"Lexus GS 350 finally rivals its German Competition"4.0 starson by billclark24
Pros: The Lexus GS matches the BMW 535i in 0 to 60 times; it is faster in the 1/4 mile and out brakes the BMW from 60 to 0! It also will spend much less time needing repairs.
Cons: The smartphone linked apps for all cars is a gimmick. Using expensive data minutes to search for a restaurant, buy movie tickets or a Bing search will be very expensive and dangerously distracting. Voice command features are still cumbersome.
Summary: I drove the Lexus GS F Sport and a BMW 535i at the Lexus Performance Tour in a head to head comparison at the Fontana Raceway in February. I now own a GS 350 F Sport. My observations differ somewhat from those of Mr. Cunningham. While I agree with most of what has been reported in the C-NET review, I found several differences. First, comparing the GS 350 with the BMW "M" or Mercedes AMG is comparing two different classes of cars. Lexus aimed at and beat the BMW 535i in most categories. This was proven in actual road tests conducted by two different auto enthusiasts magazines.
My iPhone 4 does link via Bluetooth and performs all of the functions of an Android phone.
My overall MPG figures are much higher than Mr. Cunningham's. My combined city and highway (70+ MPH) has been running 23.5 MPG. My highway MPH has been running 26.5 MPG and will improve with a few more miles. It is possible C-NET's MPG was lower because of numerous heavy throttle performance tests as compared to my "normal" driving.
As a personal observation, my reason for choosing the Lexus GS instead of a BMW 535i was one of simple ownership history. I've owned 2 BMW's and 2 Lexus's. My BMW's were frequently in the shop with problems, some of which were never resolved even with factory intervention. Both of my prior Lexus's have been basically trouble free other than an airbag recall and a computer update for the brake/throttle override. I've given up on the "status" of driving a BMW for the reliability of the Lexus, and now with the GS-350 F Sport I have BMW-matching performance.
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