2013 Lexus Gs 350
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Yes, Women drives GS350 Too

by from on July 12, 2012

I purchased my 2013 back in Feb. I had 2006 Lexus GS 430 prior to this one. I must say that I love the car and once I was able to test drive it I was sold. I got the blind spot, cold weather package, ...
I purchased my 2013 back in Feb. I had 2006 Lexus GS 430 prior to this one. I must say that I love the car and once I was able to test drive it I was sold. I got the blind spot, cold weather package, nav, 18 inch wheels upgrade and awd. I have heard of people complaining of not being able to use the Lexus Enform App. I was able to linked my phone to the service and haven't had any issues using the app. I drove my car recently 750 (both ways) miles to a wedding, and must say I got up to 30mpg 75mph the entire time. I am very impressed. After purchasing my car, my neighbors decided to go purchase them a brand new Lincoln MKZ. Really dont even compare. The neighbor husband always looking out the window when I am backing up into my garage. Yes, you should have gotten a Lexus instead of that Lincoln. I do miss my v8 that I had in my Lexus GS 430 but this V6 havent let me down yet. I love the way it growls when I hit the gas to pass someone on the highway. I think I scared a few ppl when they heard the roar..... The only thing that I dont like is that I dont have power trunk or power folding mirrors which I had in my 2006 model.
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Perfectly balanced driver's car - sport AND luxury

by from Pennsylvania on January 22, 2016

I bought a 2013 GS 350 after agonizing between it and the A6. In fact, having previously owned two Audi’s, I thought my mind was made up. After too much research, I was still intent on the A6 even tho...
I bought a 2013 GS 350 after agonizing between it and the A6. In fact, having previously owned two Audi’s, I thought my mind was made up. After too much research, I was still intent on the A6 even though the GS 350 had risen on my radar. I recalled seeing the new 2013 GS at a car show and being blown away by the cockpit and that cool display, but that was about it. I still wanted the German feel and Audi engineering/design. When I finally drove a loaded A6 30T Prestige I was a bit underwhelmed. I can’t explain why – it was beautiful and had lots of grunt off the line. Maybe my expectations were too high. My mind verified all the good things that I had read in reviews. But I was left feeling empty – and at that price point, I wanted to feel more - in my heart. Then I test drove the GS. It immediately wowed me in comparison. Again, I could not explain why, but it felt better… it spoke to my mind and heart. And oh, how that engine growl sang to me as the RPMs shot past 4,500 on the tach compared to the silence of the A6. So this sent me back to my research – exhaustive research – trying to quantify the differences so I could make my purchase with confidence. It was tough since I had such brand loyalty to Audi... and had been looking forward to getting back into one now that my kids were old enough not to trash it with spilled milk and gummy bears. But I kept hesitating. In the end, and after test driving another A6 I went with the GS 350. The deciding factors were clear… it was fun to drive, had impeccable build quality, was luxurious and sporty (lux package, thank you) and had a reputation for industry-leading reliability. It was a few pennys cheaper too (in purchase price and cost of ownership)… And I figured that it would be a rather high mileage car when the time came to sell it, and would clearly be worth more than a high mileage German car thanks to that Lexus reliability. Now that I have been driving it for a while, I can better quantify the differences over the A6 and why I love it so much. It is not the most powerful or luxurious. But it is perfectly balanced as a driving experience for me – and I suspect most drivers in the market for this class of car. Compared to the A6, it just feels better as a driver’s car, tight and hunkered down with more feedback… and being able to choose Sport + mode turns it into more of a speed-racer than this dad with a past could become bored of… stomp on the gas and the sound is visceral. I’m a driver’s driver, but I also live in the real world spending most of my time commuting. And I look forward to commuting with this car. The GS is my sanctuary and elicits passion, not just in the way it drives, but in the way it surrounds you in sport AND luxury. The seats are the best I’ve ever experienced and this is one reason the A6 left me feeling unloved. The A6 seats are flat and uninspired. The GS seats w/ the lux package hug me… literally. The leather and slightly retro/slightly futuristic cockpit in black with linear espresso wood makes me feel ensconced. And the big display is just wow… The A6 felt but sterile compared to this car. It lacked passion for me. So in the end, I am reluctant, surprised and totally satisfied GS 350 owner.
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Great Car to Maintain One's Testosterone Levels

