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17 of 19 (89%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Lexus GS 350 Overview
After a yearlong hiatus, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 midsize luxury sedan returns with a new look and a welcome dose of aggression that distinguishes it not only from previous generations of the GS, but the rest of Lexus’s lineup as well.
With the new GS-series, Lexus is trying to make a break from its reputation for blandness. It’s generally accepted that Lexus makes good cars that are comfortable and reliable, but not necessarily edgy or fun to drive. The 2013 GS 350’s styling tries to rectify this almost singlehandedly – simply put it’s the most aggressive looking Lexus ever made, short of the LFA supercar.
The front grille has a pinched look to it, shared with the CT 200h and the new LX, and is flanked by LED daytime running lamps and xenon headlights, both of which come standard. Once you move past the front, things get decidedly more tame, everything rearwards of the B-pillar is fairly nondescript. The rear of the GS 350 wraps things up with L-shaped LED taillights and a unique pair of almost trapezoidal tail pipes that are integrated into the rear bumper.
Under the hood, Lexus has dropped the V-8 option for the latest generation of the GS and the only engine option is now a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that is not slouch. This engine outputs 277 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic that shifts faster and also improves fuel economy. EPA estimates rank the GS 350 at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive, while opting for all-wheel drive knocks the highway number down to 26 mpg.
The GS 350 also has a few new tricks up its sleeve when it comes to its suspension, including a redesigned multilink setup in the rear, and an optional adaptive suspension which includes four driving modes that range from Eco to Sport S+. There is also an optional F-Sport package, which includes the adaptive suspension, as well as larger wheels (19-inch alloys), larger brake rotors, and a variable gear ratio steering system.
Inside, the GS 350 offers a respite from the edginess found outside the cabin, with plenty of the comfort and refinement that you’d expect from a Lexus. The instrument panel features a simple, attractive black/white design and is flanked by an eight-inch LCD above the center console (a 12.3-inch LCD which shows navigation, music, and climate info is optional). Push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, power steering column, Bluetooth® connectivity, HD Radio, and power front seats all come standard. Options include a navigation system, Lexus’s Enform connectivity suite, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.
Safety features on the 2013 GS 350 include a backup camera, electronic stability and traction control, and 10 airbags. There is also a plethora of safety technology available include a heads-up display, night vision, blind spot warning system, and a collision warning system.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is back from the wilderness, much improved and better looking than ever before. It is truly a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too car, docile and calm when you're cruising, but snarling the instant you need a pinch of fun to brighten up your day.