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2019 Lexus GS Review

The 2019 Lexus GS secures a spot near the top of our luxury midsize car rankings because of its superb safety and predicted reliability ratings, balanced ride, and spacious cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive list of standard features
  • Upscale, roomy, quiet cabin
  • Massive trunk in GS 300 and GS 350 models
  • Engaging dynamics and comfortable ride
  • Distracting infotainment controls

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2019 Lexus GS Overview

Is the 2019 Lexus GS a Good Used Car?

Yes, a used 2019 Lexus GS is a wonderful used luxury midsize sedan. It has a lineup of powerful engines, and GS F models and models outfitted with the F Sport package offer sportier rides. Inside this Lexus' sophisticated, hushed interior, you'll find many standard safety and technology features. The only real downside to the GS is its finicky infotainment controller.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 40 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.

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.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lexus GS Cost to Own?

The 2019 GS’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $36,620 or $7,324 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Lexus GS: What's the Difference?

There are only a couple differences between the 2018 and 2019 Lexus GS. For 2019, Lexus added available Amazon Alexa integration and removed the hybrid model from the GS lineup.

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Here are the key changes for the Lexus GS over the last few years:

  • 2016: GS 200t base model and GS F performance model introduced; refreshed exterior styling
  • 2017: Lexus Safety System+ and navigation became standard; limited-slip differential became available for GS 350 and F Sport models
  • 2018: base model renamed from 200t to 300
  • 2019: hybrid GS 450h model discontinued; gained available Amazon Alexa

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 GS, 2017 GS, and 2018 GS reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lexus GS?

The 2019 Lexus GS has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2019 Lexus GS Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP Recall Date: 11/03/2020
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 4Runner, 2019-2020 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2017-2019 Highlander, 2018-2020 Camry, 2020 Corolla, 2018-2019 Land Cruiser, 2017-2020 Tacoma, 2019-2020 RAV4, 2019-2020 Sequoia, 2017-2020 Sienna, 2019-2020 Tundra, 2018-2020 Lexus ES350, 2017 Lexus GS200t, 2017-2019 Lexus GS350, 2019 Lexus GS300, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500h, 2019-2020 Lexus LS500, 2018-2019 Lexus GX460, 2017 Lexus IS200t, 2019 Lexus IS300, 2019 Lexus IS350, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500, 2018 Lexus LS500, 2019 Lexus LS500h, 2018-2019 Lexus LX570, 2017 Lexus RC200t, 2019 Lexus RC300, RC350, 2017 and 2019-2020 Lexus RX350, 2018-2020 RX350L, 2019 Lexus UX200, 2018-2019 Lexus NX300 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1517721
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly with an improved one, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed beginning November 23, 2020. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 20V-012. Toyota's number for this recall is 20TA02. Lexus' number for this recall is 20LA01.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20TA02, 20LA01
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V682000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP Recall Date: 01/12/2020
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may ...
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began May 4, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20TB02/20TA02/20LB01
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V012000

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Which Used Lexus GS Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Lexus GS comes in three trims: GS 300, GS 350, and GS F. Choosing between them will likely come down to how much horsepower you desire, but most shoppers will be pleased with the base GS 300 trim. It comes with a potent four-cylinder engine and is packed with comfort, safety, and technology features.

You’ll have to step up to the GS 350 trim to get a stronger V6 engine and all-wheel drive or the GS F trim to get a V8 engine. If you want a sportier ride but can't afford the hefty price of the top-of-the-line GS F trim, look for a GS 300 or GS 350 model with the F Sport package. The F Sport package adds an adaptive variable suspension system, front sport seats, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ mode, and 19-inch split spoke alloy wheels.

  • Lexus GS 300: The standard GS 300 trim includes a 241-horsepower naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Drive Mode Select. It also comes with synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, an 8-inch display, 12 speakers, HD Radio, and satellite radio. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning with steering assist, and lane keep assist.
  • Lexus GS 350: The GS 350 comes with a 311-horsepower V6 engine and adds a 12-inch display, navigation, and the Lexus Enform App Suite. It's available with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.
  • Lexus GS F: The GS F features a 467-horsepower V8 engine, a trim-specific adaptive variable suspension, and Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ and Custom modes. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and navigation are also included. Additionally, you may be able to get your hands on a GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition model.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 GS the highest rating of Good in the three crash safety tests it conducted.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Steering assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • Parking sensors
  • Head-up display
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2019 Lexus GS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus GS or 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a luxury midsize car with cushy seats, a smooth ride, and a wealth of standard safety tech. The E-Class is available in sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles and features some of the finest interior materials in the class. Even so, the GS gets the edge in our rankings because it has more cargo room, a higher predicted reliability rating, and a lower average price.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus GS or 2019 BMW 5 Series?

The 2019 BMW 5 Series costs more on average than the GS, but it has a more engaging ride. The 5 Series also features a stronger engine lineup, including a 617-horsepower twin-turbo V8 in its range-topping M5 Competition trim. Additionally, the Bimmer has a slightly larger maximum cargo capacity and an easier-to-use infotainment system with multiple controls like a touch screen, a touchpad controller, and physical buttons. Like the GS, it also has adult-friendly seating in both rows and lots of standard safety equipment. All of these attributes make the 5 Series a more well-rounded choice.

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2019 GS Performance

How Does the 2019 Lexus GS Drive?

The GS skirts the line between comfort and sportiness with a pleasant ride that has relatively engaging handling. GS F models and models with the F Sport package are more fun to drive thanks to sporty enhancements like an adaptive variable suspension and a Sport+ mode.

This Lexus has a solid lineup of powerful engines, and even the base powertrain offers drama-free acceleration. Those looking for more oomph can opt for the midlevel V6-powered GS 350 trim or the high-performance V8-powered GS F.

  • Base engine: 241-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder (GS 300)
  • Available engines:
    • 311-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 (GS 350)
    • 467-horsepower V8 (GS F)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (GS 350)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic in rear-wheel-drive models; six-speed automatic in all-wheel-drive models
Does the 2019 Lexus GS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base GS 300 gets typical gas mileage figures for a luxury midsize sedan. The performance-oriented GS F’s fuel economy numbers aren’t as favorable.

  • GS 300: 22/32 mpg city/highway
  • GS 300 F Sport: 21/30 mpg
  • GS 350, RWD: 20/28 mpg
  • GS 350, AWD: 19/26 mpg
  • GS 350 F Sport: 19/27 mpg
  • GS F: 16/24 mpg

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2019 GS Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 GS Seat?

The 2019 GS comfortably seats five people. Adults have plenty of room to stretch out in both rows, and the seats are supple. This Lexus is elegantly styled and features high-quality materials inside its airy cabin.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lexus GS?

The 2019 GS has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2019 Lexus GS Features

The GS’ infotainment system can be frustrating to use. You operate it with a mouselike Remote Touch controller that can be distracting to operate while driving. The system also lacks modern features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though Amazon Alexa is available.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch display, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 12-inch display, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, navigation, the Lexus Enform App Suite, navigation, and Amazon Alexa
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof

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2019 Lexus GS Dimensions

Lexus GS Cargo Space

There’s 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space in both the GS 300 and GS 350. That's above average for the luxury midsize car class. The GS F is smaller, with 14 cubic feet of room. The rear seats don’t fold down, but there is a pass-through for longer items.

2019 Lexus GS Length and Weight
  • Length: about 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,726 to 4,034 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,830 to 4,960 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lexus GS Built?

Lexus built the 2019 GS in Japan.

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