2009 Lexus GS User Reviews
460 RWD shown
- $24,559 - $28,921
- No trim specified for this review
- 342 HP Engine, Adaptive suspension, Features, Quality fit and finish
- Run flat tires, Cupholders
Purchased As New
I was actually in the market for a $35 to $45K car and was looking at the G37, TL, and GS350, and M35. With the economy being the way it is, I got a sweet deal on a new 2008 GS 460 - paid what a GS 350 or Acura RL would cost. I drove the 5 series, M35, M45, TL, RL, G37, and GS and decided on the GS. My reasons for the GS were as follows:
1) Adaptive suspension that lets you choose between luxury and sport. One of the very few cars that allows you to do that. Having owned everything from BMW's to Mustangs, one thing that gets annoying after a while is the hard ride you get with a sports suspension and 18 inch wheels - this car allows you to switch to a luxury suspension setting with a switch of a button or switch back to sport. If you don't switch manually, the car automatically switches it for you when you drive agressively between 4 different suspension settings. This is very cool - so when you are driving at 30 mph stuck in traffic, you can soften the ride as you like.
2) Great feature set and Impeccable build quality - None of the cars I drove integrated the technology as well as the Lexus. Everything is easy to use and intuitive - I have not read the 5 or 6 manuals that came with the car yet -great bluetooth, navigation, excellent Mark Levinson audio, and fully loaded features of the car - all work flawlessly just like you want. The M45 came close but felt like a boat at times and was not as refined, quite a bit louder as well. The BMW was definitely more sporty but was almost $20K more with the Lexus options an was still a PITA to use without constantly referring to the manuals. Also, having owned a BMW, I am not a fan of their electronics - it usually goes bad after so many years.
3) Great resale value versus other brands.
4) Upgradable - I am a performance guy and this car has the LS 460's's 380 HP engine as well as the 8 SPD auto which gives it great gas mileage - 24 MPG HWY and and 21 in mixed driving. If I ever get ired of 342HP, it would not take a lot of modifications to get this to 400HP and the car has the transmission to handle it.
Two things are annoying for a $60K car - the cupholders are worthless - so if you plan to do a lot of drinking when driving you may want to reconsider. You are okay with a 12-16 ounce water bottle or coffee, forget the Big Gulp. The other annoyance is the tire options. My GS came with the all season run flats (upgrade over the summer tires that are standard) that are Z rated and on 18inch wheels. Run flats are noisy and have hard sidewalls which makes the ride noisy. I wish they had offered Michelins or Dunlop's instead.
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