Comfort King - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 Long Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport: Comfort King

February 20, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport

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


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Nice change from the IS-F, where they seemed to equate simply removing the suspension altogether with performance. It hurts me to just watch one of those cars drive down the road.

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    There's comfort like an old Detroit barge, and comfort like a good Euro or Japanese car that hasn't been spoiled by the silly trend to large wheels and ultra low profile tires. I've been in some fine cars that have irritating short, sharp motions and NVH without any significant performance benefit, because it is really difficult to tune a decent ride with the "that looks cool!" rubber bands around the oversized wheels. Steering feel suffers, too, but I suppose the urgency to get the vehicles moving out of the showroom is driving the ultra-low profile tires, and the run-flats make it much worse. A truly fine chassis performs well with higher profile tires, and the ride doesn't suffer.

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