lexus Financial Services is providing a special lease money factor of .00125 on the '09 GS ...



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