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2020 Lexus GS 350

What’s new

  • The Lexus GS 300 has been discontinued
  • The GS 350 carries over unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the fourth GS generation introduced for 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Cabin is comfortable, roomy and quiet
  • All-wheel drive and performance options cover most driver needs
  • Good outward visibility
  • Infotainment controller is frustrating to use
  • Rear seatbacks do not fold
  • Interior materials are a step down from competitors
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't offered
MSRP Range
$51,065 - $54,505
MSRP Starting at
$51,065
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$52,724
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$52,724 - $52,919

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MSRP Range
$51,065 - $54,505
MSRP Starting at
$51,065
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$52,724
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$52,724 - $52,919

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2020 Lexus GS 350 Review

Most luxury cars offer a wealth of customization options, allowing buyers to specify exactly which features they want. But if the thought of poring over an options list for hours on end sounds as enticing as filling out a mortgage application, the 2020 Lexus GS 350 could be for you. This upscale sedan comes with a robust set of standard features and a mercifully small selection of add-ons.

The GS 350 should meet most of your expectations for a luxury sedan. The cabin is quiet and roomy, the ride is comfortable, and the seats are properly plush. While not the most fuel-efficient or powerful sedan in the class, the GS 350 does offer a satisfying amount of thrust when needed. We're also won over by its value proposition. Features such as leather upholstery, navigation and ventilated seats are often optional on a luxury sedan, but Lexus makes them standard on the GS.

On the downside, this Lexus GS generation is getting on in years. Lexus introduced this model in 2013, a long time to go without a full redesign. It's most apparent in the GS' mouselike infotainment controller. Time has not been kind to this interface, which is distracting to use while driving. Nearly every other competitor does better. Cabin design is also quite dated, lacking the wow factor of newer rivals.

What you make of the 2020 GS 350 largely comes down to your priorities. While we appreciate the GS 350's value and easy buying experience, shoppers willing to put in a little more time will find more appealing and fresher options such as the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. You might even like Lexus' ES 350. Recently redesigned, the ES is surprisingly sporty and offers a fresher look and feel than the GS.

What's it like to live with the GS 350?

Edmunds' editorial team purchased and lived with a Lexus GS 350 for a year. In that time, we drove the GS for just over 20,000 miles and came to appreciate the high levels of fit and finish as well as its smooth road manners over long distances. Since our ownership experience, Lexus has added new features, but many of our observations remain relevant. Check out our long-term test page for a more detailed look into our ownership experience.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.1 / 10
The Lexus GS is one of the more exciting vehicles from Lexus. It was among the first to popularize hybrid technology as a performance enhancer. And it often strikes a great balance between performance and comfort, yet it remains more affordable than its European competition.

The current model GS is getting a bit on in years and it's starting to show, having not had a significant redesign since 2013. There are still things to like about it, but it's hard to justify against the current competition.

How does it drive?

7.5
Lexus' V6 engines are admirable for their silky smooth rev quality and decent punch. But competitors have improved over the years and now produce turbocharged four-cylinders that can not only keep pace with this V6 but are more efficient as well. We managed a 0-60 mph sprint in 6.4 seconds, which isn't slow but is also unremarkable for the class. What hasn't changed is how well this engine works with the eight-speed automatic transmission, making it a breeze for daily duty.

As pleasant as the GS is to wheel around, we expected more in both braking and handling ability, especially in F Sport trim. Our tester felt pretty tame and uninspiring.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
If there's anything Lexus does consistently well, it's a quiet interior, and the GS is proof of that. Overall it's serene, with only mild amounts of wind and road noise. The comfy seats complement the experience, offering great adjustability for the front passengers and plenty of padding on all the armrests.

And though we tested an F Sport model, ride quality was surprisingly not harsh and nicely controlled. The only thing that left us unimpressed was the climate system. It didn't quite meet our cooling demands on a particularly hot day, and we found the layout of the controls to be initially confusing.

How’s the interior?

7.5
If there's anything Lexus does consistently well, it's a quiet interior, and the GS is proof of that. Overall it's serene, with only mild amounts of wind and road noise. The comfy seats complement the experience, offering great adjustability for the front passengers and plenty of padding on all the armrests.

