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2008 Lexus GS (continued)

Summary

2008 Lexus GS

The Lexus approach to high performance isn't grasped by everyone, so it's easy to overlook the genuinely rewarding road manners of the Lexus GS sedan. This car has the calm, intuitive personality we associate with the Lexus brand, though ride quality can get firm with the large tires. Passenger room is good but not generous and cargo room is limited. All versions of the GS have capability to get you to your destination as quickly as you dare, and the GS 450h's combination of power and fuel economy is unique among midsize luxury/sport sedans.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Kirk Bell contributed to this report from Chicago.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Lexus GS 350 ($44,150); GS 350 AWD ($46,100); GS 460 ($52,620); GS 450h ($54,900)
Engines:303-hp V6; 342-hp V8; 340-hp hybrid V6
Transmissions:6-speed automatic (V6); 8-speed automatic (V8); CVT (hybrid)
Safety equipment (standard):driver and front-passenger front airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbag; seat-mounted side-impact airbag for front and rear seats; driver and front passenger knee airbags; force-limiting seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver, front passenger and outboard rear seats; 3-point belts for all seating positions, including rear center position; height-adjustable front shoulder belt anchors; automatic locking retractor (ALR)/emergency locking retractor (ELR) seat belt function on all seating positions except driver (ELR only); traction control; Vehicle Stability Control system (VSC); four-channel, four-sensor anti-lock brakes (ABS) integrated with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); electronic stability control; tire pressure warning system
Safety equipment (optional):Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) integrates and manages ECB, ABS, BA, EBD, VSC and Electronic Power Steering (EPS) for total-vehicle dynamics control; Electronic Controlled Brake system (ECB); Pre-Collision System (PCS); front and rear park assist; rearview camera
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Tahara, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Lexus GS 460 ($52,620)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery; heated and ventilated front seats; dual-zone automatic climate control; interior air filter; power tilt/telescoping wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats; memory for the driver's seat; mirrors and steering wheel; trunk pass-through; heated auto-dimming power exterior mirrors with tilt-down back-up aid; power windows; power locks; SmartAccess keyless access and starting; sunroof; remote engine starting; 10-speaker AM/FM/cassette stereo with six-disc CD changer; auxiliary audio input jack; vehicle information system with a seven-inch touch screen; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; power trunk closer; automatic xenon adaptive headlights; theft-deterrent system; fog lights; adaptive variable suspension with sport and normal modes; P245/50ZR18 tires on alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):all-season run-flat tires ($320), rain-sensing wipers with headlight cleaners ($100), rear sunshade ($210), Mark Levinson 330-watt audio/navigation system with surround sound and rearview camera ($3630), rear spoiler ($200), Lexus Link ($900), intuitive front and rear park assist ($500)
Destination charge:($765)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $59,245
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):342 @ 6200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):339 @ 3600
Transmission:8-speed automatic with manual shiftgate
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/24 mpg
Wheelbase:112.2 in.
Length/width/height:190.0/71.7/56.1 in.
Track, f/r:60.4/60.6 in.
Turning circle:36.7 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.8/54.4/43.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.0/51.4/36.4 in.
Cargo volume:12.7 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbones with high-mount upper arms, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, stabilizer bar, Adaptive Variable Suspension with driver selectable shock absorber damping
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link with high-mount upper arms, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, stabilizer bar, Adaptive Variable Suspension with driver selectable shock absorber damping
Ground clearance:5.1 in.
Curb weight:3945 lbs.
Tires:P245/40ZR18 all-season
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist; ECB brake-by-wire; VDIM electronic stability control
Fuel capacity:18.8 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 01, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-USA-LEXUS - www.lexus.com


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