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2008 Lexus GS Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Lexus GS was new.

The GS features a refined, luxurious interior and a smooth, confident ride, though some taller passengers may find the cabin a bit tight. If you're in the market for a luxury large car, you should also consider the BMW 5-Series, Infiniti M and Mercedes Benz E-Class.

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Upgraded V8 engine on the GS 460 delivers class-leading power
  • Luxurious interior compliments a smooth, comfortable ride
  • Award winning value paired with exceptional predicted reliability
  • Some taller drivers and passengers will find the cabin a bit cramped
  • No manual transmission option in either trim level
  • Some may find the tech-heavy dash unnecessarily complex

2008 Lexus GS Overview

The 2008 Lexus GS offers a lush cabin, smooth ride, strong acceleration capabilities and competitive overall value within the luxury sedan class. The GS underwent a major redesign for 2006. It received additional restyling for 2008, the GS 430 upgraded to the 460 with a more powerful engine and a new name. According to Popular Mechanics, with the GS, Lexus has now "unleashed a seriously sexy and fun-to-drive luxury sedan."

While Road and Track auto writers call Lexus GS interior "first-class" with "all the luxury features you would expect," IntelliChoice gave the GS 350 RWD a value rating of "Excellent" for its predicted five-year cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class. The 2008 Lexus GS is an IntelliChoice award winner for overall value, lowest repair cost and retained value. 

The Lexus GS is available in two main trims: the base GS 350 and the GS 460. The GS 350 comes standard with rear-wheel drive (RWD) but is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD) model. The GS 460 is only available as a RWD. For 2008, the GS 460 V8 adds a new engine and freshened styling. The new V8 now delivers 342 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The GS is not among the most fuel-efficient luxury sedans.  As gas prices set new records week after week in 2008, GS shoppers might want to consider the car's hybrid-powered sibling, the Lexus GS Hybrid.

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