by from The Woodlands, TX on December 21, 2012

Not a sports car, but an attractive and mildly aggressive looking car that's equally suitable for transporting clients to lunch and buzzing through the countryside.
Not a sports car, but an attractive and mildly aggressive looking car that's equally suitable for transporting clients to lunch and buzzing through the countryside.
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2013 Lexus GS 350

by from on June 5, 2012

Options: Have the heads up display, park assist and upgraded sound system. Great Car. Only odd things are the trunk release. I wish it fully extended once its popped. And the placement of the seat hea...
Options: Have the heads up display, park assist and upgraded sound system. Great Car. Only odd things are the trunk release. I wish it fully extended once its popped. And the placement of the seat heaters and coolers which is behind the cup holders. It's a little odd to get to the controls if you have a large cup in the holder.
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Best value in this class

by from DFW on April 22, 2012

After driving several cars in this class this is the car I went with. A quick summery of the other cars I considered: BMW 535i – to get all the features I wanted in the car I was approaching $70,000 ...
After driving several cars in this class this is the car I went with. A quick summery of the other cars I considered: BMW 535i – to get all the features I wanted in the car I was approaching $70,000 and I definitely wanted to be under $60k. It was a nice car though. Infinti M37 – It felt cheap and noisy. Equipped like the Lexus it cost over $2,000 more. Audi A6 – fast and cool but it didn’t have the same luxury feel as the Lexus, and the dealership really let me down. I didn’t consider the MB E-class because I really don’t like the way it looks and previous MB ownership experience. Cadillac CTS – not even in the same class; after sitting in it I didn’t bother to take it on a test drive. I was thoroughly impressed with the Lexus dealership. They even have a technology specialist that’s kind of like a genius bar, that you can always get assistance through without going through service. It’s very convenient when you can’t get ahold of your salesman. And they actually know everything about the car (unlike many other dealers). I got the Luxury package mainly for the 18-way adjustable seats for both driver and passenger. I wanted the F-Sport but the passenger only gets 10-way seats. The new interior styling is near perfect (I got the Flaxen Semi-Aniline leather). The remote touch for controlling things in that massive HD display takes a little time to get used to, but after a week I find it as easy as using a computer mouse. You don’t have to use it for making common adjustments like changing radio stations and adjusting climate settings as there are redundant buttons and knobs on the dash and steering wheel (nice). There are so many features on this vehicle that it would take way too long to review them all, but I can say that they all work extremely well. A couple of my favorites are the navigation system with Enform, Bluetooth Message Access Profile (reads my text messages and e-mail subject line), and the Marc Levinson stereo. Driving the car is a dream. When cruising around it feels solid, soft, and quiet like the big LS, but turn the drive control knob all the way to sport plus (which changes the throttle mapping, steering, transmission, and shock rates) and this Lexus will hustle. I find it much more fun and capable than I will ever really push it. And it feels faster than the specs might indicate (and sounds glorious while under full throttle). I don’t know if it’s any faster than the BMW or Infiniti, but is sure feels and sounds a lot better (and that’s all I care about). 70 MPH really feels slow in this car. It’s not a perfect car though. There are a couple areas that irritate me. One is the moon roof sunshade; it feels really cheap (like Toyota Corolla cheap) and is just out of character in this car. The other is that the trunk really needs to be slammed (there is no power option, or even assistance like on the previous GS. It is really annoying when your arms are full and you have to put everything on the ground just to close the trunk. The mirrors don’t power fold either, but that’s a minor annoyance. All-in-all, this car suited me much better than the others in this class (and I got it all for under $60k). Plus I have the luxury of knowing that it is less likely than any other to give me reliability issues. I would write more, but I’m just itching to get back out on the road in my new GS 350.
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F Sport changes everything

