With rear-wheel drive and powerful engines, including an available 467-horsepower V8, the 2019 Lexus GS sedan lives on the fun side of the luxury brand’s product line. Lexus uses words like aggressive, eager, and razor-sharp to describe its mid-size sport luxury sedan, saying the GS has a track-honed suspension, passionate performance, and fearless design. After a week behind its leather-wrapped steering wheel, we can say the GS lives up to that hype.
Lexus assembles the GS in Japan, and the sedan is now in its fourth generation. It was first introduced way back in 1993 to take on the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Those popular German sedans remain its rivals today, along with the Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Volvo S90. Larger than the Lexus IS and smaller than the Lexus LS, the GS is about the same size as the brand's more popular ES. The front-wheel drive ES is also significantly less expensive, while the GS is more fun to drive and offers a broader range of engines.