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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Lexus GS

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2015-08-28 Jason Udy
2016 Lexus GS 200t Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Lexus GS

Now in its fourth generation, the 2016 Lexus GS gets revised styling to go along with its new entry-level powerplant and standard eight-speed automatic. The midsize 2016 Lexus GS adopts the polarizing styling debuted on the smaller 2014 Lexus IS sedan, and we want to know whether you prefer the refreshed sedan or the outgoing model.

While the current Lexus GS sports the brand’s spindle grille, the 2016 GS sedan’s front end is dominated by a more aggressive interpretation of the signature grille with a satin chrome finish. The sharply creased grille sides bisect the redesigned HID headlights with LED boomerang-shaped running lights. The body-colored bumper insert is also gone.

Along the side, the 2016 Lexus GS sports subtle changes, including new 18- and 19-inch machine-finished wheel designs. Around back, the updates are limited to revised taillights and trim.

While the interior styling hasn’t changed, the details have been updated with new trim choices including Matte Walnut, Linear 3D, and laser-cut wood. Additionally, the F Sport models are available with optional Naguri Aluminum. Standard leather colors include Chateau and Noble Brown, while the F Sport is available with Rioja Red. The center-mounted analog clock now features an aluminum housing and LED indicators.

What do you think of the styling updates to the revised 2016 Lexus GS sedan? Share your thoughts below.

Last week, we looked at the refreshed 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, which received mixed comments. While Jnn575 said, “Refreshing in comparison to the sleepy tired old styling of the last-gen. Let's just hope fuel economy truly improves.” And ecoboosted said, “It's better than most of the other recent Toyota releases, but every other auto manufacturer called, and they want their hexagonal grill back...”

Detractors like frcastellanos found the luxury off-roader “Surely more revolting than refreshing. It was nice when introduced 8 years ago but it needs to be refreshed already.” IceDree agreed: “Revolting... The land cruiser & its twin…seems to get uglier with every facelift... Toyota needs to stop beating on a dead horse & start with a new sheet design.”

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