Lexus has mastered the art and science of creating vehicles that are unflappable in refinement. The 2020 Lexus GS luxury sedan is a mid-sized luxury sedan. Its driving dynamics are very similar to the GS. It remains composed and calm even under harsh road conditions. The GS offers excellent utility and a large trunk. The GS offers a wide range of standard features, including the most recent driver-assistance technologies. This Lexus also comes in F Sport trim, which offers a more powerful engine and a sport-tuned suspension. The GS is a premium sedan which delivers in all the key areas for shoppers in this market. The GS lineup will be ending this year, with a special Black Line edition.
What’s new for 2020?
Lexus has removed the rear-wheel drive versions of the GS300 F Sport and GS300 F Sport models from its lineup for the 2020 model year.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The GS 350’s all-wheel drive (AWD), usually comes at a higher price. However, this is not the case with it. The GS350 AWD is the base model. It’s less expensive than the rear wheel-drive (RWD), but it’s still a great car. The GS350 AWD comes with many standard features and will make a great choice for buyers interested in the Lexus sedan. The base model GS is available on 18-inch wheels and features exterior features like automatic LED headlights and taillamps and heated power-folding mirrors with auto-dimming capabilities. The GS350 AWD’s cabin features 10-way power-adjustable front chairs, dual-zone automatic temperature control, simulated leather upholstery, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. All models come standard with driver-assist features like blind-spot monitoring or adaptive cruise control.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
All GS sedans are equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 motor that produces 311 horsepower and 280 lbft of torque. All-wheel drive is available as well as rear-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive models have a six-speed manual transmission, while rear-wheel-drive models have an eight-speed auto gearbox. We were able to accelerate the GS350 F Sport from zero to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. This isn’t bad, but it’s faster than rival models. In our testing, the Audi A6 finished the run in 4.8 seconds and the BMW 540i xDrive took 4.5 seconds. The GS is a great car to commute in. It has a smooth ride without feeling too soft. The GS comes standard with three driving modes: Eco, Sport, and Normal. This allows you to tailor the car’s performance to your needs.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The 2020 Lexus GS can achieve up to 20/28 mpg in the city/highway according to EPA estimates. It is not as efficient as competitors like the Acura TLX (upto 23/33 mpg), Jaguar XF, and Mercedes-Benz E-class. (upto 23/34 mpg) We measured fuel economy at 20 mpg during our testing with the GS.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Although the GS’s cabin is comfortable and spacious, the design and materials used are mediocre. The cabins of rival models such as Audi or Mercedes-Benz create a more luxurious atmosphere. The GS has a lot of cargo space, which is a plus. The trunk has a huge 18 cubic foot cargo space. This is a lot more than what you will get with competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz A-class sedan (13 cubic foot) and the Audi A6 (14 cubes).
Connectivity and Infotainment
The base GS comes with standard features like a 12-speaker system and SiriusXM satellite broadcast radio. All models come with Bluetooth phone and music streaming as well as voice-activated navigation systems with 12.3 inch displays. Lexus’s Remote Touch Interface controls the infotainment system. It is a mouse-type controller that can be found in the console. It is a complex system that requires some learning. Audi and Mercedes have more user-friendly setups. A head-up display is available as an option, along with a Mark Levinson 17-speaker audio system. Unfortunately, Android Auto integration and Apple CarPlay are not available.