The 2013 Lexus GS 350
is all-new, and (on paper at least) looks to be significant improvement over the previous version. Its got more dynamic exterior styling
, an improved chassis, more interior room and even a more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V-6.
What it doesn’t have is a higher starting price than it did in 2012, or even in 2011, for that matter. Lexus has opted to keep the GS 350’s starting price at $46,900, excluding the required destination charge of $875.
That price buys you a rear-drive GS 350, sans options, of course. Opt for the all-wheel-drive version and the price rises to $49,450, excluding the aforementioned destination charge.
Lexus wants to convey a sportier image for the brand (and attract new buyers into the fold), so it’s offering the appearance-and-handling-focused F Sport package
across the GS 350 range.
The F Sport package
improves cornering and braking, but doesn’t boost engine output; still, we’re OK with that since the GS 350 manages the sprint from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds. That’s fairly impressive, considering the GS 350 is only working with 306 horsepower, and still manages to return an EPA estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The primary option packages include the $1,400 Premium Package, which nets you rain sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats and a power rear sunshade. Opt for the $5,750 Luxury Package and you’ll get the contents of the Premium Package, plus Lexus’ Adaptive Variable Suspension, Adaptive Front Lighting, high gloss wood trim, upgraded leather upholstery, premium front seating, rear HVAC and audio controls, 18-inch alloy wheels and a wood and leather steering wheel.
Opting for the $1,735 Navigation System also gets buyers the next generation of Lexus’ Enform infotainment system, which now includes Facebook check in, Yelp searches, SiriusXM data services and Pandora audio streaming, as well as an industry-first 12.3 inch multimedia display.