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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 35 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Incredible

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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: "Luxury, tech, handling, safety, brakes, sound sys."

Cons: "Voice commands"

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

"It's simple-drive this car, then... Go to other makes in this class and drive their models... You'll be back. That's what I did. What???-the seats, the sound system, the amazing handling, the brakes, the sneaky refined power, the luxury? Then think... Do you want to shell out $ for repairs? Do you want a car that's stuck on the side of the road? Or worse That gives out in mid traffic? Do you want top of the line luxury that lasts? This car is the a winner ALL the way around!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The best made car I ever had.

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great engineering. Does everything nice."

Cons: "Styling"

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

"No rattles after 4 years says it all. This car is quite, fast, comfortable and reliable. It gives you a lot for your money. $10K less than a 5 Series and just as good."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good, but I expected so much more

By on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "It's a rattle box with too much tire noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This was my first Lexus, having driven Maximas since 1990. In fact I used to get a new one every five years. I stopped buying them because the quality went way down along with the resale value while the price kept going up. That said, I decided I would spring for a Lexus. First I liked the styling until I noticed that I can't tell the difference between an ES and a GS. Second for a vehicle that costs this much it has way too many rattles in the dashboard and way too much tire noise enters the cabin. I actually bought new Michelins thinking this would improve it, it did not. Overall the car drives fine though not really exciting. I find the rattles and tire noise very annoying so I am looking forward to replacing it if these can't be fixed."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best value in its class BY FAR

By on Thursday, March 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,700

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great power, every desired feature, top quality"

Cons: "Styling takes getting used to"

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

"I'm a guy with well above average interest in cars. In the last 20 years, I have owned six cars in the GS/E-Class/5-Series class. This is my third Lexus GS and it is an outstanding car. Two points first. 1. We need to be honest and admit that the Germans overprice their cars. Not to take anything away from them, but it has become increasingly difficult to rationally justify the premium. They do not hold their value better than Lexus and their quality is not up to the Lexus bar. If you like the styling, features, driving characteristics, cache or ergonomics of one car over another, buy it and enjoy. Just be honest that you are not spending that much more for a better car. 2. Historically, the biggest difference between Lexus and the Germans was ride and handling. As I have gotten a little older (50 is now in the rearview mirror) the harshness of the German ride got harder and harder to take. I want to feel the road, but around the greater Chicagoland area, feeling the full scourge of every pothole can make a guy really cranky when he gets out of his fancy car. The current generation GS is a marked improvement in driving capabilities over its predecessors, particularly handling. The historical gap between the GS and its german competitors is nowhere near where it once was. I haven't shipped the car over to Nurburgring to run the loop and doubt anyone else will do that either. But for daily driving and hitting twisty country roads, it is tough to beat the GS in the handling category. As to ride, I don't think you can select any car in this class and judge one better than another. They are different. The GS has great rigidity while not rattling bones. I prefer that choice for reasons stated above. The car has every bell and whistle one could want. I learned years ago that buying an extended warranty is a waste of money as nothing ever goes wrong with Lexus cars. The new styling is OK. I liked the previous generation more but think the minor tweaks to the current generation made for 2016 make a major improvement. The car feels luxurious and no one confuses it with a Taurus or Accord. Overall, both thumbs way up."

15 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

One of the best

By on Monday, November 2, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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!!!"

8 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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