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Offering a mix of performance, luxury and technology, the Lexus GS 350 is the V6-powered version of Lexus' GS line. For the GS, Lexus typically puts more of an emphasis on performance and handling than most of its other models. This is especially true of the all-new GS 350, which makes the most compelling case yet to opt for a Lexus rather than a European midsize luxury sport sedan. The previous-generation GS 350 wasn't quite as appealing, but it could still work out well as a used sedan choice.
Used Lexus GS 350 Models
The current-generation Lexus GS 350 debuted as a 2013 model and lacked a few of the features currently available. Most notably, the eight-speed transmission that was standard on rear-drive models in 2014 (increasing highway fuel economy by 1 mpg). Other additions included rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and the Siri Eyes Free iPhone control system.
The previous-generation Lexus GS 350 was produced from 2007 through 2011. However, this third-generation GS sedan actually debuted for 2006 as the GS 300. With the exception of their engines, the GS 350 and 300 are identical.
In 350 guise, this GS came with a.3.5-liter V6 rated for 303 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission was standard, and buyers had a choice of the standard rear-wheel-drive setup or an optional all-wheel-drive system.
Notable standard equipment on the Lexus GS 350 included 17-inch wheels, xenon headlamps, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker sound system and memory settings for the driver and front passenger. Major options include a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a navigation system, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and an adaptive suspension. Models produced for 2010 and onwards received USB/iPod connectivity and streaming Bluetooth audio as standard equipment.
With the 3.5-liter V6, this Lexus GS was pretty quick, and most drivers will find its power reserves more than adequate in any situation. Upholding Lexus' reputation for finely crafted interiors, this GS 350's cabin surrounded occupants with supple leather and rich wood and aluminum trim. Average-size adults will fit comfortably, but taller passengers may desire a bit more headroom.
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