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2013 Lexus GS Review

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A complete recasting takes the 2013 Lexus GS into a new and impressively elevated plane of existence. Now available in GS 350 or GS 450h hybrid guise, the fourth-generation of this midsize luxury-sport sedan boasts far bolder styling, a more luxurious interior, enhanced driving dynamics and a significantly upgraded powertrain. Those fundamental improvements are complemented by notable new options that strengthen the GS's overall desirability while imparting a more driver-focused character, whether in standard rear-drive (RWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration. With this comprehensive redesign, the new Lexus GS series appears ready to mount a serious challenge for the hearts, minds and wallets of sport sedan buyers who might otherwise be considering prime rivals like an Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Infiniti M or Jaguar XF.

You'll Like This Car If...

The new look and more sharply honed character finally makes the 2013 GS the kind of first-rate luxury-sport sedan that it could – and should – have been from day one.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those not sold on the appeal of its L-finesse styling or who still feel that a sport sedan in this segment must have a V8 engine under hood will likely find their happiness lies with GS alternatives like a BMW 5 Series, Infiniti M, Jaguar XF, or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

What's New for 2013

A full restyle, inside and out, gives the 2013 Lexus GS sedans an edgier appearance an adds new levels of luxury, while extensive re-engineering efforts yield a car that's both more economical and more fun to drive, particularly when fitted with the optional F Sport Package.

Driving the GS

Driving Impressions An inside-out redesign expands the total performance envelope of every variation in the 2013 GS lineup. A stiffer, stronger unit body, lighter-weight suspension components, and wider track dimensions impart a...

more confident feel, while the driver-selectable, 3-way (ECO/Normal/Sport) Lexus Drive Mode controller contours the throttle, transmission and power steering maps to make it all the more engaging. Luxury Package/F Sport Package variants feature model-specific variable adaptive suspension tuning with a dedicated "Sport+" setting that increases steering effort and recalibrates limit levels on their respective Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management systems. Adding the optional Lexus Dynamic Handling system that includes both Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering to a rear-drive F Sport positively transforms the car, making it stunningly agile in transitions. Interestingly enough, the new GS 450h is quicker in a straight line than any GS 350 iteration.

Lexus Drive Mode

Offering ECO, Normal and Sport settings, this user-selectable electronic assist can fine-tune the throttle and transmission response in all GS sedans to accommodate owner preferences. The Luxury and F Sport Packages add a Sport+ setting that also modifies the adaptive variable suspension and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management systems.


F Sport Package

Beyond adding visual punch to the GS 350, the chassis/suspension upgrades included in the F Sport Package impart an exhilarating new dimension of dynamic capability to the car – particularly on rear-drive models paired with the Lexus Dynamic Handling system that brings Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering.

2013 Lexus GS Details
2013 Lexus GS photo Interior

The GS remake brings improved people packaging and an even more impressively appointed, better-isolated cabin. Richer-looking wood and leather, and a more sophisticated dash design, convey excellence to the interior. That dash features clear Optitron main gauges and an 8.0-inch multifunction LCD screen accessed by the latest iteration of the Remote Touch Interface controller. Even the base GS 350 boasts things like 10-way power front seats, a power tilt/telescoping steering column and LED ambient lighting as part of its luxury-oriented roster of standard features, while the GS 450h adds its own special touches, including bamboo wood trim on the steering wheel and dash to denote a greater emphasis on sustainability.

Exterior
2013 Lexus GS photo

Lexus' latest take on the L-Finesse design philosophy brings new visual intensity to the 2013 GS sedans keyed off of its dramatic Spindle Grille treatment that's destined to become the signature "face" of the division. Complementing that unique cue, the GS series gets edgier, model-specific front and rear styling that brings distinctive bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights. On a practical level, revisions to the roof and A-pillar configurations improve driver sightlines while larger door openings ease entry and exit for all. Both the GS 350 and GS 450h come with 225/50 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the GS 350 with F Sport Package rides on staggered-width 19-inch upgrades wrapped in 235/40 (front) and 265/35 (rear) performance rubber.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

An expanded feature set in all GS models is headed by leather upholstery, wood/metallic accent trim, a full range of power assists, power moonroof, multifunction steering wheel, and energy-saving S-flow auto climate control. Your entertainment needs are covered by a 12-speaker Lexus 5.1 Surround Sound Audio System with AUX/USB/iPod inputs, SiriusXM satellite radio (90-day free subscription), 8.0-inch high-resolution center-console screen, and Bluetooth connectivity. Meanwhile, standard cruise control, keyless remote/push-button start, Lexus Drive Mode and a backup camera enhance the ease of owning a GS. Safety elements include the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system with integrated traction/stability control and antilock brakes, Safety Connect with Automatic Collision Notification and 10 air bags. The GS 450h adds adaptive variable suspension and electronically controlled regenerative braking.

