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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 device that Lexus Remote Touch in the center operates many functions. I the joystick difficult to use when the car was It took my eyes off the road and too much thought.

A touch or old-fashioned buttons might be It’s particularly annoying the joystick didn’t have a function.

Providing a single to go back or cancel an incorrect is a valuable function for complicated The voice-recognition system doesn’t cancel, an equally vexing

The GS offers four driving eco, normal, sport and plus. They all provide performance, but the GS 350 AWD poses no challenge to the Audi A6 Quattro and BMW 535xi.

The absorbs bumps well for a comfortable ride.

The brakes are The speed-sensitive steering is direct and has on-center feel.

The GS’ V6 is the first engine equipped both direct and port injection. Lexus says the improves power and fuel

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

The Audi A6 Quattro BMW 535xi and Mercedes-Benz E350 all use less fuel.

The Audi has more horsepower and torque, the BMW produces more torque. The CTS4 3.6-liter gets the combined fuel economy as the GS 350 and its engine produces more

The EPA estimates the CTS4 will less to operate because it regular fuel. The GS and the other all burn premium.

The hybrid GS is the most powerful and fuel GS. The hybrid rated 29 m.p.g. in the 34 on the highway and 31 in combined EPA testing. It premium gasoline.

Behind the grille, the GS 350 AWD is a luxurious, advanced and sedan like the ones built Lexus’ reputation. will be enough to please buyers.

More Details: Lexus GS 350 AWD

All-wheel drive, luxury sedan

Price as . $58,884 (excluding destination

Rating . * * * (out of four

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

2013 Lexus gs 350 awd reviews

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.

Options . Blind-spot monitor; rear seats; rain-sensing heated and ventilated front power rear sun shade; alloy wheels; adaptive suspension; wood and leather steering wheel; wood trim; semi-aniline leather 18-way power front memory for passenger seat; automatic climate control; sun side shades; heated wheel; navigation system; assist; trunk mat; net.

More Details: EPA fuel economy ratings

transmission, all-wheel drive

Lexus GS 350 AWD: 19 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/21 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

Acura RL: 17 city/24 m.p.g. highway/20 combined. Premium fuel.

A6 3.0T Quattro: 19 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/22 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

BMW 535xi: 21 city/30 m.p.g. highway/24 combined. Premium fuel.

CTS4: 18 m.p.g. city/27 highway/21 m.p.g. combined. fuel.

Infiniti M37x: 17 city/24 m.p.g. highway/20 combined. Premium fuel.

E350 4Matic Limited: 19 city/28 m.p.g. highway/22 combined. Premium fuel.

Details: 2013 Lexus GS 350 AWD

All-wheel drive five-passenger sedan

Base price:

Price as tested: $58,884 destination charge)

Safety Antilock brakes; stability electronic brake-force distribution; assist; backup camera; and rear seat-mounted side air curtain air bags; front-seat air bags; front seatbelt and force limiters; whiplash-lessening head rests.

Specifications as

Engine: 3.5-liter port- and DOHC variable-timing 24-valve V6

306 horsepower at 6,400 r.p.m.; 277 of torque at 4,800 r.p.m.

Six-speed automatic

EPA fuel rating: 19 m.p.g. city/26 combined. Premium gasoline.

2013 Lexus gs 350 awd reviews
2013 Lexus gs 350 awd reviews
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