2011 Lexus GS 460

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Lexus GS 460. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    342-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Helpful technology
  • Premium features
  • Solidity and refinement

The Bad

  • Small trunk opening
  • Cramped backseat

Notable Features of the 2011 Lexus GS 460

  • Brake override system
  • 342-hp, 4.6-liter V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Available self-adjusting suspension

2011 Lexus GS 460 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Lexus' midsize GS 460 sport sedan has a V-8 engine that comes from the brand's flagship LS 460 sedan; in the GS, it makes 342 horsepower. Competitors include the BMW 550i, Mercedes-Benz E550 and Jaguar XF. A V-6 goes in the related GS 350, which can have all-wheel drive. A gas-electric hybrid system powers the GS 450h. Both models are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

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

Exterior
Lexus says the GS is more futuristic than its predecessor, touting its long hood and set-back cabin. Featuring uncluttered sheet metal, the GS 460 has a short rear deck and wide, tapered pillars that flow toward the rear of the car.
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Standard rear sunshade
  • Moonroof
  • Optional rear spoiler


Interior
Up to five people can fit in the GS 460's leather-lined cabin, though the rear seat is tight. Perforated leather comes in a choice of three colors
  • 10-way power front seats with heated and ventilated upholstery
  • Dashboard trimmed with bird's-eye maple
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Available navigation system
  • Avai...
Vehicle Overview
Lexus' midsize GS 460 sport sedan has a V-8 engine that comes from the brand's flagship LS 460 sedan; in the GS, it makes 342 horsepower. Competitors include the BMW 550i, Mercedes-Benz E550 and Jaguar XF. A V-6 goes in the related GS 350, which can have all-wheel drive. A gas-electric hybrid system powers the GS 450h. Both models are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

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

Exterior
Lexus says the GS is more futuristic than its predecessor, touting its long hood and set-back cabin. Featuring uncluttered sheet metal, the GS 460 has a short rear deck and wide, tapered pillars that flow toward the rear of the car.
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Standard rear sunshade
  • Moonroof
  • Optional rear spoiler


Interior
Up to five people can fit in the GS 460's leather-lined cabin, though the rear seat is tight. Perforated leather comes in a choice of three colors
  • 10-way power front seats with heated and ventilated upholstery
  • Dashboard trimmed with bird's-eye maple
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Mark Levinson surround-sound system with 14 speakers
  • iPod and USB connectivity, Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free phone capability


Under the Hood
Lexus says the GS 460 sprints from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which puts it 0.3 seconds ahead of the GS 350. The torque-rich GS 450h is still the quickest of the bunch, at 5.2 seconds. The GS 460 gets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway.
  • 4.6-liter V-8 makes 342 hp and 339 pounds-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension, with four driver-selectable modes, automatically selects appropriate damping for road conditions
  • Optional Active Power Stabilizer system aims to reduce unwanted body roll
  • Variable gear-ratio steering tightens or widens steering depending on the car's speed
  • Differential steering control includes up to 2 inches of active steering if the car encounters a side wind


Safety
An option group includes adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system that helps determine if a crash is imminent and takes appropriate steps if it is. Other options include Intuitive Park Assist. Standard safety equipment includes:
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Active front head restraints
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Adaptive headlights that swivel in accord with the front wheels



Latest 2011 GS 460 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great truck, very reliable

by Chadmacc from Chicago, IL on February 15, 2018

Lexus knocks it out of the park with the vehicle. Very stylish, lots of options and very reliable. Pay the extra money for the Mark LEvinson Audio! Read full review

(5.0)

Satisfied

by Satisfied on March 28, 2017

Looked a lot places for a GX and found a great deal for a great SUV. Drives very good and ample room in the interior, an over good vehicle Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Lexus GS 460 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Lexus GS 460 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Lexus
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GS 460 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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