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2020 Lexus GS Review

The 2020 Lexus GS provides both a comfortable ride and agile handling. It also touts lots of standard safety technology, and it has ample passenger space. However, it finishes in the middle of our luxury midsize car rankings because of its distracting infotainment system controls.

Pros & Cons

  • Classy, spacious cabin
  • Long standard features list
  • Comfortable ride and lithe handling
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Distracting infotainment controller
  • Many class rivals are more fuel-efficient
  • High base price

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Lexus GS's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize Cars category. Currently the Lexus GS has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 41 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Lexus GS a Good Car?

The Lexus GS is a good luxury midsize car. It serves up ample power no matter which of its two engines you get, and the F Sport's improved suspension provides an engaging ride with tight handling. The modern cabin features quality materials like standard synthetic leather upholstery, metal trim pieces,  and optional wood accents. The GS also comes packed with standard safety features like pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. However, it has an above-average starting price and slightly below-average fuel economy estimates.

Should I Buy the Lexus GS?

The GS is more expensive than many class rivals, but its interior refinement, enjoyable ride, and ample list of standard features make it worth considering. While the GS is no slouch when it comes to driving dynamics, the BMW 5 Series ups the performance ante, and it has a more intuitive infotainment system than the GS. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a richer cabin than the GS, with upscale touches like standard wood trim and supple seats.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus GS?

The 2020 Lexus GS is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year, and there have been quite a few changes over the years. These include an exterior styling refresh for 2016 as well as the addition of Lexus Safety System+ and navigation as standard equipment for 2017. Lexus discontinued the GS Hybrid and introduced Amazon Alexa as an option for 2019. For 2020, Amazon Alexa is newly standard.

The 2017 GS is your best bet because it comes standard with a number of standard features that previous models do not.

If you're considering an older GS, be sure to read our 2017 GS, 2018 GS, and 2019 GS reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 38 Lexus GS reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 GS review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2013.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Lexus GS Cost?

The base 2020 Lexus GS 350 with all-wheel drive starts at $51,065, which is high for a luxury midsize car. Base models with rear-wheel drive cost $51,395. The GS 350 F Sport trim starts at $52,760 with rear-wheel drive or $54,505 with all-wheel drive.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus GS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus GS or BMW 5 Series?

The BMW 5 Series is more expensive than the GS, but it offers more bang for the buck. The 5 Series has more-powerful engine choices, including a brute 617-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. Additionally, its sharp handling makes it one of the most engaging rides in the class. Both models have spacious seating for five, a large trunk, and plenty of standard safety features. The 5 Series touts a more user-friendly infotainment system that has multiple control options, including a touch screen, a touchpad controller, physical buttons, and available gesture controls. The BMW is the more well-rounded vehicle in this comparison.

Which Is Better: Lexus GS or Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class also costs more than the GS, but it comes with a richer interior and a wider range of body styles. You can get this Mercedes as a sedan, wagon, coupe, and cabriolet (convertible). The E Class’ cabin features standard wood finishes and available massaging front seats. Additionally, it boasts a wide range of powerful engines and a comfortable ride. The GS earns a better predicted reliability rating though. These two are closely ranked, so let price and your personal preferences guide your decision making.

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GS Interior

How Many People Does the GS Seat?                                                                   

The 2020 Lexus GS has seating for up to five. Standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats help the driver find a comfortable seating position, and these seats have ample support. The back row is also quite roomy.

All-wheel-drive base models come standard with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and memory settings for the driver's seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, and sideview mirrors.

Rear-wheel-drive models add leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and either a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat in the regular GS or 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats in the F Sport.

GS and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the middle seat.

GS Interior Quality

The GS’ upscale cabin features standard synthetic leather upholstery, which earns praise for its quality. First-class enhancements like wood and aluminum accent pieces and genuine leather upholstery are also available.

GS Cargo Space

With 18.4 cubic feet of space, the standard GS' trunk is one of the biggest in the class. You won't be able to fold the rear seats down, but there's a narrow pass-through for lengthy cargo. The trunk in the GS F is a bit smaller with 14 cubic feet of space.

