2019 Lexus GS 300

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2019 Lexus GS 300 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Lexus GS 300 Lexus is more than a luxury car maker. Lexus has made its name in the market as one of the most reliable luxury car brands. After three decades and a flawless street cred. Lexus has more than 10 models on offer. The 2019 Lexus GS 300 follows in with Lexus's philosophy of simplicity.

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Pros

Turbocharged four-cylinder saves a lot of gas

Luxuriously appointed interior

Segment-best reliability that Lexus offers

Cons

Even with the F Sport package the GS is no sports sedan

Aggressive styling may be not to everyone\\\\u2019s taste

Average rear cargo space

What's New?

Lexus GS 300 carries over with no major changes in 2019

Lexus Enform Remote (smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46860

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

241 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1650 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62/62.6

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

192.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

3805 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1155 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

highway range

556.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70,000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus GS 300 in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Caviar color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Liquid Platinum color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Matador Red Metallic color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Nightfall Mica color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Black Obsidian color  2019 Lexus GS 300 in Smoky Granite Mica color
Atomic Silver

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus GS 300 Base

Base

power
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$46,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $46,860 MSRP (22/26/32) 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Lexus GS 300 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$51,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $51,450 MSRP (21/24/30) 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 16, 2019


A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine helps the GS 300 to produce 241 horsepower. Lexus GS checks many right boxes when it comes to a mid-size sedan. The GS sedan market is privy to some stiff competition. The Lexus GS competes with Jaguar XF and Infiniti Q70.

2019 Lexus GS 300 Features

2019 Lexus GS 300 is available in two trim levels: GS 300 RWD and GS 300 F Sport RWD. These trims are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. For an additional expense of $4590, you can get the GS 300 F Sport trim which tries to make this luxury sedan a track focused tool.

The base trim is equipped with a great appointment of luxury features. It all starts with aesthetically designed 17-inch nine-spoke alloy wheels. Bi-LED headlamps are a standard feature, the dual exhaust outlets adds to its appeal. Features like a 12 speaker audio system, dual zone front climate control, and 10-way adjustable driver seat make it a cabin befitting a luxury sedan.

300 F Sport trim tries to mold this luxury sedan into a sports sedan. It brings a stiffer suspension, bigger wheels and front brakes. Interior is also treated with perforated leather trim and a sport focused black headliner.

Trim

GS 300

GS 300 F Sport

MSRP RWD

$46,610

$51,200

Key Features  

Includes all GS 300 standard key features plus:

 

241-hp 2.0L I4

Heated front seats

 

8-speed automatic transmission

Rear spoiler

 

Electronic parking aid - camera

Rear window sunshade

 

12 speakers

Color heads-up display

 

Lexus Safety System+

F sport leather steering wheel

 

Automatic climate control

16-way power adjustable driver’s seat

 

Dual zone front climate control

19-inch staggered width split five-spoke wheels

 

Voice activated controls

F SPORT tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with Sport S+ mode

 

Adaptive cruise control

LFA-inspired instrumentation

 

Interior air filter

 
 

Integrated dual exhaust outlets with lateral fins

 
 

10-way power driver and front passenger seats

 
 

8-inch high resolution central control screen

 

We Recommend

The base GS 300 RWD trim is a good choice if you are shopping for a reasonably priced luxury sedan. The F Sport trim is priced steeply and brings in features that do not complement the GS 300 as a luxury sedan. If you want to take the luxury experience to a higher level then also pick the Navigation package that equips the GS 300 with 12.3-inch screen and full-screen navigation system. For most buyers, we would suggest buyers to choose the base trim for its high-value offering.

2019 Lexus GS 300 Engine

“The Lexus GS 300 is nimble and moves out nicely, but it's also effortlessly smooth and poised. Acceleration is adequate but far from exhilarating.”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Lexus GS 300 is offered with a turbocharged 241-hp inline-four motor which comes mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission which powers the rear wheels. This little Lexus engine powers many vehicles across the luxury marque’s lineup. You will love the low-end grunt of Lexus’s twin-scroll turbocharged engine. The surge of torque at low engine speed makes the GS 300 a competent daily driver.

Lexus GS embodies refinement to its core. From rolling on from a cold start to effortlessly gliding in a stop and go city traffic. Refinement is the greatest virtue of this engine. Yes, it wouldn’t offer exhilarant acceleration or lightning quick 0-60 times. But day in and day out, you will love this character of the engine.

Models

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MSRP

$47,635

$50,960

$43,045

$51,295

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

241 hp@ 5800rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

311 hp@ 6000rpm

330 hp@ 7000rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1650 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

293 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

270 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

Among the competitors, Infiniti Q70 has impressive raw power output. The 330 hp output is easily the best in this comparison. Compare the torque output, the Genesis G80 makes a whopping 293 ft-lbs, of torque but to extract that you need to sit at the mountain of 5000 rpm which is not possible in real-world conditions. When we consider real-world driving scenarios, the turbo-fours from Jaguar and Lexus have an edge over normally aspirated engines.

