This car is the perfect mix of comfort, reliability and quality of Lexus/Toyota combined with an ability to get up and growl. The engine/transmission combo are perfectly suited for many styles of driving. The car is perfect at interstate speeds when traffic is moving quickly and lane changes come frequently. There is no turbo lag or ridiculous gear count to get in the way of the task at hand. The Fsport is sporty, the ride is a bit stiff on certain roads but what remedied this to nearly perfect was a tire change to Pirelli Cinturato P7 all season plus (factory Bridgestone Turanza EL400s were extremely stiff).
The Mark Levinson sound system was a must for me and has sweetened and matured to one of my favorite car stereos (including several aftermarket). The seats are dreamy, the cabin is quiet but not has hush as an LS. This is my first time with the brand and having sampled mostly German cars and one other Japanese, I feel the initial build quality is up there with the best.
As a previous owner of BMW, I think Lexus GS 350 AWD has the right balance of luxury, performance, and reliability. Its cabin is quiet and made of high quality materials. Its ride is plush and comfortable. Its performance, although not quite as good as BMW, but is pretty close. On top of that, you get the excellent reliability of Lexus, which is far better than its German competitor.
I am very pleased with my new Lexus. I am a previous Cadillac owner. I was very satisfied with the two Cadillac STSs I drove, but after the STS was discontinued found the CTS small in comparison, so I opted for the Lexus. Another advantage is the Lexus dealer, compared to the nearby Cadillac dealer. A more accurate depiction of the Cadillac dealer is a mid service level Chevrolet dealer who also happens to sell Cadillacs. The Chevy dealer team has a difficult time delivering a service experience consistent with a luxury vehicle purchase.
I?ve had my GS 350 F Sport AWD for literally two days and it is without question a beautiful car?fast and luxurious; a real head turner. As you know, Lexus only makes luxury vehicles so if you think a loaded Camry is the equivalent of, say, a Lexus EX 350, it?s not. I?ve driven them both. You can load a car up but it?s still essentially the same car with leather and some tech features. Lexus (Infinity, etc) are born and bred luxury cars. The GS 350 F Sport has the advantage of being both sporty and luxurious. I can't really speak to the mileage yet because it's so new. I'm getting about 17 mpg city.
For those of us who?ve had sports cars, the GS 350 F Sport is a natural evolution. Additionally, the Lexus buying or leasing experience is superior. They are very fair and easy to work with. You don?t leave thinking you could have done better.
These numerous benefits aside, I?m surprised at some of the features the car DOESN?T have. I traded in my 2013 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid because although it looked sporty and had luxury pretentions, such as leather seats, it was neither sporty (as in fast with good handling), or luxurious. What it did have that I will miss are:
? Blind spot warning in both side mirrors
? Rear parking sensors that beep as you get closer
? Touch screen radio with channel identifier
This last point may seem small but in real life it?s very nice. The Ford was a very uncomplicated system that would let you touch the station you want instead of scrolling through the channels. In addition, it would label each Serius station (Howard Stern, Highway, Lithium, Classic Vinyl, etc) instead of just giving the preset number, which requires you to memorize what station they represent. The sticker on the Lexus is $25,000 more than the Fusion. Lexus ought to rethink these things and give the driver everything a $57,000 car can offer. I suppose if you've never has these features you won't miss them, but they should be standard.
But embarrassing electronics. The navi and entertainment user interface is a joke. And it takes two screens just to toggle AC on or off. Truly embarrassing. But the car is bank vault quiet AND handles amazingly well. Smokes the 5 series and has a nice tendency to oversteer, like a great drivers car.