Review: 2011 Lexus GS 460 – Autosavant | Autosavant

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Actually, my test topped out at $62K, with all of sumptuous goodies thrown in, a $3K+ Mark Levinson system, which is very but not $3K-worth of nice. I’d dispense it in the interests of saving some if I were buying one of these Of course, buying a Lexus the most intuitive way of penny-pinching.

But are far stupider ways of spending money. These cars their value well, so at the least you know you can turn and sell it for a fair price, if the drops out of your household (again). Of course, first you to be sure you’re getting money’s worth, so you take a hard look at the competition.

In the of the GS 460, that would be the of the Mercedes-Benz E-550 (MSRP BMW 5-series V-8 ($61,000), Jaguar XF and Infiniti M56 ($59,000): the GS 460 sits in the middle, just ahead of the XF, but the Infiniti, and way behind the Germans. So really not that jaw-dropping an fee, considering the league playing in. Optional add-ons the Mark Levinson can, of inflate the price of entry to proportions, but the GS has the virtue of coming in a trim level, so if you just go for the model, you won’t exactly be a stripper with AM radio and windows, you’ll have a equipped midsize luxury sedan with a reputation for reliability, which not all its rivals can

I appreciated the GS right from the It’s a fine-looking car, for with a long, low, profile, extended hood, and rear deck, an overall is reminiscent of the Jaguar XF (of which I saying, when it first out, “They’ve gone and a Jag to look like a Lexus!”). was black, or “obsidian” in Lexus-speak; it great, even after a

The interior calls to mind an club on Pall Mall: a medley of polished red walnut and black leather, with accents here and there. is a bit low, but I sat down behind the wheel and adjusted it up and down, in and and did the same to the power-activated seat, and found the ideal height for of entry and exit, as well as the seating position for my less-than-svelte It took about ten seconds.

The (heated and cooled) front are superbly comfortable, and both 10-way power controls driver memory and lumbar The outboard rear seats are comfortable, and rear seat is adequate, although anyone over 6’ 2” might find a bit tight. There’s a pass-through the trunk, but no fold-flat feature, would increase the car’s

The trunk, with 12.7 cu. ft. is capacious for a week’s worth of or three big suitcases plus but not much more.

Once I’d my seat controls to my satisfaction, I the instrument cluster and found everything and concise, with electroluminescent needles and discreet backlighting to the visibility of the speedometer and tach, are well protected from under deep cowlings. I found the display screen and its controls easy to take.

if I got tired of the thing staring at me, all I had to do was up “Display” and hit “Screen Off” for a curtain of black to descend. No distraction, but concert-quality music, of XM Sirius satellite radio and Mr. fine $3K audio works.

The car was loaded down with goodies, too: 18-inch bright-alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, automatic xenon plus adjacent foglights, a sunroof, power trunk and opener, swift and silent wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a Navigation package with real-time and weather (when tested, it got the address three times in a a rearview backup camera, of course, Bluetooth phone and connectivity and USB/iPod interface.

Lexus GS460

is attended to by Safety Connect telematics (the setup alerts the world that just driven into a as well as the features we’ve to expect: antilock brakes brake assist, traction and control, front and rear front-knee, and side-curtain airbags, and front head restraints. The adaptive cruise control, my tester had, includes a system that detects a about to happen and responds by the seatbelts and activating the brake All this has earned the GS 460 a “Good” the Insurance Institute of Highway their rave rating.

the hood of the GS 460 is a de-tuned version of the that moves its big brother, the LS: a V8 with 339 lb-ft of torque. is routed to the rear wheels via an auto … with override, a seamless process you need an urgent kickdown on a road to get past Farmer in his rusted pickup.

That’s the only time you aware that the car even such a thing as a transmission#8211;never a great big V8 that can transport you to 60 from a standing start in a hair over 5 seconds, to my trusty old Omega. Lexus 5.4 sec. that sounds right, and that’s fast. Top is a claimed 149 m.p.h.

Funny, I have the chance to put that to the test, but the gods of law enforcement mercifully elsewhere when I found myself well on the way With all that speed and you’d expect this to have a raging thirst for but it doesn’t, not really. In fact, the GS 460 slightly above average for its EPA estimates are 17 mpg city, 24 highway, 20 all on premium of course. (For of comparison, the figures for the Mercedes are 15/23/18; for the BMW 550i, 17/25/20.)

you’re going, it’s fun there in this car. Not does it offer a very ride, the GS also reacts to input as a sports sedan not exactly with the razor-sharp of one of its German rivals#8211;steering is a little on-center, for one thing—but, ultimately, is adequate, and handling is good in corners, especially for a large

The brakes seemed grabby at but not after I’d grown accustomed to the degree of pressure to exert; that, they responded well, with no hint of I was a little disappointed to note road noise on certain tended to invade the trademark Lexus hush inside, but was because the car was fitted with run-flat tires with sidewalls that rumble a bit on asphalt. On reflection, I was reconciled to the

Run-flats are still in their but I’m all for them. I’m all for anything that life easier. After you might have a quieter with standard tires, but you also find yourself on your aging hunkers, with spare tire and in a rainstorm in the seamier suburbs of Stumptooth, Texas. (Let’s that “after dark,” for maximum effect.) Whereas the give you a good 50 miles’ of maneuver, usually sufficient to find a service station or driveway.

The GS 460#8242;s drawbacks are a little less headroom one might be used to, not too much space, and those occasionally run-flats. That’s about it. For average driver, especially average driver on the downward of 55, with little interest in Michael Schumacher, these are negligible, since this excels in so many other and is such an easy car to live

And if the price tag still seems too there’s the appealing alternative of the GS 350, which is identical in and comfort but rolls in at a base of $46K, a cool $9K less its V8-powered sibling, with figures that are almost as and better fuel economy. But I made the acquaintance of that so we’ll leave it for another day and drive.

  Then there#8217;s the 2012 GS, which will the V8 option entirely in favor of and non-hybird V6 offerings.  If you want a GS and a V8, this may be your last to get a new one.

Lexus provided the , insurance and one tank of gas for this

Chris is Autosavant’s Managing He has a lifelong love of everything having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A father of two sons, Chris is in the process of indoctrinating them the world of cars and trucks.

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