Acceleration*

2019 Lexus GS sedan completes the zero to sixty mph run in 7.0 seconds. In its bare bones avatar, the GS sedan is more work than fun. The mid-size sedan won’t feel sluggish. This small engine feeds on premium gasoline but belts out 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. Instead of peak torque, the engine offers a meaty flat plateau of torque which operates within 1650 rpm to 4,400 rpm.

Models

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

0-60 MPH

7 sec

5 sec

6.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

13.5 sec

14.6 sec

14.2 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.3

8.9

8.4

The Jaguar XF with its 2.0-liter four-banger is the quickest of this lot – it does naught to sixty in 5 seconds. Jaguar is followed by Infiniti’s 5.6 second time. Lexus GS 300 sedan takes the longest to reach the coveted 60mph marker.

Ride and Handling

GS follows the traditional formula, it is rear wheel drive. If you forget the numbers from the spec sheet, the GS sedan has been one of the engaging drivers in the Lexus lineup. The GS sedan is nimble around the corners and has good straight-line stability. The gains are more profound in the F Sport trims which receive an adaptive variable suspension. It allows the driver to select different settings for the suspension from Normal to Sport +.

Engage the Sport mode, and the steering ratio is reduced. Although the gains aren’t immediately noticeable to the eye it makes for a good feel through the F-Sport’s steering wheel.

Braking

Under emergency braking, Lexus GS 300 comes to a standstill from 70 mph within 174 feet. The braking performance is average for the mid-size luxury segment. You will need some time to get used to modulating the brake pedal. If you want to add more stopping power, then the F Sport trim comes with larger brakes and staggered tire setup for more traction.

Model

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

12.8

13.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

12.8

12.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3805

3590

4195

3876

70-0 MPH (ft.)

174

170

167

167

Infiniti Q70 and Genesis G80 offer similar braking performance, taking an identical 167 feet to stop from 70 mph. The Jaguar XF takes 170 feet to achieve similar performance. Lexus GS covers the most distance while stopping from 70 mph.

2019 Lexus GS 300 Fuel Economy

The base GS 300 trim does a good job at running efficiently. 2019 GS sedan scores 26 mpg of combined mileage. The credit goes to use of direct injection and turbocharging with a small 2.0-liter engine. Additional benefits include lower emission and more usable torque.

Model

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MPG (city)

22

25

19

18

MPG (highway)

32

34

27

25

MPG (combined)

26

28

22

21

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.4

19.5

20.3

20.0

Range (miles) (city/highway)

383/557

488/663

386/548

360/500

2019 Jaguar XF leads the pack with a combined mpg of 28. It is followed by Lexus GS. The aging V6 engines from Infiniti and Genesis score 21 and 22 respectively.

2019 Lexus GS 300 Interior

“The GS boasts top-notch materials and first-class styling, and Lexus' attention to detail is evident throughout the cabin. You can boost the opulence with upgrades such as perforated leather trim, Naguri aluminum accents, and open-pore walnut inlays.”- Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Space is good for passengers in front and rear. It is undeniable fact that GS looks like an expensive Toyota but for the beautiful fit and finish, you wouldn’t be complaining a lot. As you enter the cabin you will be greeted by high-quality materials. Everything is purposefully built, important touch points are finished in quality leather. Even the base GS trim gets 10-way adjustable seat for the driver. The Lexus Memory System would gladly remember your seating position. So, finding and keeping your favorite driving position wouldn’t be a hassle at all.

Model

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/57.3/42.3

37.5/NA/NA

41.1/58.3/45.7

39.1/58.4/44.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/55.7/36.8

38.2/NA/NA

38.2/57.1/35.0

37.7/56.7/36.2

Infotainment System

Lexus GS is offered with an 8.0-inch color display screen. The standard system comes with a 12-speaker system. If you want a more immersive audio experience then pick the optional Mark Levinson audio system. You can upgrade to a larger 12.3-inch screen by opting for the Navigation package. Some important features available with the GS 300 sedan are:

  • 1 surround sound
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • AM/FM/DVD with HD radio and WMA/MP3 capability
  • Aux and iPhone®/USB input plugs
  • Bluetooth streaming
  • Digital signal processing with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL)

Interior Features

The GS sedan offers a well-appointed interior trim. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • Contrast stitching on soft vinyl wrapped upper I/P, seats, door panels and shift boot
  • Aluminum alloy “Lexus” stamped scuff plates on all door sills
  • LED ambient lighting integrated into door ornamentation and RTI surround area
  • Lexus Analog clock with GPS time zone functionality
  • Optitron analog instrument cluster with color 4.2-inch TFT Multi-Information Display
  • Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with enter and back buttons
  • Steering wheel multimedia, cruise control and multi-information display controls
  • Rear A/C vents on the back of center console

Cargo volume

The trunk opening is well designed, it is broad and offers easy access for luggage. The only major downside – rear seats don’t fold down. The interior has decent space for small items. The glovebox is useful, the center console opens wide. The rear armrest also offers two cup holders and a storage bin for miscellaneous items. Still, the 14.3 cu-ft. of cargo space is one of the lowest offerings in this segment.

