Used Lexus GS Saloon 2005 - 2012 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

2005 - 2012 review
Lexus GS Saloon (05 - 12)
  • Lexus GS Saloon (05 - 12)
  • Lexus GS Saloon (05 - 12)
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What's the used Lexus GS saloon like?

It's an accomplished and comfortable cruiser, wafted along by a 3.0 V6 or 4.3 V8 linked to a six-speed auto gearbox. It feels serene, albeit with so little feedback you feel detached.

There's no wind noise up to the national speed limit, but you will hear a bit too much road noise. All the while, the gearchanges are fantastically smooth and the engines do little more than whisper, even when they're working hard.

Green-minded drivers may be attracted to the the petrol-electric hybrid GS450h, but with 35.8mpg overall, it's unlikely to find fans among environmentalists.

Inside, the cabin is roomy, but the shape of the driver's seat won't suit everyone and the siting of a few minor controls can prove confusing - not least because some are hidden in a panel that drops down from the dash. The boot is enormous but, to reach its farthest corners, you need to be tall.