And though we tested an F Sport model, ride quality was surprisingly not harsh and nicely controlled. The only thing that left us unimpressed was the climate system. It didn't quite meet our cooling demands on a particularly hot day, and we found the layout of the controls to be initially confusing.

How’s the tech?

7.0
Our GS tester came with Lexus' older joystick-style mouse interface, which is a hassle to use in trying to navigate the infotainment system. A lot of the functions are locked out once the vehicle is in motion for safety reasons, but we often found it difficult to work quickly enough to get things done at stoplights.

What the GS lacks in a friendly user interface it makes up for in great natural visibility, easy cabin entry and exit, and a good range of driver-seat adjustments. Space within the cabin is about on par for the segment, even if it looks a little cozier than others.

How’s the storage?

6.0
At 14.3 cubic feet, the GS has a hair more cargo space than German competitors. But since the rear seats do not fold down, it severely limits the length of cargo you can load; there's only a ski pass-through. That's kind of inconvenient and uncommon for this class. The optional automatic trunk seems a bit weird in this application, but it is still nice to have if you're of the minimal-effort ilk.

Storage within the cabin is sparse, limited to an awkward sliding armrest and cupholders that unfortunately obscure access to the seat temperature controls when deployed. We also found it oddly difficult to install a car seat base, though we knew exactly where the anchors were located. Not a problem if you don't swap bases out regularly.

How economical is it?

6.5
The EPA estimates the GS 350 will get 21-23 mpg in combined city/highway driving depending on the configuration. Competitors, even with upgraded engines that deliver more performance, typically do a bit better.

Is it a good value?

7.0
This Lexus feels solidly screwed together, but the interior looks dated especially compared to those of its contemporaries. Sure, its barrier of entry isn't as high as other luxury brands, but this one doesn't have the "new factor" that some of the other Lexus models have. Nothing feels loose or rattly, but the trim and switchgear design fall short of what we've now come to expect at this price. Lexus' warranty coverage is typical among luxury brands.

Pricewise, the GS 350 has more to offer on paper than competitors. Certain premium features such as advanced driver aids and heated and ventilated seats are included. They come at an extra cost if you shop some other brands. You also get a V6 engine at this price; most others offer turbocharged-fours.

Wildcard

7.0
There's something about Lexus styling that many people gravitate to. The GS gets more attention from the average passerby than a 5 Series or a Jaguar XF, and most of the latest Lexus interiors manage to take a different approach to design while maintaining the elegance factor.

But that's where it ends for the standard GS. The V6 engine, though smooth, has barely enough power to break its tires loose, and we're not talking about high amounts of cornering grip either. This car just needs a bit more substance to back up its appearance.

Which GS 350 does Edmunds recommend?

Considering its modest cost and zero downside, we'd go with the F Sport. Though it doesn't turn the GS 350 into a sport sedan, the F Sport trim adds a few performance upgrades without hurting ride comfort. There aren't many must-have stand-alone options, though we're partial to the 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.

Lexus GS 350 models

The 2020 Lexus GS 350 comes in two main versions: base and F Sport. Both use a 3.5-liter V6 (311 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel is optional, but it comes with a six-speed automatic instead of the eight-speed.

Standard equipment for the base GS 350 with rear-wheel drive includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, and leather upholstery. You also get a navigation system, a 12.3-inch display screen and a 12-speaker sound system. Advanced driving aids include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and mitigation, a blind-spot monitor, and pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

The rear-wheel-drive F Sport ups the ante on handling with more aggressive styling, 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension and bigger front brakes. It offers the option of four-wheel steering or a limited-slip rear differential. All-wheel drive is available, but it's not quite as sporty. It also doesn't offer the option of four-wheel steering or the limited-slip rear differential.

On all GS 350s, key stand-alone options include an automated parking system, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a power trunklid, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 2 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 GS350 is a perfect blend of luxury and sport
Alan,
F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

With this Lexus, what I was looking for was something good out of the box...something that I could simply drive, haul my small family around on the daily without concern for reliability or the desire to upgrade or modify anything. The GS checks all the boxes. Sedan? Check Top of the line Luxury? Check Fantastic dealer experience? Check 300 HP minimum? Check Great suspension with AVS? Check Rear wheel drive? Check Relative to the expert review on this site...I don't care about the infotainment system clunkiness. It's not hard to use (for me). I don't care about the back seats not folding...because I know it's not a truck and if I needed that sort of space on the regular I'd buy a truck or SUV. Technology being dated? The vehicle has all the typical luxury amenities. Heated and cooled seats, great interior materials, folding mirrors, HUD, memory seating, an infotainment system with all the basic stuff. Is the vehicle a perfect one-size fits all? No. But honestly...this car does pretty much everything I need and then some.

