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2013 Lexus GS Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The redesigned 2013 Lexus GS recently earned top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Because the 2013 Lexus GS received the highest score of “good” in front, side and rear crash tests, as well as roof strength tests, the IIHS named the luxury large car a Top Safety Pick.

“The GS is the third Lexus to qualify since the Institute made the criteria for earning the award tougher in 2010 by requiring good performance in a roof strength test that assesses rollover protection,” says the IIHS in a statement. “The other models are the RX, a midsize luxury SUV, and the CT 200h, a hybrid small car.”

Shoppers in the market for a safe luxury large car have several options with good safety scores. The 2012 Audi A6, BMW 5-Series (except four-wheel drive and V8), Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti M37/M56 (except M56x with four-wheel drive), Lincoln MKS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Sedan and Volvo S80 are all Top Safety Picks.

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not tested the 2013 Lexus GS yet. The rear-wheel drive 2013 GS starts at $46,900, and comes with standard safety features that include a backup camera, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock brakes. Ten airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, are also standard.

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