2016 Lexus GS 200t Review

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2016 Lexus GS 200t Overview

If you feel like you've never seen a Lexus GS 200t before, it's because you haven't. A new addition to Lexus' 2016 GS lineup, the GS 200t came about when Lexus took its superb 2.0-liter 241-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and stuck it in its famed GS. The result is a fantastic mid-size luxury sedan that feels just as at home in the twisties as it does cruising down the highway.

While the 200t's isn't the traditional 6-cylinder engine we're used to in the GS, we're not complaining. That turbocharged 4-cylinder takes the car to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, not bad for a 5-passenger sedan packing 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space and boasting fuel mileage numbers of 22 mpg city/33 highway/26 combined. Automotive purists will love the fact that the GS 200t is only offered with rear-wheel drive (RWD), but find little solace in knowing the car is only available with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The GS 200t will come in two trims—the base and the F Sport. Pick the base and you'll get a host of standard amenities, including a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, Lexus' Enform infotainment system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and push-button ignition. On the safety side, 4-wheel antilock brakes, stability control, and traction control are all standard, as are a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and a blindspot monitor. If you want to make your ride even fancier, you can add on the Navigation Package, which puts voice-activated navigation with a 12.3-inch color display in your dash. There is also a Premium Package, which boasts rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power rear sunshade. For drivers who love their tunes, Lexus also offers a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system. In true Lexus form, safety hasn't been neglected—pre-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist are all available as part of the Lexus Safety System. Options on the base model include a power trunk, a heated steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, and parking assist.

Jump up to the F Sport and the most noticeable difference will be the more aggressive F Sport styling on the outside of the car. Lexus has worked hard to make the F Sport versions of its cars look mean and it definitely succeeded with the GS 200t. The styling is part of the F Sport package (standard on the F Sport trim), which also includes a 16-way power sport driver's seat, a track-tuned chassis, and high-performance brakes. Also standard on the F Sport is the Lexus Safety System. Like the base model, the Navigation Package and Mark Levinson premium sound system are optional, as are a color heads-up display, parking assist, and a power trunk.

All in all, the GS 200t is a tough car to beat for those who don't want to make any all-around compromises. A fun-to-drive family car that's relatively good on gas, the GS 200t will not only keep a smile on your face when you push it to its limit, but will keep you and your family comfortable and safe during everyday driving as well (the 2015 GS received a rating of Good in every crash-test category from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and we expect the same from the 2016 GS lineup). It's a luxury car, performance car, and family car all rolled into one.


Zach is a gearhead and travel junkie who loves to check out cars wherever he goes. Having lived abroad in Germany and Russia, he has grown particularly fond of European cars, but has found nothing able to top his love for his first car: a 2001 Toyota Tacoma.

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