BY H. THROTTLE
The Lexus GS350 F Sport four-door sedan is a compromise between a sport and a passenger car suitable for both functions. The design is sleek and the V-6 engine supplies 311 horsepower without any turbo assist. The power train flows through an eight-speed variable transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters.
The 3.5L engine and overall driving modes of eco/normal and sport provide sports car performance and overall fuel mileage of 21 mpg. The emission system has that great sound as the engine and transmission provide ample acceleration.
The suspension is made to support high speeds and has front independent double wishbone suspension and multi-link rear suspension. The firm suspension system offers a firmer ride than some of the larger passenger Lexus line of luxury vehicles.
The F Sport model is loaded with the latest Lexus safety system that includes the pre-collision system that prevents striking a forward object. Additionally, pedestrian alerts, lane departure warnings and radar cruise control are among the best safety features.
The GS350 had not received a safety rating score but will no doubt rank very high. Most recently Edmunds, the car shopping experts, announced their 2019 “Retained Value Awards” that Lexus and Toyota were awarded the highest projected residual values after five years with the highest awards in their class.
Night vision is enhanced with the Bi-LED auto-leveling high beam headlights and LED daytime running lights. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and the 16-way leather lined front seats are heated and ventilated.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $54,105 with a list of additional options that can include a 17 speaker Mark Levinson premium audio sound system and triple beam LED headlights.
Rear seating is adequate for children but cramped for adults.
This vehicle is an all-wheel-drive four-door sedan that has a snow mode control for snow day drives.
The twin chrome exhaust pipes are a hidden clue to the road power of the F Sports sedan.
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