Let’s face it, fantasies and rose-tinted glasses aside, the perfect car doesn’t exist. However, some damn-near-perfect ones do, and the 2017 Lexus GS might just be one of those.
Lexus consistently ranks among the most reliable luxury brands, and the GS is among Lexus’ best. Older GS models will likely become hot commodities as the nameplate has reached its untimely end, and production will cease following the 2020 model year, according to Car and Driver.
If you’re already feeling nostalgic, you may want to look into the 2017 model year. It comes in clutch with impressive reliability ratings, athletic performance, and a boatload of standard driver-assistance features. However, Consumer Reports does note one frustrating quirk – the mouselike controller for its infotainment system.
The Lexus GS delivers exceptional performance
The 2017 Lexus GS delivers thrilling performance throughout its lineup. The entry-level 200t features a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine that helps you achieve pure exhilaration by way of 241 hp. It only gets more powerful from there.
The GS 350 and GS F were built for true sports car enthusiasts. U.S. News & World Report notes how the GS 350’s 311-hp V6 is louder than that of the 200t’s engine – something true gearheads are likely thankful for. Meanwhile, the Lexus GS F is the crème de le crème of the GS line. Its 467-hp V8 rockets the car from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds, and models with the F-Sport package benefit from added nimbleness via a retuned suspension system.
The 2017 Lexus GS is just about as reliable as it gets
Carving corners and unleashing wide-open-throttle acceleration is only recommended in a car that can handle it. Thankfully, the 2017 Lexus GS is built to last.
Consumer Reports gave the 2017 GS a 5/5 overall reliability rating and listed it second in reliability among sedans in 2017.
At an average starting retail price just a shade over $25,000 and only a single recall to its name, the 2017 Lexus GS is a strong choice for those who want to experience sports car thrills on a budget.
Daring style, but driven to be safe
With a bold grille, sleek curves, and sculpted lines, the 2017 Lexus GS is a handsome car, and drivers will certainly want to keep it that way. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a 2017 model that comes with the sophisticated level of standard driver-assistance equipment that the Lexus GS offers.
It comes with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera.
The only catch
As with all great models, there’s always a blemish. The quirkiness of the infotainment system in the 2017 Lexus GS just can’t be ignored. It’s nearly unthinkable that a 2017 model would lack a touchscreen, but alas the GS fails to make one standard or available. Instead, drivers must rely on a mouse-like controller to adjust their infotainment settings.
U.S. News & World Report notes that the feature performs similarly to a laptop’s touchpad and that it is rather unintuitive.
This can make it rather frustrating to play music or adjust any in-car settings on the fly. However, as with all technology quirks, many owners will get used to it over time.
In fact, a wonky laptop touchpad is a fitting comparison. Gamers wouldn’t overlook a great gaming laptop because of that one flaw when they could simply use a separate gaming mouse. Since the 2017 Lexus GS comes with Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free, there are plenty of workarounds for the majority of difficulties drivers will face with the mouselike controller.
Those in the market for a luxury sports car at an affordable price won’t want to overlook this beauty.