Optional Equipment

Beyond all-wheel drive, the 2013 Lexus GS line can be ordered with a Premium Package (GS 350) and a Luxury Package that adds Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), semi-aniline leather upholstery, 18-way power front driver/passenger seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and more. The F Sport Package brings unique exterior/interior styling items, a 16-way driver's sport seat, custom-tuned AVS, bigger wheels/tires/brakes plus variable gear ratio steering (rear-drive only). Rear-drive F Sports can be further enhanced with the Lexus Dynamic Handling system with Dynamic Rear Steering. Prime single options include an HDD Navigation system with 12.3-inch screen, 835-watt Mark Levinson premium audio, Head-up display, Night Vision, Blind Spot Monitor, Intuitive Park Assist and Pre-Collision.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Lexus GS series offers two distinct powertrain variations. The GS 350 is fitted with a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that features Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and the Lexus D4-S direct+port fuel-injection system. The GS 350 is matched with a 6-speed, paddle-shiftable sequential automatic transmission that now delivers quicker upshifts and performs rev-matching throttle blips on down changes. The new GS 450h pairs a modified version of the 3.5-liter with efficiency-enhancing Atkinson-cycle timing technology and the latest iteration of Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive in a combo that cranks out 339 horsepower. Backed by a continuously variable automatic transmission, the GS hybrid earns projected EPA numbers of 29 city/34 highway mpg versus 19/28 mpg (RWD) and 19/26 mpg (AWD) for the GS 350. And at 5.6 seconds, it's also 0.1 tick quicker to 60 mph.


3.5-liter V6
306 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy (est): 19/28 mpg (RWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)


3.5-liter V6 plus electric motor and battery pack
286 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm/180 hp - 338 net system horsepower
254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy (est): 29/34 mpg

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2013 Lexus GS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 31 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

A Car to Own

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Overall Performance-Handling, Brakes, Tires"

Cons: "Voice Commands-have room for improvement"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A mixture of sophistication and sport. Everything about this car is solid luxury. Classy, comfortable, quiet ride at all speeds. Such responsive and intuitive handling, you'll get the feeling it could do back-flips on demand. Controlled- quiet, alert power. The tech features, brakes, tires, steering, and finish of interior and exterior are top of the line. Excellent sound system. Safety, and of course the awesome reliability separates the "Wanna Be's" from the highest quality vehicle. Drove many other makes, and kept coming back to the GS. Lexus did a great job, and bumped themselves up a notch with this car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

One of the best

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "MPG could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One of the best cars in its segment this car has better performance then my previous car the 2012 G37XS it feels better on the road and faster even with less HP.I drove the Mercedes E350 felt very dated on the inside drove the BMW 535 really nice but infotainment felt dated and very small rear seat.This cars looks inside and out clearly very different and i have the F Sport when you change that dial its like driving a different car very top notch!!!"

7 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Top Notch

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, tech, luxury, comfort, reliability"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is the peak of luxury, quality, and performance. It's athletic, alert, and responsive! Incredible beauty inside and out. (turns heads) Filled with the latest easy to use tech. items. Awesome steering, tires and brakes. Seats so comfortable even on the longest rides. Sound system is a dream! I saved the best for last-reliability=true quality. Blows the competition out of the water there-they can't or won't compete!! Treat yourself at least once in a lifetime to a real car. This is it!"

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Better than the LS460

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best headlights on the road. Quietest in class."

Cons: "No complaints."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a very handsome car. Inside and out. Very quiet inside and certainly a very luxurious interior. The nav, audio, media and information systems work very well. There are no problems with voice commands and the nav system is very easy to set up and use. We had a 1999 GS300 and sold it with 178,000 miles gone by. It was the most reliable automobile I have ever driven. The new GS350 is a huge jump ahead. After driving and shopping the German cars, it was easy to pick Lexus again. More value and far superior reliability with the bonus of costing about $10,000 less made it a deal. And Lexus continues to set the standard for customer care and satisfaction. Last but not least: two 800 mile road trips resulted in over 30mpg at Interstate speeds. Incredible!"

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Love my 350 GS Luxury model

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good value, Lexus reliability, awesome dealership,"

Cons: "Voice recognition"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I saw the car driving down a billboard in times square. I was in love with a car for the first time in years. I flew home and bought one. The sport plus mode is fast, braking excellent and the 800+ watt stereo upgrade was pricey but I love it every day. My only complaint is the voice recognition system; Lexus needs to work out a deal with Apple. I have gone to default usage of my i-phone and the blue tooth for voice recognition. Its fast , beautiful and handles great. I wont sell this car for a very long time."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

The Lexus GS F, AWD is a Blast to Own.

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun, Flexible, Great Looking"

Cons: "None up to 40,000 miles."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I fell in love with this car from the moment I drove it off the lot. The GS is roomy enough for a family and fun enough for a romp with a competitor or a long road trip. The engine feels like more then 305hp, especially in sport mode. I have impressed many of my friends owning much higher end cars. As many have said before me, fit and finish are fine and the best materials were used in the interior finishes. I opted for the LED package allowing for extra accents. The leather is attractive and durable. It stands up well to Grand kids shoes and treats and cleans up nicely."

16 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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