The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2013 Lexus GS as a Top Safety Pick
, making it the third Lexus model to qualify under the IIHS’s stricter testing protocols.
To earn the Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must earn a score of “good” in frontal impact, side impact and rear impact crash testing. It must also earn a score of good in roof strength testing, which is an indicator of vehicle safety in a rollover accident.
To measure the strength of a vehicle’s roof, the IIHS uses a steel plate to compress a corner of the roof at a constant rate. The test rig measures the amount of force necessary to produce five inches of crush, which is them compared to the vehicles weight to calculate a strength-to-weigh ratio.
The 2013 Lexus GS held up to a force some 4.88 times greater than its weight, easily surpassing the IIHS’ requirement of a four times greater reading to earn a “good” mark in roof strength testing.
The all-new 2013 GS takes Lexus’ midsize luxury sedan in a slightly different direction, too. Concerned that its image was becoming too stodgy, the automaker has taken great efforts to promote the new GS series as sporty cars
, not just comfortable cars.
There’s even talk of a higher-performance GS-F version
, which could take on sport sedans like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG if given the green light by Toyota executives.
That’s not to be confused with the F-Sport package
already available for 2013 GS models, which is limited to appearance and suspension upgrades.