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7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2011 Lexus GS Review

For those looking for a smooth ride and quiet interior, the 2011 Lexus GS is a great choice, though it lacks the sporty performance and interior space of some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Powerful engines
  • Limited leg- and headroom for taller passengers
  • No manual transmission

2011 Lexus GS Overview

In a competitive segment, reviewers said the 2011 Lexus GS often gets outclassed by better performers, but it still offers a comfortable ride and decent driving dynamics. The GS packs plenty of punch with either its V6 or V8 engines, and Lexus also offers a 2011 GS Hybrid that gets better fuel economy without sacrificing much performance. When it was new, reviewers noted that the GS wasn’t a true sports sedan. The suspension is tuned more for comfort than cornering, though a few reviewers said the GS has good grip. The GS' crash test ratings aren’t as strong as many competitors’. The 2011 GS is largely unchanged from the 2010 model, so you might want to shop older models to save money.

For the most part, auto critics had high praise for the quality and styling of the interior. Test drivers agreed that the seats provide all-day comfort and support but were disappointed with the lack of legroom for taller drivers and cramped headroom. Trunk space is also well below-average. In addition, reviewers found the location and design of some controls to be clumsy and confusing. Standard features on the GS include Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch-screen interface and a 10-speaker sound system with USB and auxiliary jack. If you’re seeking additional convenience features, the GS offers a rear sunshade, ventilated front seats, navigation and a rearview camera.  

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re seeking better performance than the GS but want a touch of refinement, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis should be on your list. When it was new, reviewers were impressed with the Genesis’ performance and interior quality, which both edge out the GS. In addition, the Genesis has better safety scores, more cargo space and better interior reviews.

The 2011 Infiniti M offers sportier handling and driving dynamics than the GS and also boasts strong safety scores. By choosing the M, you gain on performance, interior quality and safety.F

The M’s fuel economy is also a bit lower than the GS’. If you’re a driving enthusiast, the M is certainly worth checking out.

Compare the GS to the Genesis and M »

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