Used 2019 Lexus GS 300
Pros & Cons
- Comfortable and spacious interior is generously appointed
- Turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers high fuel economy
- Entertainment and navigation system controller is difficult to use
- Trunk does not expand because rear seatbacks don't fold down
- Acceleration is nothing special
Which GS 300 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Many luxury automakers highlight their sedans' performance capabilities to attract attention. But what if you simply want a comfortable upscale sedan without the theatrics or sticker shock? Enter the 2019 Lexus GS 300.
Though the 300 is the entry-level model of the GS series of sedans, its turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides a nice mix of fuel efficiency and responsive acceleration. Similarly, the GS 300's suspension strikes a good balance between comfort and handling composure. Competitive pricing of the GS is another potential draw.
On the downside, this GS generation has been around a while. Style-wise, it won't land you at the front of a valet line. Also, Lexus' distracting-to-use infotainment system is one of the least appealing in the luxury segment. Overall, though, the GS 300 is a sedan worth considering.
Notably, we picked the 2019 Lexus GS as one of Edmunds' Best Midsize Luxury Sedans for this year.
Lexus GS 300 models
The 2019 Lexus GS 300 comes in two trims: base and the GS 300 F Sport. They share the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (241 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
The base GS 300 includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, simulated leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated and power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings and an automatic climate control system.
Technology features include Lexus' Remote Touch infotainment interface, a navigation system, voice controls, smartphone app integration, a 12.3-inch display screen and a 12-speaker sound system. A broad range of driver safety aids — blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of advanced active safety features — are also included.
Heated and ventilated front seats, automatic wipers and a power rear sunshade are optional by way of the Premium package, and the available 18-inch wheel upgrade offers a same-cost choice between all-season and stickier three-season summer performance tires. A 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system is also optional.
The F Sport version ups the ante on the handling front by adding 19-inch wheels with performance tires, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, bigger front brakes, more aggressive front and rear styling, and a rear trunklid spoiler. Inside you'll find leather upholstery, power sport seats, all of the Premium Package content and different interior trim pieces.
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Our experts like the GS 300 models:
- All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Keeps you at a constant distance from the vehicle ahead of you. It works all the way down to a complete stop, which isn't always the case.
- Pre-Collision System
- Detects and attempts to avoid front collisions by applying the brakes to assist the driver and reduce the speed of impact.
- Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
- Automatically applies corrections to help prevent the car from leaving its lane.
Lexus GS 300 vs. the competition
2019 Lexus GS 300
2019 Lexus GS 350
Lexus GS 300 vs. Lexus GS 350
The GS 350 and the GS 300 are the same car, so they come with the same features and options; the only difference lies in the powertrain. The GS 350 features a more powerful V6 engine and is available with all-wheel drive. The GS 300, on the other hand, is more efficient and only available in rear-wheel drive.
Lexus GS 300 vs. Honda Accord
Although the GS 300 is pricier, its rear-wheel-drive chassis, suspension setup and interior show a clear luxury advantage over the more practical Accord. Still, you could load up an Accord with its available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and you'd have a sedan to equal the GS in many respects.
Lexus GS 300 vs. Lexus IS 300
The IS 300 and the GS 300 are both sporty four-door sedans and share identical powertrains. So which is the right one for you? The IS 300 is less expensive but has a smaller rear seat and less cargo space. Ultimately, it'll be about practicality and interior size. Either way, both are meant for the sporty — but not too sporty — sedan audience.
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Is the Lexus GS 300 a good car?
What's new in the 2019 Lexus GS 300?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Lexus GS 300:
- Integration with Lexus Enform Connect smartphone app
- Part of the fourth GS generation introduced for 2013
Is the Lexus GS 300 reliable?
Is the 2019 Lexus GS 300 a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2019 Lexus GS 300?
The least-expensive 2019 Lexus GS 300 is the 2019 Lexus GS 300 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $46,860.
Other versions include:
- F SPORT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $51,450
- 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,860