Overzealous Steering - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport: Overzealous Steering

March 15, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Move the steering wheel of our long-term 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport a fraction of an inch in either direction and you're in the next lane.

The steering in our GS is very sensitive, almost precise to a fault. You get used to it, of course, especially if you drive it often. But it can really throw you a curve (pun intended) if you're not prepared for it.

That may be awesome on a test track. Our test drivers certainly didn't mind when we put this car through our instrumented testing. But I think it's a little too light and easy for most regular drivers.

I prefer some weightedness behind the wheel. How about you?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @donnaderosa


Comments

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    There is a range range of assist I can tolerate between light and heavy, as long as good feel comes through. Going from my G35 to my wife's electric-steering Fusion is a nice change, because while light, decent responsiveness is there and it feels luxurious.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    When I try to read the audio review on the SLS, the jump takes me...here to the Lexus GS350. Get a grip on it, Edmunds.

  • fullrunxi fullrunxi Posts:

    You might check the links on the long-term main page, the "read complete story" link for the B&O sound system on the Mercedes directs to this page.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    If you click on the link at the top "2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Audio Review" it goes to the right place.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    As jederino said, I like good feel and responsiveness. The general rule of the past was that an overboosted setup robbed of feel, but now we've got systems designed to make it seem heavier without actually giving more feedback (see cars with steering adjustment). So basically, I just want the steering to give me some information, weight of steering wouldn't be on the forefront of my decision.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    As quadricycle said, there's a difference between "assist" and "feel". Some cars seem to have lots of feel, but very light steering (which I can deal with), but it's appalling that there are cars with hefty steering but don't communicate what the tires are doing- what's the point? Granted, much of this comes down to suspension and tires, but the way some EPS systems are tuned doesn't help. The only other thing that bothers me about EPS is the fact that sometimes the level of assist changes depending on vehicle speed- I'd prefer it didn't, or at least had more linear progression. If the GS had steering feel and linear/no assist change, I'm OK with that!

  • natnut natnut Posts:

    Just set it to Normal/Sport mode and the steering feel should be fine. This razor sharp steering occurs only in Sport + mode when the driver wants to do some canyon carving.

  • Put it in Sport+ mode. Problem solved.

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