In-depth Reviews

Lexus GS owner reviews

"The Lexus GS is a competent car, but it's up against very strong rivals from Mercedes, Audi and BMW"

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

77%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 21reviews
  • 7reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics (4 cases)
  • Other (1 cases)
  • Engine (2 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

GS300H Hybrid

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
Been driving BMWs for quite a while, 530i, 2 off 740i, 520i, 530d, 325i and my last, a 330i, driven over 200,000 miles in them and this year changed to a Lexus GS300H As comfortable as my 740i with just as many gadgets but an easy 46 mpg. As a hybrid the engine cuts in and out as you drive but without the display telling you there is no way to know, it is seamless and silent

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
ultimately reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

30mpg average from a 3.0ltr engine is alright

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24
Review
Never let me down. Only repair needed has been non-essential (automatic side mirror tilt when reverse selected)
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Good on motorway (up to 40mpg) but awful in town (20-24 mpg). Cost of repair to side mirror Ł480.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
very solid
Running Cost

4 out of 5

good for a big engined car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

19
Review
Faultless
Running Cost

2 out of 5

large expensive car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I have been driving for 40 years and have never fallen in love with a car, even though i've been fortunate enough to enjoy some expensive saloons over the years. This is the only car i've owned that i truly adore. After three years of driving it, i still get a thrill each day as i settle into it and switch on ready for any journey. The service is excellent, service costs are less than half that of my previous mercedes models and i cannot fault the car. I look forward to buying my next one, and how many people can say that about a car? Lexus have it all, comfort, speed, safety, value for money and outstanding service. A great experience.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

LUXURY

Year of registration

2017

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
I've only had the car for two weeks but my first impressions are that the car is pure class, looks good, drives lovely and is quiet. My last three cars have been Lexus NX and two Volvo S80s all from new. I'm very impressed with the GS. Buy a Mercedes or BMW if you want perceived status, but if you want quality motoring buy a Lexus.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

1996

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
nothing has gone wrong not even a bulb
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Ł460 road tax is the worst aspect as I do less than 6,000 miles per year. 30mpg is not bad for a 3ltr v6 auto

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
In two years of ownership nothing has gone wrong with the car. Took out 3 year maintenance plan with Lexus dealer. Best car I have owned for quality and reliability.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Hybrid motor gives excellent fuel economy. On a good long run will do up to 38 miles to the gallon. Not bad for V6 3.5 Litre engine. No expensive parts bought as yet. 2 Tyres just replaced. at Ł200 each

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27
Review
APART FROM NORMAL SERVICING, NEVER GOES WRONG
Running Cost

4 out of 5

OVERALL COSTS ARE GOOD AS SERVIVCING IS LOWER THAN IMAGINED AND RELIABILITY OF CAR RESULTS ION NO ADDITIONAL BILLS

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

1998

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Must have had this car over 12 years now. If i were to change it, i would only buy the latest version of the same car and, being lexus, the current version isn't that much different from the one i've got. It's so good i love owning and driving it. Any other possible car is measured against this lexus and i can't find anything that's better!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SEL, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Only one problem, if you are unlucky enough to have a punture the normal road wheel will not fit in the space vacated by the space saver wheel! Fast, comfortable and very quick, but if you use the power the economy suffers - a pleasure to own

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

450h, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Luxurious and supremely quiet high performance saloon with the only drawback bieng the small boot as a result of the hybrid batteries. Dealer service first rate and lexus recall dealt with efficiently and i was most surprised to get a high quality free gift from lexus for the inconvenience of taking the car back for this work. No wonder lexus customer care is so highly rated.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Sport, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The most reliable and enjoyable car i have owned. Buying it with high miles meant low purchase cost and low depreciation. Has cost less to own and run in 2 years, then my wife's honda civic.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SEI, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Does what it says on the tin

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SEL, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It has been one of my better choices. However the mpg could be a lot better

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

GS 450H SE, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
This is my third lexus. The gs450h is a fantastic car. Its quality build, reliabilty are the best. Service from lexus dealer is first class. Running costs are remarkably low for such a big car with an engine of 3.5 litres - up to 35 mpg is easily acheived.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE-L, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Hybrid 450h

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
I can honestly say this is the best car I have ever owned. I was starting a new job with a car allowance and went out to test a Mercedes E and C class, Audi A6 and BMW 330d. Mercedes were fantastic and I was sold on a C220d but thought I would try the others. The BMW was fast and very well built. Everything seemed functional but a little boring. Audi's sales were awful and put me off buying what was a great contender for the C Class. Better on room and build quality was right up there. Whilst looking at a second hand C220 Coupe on my local Lexus forecourt the salesman invited me in for a brew and talked me into a test drive of a IS300h premier. Wow the car was brilliant. Had all the toys and was impeccably built. I was sold in the car but the whine of the 4 pot engine did put me off a little. So I thought before I made my decision I would travel to Cheltenham Lexus and try a second hand GS450h they had. Well I am now the proud owner of a 2013 GS450h and it is fantastic. It returns average of 35-40 mpg in my commute to Bristol and there is no better environment to be in. Fantastic build with attention to detail. The cabin is so quiet in electric or under engine power. It is the most comfortable car I have ever owned and the audio system is second to none. Yes the functional of the media system is different to the German cars but that is all it is 'different'. I wish reviewers would stop comparing to the German gang as this is a Lexus and it is brilliant. Don't buy one if you want to do track days as its not made for that. Top gear and fifth gear will try to rag it round a track and say it's not on par with a BMW but I know where I would rather be day day out. In my Lexus.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