GS Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The GS' standard infotainment system has a large 12.3-inch display with navigation. Unfortunately, it features the fussy mouselike Remote Touch controller that's distracting to operate while the vehicle is in motion.

Additional standard features include Amazon Alexa, a 12-speaker premium audio system, voice commands, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system is available.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available.

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GS Performance

GS Engine: Two Strong Engines

A 311-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine powers both the GS 350 and GS 350 F Sport. This engine has plenty of power. An even stronger 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine is available in the high-level Lexus GS F. This model can sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. Unfortunately, the GS F has a steep $85,010 starting price.

Rear-wheel-drive models are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models come with a six-speed automatic. Both transmissions are smooth and responsive.

GS Gas Mileage: Subpar  

The rear-wheel-drive 2020 Lexus GS 350 delivers 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is slightly below the class average. All-wheel-drive models get 1 less mpg in the city and 2 less mpg on the highway. The F Sport delivers 19/27 mpg city/highway, and the GS F model returns 16/24 mpg city/highway.

GS Ride and Handling: Best of Both Worlds

The GS strikes an excellent balance between ride comfort and handling agility. In addition to being nimble, it delivers a smooth ride, even over bumpy roads. The F Sport trim adds enhancements like a sport-tuned adjustable suspension system that allows the car to corner with finesse. All-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are available.

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GS Reliability

Is the Lexus GS Reliable?

The 2020 Lexus GS has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lexus GS Warranty

Lexus covers the GS with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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GS Safety

GS Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 GS. The IIHS awarded the similar 2019 GS the highest rating of Good in three crash tests. 

GS Safety Features

The GS comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlights. Rear-wheel-drive models have additional standard safety features, including a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Available safety tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and parking sensors.

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GS Dimensions and Weight

The GS is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,726 to 4,034 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Lexus GS Built?

Lexus builds the 2020 GS in Japan.

Which Lexus GS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Lexus GS comes in three trims: GS 350, GS 350 F Sport, and GS F. The base 350 trim's potent 311-horsepower V6 engine and long standard features list make it a solid choice for many shoppers.

You'll want to step up to GS 350 F Sport trim if you're craving a livelier ride. It adds a sport-tuned adjustable suspension and Drive Mode Select with Sport S and S+ modes that improve handling. Choose the GS F trim to get the 467-horsepower V8.

The first two trims come with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but the top GS F trim is only available with rear-wheel drive.

Lexus GS 350

The standard GS 350 trim with all-wheel drive costs $51,065 and features a V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a Drive Mode Select system that allows you to adjust the ride quality.

The standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch display, navigation, Amazon Alexa, a 12-speaker premium audio system, voice commands, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. The GS also comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and memory settings for the driver's seat, sideview mirrors, and power-adjustable steering wheel.

It's also packed with safety technology, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Models with rear-wheel drive cost $51,395. To these models, Lexus adds ventilated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather upholstery, and a power rear sunshade. Models with all-wheel drive are available with a Premium package ($1,760) that includes all of these features. 

Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Starting at $52,760 with rear-wheel drive and $54,505 with all-wheel drive, the F Sport adds a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat, front sport seats, sporty interior and exterior styling, and a sport-tuned adjustable suspension.

Lexus GS F

The rear-wheel-drive GS F trim starts at $85,010. It has a V8 engine with 156 more horsepower than the base trim. You also get added features like an adjustable suspension system, 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Drive Mode Select with Sport, S+, and Custom modes.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Lexus GS has a comfortable and engaging ride, lots of standard features, and a luxurious cabin. On the flip side, it has a high starting price, and its infotainment system is hard to operate while driving.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • While it sometimes gets forgotten in a sea of newer, more powerful rivals, the 2020 Lexus GS sedan remains a comfortable fit for those seeking good performance, a comfortable ride and exquisite build quality. Although it is missing some must-have tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the GS is up to speed on just about everything else." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Mimicking European rivals in performance and panache, the ... Lexus GS combines terrific build quality with a sporty suspension and aggressive driving dynamics." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "Either way, though, this is a sedan that strikes a well-considered balance between comfort and performance, and is equally well-suited to daily commute duty or long road trips." -- Edmunds (2016)
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