Primarily unchanged for 2009, the Lexus GS 350 is midsize luxury sedan powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with direct injection and variable valve timing on both its intake and exhaust valves. The GS 350 is rated for 303 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission is standard, but there is a choice of a standard rear-wheel-drive setup or an optional all-wheel-drive system. According to Lexus, the GS 350 AWD travels from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and the RWD in 5.7 seconds. Lexus GS 350 standard features include 17-inch wheels, xenon HID headlamps, a moonroof, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker CD audio system and Bluetooth. Options include a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, DVD navigation, a rearview camera, a pre-collision accident preparedness system and adaptive cruise control. Fuel economy estimates for the AWD are 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy and 20 mpg in combined driving, while the RWD achieves 19/27/22.Read more Read less
After last year's minor face-lift, the 2009 Lexus GS remains unchanged.
Lively acceleration; impressive overall performance; sporty driving characteristics; high-technology safety and convenience equipment; available all-wheel drive (GS350).
While Lexus's similarly sized ES sedan is oriented more for comfort, the 2009 GS line is designed for performance. All three models of the Lexus GS have impressive acceleration and well-rounded performance. And, with available all-wheel drive on the GS350, it's a good choice for those with serious winter weather. The GS--especially in the 460 and 450h models--is also a technological powerhouse with high-tech features, like the Pre-Collision System, not widely found in its rivals. The GS450h continues to stand out in the market as a hybrid model with a distinct performance emphasis. It outpaces the bigger V8 while using 30 percent less gas, according to Lexus.