2013 Lexus GS350 and GS450h Review Car Reviews

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New GS well equipped to steal luxury crown

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1. GS350 models make are rated at 19/28 mpg and can hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, an AWD version is rated 19/26 and 6.0

2. The GS450h gets a total of achieves 29/34 mpg and can hit 60 mph in just 5.6

3. An F-Sport package adds a sport driver’s seat power side bolsters, wheels, an upgraded Adaptive Suspension, larger brakes and aerodynamics.

4. A Drive Mode lets the driver choose Normal, ECO and a Sport mode better throttle and transmission A Sport S+ on the F-Sport and Luxury also improves steering firms up the adaptive shocks and the interference from the traction and control systems.

Gone are the V8 models available since the first major redesign in Lexus says that the Hybrid provides all the power of a V8 a 31 mpg combined rating, and with the trend of downsizing in the industry, a gamble that may pay off. all, the current cachet of a in this era is about the same as a V8 have been in less conscious times anyways.

ALL-NEW LOOK OUTSIDE, GOOD INSIDE

Inside, the GS is and bounds above the previous as well as the BMW and Mercedes that on hand for comparison. Natural wood, high quality and a large 12-inch LCD screen are the of the cabin, while the driver and are swaddled in plush bucket with available 18-way The rear seats are significantly than the outgoing car, was a longtime minus against the GS consumers and critics alike.

hybrid models get a redesigned pack that allows for trunk space.


PLENTY OF NEW TECH

The GS also has a new app suite as part of the Entune with integration via the driver’s phone that allows for one to popular apps like Yelp and MovieTickets.com without the car. A cloud-based voice system saves users having to scroll through menus, but transactions cannot be unless the vehicle is in park. The app as well as other functions climate controls, the stereo and the GPS navigation system, are operated by a version of Lexus’ computer control “Touch Tracer” We found this to be rather to use, as the unit lacks and adequate tactile feedback. selecting one of the functions is difficult stationary, and can be borderline dangerous driving.

There are buttons and knobs to use as but the control stick is clearly the point of the cabin, and its lack of use is a sore spot for the GS.

V6 OR HYBRID

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has never been known for handling or blistering acceleration, but the GS admirably on our Southern California loop that included roads, the Pacific Coast and an autocross course at the now defunct El air base. The GS350 has a lovely, engine note past rpm, thanks to a series of made by Lexus engineers for purpose alone. Two powertrains, a injection 3.5-liter V6 making 306 is the standard engine, while a hybrid powerplant featuring a 286 V6 and a 52-hp electric motor combined) acts as the top end model, the outgoing V8.

While the power may be on paper, the character of the two cars is different. The hybrid’s CVT gearbox the typical motorboat effect of a constant rpm, but depressing the at highway speeds produces thrust for even the most hungry driver. The standard V6, by works well in conjunction its standard 6-speed automatic to deliver a relatively rapid

Both vehicles suffer the usual Lexus ailment of brake pedal feel, the hybrid in particular suffering the double affliction of requiring braking capabilities to be factored in as The GS450h’s pedal is difficult to — there is only a few of travel before the pedal rock hard. GS F-Sport are equipped with 14-inch front calipers, but we didn’t any improvements in performance from

DYNAMIC, BUT A DRIVER’S CAR?

the steering lacks the tactile of the BMW 5 Series, the chassis does a job of communicating what the car is doing, the driver clear indications of or oversteer (a rare but satisfying Excellent ride quality is Lexus hallmark that’s over to the new GS, but we found that with more aggressive packages sent far too much noise into the cabin.

We tried using the Drive Select feature – a rotary that allows for normal, or economy-minded driving modes – and that the changes largely in terms of throttle response in the modes. Gear changes and responses are sharpened but the differences are enough to justify fiddling with the knobs for any extended of time.

On the El Toro handling we were able to put the F-Sport the previous GS, the BMW 535i and the Mercedes-Benz (Lexus strongly discouraged us taking one of the standard cars the makeshift track). Notably were the Infiniti M37, XF and Audi A6. We found that the was more than a match for the GS and E-Class, but the 535i, with all season tires, still superior.

We wonder how a base GS350 have fared on the course, let a 535i with a sport

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