2013 Lexus GS Auto Review

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BMW is used to being chased. The sport sedans are regularly by other automakers for their balance of ride and handling. The BMW 5 has been the handling champ of luxury cars for decades. one brand can match or even the 5’s dynamic character.

not Audi or Mercedes-Benz or even Surprisingly, that brand is the conservative Lexus with the Lexus GS.

Emotional Styling

The for the rear-drive GS 350 and all-wheel-drive GS 350 AWD models is striking. An available F Sport with more aggressive air intakes and wide-and-wider 19-inch looks even better. The F rear P265/35s are the widest ever put on a Lexus.

The GS 450h looks about the same as the GS with only discreet and hidden tailpipes to distinguish it.

Driving Character

Kanomori’s made a serious effort to the GS, as Lexus puts it, a bit of the DNA of the LFA. To their goal, Lexus devised a more rigid by increasing the use of high-strength steel, more spot welds and laser welds in key areas. To the car more planted, they the track 1.6 inches up front and two in the rear.

Switching to aluminum suspension a double wishbone up front and a multi-link, reduced unsprung And for good measure, all of the suspension were retuned with a emphasis on sportiness.

Those are the basics. Lexus also several ways to make the GS It all starts with the F Sport which comes with suspension tuning, an adaptive suspension, larger front with performance pads, steering with variable and the aforementioned 19-inch tires. Rear Steering is also

At low speeds it turns the rear up to two degrees in the opposite direction of the to help the car rotate, and at high the rears turn with the to improve stability. Buyers in climates will appreciate the all-wheel drive. It’s not an system that can aid handling, but it provide foul weather

To show off the fruits of its labor, had journalists drive the GS on a handling set up at Las Vegas Speedway, with the BMW and Mercedes E350 Luxury for While the Mercedes is more comfort than sportiness, we surprised that the GS outperformed the A total of 273 pounds lighter a 535i and with quicker the Lexus feels more down and turns in more The GS F Sport is even more cornering flatter and changing even quicker.

The base steering is fairly and the variable ratio steering in the F even more responsive. however, provides much feel. In all, the base feels like a near for the BMW, while the F Sport is more agile.

Of course, few will take their GSs to the so road manners are really important. The base suspension, its 17-inch wheels, does a job of soaking up bumps. F Sport and models come with an variable suspension.

Both Eco, Normal and Sport but the F Sport adds a Sport + with even firmer settings. The modes are chosen knob on the center console. In to the suspension, the various modes throttle response, transmission points, stability control and, when equipped, the steering ratio.

Sport + is the aggressive mode, but it doesn’t the GS too stiff or the throttle too touchy for streets. Still, drivers prefer the slightly less settings of Sport mode, and mode offers a fine between ride and handling making the car wallow and float. Eco aids fuel economy but throttle response becomes and a bit frustrating.

The GS 350’s engine needed no to keep it competitive. This smooth V6 offers the latest in with both port and injection. This combination the car to run smoother at idle and in cold thanks to port injection, delivering the power and fuel benefits of direction injection.

The is plenty powerful, launching the GS 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. AWD adds a couple pounds and 0.3 seconds to the 0 to 60 time. that’s impressive, the BMW 535i is a bit and offers more low-end

Fuel economy is a reasonable 19 mpg highway, up 2 mpg on the highway.

While the isn’t appreciably different, added some performance by installing an intake sound that emits a refined but exhaust note when the gets hard on the throttle. Go on the gas, though, and you can barely the engine is on.

A six-speed automatic carries over, but Lexus it sportier as well. Steering shift paddles are standard, and the itself gets traits the IS-F, notably downshift blips, quicker shifts and torque converter lockup. We the transmission to be smooth and more than we are accustomed to in a Lexus.

The V8-powered GS 460 model does not That puts the GS at a slight versus the powerful V8s from Mercedes and Infiniti, but Lexus the take rate was low and buyers more power have opting for the hybrid.

Inside, the GS a quality cabin that is now Quality materials abound and touch surfaces cover the armrests, and door panels. types of wood trim are with the GS 450h getting trim that is both and appropriately green.

The F Sport comes with attractive trim.

The GS has been known for issues, and those are improved year. While the front adds only 0.2 inch of the steering wheel angle is two degrees, so drivers can see over it Choose the Luxury package’s power seats and you get more seat travel for an extra 1.5 of headroom.

We found all of the seat to be comfortable and notably supportive enough side bolstering to front seat occupants sliding around during cornering.

The rear seat more room than the The car’s additional width almost three inches of hip making three-across seating comfortable. Headroom is improved by an inch and the front seatbacks are out to add more knee space.

In total, there is enough for a six-footer to sit behind another though very tall passengers will still rear headroom cramped.

The is better, too, improving 12.7 to 14.3 cubic The trunk opening is also making it easier to load items. The only drawback is a of a folding rear seat.

only offers a pass-through.

A Step Forward and Back

The GS standard with an 8-inch screen and a massive 12.3-inch is included with the optional system. That’s the largest screen on the market, and it can show types of information at once. For you can see a map, radio information and settings.

The functions on the dashboard are controlled by Lexus’ Remote system. It comes with a on the center console that resistance (called haptic so you can feel the buttons on the screen. We liked this system in the but we’re not so sure about the generation.

The problem is the mouse is no a stand-alone item. It now uses a flat joystick with a behind it. The thumb activated button is gone, replaced by a down on the mouse to enter Rather than the stability of a hand, the new system requires control that makes it to achieve pinpoint accuracy. I myself missing buttons, to back up and try again and generally a longer amount of time to aim for the

All of this requires a longer away from the road. that distracts the driver’s is a bad thing.

Technology does a step forward with the of the Enform system, which with your smartphone to access to apps. The apps OpenTable restaurant reservations, Bing local search, radio through Pandora and Yelp business reviews and check-in. Tech junkies love Enform.

It capitalizes on the of smartphones to bring more into your car. It is by your cell phone and as always, be careful not to let it distract you the road.

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