Lexus has a reputation for making luxurious vehicles with plenty of desirable features. The 2008 Lexus GS350 certainly does not disappoint in these areas. It has a powerful 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that gets this lightweight sedan down the road in a hurry. This makes it both fun and sensible. Although not as powerful as some Lexus vehicles and not as sporty as some competitors, this makes an excellent vehicle for those who want good performance without an ostentatious aesthetic. With the 2008 Lexus GS350, you get a reliable vehicle with excellent standard features (the optional features are even better, if you can afford to add them) that doesn't pretend to be anything else.
If you want a quiet, smooth ride in a relatively affordable sedan, then you should definitely consider the 2008 Lexus GS350.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lexus GS350
The 2008 Lexus GS350 shows some minor changes. The interior and exterior have been restyled somewhat and it now has turn signals integrated into the side mirrors.
The 2008 Lexus GS350 shows off a classic look that avoids flashiness without becoming dull. It has a design that will fit in with most contemporary cars on the road. Those who know about the fine craftsmanship behind Lexus, though, will know that you have an excellent vehicle that has enough modesty (or perhaps class) to look like an average car even though it can out-compete most vehicles on the road.
With a Lexus, you get the quality interior you expect. The 2008 Lexus GS350 offers enough space for up to five passengers, but everyone feels a bit more comfortable when you stick to four at a time, especially if some of the passengers are tall. (Headroom feels a bit cramped for those over six feet.) Even if you try to squeeze in five tall people, they probably won't notice their claustrophobia for a while because they’ll be transfixed by the finely crafted wood, leather, and aluminum interior.
The 2008 Lexus GS350 offers more than just good interior aesthetics. It also includes plenty of luxurious features. Automatic dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats, leather seating, and a 10-speaker audio system with a cassette player, six-CD changer, and auxiliary jack all come standard. Of course, Lexus happily tacks on some extra features if you pay a higher price. Some noteworthy optional features include the 14-speaker DVD/audio sound system by Mark Levinson and ventilated front seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Lexus GS350 contains a 3.5-liter V-6 that offers 303 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. This provides plenty of power and pep for the average driver. Put the pedal to the metal and the GS350 can go from zero to 60 mph in about six seconds.
All of that power doesn't compromise the comfort of your ride. The cabin separates you from noises emanating from the engine and road. You get a quiet, smooth ride with excellent handling in just about any traffic situation.
Some drivers complain that the 2008 Lexus GS350's brakes don’t respond as well as its steering system. They can feel a bit awkward at first, but most drivers adjust quickly.
The 2008 Lexus GS350 comes with all the standard safety features you would expect to find on a Lexus, including anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Not surprisingly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the 2008 Lexus GS350 its highest rating for side-impact and frontal-offset collisions.
You can also opt to add more safety features to the 2008 Lexus GS350. Some highlights include run-flat tires, adaptive front lighting, and the Lexus Pre-Collision System with adaptive cruise control. The Pre-Collision System provides a particularly interesting option. Its radar cooperates with a computer that measures speed, steering angle, and yaw rate. If it detects an imminent collision, it activates seat belt pretensioners and turns on brake assist as soon as you hit the brakes. With the help of this computer-operated system, the car knows that a collision is coming before the driver even has a chance to react.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus GS350: 19/27 mpg city/highway
- Quiet, smooth ride
- Refined handling
- Powerful engine
- Good fuel efficiency
You Won't Like
- Brake modulation not very smooth
- Tall passengers may feel cramped
- Minor ergonomic problems
A luxury sedan with plenty of power and features for its price.
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