What it is: The GS is the mid-sized luxury car that had its most recent new model in 2013 from Toyota’s luxury arm, Lexus. Lexus has seriously pumped up the exterior and interior attitude of the GS model, and that is taken up another notch with the F Sport package my test GS was equipped with. You get the unique F Sport grill, 14” brakes, and huge 19” dark graphite-colored wheels. The GS F Sport certainly makes a statement.
The interior gets touched up as well with a special steering wheel, aluminum pedals, black headliner, and striated aluminum accents.
Perhaps my favorite F Sport feature is the adjustable suspension. There is a knob on the center console that let’s you choose your desired level of performance: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sport +. Eco and normal are self explanatory. Sport mode bumps up the horsepower of the car, while Sport+ adds control of the electronic suspension. On rear-wheel-drive models, you also get four-wheel-steering increasing turning capabilities tremendously.
The Lexus GS, even without the sports car features is still a great luxury car. It’s a really good size (plenty of back-seat and trunk room) and it had zero problems gobbling up long commute miles, or more relaxing suburb duty. The suspension seemed a bit firm on some of the stereotypical Houston bumpy roads, but it handled much better than others in the same situation.
Price: $47,700 price. Extra $5,690 for F Sport, for a total F Sport base price of $53,390.
MPG: 19 city / 29 highway
Upsides: Great balance between a family luxury sedan and a sports sedan
Downside.s: F Sport trim could be more extreme in horsepower and handling.
Wrap-up: Most people will bit the F Sport package because of the incredible looks inside and out. A few will search it out because of the great balance mentioned above and they will want cutting edge technology like an electronically adjustable suspension. I can recommend it for all of the above and I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a similar car that delivers on all of this at the same price point.