2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport: Comfort King
February 20, 2013
Believe it or not, one of the things that our readers ask us about most here at Edmunds is ride comfort. The trend among manufacturers seems to be about developing cars that are more performance-oriented, but there are still plenty of shoppers out there who prioritize a smooth and comfortable ride above all else. Most of the time, these are people with health issues (back or shoulder problems) that make a smooth ride a must-have.
When faced with this question from our readers, my response is simple: Get a Lexus. As such, I was curious to spend time in the GS 350 F-Sport. Would the F-Sport package be so aggressive that it robbed the car of that most basic Lexus virtue: comfortable ride quality?
The short answer to that is "no." The GS 350 F-Sport has Normal, Sport+ and Eco settings. Eco's a sluggish snooze, and Sport+ might be a bit too firm for some tastes. But the sailing is smooth and easy in Normal, with the car gliding over tarmac with Germanic assuredness.
And by the way, "comfortable" doesn't have to be a synonym for "extremely boring." The engine in this Lexus is potent and willing enough to serve up some thrills. If you're a driver who wants a comfortable ride that doesn't sacrifice driving excitement, this is the car for you.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor