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Used Car: 2013 Lexus GS Review

Review Last Updated: 10/28/14

The redesigned 2013 Lexus GS has an excellent reliability rating, and reviewers were impressed with its composed ride and poised handling.

Test drivers wrote that the 2013 Lexus GS 350’s V6 engine delivers potent acceleration around town and has plenty of power for passing on the highway. The GS 350 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is good for a six-cylinder luxury car. According to critics, the 2013 GS rides very comfortably and is one of the better-handling sedans Lexus has produced. While some reviewers pointed out that rivals like the 2013 BMW 5-Series are sportier overall, reviewers said the GS is engaging to drive and they liked its ample cornering grip, responsive steering and powerful brakes.

Auto writers liked the 2013 Lexus GS’ sophisticated interior design and first-rate materials. Most test drivers said that the front and rear seats offer good head- and legroom, though a few wrote that rear-seat foot space is tight. The Lexus GS 350 has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit low for the class. Standard features include leather upholstery, a power moonroof, proximity key, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller. Available features include blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, parallel parking assist, lane departure warning, night vision, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, driver attention monitoring, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and a 12.3-inch display. Some reviewers said that Remote Touch can be a bit clunky and wished Lexus had kept more audio and navigation functions separate, but they were impressed with the navigation system’s large screen.

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class appealed to critics for its ultra-luxurious interior and supple ride. Like the GS, the E-Class has a great reliability rating, and test drivers said it has one of the more user-friendly infotainment systems in the class.

Reviewers liked the 2013 BMW 535i’s sporty handling and spacious cabin. The 535i gets a bit better fuel economy than the GS 350, and auto writers said its turbocharged six-cylinder engine provides robust acceleration.

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