The difference is easily felt from the driver’s seat. The ride is supple and controlled, handling is responsive, and the 306-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers quick acceleration and plenty of power for passing and merging. We measured 21 mpg overall, which is very competitive for this class. One blemish: In contrast to the silky-smooth engines we’ve come to expect from Lexus, this V6 has a raspy edge when it’s revved. It’s supposed to sound sporty, but it just sounds gruff.
Inside, occupants will find a quiet, nicely finished cabin. The driver has plenty of room, unlike in the cramped cockpit of the previous GS. Our biggest complaint with the interior is that it’s marred by a newfangled control system that relies on a giant video display and mouse-like controller that’s distracting and complex.
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