2013 Lexus GS 350 review notes — Autoweek

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Lexus GS 350 AWD

2013 Lexus GS 350 review

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DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW I’m not completely sold on the new spindle grille, particularly to the funky aero face of the new Lexus GS 350. But damn if isn’t a good car behind it.

I my evening in the GS about a week driving the all-new Lexus ES. so it was an juxtaposition between the company’s and rear-wheel drive philosophies. Not I much prefer the rear-drive granted, with AWD — vehicle.

Lexus has finally some personality to the inside of the GS material textures and stitching; you mistake it for a Bentley, but it contains and surfaces that your wants to touch versus the smoothness that’s marked of the brand’s previous attempts. A pleasant surprise was the weird intruding on the driver’s right-side Likely clearing the AWD transfer it sticks a full four into the footwell — the thing is you don’t notice it the back of your knee it, after which you’re to incessantly wonder why it’s

Lumpiness aside, the GS is a great particularly when the mode is turned to Sport or Sport+. setting allows the transmission to gears longer and tightens up the response. The reflexes aren’t on par with a BMW 5-series, but the structure and are superior to those of a Mercedes-Benz .

Lexus still hasn’t exorcised the sense that the experience has been filtered some sort of analog-to-digital rendering everything just a too perfect, leaving the driver what’s hiding between the ones and zeros. That’s the passion and the character tend to

As for me, I love the sound of a good LP. But the imperfect, convenient MP3 is what I to enjoy every day. I would have no complaints daily commuting behind the of a GS, as long as I was able to enjoy the and crackles of a nice Lotus or Porsche Carrera when allowed.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB I’m torn on this I love it for its ripping V6 that a small V8 in power, but seems as as a BMW inline six-cylinder, for its quiet and interior, and for its laudable mix of isolated, ride quality and sporty character. But like Andy, still feeling disconnected the road and the mechanicals, so much so it’s hard to really with certainty what’s out there at pavement level. GS is better than past vehicles in that respect I do actually feel some of the imperfections transmitted through the to the driver’s seat and steering and the brakes are spectacular — but still a pretty sensory-deprived Because of that, there’s noticeable body roll and before the driver really that a major weight has occurred, which could to unwittingly and seriously overtaxing the grip. I also noted I thought was out-of-character chassis for a car with such seemingly build quality.

The good news is that customers buying Lexuses aren’t the kind of people who are around corners or worrying suspension stiffness. They’ll be perfectly content cruising in their cocoon of silence or entertained by the car’s seriously audio system. Everything is top-notch and clean, with the 12.3-inch navigation/audio screen at the of the action. All that helps up the center stack, but the sort-of controller for those embedded still needs work to it easier to manage various while driving. I found the way too over-reactive, jumping around the far quicker than I wanted, or on a function that I didn’t Time and familiarity might but I found myself too often way across the center stack for the tuning knob as the preferred to get from station to station on radio, for instance.

If you spend all drive time commuting and on trips, I suspect this GS make a fine travel over the long haul. But the trips and sharp corners leave you wanting.

NEWS EDITOR GREG I was impressed with the cabin in the GS as much as anything, as the atmosphere is comfortable and handsome. The materials are and clean, accented with stitching. I loved the feel of the for the audio control; it felt and old-school stereo and looked Same with the analogue in the center.

The steering has decent and weight, and the chassis is comfy, I actually found it to be occasionally and bouncy. The AWD and strong V6 make for an experience, and the six-speed is smooth.

I the styling up front. It’s different and cool to my eyes. I can see why might think it’s a bit too up front, but I like it. The sedan is a execution and should appeal to a range of customers.

ROAD EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: an automaker isn’t normally for sporty vehicles, they to become sportier. For Lexus, took a decade to develop the LFA and without question it’s a class supercar. The Formula engine and carbon construction are Besides the LFA, the only car in the Lexus lineup that has any built into it is the IS-F.

So Lexus’ journey to produce vehicles with a sportier begins with this new GS. A new language with the more front end that looks provides some attitude. But the of the exterior doesn’t follow the lead and is dull — the squared off rear end.

The isn’t exciting either. As come to expect from vehicles, it’s very isolated from road and noise to be library quiet; is with nice, soft-touch features soft leathers; and is out in a logical manner. I’m not a fan of the mouse interface controller and it’s more distracting a touch screen, BMW’s and Audi’s MMI.

Moving the drive, I will say that the GS 350 is than its predecessor when you the car in Sport+ mode. Punch up and the V6 has quicker throttle response and more punch, the transmission gears longer and is quicker to and the steering becomes weightier. As mentioned, it’s certainly no BMW but for normal Lexus it’s of nice. Steering still a bit numb and doesn’t have the you would get in a BMW. Through it feels more planted previous GS models, but again feel as surefooted as a BMW.

touches like an intake piping induction noises the cabin are neat, but stuff that is only part of the that makes a vehicle truly sporty. To me, a car has to engage a with good steering a potent engine and being fun to around turns. And if you compare the new GS to the old GS, it is sportier and is slightly more but it’s still not on par with its competitors.

Lexus GS 350 AWD

That’s not to say that this GS 350 a good car because it is from a luxury sedan standpoint. massively comfortable and relaxing to run with, has a spacious backseat and has muscle from the updated V6, now features both port and for the daily slog. To a normal shopper, I think the GS hits all the points. Maybe the only to them is that a V8 engine is no available because I’m some people still big engines. As for those looking for a exciting luxury ride, probably will want to elsewhere. That is unless the GS F version kicks things up a few We’ll see when we get one of those in the

2013 Lexus GS 350

Base $50,325

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6; AWD, automatic

Output: 306 hp @ 6,400 277 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,795 lb

Economy (EPA/AW): 22/21.4 mpg

Luxury package including rear seats, cold package, rain-sensing wipers, and ventilated front seats, rear sunshade, 18-inch wheels with all-season adaptive variable suspension, S+ drive model, wood- and steering wheel, linear wood interior trim, leather interior trim, power front seats, memory system for passenger, automatic climate control, manual sunshades, heated wheel, windshield wiper water-repellant front door high-intensity interior heater, rear seats ($6,530), package including HDD navigation, high-resolution split screen display, Lexus Enform destination and eDestination, application NavWeather, NavTraffic Sports including one-year trial ($1,735), blind spot ($500), park assist trunk mat ($105), cargo net

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