Model

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.3

17.8

15.3

14.9

2019 Lexus GS 300 Exterior

“Not for the shy, the Lexus GS luxury-performance sedan is a boldly styled piece of road-going art. It leads with an aggressive front-end treatment with an oversized grille, deep chin spoiler, and intense expression. Distinctive headlights and LED taillights to fit its sporting image, as do its muscular lines, highly defined shapes and low stance.”-KelleyBlueBook

Lexus GS 300 doesn’t stand out, at least dimensionally. It measures 192.1-inches from one bumper to another. It has a moderate ground clearance at 5.1-inches. At 112.2-inches, it is equipped with the shortest wheelbase in this comparison. The GS sedan commands attention with its spindle grille. It looks really angry and breaks off from the conservative design tone set by the German competitors.

Model

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3805

3590

4195

3876

Length(in)

192.1

195.0

196.5

196.1

Width(in)

72.4

78.2

74.4

72.6

Height(in)

57.3

57.4

58.3

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

4.1

5.3

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

116.5

118.5

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

62/62.6

61.4/61.8

64.1/65.3

62/61.6

The Genesis G80 is the heaviest of the lot and it tips the scales at 4195 lbs. The G80 sedan also steals the crown for the longest sedan in this comparison. It also offers good interior room due to a 118.5-inch wheelbase. The Infiniti sedan follows the G80 sedan closely. The Lexus GS doesn’t fare well in the proportions game.

Design and styling

GS stands out from its German rivals, thanks to a neat work on the spindle grille. Due to the design, the GS sedan looks fast even when standing still. It’s for sure, the GS isn’t meant for the shy. Unlike the ubiquitous white, black and silver, the GS is available in the bright palette of colors. The aggressive headlights enhance the front fascia. The rear lights also add some visual depth to the design. If you want to stand out then take a good look at the F Sport trim. With its pronounced bumpers and exquisite nine-spoke alloy wheels is nothing short of a piece of automotive art.

2019 Lexus GS 300 Safety

2019 GS sedan is factory fitted with Lexus Safety System+ that shows the manufacturer’s commitment to offering best in class safety features. GS sedan offers the following safety features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist
  • Electronic traction control
  • Stability control
  • 4 wheel abs brakes
  • Front airbags
  • Front side airbag
  • Side head curtain airbag
  • Side impact door beams
  • Day time running lights

2019 Lexus GS 300 Competition

Lexus GS 300 vs Jaguar XF

The 2.0-liter turbo-four engine is a good offering in the mid-level luxury sedan segment. Even in the base trim, the XF packs a decent punch with this engine. But in matters of raw power, the Q70 is ponies ahead of the Jag. The XF blends practicality and when pushed hard doesn’t fail to show its fun to drive nature. The XF has been designed and built well and it provides a tough time to the Japanese and German competitors.

Lexus GS 300 vs Genesis G80

Genesis G80 offers a luxurious interior with a generous list of safety features, and latest smartphone integration technology. It has a very powerful engine lineup, like the Infiniti Q70 its average fuel economy isn’t what we call efficient. But it also has a below-class-average starting price, which makes the G80 a good value and deserving of a high spot on your list.

Lexus GS 300 vs Infiniti Q70

Infiniti Q70 takes an old school approach here – there are 2 mills on offer. A 330 hp V6 and 416 hp V8. The bare bones 3.7 Luxe trim will cost you $50,300. If you need the extra legroom in the back, the price will bump to $51,800. Lack of features restricts you from having a premier luxury sedan experience But if we talk about value for per dollar, then Infiniti Q70 sedan shines in a different light. It can easily pass off for a $75,000 car. If you are going to be behind the wheel a lot, the V8 engine will make you grin ear to ear.

2019 Lexus GS 300 Final Verdict

Lexus GS 300 sedan starts at a price of $46,610. It is offered with 241 hp inline-four engine. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed transmission. The GS 300 sits between the Lexus ES and GS F sedans. This mid-size sedan has well-appointed interior trim and it is reasonably priced for the luxury it offers.

The GS sedan doesn’t score high on utility. The rear cargo space is below average. The infotainment system can be tricky to use in the beginning. The available 2.0-liter engine is best suited for A to B driving. It doesn’t take well to enthusiastic input from the driver.

If you don’t mind the attention, the GS is styled to announce its presence with bold design, a massive grille and an array of bright paint schemes. Lexus being one of the most reputed luxury brands around will mean lesser breakdowns and repair bills. If you are in for the long haul and wish to drive your car for a very long time, then GS 300 sedan is a good choice.