The GS series was initially launched in 1993 in an effort to compete with sport sedans from Germany. However, the GS series has never been competent as a sports sedan, partially due to its modest 3.0-liter engine. Ultimately, the GS 300 evolved into a sporty luxury sedan powered by a six-cylinder engine. For the 2006 model, Lexus made an effort to redesign and upgrade the luxury sedan from previous years. The 2006 GS 300 model features a new DOHC V6 engine and improved interior and exterior designs as well.
Body Styles: midsize luxury sedanEngines: DOHC 24-valve 3-liter V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
Models: Lexus GS 300 sedan, all-wheel-drive as an option
The 2006 GS 300 received significant modifications that distinguish it from previous models. The 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine with direct injection to replace the six-cylinder, the option for all-wheel-drive and the six-speed automatic transmission with the option for manual shifting are just some of the changes on the 2006 GS 300 model. This sedan has around 25 more horsepower and ten more pound-feet of torque than in 2005. In addition, the exterior design is more aerodynamic than previous years and the interior has been upgraded as well. The redesigned GS 300 for 2006 focuses on being sleeker and less ovoid than in previous years. There is also a new Levinson surround system as well.
The 2006 model is less than two inches longer than the 1998 to 2005 GS generation. The front-end for 2006 looks similar to the pervious GS but it has been updated with a chrome trim for the grill that distinguishes it from previous models. The 2006 GS 300 also has a more fastback feel due to the length of the sloping roofline and its shorter-than-average deck.
There are several different luxurious amenities available for the 2006 GS 300. Aside from the 14 speaker surround system, this sedan has options for a rearview parking assist system, a moonroof, a navigation system, and ventilated front seats as well. The sedan comes standard with ten-way power front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, and in-dash CD player as well. The cabin provides adequate space for larger people in the front seats and the interior features a wood and chrome trims as well. The secondary driver controls are hidden away in retractable compartments and the interior provides a smooth quiet ride for everyone inside.
Performance & Handling
The only transmission option available for this 2006 model is six-speed automatic. This GS 300 also features manual shifting capabilities for the driver. The 24-valve DOHC V6 engine with aluminum block and heads and direct fuel injection for the GS 300 adds around 20 horsepower when compared to 2005. The GS 300 has modest throttle performance and is more apt for a smooth trip rather than a thrilling ride. The suspension for this Lexus provides stability and effectively keeps the sedan flat when cornering. All-wheel drive is an available option for the 2006 Lexus GS 300.The GS 300 handles as well as the GS 430, despite the lower power output.
The 2006 Lexus GS 300 features curtain bags for the head, front seat-mounted airbags, and anti-lock disc brakes accompanied by BrakeAssist, stability control and traction control as well. This model also features the Pre-Collision System option, the GS 300 will utilize Dynamic Radar Cruise Control to identify unavoidable obstacles during a crash and adjust suspension, seatbelts and BrakeAssist settings accordingly to improve the passengers’ safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus GS 300, 3-liter V-6: 22/27 mpg city/highway
- High-end audio surround sound system and DVD unit
- Quiet and Comfortable Interior
- High quality design, tailoring and finish on the interior
You Won't Like
- The sunlight’s reflection on the navigation system
- Underpowered engine and acceleration
- Limited space in the back seat
A comprehensive overhaul makes the GS 300 edgier and more refined than in 2005.
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