2018 Lexus GS 350
- Comfortable and spacious interior feels rich and luxurious
- All-wheel drive and high-performance versions cover most driver needs
- Trunk not expandable because rear seatbacks do not fold down
- Entertainment and navigation system controller is hard to use
2018 Lexus GS 350 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which GS 350 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The 2018 Lexus GS 350 is a multitalented luxury sedan that artfully blends comfort, sophistication and performance. Despite its advancing age — the current generation has been around for five years — the GS still makes a compelling choice with a well-appointed interior, eager powertrain, sure handling and a smooth ride. All-wheel drive is available for those who often drive in wet weather, and there's even an F Sport model that ratchets up the sporting quotient without sacrificing much comfort.
The heart of the GS 350 is a 311-horsepower V6 engine. It lacks the dominating thrust found in rival sedans with turbocharged or supercharged six-cylinder engines but nonetheless impresses with a smooth power delivery. Recent tech and safety upgrades, such as a full suite of driver aids including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane control, make the GS a more compelling choice than ever.
There are no significant changes for the 2018 model, although Lexus now includes its roadside and emergency assistance program free for a full 10 years, which should offer additional peace of mind for the long road trips to which the GS is so well-suited. With its incremental upgrades year over year, today's GS is even more luxurious, smooth, comfortable and engaging than it was at the outset.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Lexus GS 350 midsize luxury sedan comes in two main versions: base and F Sport. Both are available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment for the rear-wheel-drive GS 350 includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine (311 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, ambient LED cabin lighting, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats (heated and ventilated), leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a power rear sunshade.
Standard tech content includes Bluetooth, the Remote Touch infotainment interface, a navigation system, voice controls, smartphone app integration, a 12.3-inch display screen and a 12-speaker sound system. Various driver safety aids (blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and the Lexus Safety System Plus suite of advanced active safety features) are also included.
Note that on the all-wheel-drive GS 350, leather upholstery is optional by way of the Premium package, which also includes the heated and ventilated front seats and power rear sunshade. A six-speed automatic transmission is used on this model instead of the eight-speed.
The rear-wheel-drive F Sport ups the ante on handling with 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. The F Sport has more aggressive front and rear bumper and grille styling, power sport seats and different interior trim pieces. All-wheel drive is available, but it's not quite as sporty and doesn't have the option for four-wheel steering or the limited-slip rear differential.
On all GS 350s, key stand-alone options include parking sensors, a premium Mark Levinson sound system and a power-operated trunk.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test and an extended yearlong test of the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport (3.5-liter V6 | 6-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the GS 350 has received some upgrades, including an eight-speed automatic transmission for the rear-wheel-drive models, a more sophisticated fuel-injection system, engine upgrades that added 5 horsepower, LED headlights and more capable entertainment system software. Our initial findings remain broadly applicable to this year's GS 350.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out4.5
Child safety seat accommodation
Audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
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 complete stop, which isn't always the case.
- Pre-Collision System w/Ped. Detection
- Warns about an imminent front collision, even with a pedestrian. Can automatically apply the brakes.
- Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
- Warns the driver when the GS starts to leave its lane unintentionally. Can automatically apply steering to help stay in the lane.
2018 Lexus GS 350 for Sale
Slotting between the less sporty Lexus ES and LS models, the 2018 Lexus GS 350 takes aim at drivers who crave a bit of performance from their luxury sedan.
With a firmer ride and crisper handling than you'll find in the ES and LS, which tend to favor pure comfort over performance, the GS turns up the excitement when the road turns winding. That's not to say the GS is any less a luxury car, because it isn't — you'll still find all the features and options you'd expect from a Lexus.
The company offers a slightly confusing roster of GS models for 2018, including everything from a fuel-efficient hybrid to a roaring V8. The GS 350, with its 311-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, might be the best all-arounder for buyers looking to balance performance and comfort. Lighter and more nimble than the hybrid (GS 450h) yet with a more compliant ride than the more aggressive F Sport trims (and definitely cushier than the all-out high-performer GS F), the Lexus GS 350 stands out as a luxury sedan that doesn't sacrifice speed or handling. It even manages to return an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway).
Lexus' luxury amenities include heated and ventilated leather seats, automatic wipers, LED headlights, the Remote Touch infotainment system, and a trick climate system that recognizes where people are seated in the car and optimizes airflow based on that information. Buyers seeking even more performance can upgrade to the F Sport trim, which adds more aggressive wheels and tires, adaptable suspension, bigger brakes and either all-wheel steering or a limited-slip differential. The GS 350 is also available with all-wheel drive.
The upscale interior, available with optional wood accents, is spacious, quiet and comfortable. All but the tallest passengers should have no complaints about leg- or headroom in either the front or rear seats. Rear passenger comfort can be upgraded even further with optional independent climate control and audio controls.
Peace of mind comes standard: Not only does Lexus have a reputation for making reliable cars, but the GS 350 comes with a host of safety features and excellent crash test ratings. Optional forward collision mitigation with automatic braking and pedestrian detection is also available.
With impressively precise and nimble handling, powerful acceleration, and a big helping of quality and comfort, the Lexus should be on the list of any buyer interested in a luxury sports sedan. If the 2018 Lexus GS 350 is on your list, let Edmunds help you figure out which trim and features will make it the perfect car for you.
2018 Lexus GS 350 Overview
The 2018 Lexus GS 350 is offered in the following submodels: . 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 2018 Lexus GS 350?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus GS 350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 GS 350 5 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 2018 GS 350.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus GS 350?
2018 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 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 $57,499. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,378 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,378 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$51,121.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is11.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 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 $57,580. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,399 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,399 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$51,181.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is11.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 3 2018 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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