Lexus GS300

Introduced as a higher-end sibling to the Lexus brand’s entry-level ES300, the rear drive Lexus GS300 was initially marketed as a rival to European luxury sport sedans. With its smooth style and convenient luxury features, the GS300 midsize sedan ultimately earned a reputation as a posh executive cruiser.

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Lexus GS300 Origins

When the GS300 made its debut in 1993, it represented the first time a Lexus had been designed with rear-wheel drive. While the four-door sedan’s initial 3.0-liter V-6 engine and ordinary suspension system didn’t exactly put it on par with European sports cars or Lexus’s V-8-powered GS 430, a wide selection of premium amenities helped set the GS300 apart from the more affordable ES line.

Early models come standard with features like 10-way power seats, leather trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. By 2006, standard equipment evolved to include leather seats, wood trim, HID headlights, and head and knee airbags.

A dramatic restyling and optional V-8 engine was seen in 1998, which helped the GS300 finally live up to its sport sedan designation. Just one year after receiving another new look in 2006, the Lexus GS300 was replaced by the new and improved GS350, which offered a larger 3.5-liter V-6.

About the Lexus GS300

The Lexus GS300 is best known as a comfortable and attractive midrange premium sedan that manages to hit the sweet spot between luxury and sport.

With a considerable selection of standard and optional amenities, the GS300 provides a cushy ride for daily commuters while also offering plenty of seats and cargo space for weekend errands. Some of the vehicle’s most notable luxury features include leather upholstery, wood trim, a sunroof, and heated seats.

The GS300 also offers a smoother drive with more power than the more affordable ES300, thanks to a solid chassis, multilink suspension, and, as of 2006, a lightweight all-aluminum engine.

Lexus GS300 Features

Lexus produced the last GS300 in 2006. As the third generation of the GS300, the 2006 model introduced a brand new body style and the largest number of standard luxuries available on a GS vehicle to date.

Lexus updated the car’s previously ovoid shape with modern sleek lines, sharper creases, and a fastback profile. The model was built using a new midsize platform, which the GS line would later share with Lexus’s sportier IS series.

Standard equipment on the single-trim 2006 GS300 included dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, an in-dash CD changer, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. The vehicle’s standard six-speed automatic transmission featured adaptable controls allowing drivers to upshift and downshift. Safety features included four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat-mounted side airbags, and head curtain airbags. A pre-collision intelligence system was optional.

Other notable options included a sunroof, ventilated front seats, parking assist with rearview camera, a navigation system, and a 14-speaker 300-watt Mark Levinson premium sound system. For the first time, all-wheel drive became available on a GS sedan in 2006.

The 2006 GS300 was available in nine exterior paint colors and two interior color schemes. Vehicles measured 190 inches in length, 56.1 inches in height, and 71.7 inches in width. Inside the cabin, front passengers receive 37.6 inches of head room and 44.5 inches of leg room. Rear passengers are given 36.4 inches of head room and 34.3 inches of leg room. Cargo capacity is 12.7 cubic feet.

Lexus GS300 Evolution

The first GS300 paired a 3.0-liter 220-horsepower V-6 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. At the time, it was Lexus’s only rear-wheel drive sport sedan. Standard features on the 1993 model included a walnut-trimmed console, alloy wheels, cloth seats, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry, fog lights, and an anti-theft alarm system. Buyers could upgrade to leather seats, chrome wheels, a power sunroof, heated front seats, leather trim, traction control, and a cell phone.

In 1996, a five-speed automatic transmission was added, replacing the four-speed automatic standard on previous models. No changes were made for the 1997 model.

Lexus retooled the 1998 GS300 with a number of features intended to increase the athletic appeal of the midlevel sport sedan. A newly-styled body included a quad headlight front end, sleeker lines, a shorter front, and a rear overhang. Performance improvements included new traction control, vehicle skid control, and an overhead cam V-8 engine option.

In 2001, Lexus added a SportDesign special edition to the previously single-trim GS300. The limited release model offered the same sport suspension employed by the higher-end GS430, wider tires, polished alloy wheels, perforated leather, and walnut and brushed aluminum interior trim. In 2003, the formerly optional sunroof and in-dash CD changer became standard.

The GS300 was revised again in 2006 with a 24-valve double overhead cam engine that increased engine output from 225 to 245 horsepower. Performance was also improved with the addition of direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and a lighter-weight cast aluminum engine construction. Inside the car, heated leather seats became standard. Other interior and exterior features were carried over from the 2005 model.

Select a Lexus GS300 Year

2006 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The Lexus GS model was originally introduced in 1993 to compete with the German-dominated sedan market.

2005 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

It used to be difficult to find a luxury sport sedan with a decent amount of performance.

2004 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

Lexus GS marks a range of midsize luxury and performance vehicles within the lineup, each model year offering a range of options within the GS class, numbered according to liter count in most instances; for example the 3.

2003 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The 2003 Lexus GS300 comes from a model that debuted in 1993.

2002 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The 2002 Lexus GS300 sedan is the smaller sibling to the GS430.

2001 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

2000 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The 2000 Lexus GS300 forms part of the tandem that makes up the GS luxury sedan lineup, alongside the GS400.

1999 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The Lexus GS300 is meant to be a sports sedan.

1998 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

First Introduced in 1993, the Lexus GS300 has evolved over four generations.

1997 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The 1997 Lexus GS300 is a midsize luxury sport sedan, slotted between the front-wheel-drive midsize executive ES300 and the full-size flagship LS400.

1996 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The 1996 Lexus GS300 is a sporty sedan designed to fill in the gap between entry-level ES300 and full-luxury LS400.

1995 Lexus GS300

Luxury, Sedan

The 1995 Lexus GS300 provides a lot of luxury with decent space on the inside.