• (4.8) 4 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $13,537–$24,401
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Engine: 303-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2011 Lexus GS 350

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Lexus GS 350

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Technology not as dynamic as GS 460's
  • So-so reliability history
  • Cramped backseat

Notable Features

  • Powerful direct-injection V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available AWD

2011 Lexus GS 350 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Lexus GS 350 is a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with a powerful V-6 engine and available all-wheel drive. To get a V-8 with the GS, look at the more expensive GS 460. The GS 350 competes with midsize sport sedans like the BMW 535i, Mercedes-Benz E350, Cadillac STS V-6 and Acura RL. A hybrid GS 450h uses a gas-electric V-6 powertrain, and along with the GS 460, only comes with rear-wheel drive; they're covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011
A brake override system is now standard. This system automatically reduces engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time to prevent unintended acceleration. The only other change of note is that models with the optional navigation system no longer have a compass in the inside mirror because the nav system has a compass.

Lexus says the sedan has a futuristic look. The GS 350 has a long hood, a short rear deck and wide, tapered rear pillars that flow back to the car's rear. Long side glass and a steep back window enhance the car's performance image. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Available moonroof and power rear sunshade

Five occupants fit inside the GS 350, though the backseat is snug. The optional navigation system comes with Bluetooth, voice activation and a backup camera. A 7-inch dashboard screen works with the navigation system and also serves as a monitor for the Intuitive Park Assist system. Interior features include:
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Aluminum-face gauge cluster
  • 10-way power front seats with heated leather upholstery; available fan ventilation
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 10-speaker, six-CD stereo

Under the Hood
All-wheel drive is available for the GS 350. Hydraulic controls in the system vary the front/rear torque split from 30/70 to 50/50 and provide what Lexus calls the performance advantages of rear-wheel drive with the traction of all-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine makes 303 horsepower and 274 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

An option group includes adaptive cruise control and the Pre-Collision System that helps determine if a crash is imminent and takes appropriate steps if it is. Other options include park assist and adaptive headlights that swivel with the front wheels.

Safety features include:
  • Standard front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Optional Pre-Collision System incorporates active braking

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 4 reviews

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Most reliable car I owned

by stefilum from phoenix,az on July 29, 2017

This car is awesome, Quiet, Drives smoothly, never had any problems. Had regular maintenance/ Never had any accidents, Used only to commute to and from work. Whoever will get this car can be consider ... Read Full Review

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2011 Lexus GS 350 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus GS 350 Base

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus GS 350 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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