Every Car Should Have a Cargo Net - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Every Car Should Have a Cargo Net

April 24, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

This is so simple and yet so useful. And sadly, the cargo net is all too often regulated to the options sheet. Nothing illustrates this more profoundly that our Lexus GS350 F-Sport.

This is a car that starts at over $50,000, yet the cargo net you see here was not standard. Nope, it was part of the optional $318 preferred accessories package which also added the trunk mat and wheel locks.

Don't get me wrong, it's a nice cargo net, but shouldn't a luxury sedan come with a trunk mat and a cargo net to begin with?

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 14,452 miles


  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Ah, the pitfalls of designing a car (or any other product) to hit a price target. Relegating items like those to the options sheet helps keep the base price down. The alternative would be, say, to reduce cost in the suspension by $318 market price. I know which I'd prefer. (Hint: It's cheaper to add a cargo net with aftermarket parts than to do a springs-and-shocks swap aftermarket.)

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    darthbimmer was too nice to go there, but I'm not - it's "relegated," not "regulated," Mr. J-School Grad. I must admit this is sad...my $22k SVT Focus came with a cargo net, and my $30k GTI came with two of them, one on the underside of the package tray and one with a zipper compartment in it.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Yes and no. From the perspective of the consumer, it's a bummer that so many high end/luxury manufacturers charge and arm and a leg for items that are included in much cheaper cars (yes Porsche, I'm pointing my finger directly at you). Yet we continue to pay for these things and so if you're the manufacturer that has to answer to shareholders, why not pad the bottom line?

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    This is an accessory that I have somehow survived without for almost 40 years. The owners of a luxury sedan may well have another vehicle which is used for fetching and carrying objects which might benefit from it, so there are a other things I would be more concerned about not being included; but as a matter of industry practice such things are PIOs or dealer-installed because they provide an extra profit for the dealer.

  • stever stever Posts:

    I have two nets that came with my last couple of cars. Never used them, just got in the way. Would much rather have D rings or footman loops built in to the storage area to attach my cords and bungies to. Luckily those gizmos are cheap and attach easily.

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