2013 Lexus GS Review
With its high-quality interior and nimble handling, test drivers agree that the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS is set to give German luxury large cars a run for their money.
While some cars are easily labeled as comfortable, luxurious or sporty, the GS offers a combination of the three. Inside, reviewers find a high-quality interior with comfortable seats, and although the 2013 Lexus GS carries a similar engine to the outgoing 2011 model, critics remain pleased with its capable handling and comfortable ride.
However, some reviewers think that by trying to please everyone, the 2013 Lexus GS may end up losing its own distinct identity. Consumer Guide writes, “It strikes a decent balance between the sporty character of the BMW 5-Series and coddling of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the fact that it doesn't really stand out in any one area might put the GS at a disadvantage among discerning luxury-car buyers.”
Despite this concern, many shoppers might be well-suited to the Lexus GS’ even-keeled nature, and a number of improvements make it a more attractive luxury large car than the 2011 model. The cabin and trunk are more spacious, and fuel economy is slightly better than the outgoing GS. And while Lexus offers the same basic warranty as rivals like the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus also backs its vehicles with a separate powertrain warranty, which should appeal to buyers who intend to keep their cars longer.
Other Cars to Consider
The redesigned Lexus GS features improved driving dynamics and a functional interior design that many reviewers compare with BMW. If these updates appeal to you, don’t overlook the BMW 5-Series. The 5-Series was redesigned last year, and also earns praise for its good safety scores and numerous drivetrain configurations.
However, if you’re interested in a different take on Japanese luxury, the Infiniti M might catch your eye. Like the GS 350, the base M37 is available with all-wheel drive or a hybrid powertrain, but Infiniti also offers the V8-powered M56 for drivers seeking even more spirited acceleration.
Lexus GS: The Details
No longer available with a V8 engine, the Lexus GS has been completely redesigned for 2013 and comes in just one trim: the GS 350. A V6 engine and automatic transmission transmit power to the rear wheels, though all-wheel drive is optional. The Lexus GS Hybrid is reviewed separately.
- “‘We're not trying to make a BMW,’ insists Lexus U.S. boss Mark Templin. Which is good, because they haven't. The new GS, however, does notably improve what was one of the brand's most confused offerings." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The new GS' impressive blend of nimble handling, quiet road manners, intriguing looks and high-level interior seem like the perfect blueprint for the brand's future." -- Cars.com
- "This car is 'once more, with feeling,' gunning for the BMW 535 and Mercedes E350, and the message is that this sedan not only represents a jump forward for the model line, but also for the brand itself." -- Autoblog
- “Lexus should be proud of this car. It's still a Lexus as it should be. Smooth. Comfortable. But it's the best-driving Lexus sedan yet.” -- Edmunds