Lexus GS Reviews — Lexus GS Price, Photos, and Specs — CARandDRIVER

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Lexus GS

Overview: The GS that debuted year gained more styling, a new F Sport package a sport-tuned suspension and dynamic steering, plus an updated model, the GS450h. While the injects more charisma this formerly staid Lexus dropped the previously V-8 from the lineup. However, improved driving dynamics and a new automatic transmission, the standard V-6 now whether fitted with or available all-wheel drive. Test 2013 Lexus AWD / GS350 F Sport

2013 GS350 AWD / GS350 F Sport


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Since the mid-size Lexus GS first appeared in 1993, it has to sportiness but never quite Nearly 20 years and three model generations on, a truly GS has finally emerged; our initial and a comparison-test encounter with the A6 have borne this and now we#x2019;re taking a look at two variants to see if the experience is consistent the range.

The comparo car was a plain GS350, so we#x2019;ve tested an model as well as a rear-driver with the F Sport package (The decidedly less GS450h hybrid returns for later this spring; the GS460 is gone from the

All GS350s feature the same V-6 rated at 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque (up by 3 and 3 lb-ft from 2011) and a mode selector that throttle and transmission characteristics via normal, and sport settings. of these test vehicles the optional Lexus Vehicle Integrated Management system, adds a sport-plus mode to the adding to sport, it selects a aggressive setup for the adaptive adjusts the steering system, and stability-control thresholds. With anti-roll bars, firmer an adaptive damping system, bushings, and staggered-width summer the F Sport was equipped with rear-wheel steering that can add up to two of input to the rear wheels.

as Quick as a GS460, a BMW 535i, an M37

The 3977-pound all-wheel-drive GS350 to 60 mph in a respectable 5.6 seconds; the 133-pound-lighter, GS350 F Sport shaved a from that figure. The F reached the quarter-mile mark in seconds at 102 mph, besting the by 0.2 second and 3 mph. Significantly, of both models is close to of the last GS460 we tested, had an additional 36 hp and 62 lb-ft torque at its Such swiftness puts the new in the same league as the Infiniti M37 to 60) and BMW 535i (5.4). The comparo-winning A6 hit 60 in 5.1 seconds.

It#x2019;s little wonder the V-8 was … off. The rear-wheel-drive F Sport offers nearly performance and superior fuel mpg city and 28 highway versus for the 2011 GS460. The all-wheel-drive manages EPA ratings of 19/26 both of which are 1 mpg ahead of its predecessor#x2019;s. Our lead feet and for running in sport-plus mode in overall mileage of 19 mpg in both

What the numbers don#x2019;t is the V-6#x2019;s newfound willingness to This is not attributable to the modest increase but rather to the improved automatic#x2019;s quicker shifts, paddle shifters, and pleasant blips during downshifts. Mix in a tuned V-6 soundtrack that more frequent and longer of the throttle, and you#x2019;ll find that no GS#x2014;and perhaps no besides the $380,000 LFA supercar#x2014;has before.

Perhaps the most interesting from our test was the closeness in characteristics between these two GS Both felt planted on the at all times, in marked contrast to the hovercraft quality that so many Lexus models, and the vehicles offered respectable The GS350 AWD achieved 0.87 g on the and the F Sport held on at 0.89 g. car#x2019;s sticky tires, with its larger, 14.0-inch brake rotors (again, only on F Sports with drive), also paid in the braking department: At a scant 160 the F Sport beats the all-wheel-drive still-impressive 165-foot stop 70 mph.

Unfortunately, the electric systems of both GS350s are the most synthetic in the class, it tough to discern their in terms of feel. At 2.8 turns for the standard GS and as little as 2.2 turns the F Sport#x2019;s variable steering-gear both are relatively quick. our only issue with the steering overall relates to and not response, we#x2019;d recommend the optional $1700 rear-wheel (unavailable on all-wheel-drive cars).

Despite those quibbles, we the cars for their high limits, impressive brakes, and powertrain. We also appreciate how the car and the marginally stiffer F Sport bumps from jarring while not ironing out the road good thing if you#x2019;re a fan of feel, as we are.

The two GS cabins supremely comfortable, if aesthetically With perforated leather in black or red and aluminum trim, the F space is more intense and amazing 16-way-adjustable front with inflatable side The warmer environs of the AWD GS350 with the Luxury package semi-aniline leather, gorgeous striped wood, and 18-way seats with articulating and inflatable seat-cushion extenders, as as rear-seat climate controls, headlamps, a wood-and-leather steering and manual rear sunshades.

Not so impressive: Corolla-grade plastic as metal on the steering wheel, and dashboard; remarkably unremarkable and graphics; and the huge black housing the optional 12.3-inch screen. And then there#x2019;s the distracting, pad-on-a-stick-on-a-pedestal Remote interface. At least primary and sound-system functions retain own knobs or buttons. And the voice-command is a good listener.

Much Likable, No More Expensive

The GS350#x2019;s base price not rise from its 2011 at $47,775; all-wheel-drive models at $50,325, an increase of $600 the previous model. A rear-wheel-drive equipped like our tester sticker at $60,180. Major included the F Sport package dynamic rear steering navigation with the 12.3-inch ($1735); Mark Levinson ($1380); and the Premium package wipers, heated-and-ventilated front and a power rear sunshade,

At $59,945, the all-wheel-drive GS was not much Its major options included all the except for the F Sport stuff and rear-wheel steering, and added the system and dynamic radar control ($2000); a head-up ($900); 18-inch wheels lane keep assist and the Cold Weather package (a steering wheel, headlamp a wiper deicer, and water-repellent glass, $340). Although model is inexpensive, the GS can be considered a luxury-car value within its set, particularly compared the German entries.

Overall, the two GS models we tested remarkably close in character. We GS buyers to be swayed more by the and equipment differences than performance, with extroverts for the wilder-looking F Sport and the subtler a better match for conservative In both cases, there is for enthusiasts to like in the 2013 GS ever before. And no one should the passing of the V-8.

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