2013 Lexus GS 350: Video Road Test and Review

The Lexus GS is a four door five passenger full size luxury sedan and is available with two engine options, the first being the GS 350, powered by a 3.5 Liter VVT-i V6 that produces 303 HP and 274 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 19 MPG in the city and as much as 26 MPG on the highway starting at $46,900 and is also available with all wheel drive for $48,850.  The more powerful GS 460 gets a 4.6 Liter VVT-iE V8 that makes 342 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 17 MPG in the city and as much as 24 MPG on the highway starting at $55,370.

Being a luxury sedan, Lexus offers the GS with high end features like HID headlamps that not only burn brighter than conventional units, but do so in a much more efficient package that uses les energy and lasts much longer.  Safety features like the available Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that is programmable to keep pace with the traffic ahead and in the event of a worst-case scenario, the Japanese automaker’s Pre-Collision system will take over in the event a front end collision is imminent and takes measures to help reduce impact.  The Lexus also comes with convenience options like SmartAccess keyless entry with push button starter, Power Trunk Closer to seal the boot effortlessly and infotainment features like the voice activated HDD Navigation and available 14 speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, not to mention Bluetooth hands free connectivity.

While the luxurious interior appointments might make it hard to tell the GS460 apart from the GS350, from the outside the V8 model is distinguished by a set of 18 inch five spoke alloys and thanks to an eight speed ECT-i automatic gearbox, goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.4 seconds and run the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds on its way to a 149 MPH top speed; while the 17 inch seven spoke wearing GS350 gets an ECT-i with six forward gears and is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint of 5.7 seconds, while running the 1320 in just 14.3 seconds before hitting a 140 MPH top speed.  Wth the AWD GS350 just a few ticks behind.

A list of cars similar to the Lexus GS350 include the 2012 BMW 535i, 2012 Mercedes Benz E350 and 2012 Infiniti M35.

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