Lexus still has a way to go when it comes to making its engines look good, but it has learned how to make its engines feel good. The 3.5-liter V6 in our GS has been around in various forms for what seems like forever. From Camrys to RAV4s to pickup trucks, it's been in just about everything Toyota not to mention much of the Lexus lineup.

It's never felt special, though, even if it did make the RAV4 stupid fast or the ES350 brilliantly smooth. In the GS, it feels like a whole new engine. It's responsive, gutsy in the midrange and even sounds throaty at full throttle. Part of it has to do with the quick shifts from the automatic, but the engine is always ready with usable power.

It's not the V6 I'm used to in a Lexus and it's definitely one of the things about this GS that makes it feel so un-Lexus like.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line