5 out of 5 stars, Love it
Ada G.,
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

This is my 3rd Lexus GS350 AWD. I am in love with this car and service provided. I have no desire to drive any other kind brand but Lexus. My only wish would be that the body shape after seven years of driving could be different. Very little changes from 2013 to 2020.

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Features & Specs

F SPORT 4dr Sedan features & specs
F SPORT 4dr Sedan
3.5L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$52,760
MPG 19 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower311 hp @ 6400 rpm
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F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$54,505
MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower311 hp @ 6400 rpm
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4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
4dr Sedan AWD
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$51,065
MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower311 hp @ 6400 rpm
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4dr Sedan features & specs
4dr Sedan
3.5L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$51,395
MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower311 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite GS 350 safety features:

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Also known as adaptive cruise control, this standard GS feature works all the way down to a stop, which isn't always the case.
Pre-Collision System
Warns about an imminent front collision, including one involving a pedestrian. Can automatically apply the brakes.
Lane Departure Alert w/ Lane Keep Assist
Warns the driver when the GS starts to leave its lane unintentionally. Can automatically apply steering to help you stay in the lane.
IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Lexus GS 350 vs. the competition

Lexus GS 350 vs. Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 is a front-wheel-drive four-door that costs only a little more than the Toyota Avalon on which it's based. In the past it was heavily focused on comfort, but that's no longer the case. The latest model is enjoyable to drive and has pretty much the same features as the GS. It's a little less expensive too.

Compare Lexus GS 350 & Lexus ES 350 features

Lexus GS 350 vs. Volvo S90

Though the Volvo S90 is priced like a midsize, its increased length and wheelbase effectively straddle the midsize and large sedan segments. Like the GS, the S90 comes with a more substantial list of standard features than its rivals, including leather upholstery and a full complement of driving aids. The cabin is richly detailed in typically upscale yet understated Scandinavian fashion.

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Lexus GS 350 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class tops our list of top-rated luxury midsize sedans, and it's one of the highest-rated vehicles on sale today. Its base E 350 form has fewer features than the GS 350 despite a similar price point, and its turbocharged four-cylinder isn't as potent as the Lexus' V6. But the Mercedes offers superior fit and finish and more rewarding driving dynamics, and its infotainment system is much easier to use.

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FAQ
Is the Lexus GS 350 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 GS 350 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 GS 350 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) You probably care about Lexus GS 350 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GS 350 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GS 350 has 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus GS 350. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Lexus GS 350?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lexus GS 350:

  • The Lexus GS 300 has been discontinued
  • The GS 350 carries over unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the fourth GS generation introduced for 2013
Learn more
Is the Lexus GS 350 reliable?
To determine whether the Lexus GS 350 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GS 350. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GS 350's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Lexus GS 350 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus GS 350 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 GS 350 and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 GS 350 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 GS 350 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus GS 350?

The least-expensive 2020 Lexus GS 350 is the 2020 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $51,065.

Other versions include:

  • F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $52,760
  • F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $54,505
  • 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $51,065
  • 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $51,395
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What are the different models of Lexus GS 350?
If you're interested in the Lexus GS 350, the next question is, which GS 350 model is right for you? GS 350 variants include F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of GS 350 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Lexus GS 350

2020 Lexus GS 350 Overview

The 2020 Lexus GS 350 is offered in the following submodels: GS 350 Sedan. Available styles include F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 Lexus GS 350?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus GS 350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 GS 350 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 GS 350.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Lexus GS 350 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 GS 350 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Lexus GS 350?
2020 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2020 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $58,720. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,565 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,565 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $55,155.

The average savings for the 2020 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 6.1% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 24 2020 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2020 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,440. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,106 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,106 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $52,334.

The average savings for the 2020 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 5.6% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 4 2020 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Lexus GS 350s are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Lexus GS 350?

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