450h

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Brilliant, totally recommend this car. I bought it at 3 years old from Lexus with 22k on the clock. I am only writing this review now as I see they are still suggesting excellent fuel consumption, yet it was near on impossible to get even 30mpg. I only achieve 30 once by deliberately driving at 60 on the motorway for a long journey. Other than that the car was superb as was the service at Lexus which was unbelievably good. I hope this helps others. You should own one anyway as you will not be disappointed.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Perfect
Performance

5 out of 5

Very good.
Running Cost
Totally reliable and no costs other than servicing costs that were very reasonable, unlike the completion.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

gs300

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Wonderful refinement but disappointing quality. The leather seats mark easily, paint flakes off the aluminium wheels and paint bubbling on the bonnet after five years. Bonnet resprayed by dealer free of charge, but unfortunately a poor match. Fabulous dealership. The only mechanical fault was one wing mirror failing to dip when selecting reverse. Existing boot too small for our requirements and therefore would not change to a hybrid (the only new choice available). However will stick with this car until it dies of old age.
Reliability
excellent
Performance
good
Running Cost
reasonable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

GS250

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

Used
Review
It's an incredible car with loads of equipment, sharp handling, comfy seats and of course the superb service by Lexus. Would definitely recommend this car to anyone!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
no problems except needing a new exhaust system
Running Cost

2 out of 5

petrol is ridiculously expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
Nothing to date has gone wrong
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Replacing bulbs is complex and expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27
Review
0 problems
Running Cost

2 out of 5

expensive as you would expect

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
Nothing has gone wrong, one recall dealt with very well, car loaned and present given on two bottles of vintage champagne
Performance

5 out of 5

One of the reasons I bought it. Breathtaking particular above 60 uo to to 150mph+ where little can keep pace. Handling very good in sporrt mode, less so in normal.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Surpisingly low given the write up in car magazines. Servicing is as expected, tyre wear is remarkable for a car with this power and rear wheel drive - rears lasted 24k and front will go to near 30k. Fuel consumption of large petrol engine is very good on motorways.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
A comfortable, reliable car which has kept the initial good apearance both inside and outside

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Lexus gs 450h - a superb example of a petrol-electric hybrid. For a car with a 3500cc to achieve over 40mpg on a long run is very satisfying. The technology is so refined and smooth - almost silent driving experience - most noise is road noise from high performance 18inch low profile tyres but really it is not too intrusive. Cvt gearbox makes driving so easy and smooth - only problem is high revs when performance at high speeds is required. The best car i have ever owned!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
A wolf in sheeps clothing. Superb acceleration and refinement which is combined with good fuel economy. Despite criticism of ride quality in early road tests this is not an issue and the sports setting give genuinely good handling. The poor boot space is the only negative issue but how often does open need to fill a boot. The lexus roof box overcomes that issue when it the space is needed once or twice a year.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, , Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I've had the car for 10 years, and i can't find any reason to change it. When it eventually dies, it's replacement is unlikely to be anything other than another lexus - probably an ls because the latest gs doesn't have enough headroom for me.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

se-l, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Almost perfect love the build quality, performance and economy

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
No issues
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very reasonable. Good MPG considering size/performance.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
Broke down twice
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Parts seem to be quite expensive, but I always use the franchised main dealer.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Hybrid, Cvt

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

GS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I like the look & feel of it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic in every aspect apart from fuel economy

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

300h

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Owned numerous "powerful" cars over my short 11 year driving span, plus this is my second Lexus (previously an is220d) which was as fun as paint drying. This however is a proper machine. Love the gadgetry and electronics. Love the way it feels to drive. Love the fact that at the push of a button it's an eco warrior then a not bad power house. Yes it's not the quickest it too end or acceleration. But then I'm not trying to prove anything. I'm married with kids. This ticks all the boxes. Plus being a F sport it gives it the looks too. Lexus has stepped up big time and this is chalk and cheese to the "previous generation" of models. But yes if you feel still you need to prove something then leave the Lexus alone. It's not got the egotistical German factor, more the sophisticated luxury factor. Never thought I would say that at 30!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23
Review
131000 miles no breakdowns always starts first time
Running Cost

2 out of 5

If mpg was better this would be my ideal car

Owner Review

Version

GS450H hybrid, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Without question the finest car range available. Utterly reliable, economical and stylish. The cachet of 'lexus' impresses and enhances my concept of myself. I will change for another hybrid and will stay with the lexus brand. The dealer network is second to none and i have worked within the industry with most major franchises including roll royce.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Totally reliable with fantastic customer service

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SEL, Above 3.0-litre, Hybrid/Alternative, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent value and reliability.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SEA Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Best car i have ever owned,that includes jags,bmws.Would Not hesitate to buy another newer one.

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