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9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 Lexus GS Review

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

Pros & Cons

  • Handsome, well-constructed cabin
  • Agile handling
  • Perfect predicted reliability
  • Strong safety scores

  • Distracting infotainment controller

2015 Lexus GS Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus GS a Good Used Car?

There’s a lot to like about the 2015 Lexus GS. It has a powerful base engine, a handsome interior with first-rate materials, and outstanding predicted reliability and safety scores. The infotainment system is operated with a frustrating mouselike knob, but the GS is otherwise a great luxury midsize car.

Used 2015 Lexus GS Performance and Interior

The 2015 GS 350 has a 306-horsepower V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel-drive models. All-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic. According to the EPA, the front-wheel-drive GS 350 gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is decent for the class. The all-wheel-drive GS 350 gets the same city mileage and 26 mpg on the highway. The GS 350 has responsive steering, a comfortable ride, and athletic handling with plenty of cornering grip.

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The 2015 Lexus GS’ handsome interior has first-rate materials like wood, aluminum, and soft leather. It seats five and comes standard with 10-way power-adjustable front seats. The GS 350’s front seats are roomy and comfortable on long trips. There are complete LATCH systems for fastening car seats on the outward rear seats.

The Lexus GS comes standard with a moonroof, push-button start, 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, which is similar to a computer mouse and is used to access audio and navigation settings. The Remote Touch controller is more distracting and difficult to use than the controls found in some rival cars.

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Used 2015 Lexus GS Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lexus GS ranges from about $33,000 for the base front-wheel-drive trim to around $37,100 for the all-wheel-drive trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 23 professional reviews for this 2015 Lexus GS overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus GS?

The 2015 Lexus GS scores a perfect five out of five for predicted reliability.

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How Safe Is the GS?

The 2015 Lexus GS has a perfect safety score in our rankings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the GS the highest rating of Good in all four crash tests conducted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not crash test the GS.

A rearview camera comes standard. 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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Should I Consider Another Used GS?

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

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Which Used Lexus GS Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lexus GS has only one trim, but it offers various packages. The GS 450h – a hybrid model – is reviewed separately. The GS 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 offers 18-way power seats with memory, rear climate and audio controls, and an adaptive variable suspension. Available standalone features include navigation 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.

Even with perfect predicted reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned Lexus GS 350. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus GS and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS share perfect predicted reliability. The E-Class has a slightly nicer interior, with comfortable, spacious, supportive front seats. Its back seats are some of the roomiest in the segment. Both have V6 engines with similar power, but the E-Class has a wider variety of powertrain choices. The GS 350 has athletic handling with plenty of cornering grip and responsive steering. The Lexus’ handling makes it the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GS or 2015 Hyundai Genesis?

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has an exceptionally comfortable interior. The infotainment system is controlled by an intuitive scroll wheel and push buttons, making it one of the easiest systems in the class to use. The dashboard isn’t cluttered with numerous buttons and switches. The Genesis' cabin is also well-isolated from outside noise, and its front and rear seats are comfortable and roomy. It has a comfortable, quiet ride and accurate steering. The Lexus has better handling and perfect predicted reliability, making it the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GS or 2015 Lexus ES?

The 2015 Lexus ES is another choice for luxury midsize car buyers. Its focus is more on comfort than performance, offering soft handling and unresponsive steering. It’s a beautiful highway cruiser, but it’s not a luxury midsize sedan suited for twisting roads. In comparison, the GS combines comfort and performance, which makes it the better choice.

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