by from Houston, TX on July 13, 2015

After driving the V6 2015 Acura TL, the GS350 is a more refined car, and more reliable then other high end cars, and when three years old similarly priced to a new TL. The F-Sport option really tighte...
After driving the V6 2015 Acura TL, the GS350 is a more refined car, and more reliable then other high end cars, and when three years old similarly priced to a new TL. The F-Sport option really tightens up the suspension and ride like an M series BMW and while the BMW is faster, the F-Sport is fast enough for me. I really like how it automatically takes itself out of ECO mode when I floor it providing economy and speed. Back seat fits 4 comfortably, 5 in a pinch for short distances and if the middle passenger is 5'4" or shorter. The Mark Levinson option is similar to a premium stereo upgrade on a BMW. Great value for the money used.
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Loving it more and more!

by from Tennessee on September 18, 2015

I've had my 2013 GS350 AWD about 4-months. It was a step up from the 2011 IS250 base. I have more power and room compared to almost the same gas mileage for both models. The GS is very quick, smooth a...
I've had my 2013 GS350 AWD about 4-months. It was a step up from the 2011 IS250 base. I have more power and room compared to almost the same gas mileage for both models. The GS is very quick, smooth and quiet from take offs to long highway cruising. It's better than I imagined. I'm loving it more and more! My only complaint is the track ball type menu. It's a little tedious when driving and you need to access the monitor controls.
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Love it drives great I am going to get the LS too

by from GA on March 26, 2013

I recently traded in my 2007 BMW 750i after years of constant trouble and trips to the BMW dealership so I thought of trying out this vehicle after driving my friends 2012 LS460. The LS is nicer of co...
I recently traded in my 2007 BMW 750i after years of constant trouble and trips to the BMW dealership so I thought of trying out this vehicle after driving my friends 2012 LS460. The LS is nicer of course for the money but this GS feels great almost like a smaller LS it has the same features and driving is similar. I love the interior it is very comfortable and has bmw style seats. The GPS is awesome, very accurate. The car drives beautifully on the highway and the ECO, Sport, and Sport + modes come in handy when you want to choose how your going to drive. I use Sport + mostly and still get and average of 23-25 mpg. ECO mode is good when trying to save gas. This is overall a great car and really surprises me it lives up to my 7 series. Here are some down sides that I would like to have back though. 1. automatic trunk 2. soft close doors 3. power rear-side sunshades I will be getting the 2013 LS460 in the next week and will be giving the GS to my son.
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This Car Rocks

by from Greater Boston on February 28, 2016

After getting more than my money's worth on my 1998 LS-400 and aging out of the need for something big enough to function as the kids' shuttle service, I was ready for something smaller and sportier. ...
After getting more than my money's worth on my 1998 LS-400 and aging out of the need for something big enough to function as the kids' shuttle service, I was ready for something smaller and sportier. GS-350 is a great car, acceleration and handling are excellent. Doesn't quite have the torque that my LS-400 V8 had but horsepower is almost the same in the GS and handling is significantly better. Enjoying the technology, the wide screen navigation panel is huge, rear view camera looks like high definition, stereo system is usually on public radio but when I do crank the tunes it's loud enough to make my ears ring. Highway ride is smooth as silk. Front seats are a little less cushy than the LS but probably appropriate for a sports sedan. Rear seat armrest has fold down panel so you can fit long objects like skis from the trunk into the car. Noticeable difference in performance (and mileage) when switching into Sport mode but it's pretty fun and worth a few extra bucks in gas. All in all an excellent car, not sure i'll drive this one 15+ years like the LS, but I might.
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Pleasure

by from California on August 4, 2014

Class, comfort, performance, sound system, design, materials, technology-just a few of the reasons to treat yourself to this automobile. Lexus has done good with this model. What a treat to drive!
Class, comfort, performance, sound system, design, materials, technology-just a few of the reasons to treat yourself to this automobile. Lexus has done good with this model. What a treat to drive!
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