2013 Lexus GS 350 AWD is long on quiet and comfort, short on thrills |…

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Lexus GS 350 AWD

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its unique spindle-shaped grille and profile, the * * * 2013 GS 350 AWD gives a new face, but the luxury brand’s remains the same: long on and comfort, short on thrills.

formula — plus resale value and great — helped make America’s best-selling luxury for years.

It’s nothing to at, but Lexus wants more. many of its owners, Lexus is and respectable, but it longs to be seen as and racy.

The GS, a sedan roughly the of an Acura RL, Audi A6, BMW 5 series, CTS, Infiniti M and Mercedes-Benz is the repository of Lexus’ daydreams of a less ordinary. It falls but the car’s looks, comfort and remain strong attractions.

for the 2013 Lexus GS 350 start at for a rear-wheel drive model a six-speed automatic transmission.

drive models start at All GS 350 models come with a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic

A hybrid called the GS 450h at $58,950. Its electric motor and boost the car’s output to 338 The GS 450h has a continually variable

Lexus used to sell a performance model called the GS It featured a 342-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and automatic transmission. That no longer exists as Lexus to position hybrids as its most-powerful and cars.

The V8 was underpowered among sedans, so it’s no great The new GS could use the missing eight-speed to its performance and fuel economy, The Audi, BMW, Infiniti and all have more gears the new Lexus.

I tested an option-laden GS 350 AWD cost $58,884. The car had heated seats, good voice-recognition, audio and navigation systems and other features. The price put the GS 350 AWD at the end of its competitive set.

The car’s was exceptionally lovely. Trimmed in leather and dark wood, it had plenty of useful storage and cubbies.

The interior is exceptionally at speed. The front seat plenty of room, and the rear is acceptable. At 14.3 cubic the GS’ trunk is one of the biggest in its

The gauges are clear and legible. The display for navigation, audio and systems is particularly good.

A joystick-type device that calls Remote Touch in the console operates many I found the joystick difficult to use the car was moving. It took my eyes off the and required too much thought.

A screen or old-fashioned buttons be preferable. It’s particularly that the joystick didn’t a back function.

Providing a step to go back or cancel an command is a valuable function for controls. The voice-recognition system recognize cancel, an equally oversight.

The GS offers four modes: eco, normal, and sport plus. They all acceptable performance, but the GS 350 AWD poses no to the sporty Audi A6 Quattro and BMW

The suspension absorbs bumps for a smooth, comfortable ride.

The are exceptional. The speed-sensitive steering is and has good on-center feel.

The 3.5-liter V6 is the first engine with both direct and fuel injection. Lexus the system improves power and efficiency.

The EPA rates GS 350 AWD’s economy at 19 m.p.g. in the city, 26 on the and 21 in combined driving.

The Audi A6 Quattro 3.0T, BMW and Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic all use fuel.

The Audi also has horsepower and torque, while the BMW more torque. The Cadillac 3.6-liter gets the same fuel economy as the GS 350 AWD, and its produces more power.

The EPA the CTS4 will cost to operate because it uses fuel. The GS and the other competitors all premium.

The hybrid GS 450h is the powerful and fuel efficient GS. The rated 29 m.p.g. in the city, 34 on the and 31 in combined EPA testing. It uses gasoline.

Behind the new-look the GS 350 AWD is a luxurious, advanced and elegant like the ones that Lexus’ reputation. That be enough to please many

More Details: 2013 GS 350 AWD

All-wheel drive, five-passenger sedan

Price as tested . (excluding destination charge)

. * * * (out of four stars)

Reasons to buy . Looks, voice quiet, comfortable interior

. Handling, fuel economy, usability

More Details: Lexus GS 350 at a glance

Vehicle . Rear- or all-wheel drive luxury sedan

Power . port- and direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 or hybrid electric


Transmission . automatic; continuously variable in hybrid

Price range .

Price as tested . $58,884 destination charges)

More features on vehicle tested

Lexus GS 350 AWD

brakes; stability control; brake-force distribution; brake backup camera; front and seat-mounted side air bags; air bags; front-seat knee air front seatbelt pretensioners and limiters; whiplash-lessening front rests; bi-xenon headlights washers; LED daytime running perforated leather trim; for driver’s settings; power and telescoping steering column; entry; push-button start; sun roof; auto-dimming mirrors; air recirculation with smog and air filter; LED interior lights; HD and DVD/CD player; 90 days’ XM satellite radio; power and windows; voice recognition; garage door opener.

. Blind-spot monitor; heated seats; rain-sensing wipers; and ventilated front seats; rear sun shade; 18-inch wheels; adaptive variable wood and leather trimmed wheel; wood interior semi-aniline leather trim; power front seats; for passenger seat; three-zone climate control; manual sun shades; heated steering navigation system; parking trunk mat; cargo

More Details: Competitive EPA economy ratings

(Automatic all-wheel drive models)

GS 350 AWD: 19 m.p.g. city/26 highway/21 m.p.g. combined. fuel.

Acura RL: 17 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/20 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

Audi A6 Quattro: 19 m.p.g. city/28 highway/22 m.p.g. combined. fuel.

BMW 535xi: 21 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/24 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

Cadillac 18 m.p.g. city/27 m.p.g. m.p.g. combined. Regular

Infiniti M37x: 17 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/20 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

Mercedes-Benz 4Matic Limited: 19 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/22 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

More 2013 Lexus GS 350 AWD

All-wheel five-passenger luxury sedan

price: $49,450

Price as $58,884 (excluding destination

Safety equipment: Antilock stability control; electronic distribution; brake assist; camera; front and rear side air bags; curtain air front-seat knee air bags; seatbelt pretensioners and force whiplash-lessening front head

Specifications as tested

Engine: port- and direct-injected DOHC 24-valve V6

Power: 306 horsepower at r.p.m.; 277 pound-feet of torque at r.p.m.

Transmission: Six-speed

EPA fuel economy rating: 19 city/26 highway/21 combined. gasoline.

Lexus GS 350 AWD
Lexus GS 350 AWD
Lexus GS 350 AWD

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