"Is That A GS?" - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 Long Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport: "Is That A GS?"

October 20, 2012

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I think the 2013 Lexus GS 350, specifically the F Sport, is a decent-looking machine. Of course, a car's styling is totally subjective.

But (why is there always a "but?"), the 2013 model is missing something...

It's missing a distinctive "GS-ness." Like Michael Jordan, I too think the second-gen GS was by far the best-looking. Not even a competition.

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The reason: It stood out from the crowd. You see one of those cars on the road today, and you know instantly it's a Lexus GS. Not just because of the quad head- and tail light clusters. But the whole shape was big sports sedan cool.

The current car? To me it comes across as little more than a meaner, larger IS 350.

Lexus forgot to incorporate "GS-ness" into the new car's styling. And that's a shame. 

But you know what? Doesn't mean I like driving it any less. More on that later...

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 4,959 miles.

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