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2015 Lexus GS Review

With high safety and reliability ratings, composed handling, and a comfortable ride, the 2015 Lexus GS ranks among the best luxury midsize cars. 

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, roomy cabin
  • Agile handling
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Strong safety scores
  • Distracting infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Lexus GS Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus GS a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Lexus GS 350 is a great car. It has a powerful base engine, a handsome interior with first-rate materials, and outstanding safety and reliability ratings. The infotainment system is distracting to use while driving, but the GS is otherwise one of the best luxury midsize cars you can buy used.

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We’ve researched 27 Lexus GS reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lexus GS?

Based on listings for the 2015 Lexus GS on our site, the average price is $29,400. Prices range from $24,000 and $35,100 and vary based on the vehicle's mileage, location, features, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus GS Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, it costs an estimated $31,300 to repair, maintain, insure, and fuel the 2015 Lexus GS 350.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GS?

The new GS looks a little different from a 2015 GS. The 2019 lineup includes the GS 300, which has a smaller engine and costs less than the 2019 Lexus GS 350. A sport-tuned GS 350 F Sport model is also available. Additionally, the new GS benefits from an exterior refresh for the 2016 model year.

Though these changes are appealing, the 2019 GS 300's starting price of $46,710 is not – it's almost $17,000 more than the average price of a used 2015 GS. We recommend saving the extra green and purchasing a used GS instead.

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Even the least expensive models in our ranking of new luxury midsize cars start around $3,600 higher than the 2015 GS' average price tag.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GS Is Best?

The 2015 Lexus GS is part of the car’s fourth generation, which spans the 2013 through 2017 model years. Getting an older model could save you money, but you may still prefer the 2015 GS over the 2014 GS for its better infotainment system.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus GS?

The 2015 Lexus GS has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus GS Recalls

No recalls have been issued for the 2015 Lexus GS 350 as of the time of this review.

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Which Used Lexus GS Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lexus GS has only one trim, but it's available with various packages. We cover the GS 450h hybrid in a separate review.

The GS 350 comes standard with a 12-speaker surround sound audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller.

The Luxury package adds 18-way power seats with memory, rear climate and audio controls, and an adaptive variable suspension. Available standalone features include a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker surround-sound audio system, and parallel park assist. The F Sport package has distinctive styling, a sport-tuned suspension, and heated and ventilated front seats.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the GS?

The 2015 GS earned top marks in all four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Models equipped with the optional pre-collision system received the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention.

Every GS comes with a back-up camera. Available active safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, parallel park assist, and lane keep assist.

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2015 Lexus GS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GS or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a slightly nicer interior with comfortable, spacious, and supportive front seats. Its back seats are some of the roomiest in the segment. Both the E-Class and the GS have V6 engines with similar power, though the E-Class has a wider variety of powertrain choices. That said, the GS 350 has athletic handling with excellent cornering grip and responsive steering. The GS' handling and superior reliability rating make it a better choice for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GS or 2015 Audi A6?

The Audi A6 and the Lexus GS have a lot in common. Both luxury midsize cars have a potent engine lineup, nimble handling, and a handsome interior. The GS costs a little more to buy and own, on average. However, the Lexus also has a perfect reliability rating, whereas the Audi is only average. In this competition, the GS is the better car overall.

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2015 GS Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus GS Drive?

The GS 350 has responsive steering, a comfortable ride, and athletic handling with plenty of cornering grip. It's powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that feels robust, though it doesn't have the off-the-line launch times of some turbocharged rivals. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in rear-wheel-drive models, and all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic.

Does the 2015 Lexus GS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The GS gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is respectable for a used luxury midsize car. With the Lexus GS 350 AWD, the city rating stays the same and the highway rating drops to 26 mpg.

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2015 GS Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 GS Seat?

The GS is a four-door sedan with seating for five. It's spacious in both the front and back, and adults can ride comfortably wherever they please. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Seating options include heated and ventilated front seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus GS?

For securing child car seats, there is a complete set of LATCH connectors on each of the outward rear seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor only.

2015 Lexus GS Features

The GS 350's handsome interior has first-rate materials like wood, aluminum, and soft leather seats. The standard infotainment system comes with an 8-inch display, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. It also features Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which is similar to a computer mouse. The Remote Touch controller is distracting to use while driving, and it's more difficult to use than the controls found in some rival cars. Standard features also include a moonroof and push-button start.

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2015 Lexus GS Dimensions

Lexus GS Cargo Space

The GS has a 14.1-cubic foot trunk, which is about average for a luxury midsize car. It comes with a pass-through for long items, but the rear seats do not fold down.

2015 GS Length and Weight

The GS is 15.9 feet long. The rear-wheel-drive GS has a curb weight of 3,726 pounds, and the all-wheel-drive version weighs 3,891 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus GS Built?

The 2015 GS was built in Japan.

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