Bitcoin Car of the Week: Lexus GS
There are few cars in the Toyota lineup that have as long a history as the Lexus GS. Originally launched as the Toyota Aristo in 1991 for Japanese markets, the same car would find its way to the United States in 1993. While the name Toyota Aristo was continually used, the team at Toyota would drop the moniker in 2005.
Known for its ability to craft uniquely refined vehicles, the Lexus GS series continues to set the standard for mid-size luxury sedans. If you are looking to buy Lexus with Bitcoin, take a moment to learn more about the newest Lexus GS model.
Introducing the 2020 Lexus GS
If there is one thing that Lexus has always gotten right, it is their unique ability to craft vehicles with massive customization options. Buyers looking to get into the Lexus GS lineup with their upscaled sedan can rest easy knowing that the bulk of upscale features come with the base model of the GS 350.
Inside the cabin, riders will find their way to a quiet, comfortable, and roomy ride. Plush seats give way to a spacious interior that doesn’t quite rival brands like Audi or Mercedes-Benz. The GS does have exceptional cargo space, particularly for the luxury sedan space, as it offers 18 cubic feet of capacity. In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers just 13 cubic feet of storage and the Audi A6 just 14 cubic feet.
If we wanted to buy a car with Bitcoin, we’d prioritize one with the infotainment and connectivity features offered by the base GS. Right out of the factory, the standard GS will feature a 12-unit speaker sound system combined with SiriusXM. Bluetooth phone connectivity pairs well with a voice-activated navigation system. Lexus’s Remote Touch Interface drives the infotainment set-up, though the rig does fall short in the UI department when compared to Audi or Mercedes.
Engine Performance of the Lexus GS
The Lexus GS was first introduced in 2013 and the model is starting to get on in years. While time hasn’t been the kindest to the infotainment system onboard, the engine and everything beneath the hood truly delivers.
Lexus has equipped its GS Sedans with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that powers the car to a tune of 311HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. The GS features both AWD and RWD with a companion six-speed automatic transmission. While not a speed demon, the GS350 F Sport was tested from 0 to 60 in just 5.8 seconds. Even though the Lexus falls short of comparable Audi and BMW models, it still performs commendably in all three drive modes, ranging from Normal and Eco to Sport.
According to the most recent EPA estimates, the 2020 Lexus GS should achieve close to 20/28 MPG in city/highway situations. These numbers compare just slightly disfavorably to comparable vehicles like the Acura TLX or the Mercedes-Benz E Class.
Despite falling short of other high-end competitors, the 2020 Lexus GS features a wealth of infotainment options, multiple customization options, and a powerful engine. Powertrain warranty coverage rounds out what looks like one of the better Bitcoin car purchases in the mid-to-high-end range.