2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant…and Fun

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As mentioned, our tester rolled in on the F Sport package that adds ventilated front sport bucket seats, power rear sunshade, 19-inch split five spoke alloy wheels, staggered fitment with summer tires, sport tuned adaptive variable suspension system, sport steering system, unique interior trim, model-specific front fascia, grille, and badging, rear valence, and rear lip spoiler. This vehicle also came with Lexus’ Dynamic Rear Steering technology for exceptional handling, agility, and cornering.

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant...and Fun

The Lexus Safety System+ technology includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and brake assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beam, full speed dynamic cruise control, blind spot monitor, and rear cross traffic alert.

Some of the technological highlights found in the 2017 Lexus GS sedan include navigation with 12.3-inch color screen with remote touch interface controller, Lexus Enform safety connect, and HD and SiriusXM satellite radio. Our tester also included a few extra options such as Mark Levinson 835-watt premium 7.1 surround sound audio system with 17 speakers, intuitive park assist, and one touch power trunk.

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant...and Fun

Pricing for the 2017 Lexus GS 350 begins at $50,695 with our F Sport RWD tester arriving with a final window sticker of $61,955. Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant...and Fun

Driving the GS 350 F Sport was not quite as exhilarating as the GS F we tested last year but this car is a very nice daily driver. I did find the sport tires a bit noisy for my taste but overall I really enjoyed my week behind the wheel. There were times that I could turn things loose a bit and enjoy the Sport+ driving mode, and those extra ponies Lexus found under the hood were a real treat. This car handles quite well without ever being too obnoxious. I guess consumers are getting away from driving enjoyment and expressing their wants with their purchasing dollars as car sales continue to decline. Shame, really, as there are vehicles like the Lexus GS 350 that will keep your driving experience from ever becoming mundane.

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David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.