In 2012, Lexus chose to keep the GS350 to themselves. For the 2013 model year however, the classic sedan is back with a unique look and some drastic changes to the same old, same old. The first thing sure to get some attention is the exciting new body design and detailing. This isn’t mommy and daddy’s Lexus any more. While it still offers plenty of elegance and refinement, the GS350 offers a harder edge than it has in the past. While not everyone will appreciate the shark like look of the front end, plenty more will. It might be enough to get the attention of the formerly German car maker aficionados.
In the cabin, comfort is the name of the game and Lexus makes it a point to use good design and high-quality materials for the new incarnation of the GS350. While the powertrain isn’t necessarily as impressive as some buyers may like, overall this sedan has plenty of offer the luxury car buyer with details left over.
New For 2013
The 2013 Lexus GS350 has been completely redesigned for the model year.
The 2013 Lexus GS350 receives an all-new, more aggressive look. The chassis is about two-inches wider and the grille receives a sporty facelift with an inverted trapezoid shape and more defined headlights. There is only one base trim model that comes standard with a one-touch open/close power glass sunroof, which can also be operated remotely. The new GS350 also comes standard with bi-xenon HID headlamps, LED rear combination lights, electrochromic power heated mirrors, and UV/infrared-reducing tinted windows. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. 18-inch split-five spoke alloy wheels are available as an option.
Interior & Cargo
Some would say the interior mirrors the exterior and is rather disjointed itself as well. In the past Lexus has been known for its elegant, soft cabin features. The GS350 for 2013 comes across on the sparse side. The dash is laid out in an easy to use horizontal design with large gauges trimmed with wood accents. Leather panels complete with padding also add to the unique look of the cabin. Seating is comfortable and supportive while the interior offers plenty of room for passengers of all heights and sizes. Those in the rear seat are sure to be favorably impressed with the available space.
When Lexus chose to make changes to the GS350 the car maker chose to overhaul the safety features on this model as well. Naturally, you can expect the front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes most new vehicles are equipped with. Front knee airbags are added as well bringing the total of airbags to 10. Active head rests are standard as well. The GS350 also provides parking sensors and rearview camera. Bluetooth function is standard too and many consider this feature important to safety. For the 2013 model year Lexus has added an active cruise control function with pre-collision warning system. Braking intervention and night vision features are available as well. Between the standard safety features and the optional ones the 2013 Lexus GS350 raises the standard of safety.
For the 2013 model year, the Lexus GS350 is equipped with a very nice 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. This motor is paired with a six-speed transmission. The V-6 provides the GS350 with 306 hp, ensuring plenty of power on the road and highways. Naturally, power comes at a price and part of that price comes at the gas pumps. This car averages 19/28 mpg city/highway. There is a hybrid version of this car that offers less power with an improved fuel economy however.
Behind the wheel, the Lexus GS350 for the 2013 model year offers a nice, firm ride sure to appeal to drivers who enjoy the security and reliability of a luxury sedan. Some available packages add a more sport like ride to the sedan. The base models are comfortable to drive and are noted for their unremarkable, but comfortable ride on the highways and even side roads.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Lexus GS350
- Audi A6
- BMW 5-Series
- Cadillac CTS
- Infiniti M37
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class