2018 Lexus GS 300 Review
Pros & Cons
- Comfortable and spacious interior is generously appointed
- Turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers high fuel economy
- Entertainment and navigation system controller is hard to use
- Trunk not expandable because rear seatbacks do not fold down
- Acceleration is nothing special
List Price Estimate
$28,344 - $34,124
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Which GS 300 does Edmunds recommend?
We prefer the extra power of the GS 350 and suggest checking out that version of the GS as well. But if you're set on the GS 300, ordering simply comes down to which options you want. The F Sport variant adds style points and sharper handling but seems a little out of place for a GS 300. Get the Navigation and Premium packages since they add coveted luxury car must-haves such as ventilated leather seats, a rear power sunshade and a large 12.3-inch display.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Lexus GS 300 is nimble and moves out nicely, but it's also effortlessly smooth and poised. Acceleration is adequate but far from exhilarating.
Though the GS is a sport-oriented sedan, it doesn't abandon comfort in the pursuit of achieving that title. The optional F Sport seats are comfy, the ride is smooth, and the cabin is generally quiet and well-ventilated.
The 2017 GS 300 is blessed with a fairly roomy and comfortable interior that oozes quality and refinement. There's very little to complain about apart from one thing: the unique but awkward mouse-style interface that controls the entertainment and navigation system.
The GS' trunk is usefully shaped and quite big, but you might not like it if you like to fold down the rear seats to carry larger items now and then because the GS can't do that. The interior provides a reasonable but not memorable amount of storage and it plays well with most child safety seats.
This year the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver aids is now standard. The 300's complementary audio and navigation system uses an older iteration of the GS 350's software, but phone pairing and the voice controls still measure up. We're not fans of the audio and navigation controller.
Features & Specs
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.