Lexus GS200t essentials: Comfort is key


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What is it: The GS200t is bargain (relatively speaking) rear-drive luxury with performance power.

Key Competitors: Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Volvo S90

Base Price: $47,285 As-Tested Price: $52,285

Highlights:  When Lexus updated the GS lineup in mid-2016, it added this base model and its 2.0-liter turbo four (241 hp, 258 lb-ft). The sub $50K starting sticker gives Toyota’s luxury division a midsize sedan priced below most in the segment.




Our Opinion: The Lexus GS’ mid-’16 refresh included a new front end with an even bigger grille and new headlamps. The well-built interior’s seats are comfortable and adjustable enough to support most occupants, though inside you still find the fiddly toggle/mouse thing to control the infotainment screen, and its graphics still look cartoonish.

The car goes about its day smoothly and effortlessly — comfort is the key here, and you glide along comfortably and quietly at all speeds. Little wind noise, very little road noise. Everything — throttle, brake and steering inputs — all happen gently. The chassis is robust and the ride is soft; seemingly nothing upsets the GS’s ride, even Detroit’s winterized roads.

I doubt Lexus buyers care much about this next point, but acceleration can feel borderline frisky when the tach is kept above 3,000 rpm. The turbo four has punch and according to the in-dash mpg meter, I averaged 27 mpg around town and consistently saw 30-plus on the freeway. Not bad. The eight-speed is super smooth and was never hunting for gears no matter what I did with the right pedal.

There are swankier midsize luxury sedans out there, and quicker ones, too. Yet the GS200t is solid, comfortable and pleasant, and the reasonable price, at least over its German rivals, might sway some customers. Besides, if you insist on more in a Lexus sedan, you’re still covered: Check out the GS F Sport and its 311 hp.

–Wes Raynal, editor



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Options: Premium package with rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated seats, power rear sunshade ($1400), Mark Levinson premium surround sound system ($1,380), 18” all-season tires ($905), park assist ($500), illuminated door sills ($425), one touch power trunk ($400), navigation system w/12.3in screen ($1,730 with a matching credit. $0 cost)






Wes Raynal



Wes Raynal



– Wes Raynal joined Crain Communications’ circulation department while still in college. When he graduated in 1986, he became a reporter for Autoweek sister publication Automotive News. He has worked as Autoweek’s associate editor, news editor, motorsports editor and executive editor before being named editor in 2009.

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On Sale: Now


Base Price: $47,285


As Tested Price: $52,285


Powertrain: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, RWD, 8-speed automatic


Output: 241 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 258 lb-ft @ 1,650-4,400 rpm


Curb Weight: 3,805 lb


Fuel Economy: 22/32/26 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)


Pros: Business-like in its work, better looking than the last version


Cons: Finicky mouse/toggle infotainment control





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