A bolder body design, anchored by the daring new “spindle” front grille, also brings more headroom, knee room, legroom and foot space to the 2013 Lexus GS 350. The larger trunk can hold four golf bags.
The car’s wider, more hunkered down look stems from wider front and rear track dimensions, which also contribute to the car’s more “planted” feeling on the road. Revised suspension designs, using aluminum components, help ensure this car’s heightened grip through curves. Even with its sharper agility, the 2013 GS 350 delivers the renowned Lexus ride smoothness.
Revised for 2013, the 306-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine matches with a sport-tuned, yet silky-smooth six-speed automatic transmission. The combination can move the 2013 Lexus GS 350 (MSRP: $46,900) from standstill to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and garners an admirable 28 mpg highway fuel economy rating. While the GS 350 remains whisper-quiet when cruising, driving enthusiasts will appreciate that the powerful V6 growls a bit more assertively under acceleration. They’ll also enjoy the transmission’s paddleshifters, faster shifts and downshift throttle “blipping.” With the new Lexus Drive Mode selector, you can tailor the car’s responses and smoothness by selecting from different suspension and throttle setups.
An available new F SPORT Package takes the 2013 Lexus GS 350 into an even sportier realm with its exclusive suspension tuning, 19-inch wheels, exterior design features and interior luxury including a 16-way power driver’s seat. You can equip the 2013 GS 350 with the optional all-wheel drive system, and even get it in conjunction with the F SPORT Package. This system ensures ideal all-season performance and grip by varying the front-to-rear torque balance from an even 50/50 to as much as 30/70, depending on driving conditions.
Those seeking the ultimate handling prowess in the 2013 Lexus GS 350 – yet still with superb ride comfort – will want the new Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS). This advanced system manages slight rear-wheel steering angles (maximum 2.0 degrees) to sharpen responsiveness at lower speeds and enhance stability at higher speeds.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 of course emphasizes safety as well. The roster of 10 airbags includes driver and front passenger knee airbags, and the standard rear back-up camera helps add security and convenience.
The 2013 GS 350 offers a full suite of available advanced driving safety systems. The Pre-Collision System (PCS) uses radar to provide early warning of a potential collision with upcoming vehicles or objects, and can even start braking to help lessen collision severity. The Blind Spot Monitor sees what your mirrors might not detect in your blind spots, and the Night Vision System can help detect what your eyes might not in the dark. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) can detect and alert the driver to the car drifting out of lane, and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) provides a small amount of active steering to help keep the car on course.
Infotainment and connectivity come second-to-none in the 2013 Lexus GS 350, thanks to premium components and greater smartphone integration. Enhanced Bluetooth® capability includes automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
Audiophiles who love the Mark Levinson premium audio systems Lexus offers will be duly impressed by the new 17-speaker, 835-watt system offered in the 2013 GS 350.
The 2013 GS 350 offers even more music sources with standard HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, plus a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio. To help reduce driver distraction, the SMS text-to-speech feature can read aloud text messages received through a compatible smartphone. You can then use voice control to send pre-set responses.
Opt for the available navigation system – the 2013 GS 350 gets an industry-first 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution display. With it, you can view the navigation map on one side of the screen while the other side simultaneously displays audio, climate control or other vehicle information. The navigation system also brings the next-generation Lexus Enform® Application Suite, which adds more features through your smartphone. You can access Microsoft’s Bing for local searches, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, Pandora® Internet Radio, iHeartRadio, Facebook and Yelp.
Interior materials and available amenities take the comfort quotient higher in the GS 350 with all features reflecting the brand’s uncanny understanding of what luxury customers really want.
Many more details help make the 2013 Lexus GS 350 a paragon of luxury in this segment. Come in and see this remarkable new model soon.