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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the same rakish styling
the best-looking Lexus sedan
Kelley Blue Book
Lexus-typical cabin decor
The 2008 Lexus GS offers great, if not superior styling inside and out.
Kelley Blue Book says "the GS brings a legitimate sense of design passion to its sleekly flowing sheetmetal that arguably qualifies it as the best-looking Lexus sedan." Edmunds assures loyal Lexus owners looking to replace their aging vehicles that the 2008 Lexus GS 350 and 2008 Lexus GS 460 sedans both offer "the same rakish styling."
Cars.com reports that "the GS is more futuristic than its predecessor, touting its long hood and set-back cabin...featuring uncluttered sheet metal, the 2008 Lexus GS 460 has a very short rear deck and wide tapered C-pillars that flow back toward the rear of the car." They also say that "long side glass and a steep back window enhance the 2008 Lexus GS 460's performance image." These statements also apply to the 2008 Lexus GS 350, which differs only in what's under the hood.
The GS's instrument panel is quite conservative in appearance, with a new brushed-aluminum shift plate and dark gray bird's-eye maple wood for 2008, while seldom-used controls are kept out of the way in a drawer. Edmunds reports that the 2008 Lexus GS's interior features "genuine wood and aluminum trim complements the rich leather seating surfaces," while Kelley Blue Book praises the "supple leather, brushed aluminum and bird's-eye maple." Cars.com reports the 2008 Lexus GS 460's interior decor options as such: "perforated leather comes in a choice of three colors...The dashboard is trimmed with genuine bird's-eye maple or California walnut wood." ConsumerGuide, however, is a bit critical: "cabin decor blends high-grade plastics and leather...other trim bits are genuine wood, but the reddish color used to stain those pieces makes them look fake."
Most will find the 2008 Lexus GS a handsome, well-trimmed sedan.