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2013 Lexus GS 450h

$15,016 — $29,852 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Ride and handling
  • Seat comfort
  • Braking feel, gas mileage for GS 450h
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • No available V-8
  • Transmission smoothness (GS 450h)
  • No folding rear seats
  • Disappointing Mark Levinson stereo

What to Know

about the 2013 Lexus GS 450h
  • Redesigned for 2013
  • Hybrid gas-electric V-6
  • RWD or AWD
  • Available 12.3-inch dashboard screen

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Lexus redesigned its midlevel GS sedan for 2013, adopting the corporate grille that's made its way across the CT 200h hatchback and refreshed LX SUV. The brand says V-8 engines are a dying choice among midsize luxury cars, so it dropped the option for this generation. That leaves the hybrid GS 450h as the top choice, with a V-6 hybrid system rated at 338 combined horsepower. Below the 450h slots the GS 350, which has the outgoing car's 3.5-liter V-6.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on the GS 350. Competitors to the GS include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Cadillac CTS.
Exterior
The GS is less than an inch longer and wider than its predecessor, but overall height is up 1.2 inches in rear-wheel-drive models and 1.4 inches for all-wheel-drive cars. Lexus' new "spindle" grille looks more like a squat hourglass, pinched at its upper opening but widening to encompass a second opening below. All told, the new GS looks identifiably Lexus, but it drops the quad headlights the car has had for two generations. In back, the taillights adopt L-shaped LEDs. Dual tailpipes send exhaust through bumper-integrated openings.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps are standard. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional. An optional F-Sport Package adds 19-inch alloys and high-performance summer tires on rear-wheel-drive cars, with all-seasons on all-wheel-drive F-Sport models. The package also ...

Vehicle Overview

Lexus redesigned its midlevel GS sedan for 2013, adopting the corporate grille that's made its way across the CT 200h hatchback and refreshed LX SUV. The brand says V-8 engines are a dying choice among midsize luxury cars, so it dropped the option for this generation. That leaves the hybrid GS 450h as the top choice, with a V-6 hybrid system rated at 338 combined horsepower. Below the 450h slots the GS 350, which has the outgoing car's 3.5-liter V-6.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on the GS 350. Competitors to the GS include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Cadillac CTS.
Exterior
The GS is less than an inch longer and wider than its predecessor, but overall height is up 1.2 inches in rear-wheel-drive models and 1.4 inches for all-wheel-drive cars. Lexus' new "spindle" grille looks more like a squat hourglass, pinched at its upper opening but widening to encompass a second opening below. All told, the new GS looks identifiably Lexus, but it drops the quad headlights the car has had for two generations. In back, the taillights adopt L-shaped LEDs. Dual tailpipes send exhaust through bumper-integrated openings.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps are standard. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional. An optional F-Sport Package adds 19-inch alloys and high-performance summer tires on rear-wheel-drive cars, with all-seasons on all-wheel-drive F-Sport models. The package also adds a unique front bumper and ground effects around the side and rear, plus unique grille inserts and a slight rear spoiler.

Interior
The GS' dashboard places a broad, high shelf below the windshield, with stitched upholstery lining much of it. The standard dash display measures 8 inches. An optional 12.3-inch display can show music, navigation and climate info.

Backseat passengers can have their own automatic climate zone, plus heated outboard seats. Other luxury options include heated and ventilated front seats, manual rear-window sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery and a navigation system. Lexus' optional Enform multimedia system incorporates apps like Pandora, Facebook Places and Microsoft's Bing search engine off a tethered smartphone.

Cargo volume totals 14.3 cubic feet in the GS 350, up from 12.7 cubic feet in the last GS. The GS 450h, whose battery back sits astern of the rear seat, has 13.2 cubic feet of room.

Under the Hood
The GS 350's 3.5-liter V-6 makes 306 hp and 277 pounds-feet of torque. Lexus says the GS 350's six-speed automatic shifts more quickly than before, and EPA gas mileage improves to 19/28 mpg city/highway, compared with the last GS 350's 19/26 mpg. The all-wheel-drive GS 350 is EPA-rated at 19/26 mpg, up 1 mpg over the previous all-wheel-drive GS 350.

The GS' suspension includes a redesigned multilink setup in back; an adaptive suspension is optional. Lexus Drive Mode Selector adapts drivetrain and in-car settings to four modes: Eco, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. The latter comes with the optional adaptive suspension. Besides stiffening the suspension, Sport S+ dials back intervention from the GS' standard electronic stability system.

The GS 450h uses a 3.5-liter V-6 that runs on a more efficient Atkinson cycle. With help from an electric motor, the 450h is EPA-rated at 29/34 mpg, some 35 percent better than the GS 350 and prior GS 450h. It compares well to Infiniti's M35h hybrid (27/32 mpg) and Mercedes-Benz's E400 hybrid (an estimated 24/31 mpg). As of this writing, the EPA has yet to announce mileage figures for BMW's ActiveHybrid 5 Series.

Lexus says the rear-drive GS 350 hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds (6 seconds with all-wheel drive), while the GS 450h does it in 5.6 seconds. The figures reflect a quicker car than Mercedes' V-6 E350 and roughly match BMW's six-cylinder 535i, but don't expect the GS to mimic a V-8 sedan. The 550i and E550, both eight-cylinder cars, hit 60 mph significantly sooner.
Safety
Standard safety features include 10 airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. All four outboard seats have seat-belt pretensioners, versus the typical front-only pretensioners. Lexus' optional collision warning system monitors the driver's eyes for signs of distraction; it can warn you earlier if a collision looms while you're looking away. Night vision, a head-up display, blind spot warning and lane departure warning and mitigation systems are also optional.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
5 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

most solid car I have owned,

by MadSap from LA on August 6, 2017

I love this car. I have owned more than 20 cars from Toyota to Mercedes to BMW and Acura, and this is a great car. Solid. Reliable. I have over 190k and its still a great road trip car. Read full review

(5.0)

most a good car i ever own

by girlhave fun on June 24, 2017

car got every thing i want (power,comfort,good handle and nice audio system Mark Livension) beside this car was reliable and valuable. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Lexus GS 450h currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Lexus GS 450h Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GS 450h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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