2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: 20,000 Miles

August 12, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

Our 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport ticked over the 20,000-mile mark recently, after eleven months in our long-term fleet. For the last 5,000 miles, our Lexus has been problem-free and hasn't required any trips to the dealer other than the scheduled maintenance at 15,000 miles.

I took the GS out on the back roads on the morning of this milestone to see what this midsize luxury sedan feels like through the S-curves. I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't blown away, either.

The Lexus felt capable, but it definitely wasn't at home on tight two-lane roads. The steering is precise and nimble, making it easy to drive quickly but, the GS 350 weighs 3,850 lbs and you can feel that weight under cornering. Where the GS really shines is in the Lexus Drive Mode selector's Normal setting on long, open highways or banal city streets.

It has been a staff favorite for long journeys and that makes perfect sense. So far it has been to Palm Springs, Palo Alto, Buttonwillow and Austin, Texas. Overall, it's a great road-trip car, and we'll be sad to see it go.

2013 Lexus GS 350

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 20,000 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    3,850 is not that bad for an entry-luxury sports sedan of this size. If they're going to charge you for the F Sport package with the summer tires and it still doesn't feel happy on a two-lane, that would be a strike against it in my book. For the base-model car, no, but...this is why you order the F Sport.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    nice to see you guys reach the 20K miles on a long termer. Any final comments about how you feel about it as a city car? As a highway cruiser it looks like it fits the bill for the editors. Somehow this car made it through the year and I guess I didn't pay too much attention to it other than some of it's styling cues.

  • natnut natnut Posts:

    Tell me. What other mid-size luxury sedan would feel at home on a 2 lane winding road? The 5 series? Nope, that's even heavier at 4000+ lbs. Same for the the A6 3.0T with it's numb steering and front-wheel-drive weight distribution. E--class? Worst of the lot.. Fact is, for this segment, the GS350 F-Sport is probably the best candidate for a winding road jaunt.

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