2013 Lexus GS 350: Highway Ride Quality and F Sport
January 11, 2012
Our long-term 2013 Lexus GS 350 is equipped with the F Sport package, which includes a sport-tuned suspension. So during two recent highway drives when I put on about 600 miles, I was curious to find out how comfortable the GS would be for long stints behind the wheel.
Overall, I found our GS' ride quality to be pretty agreeable, with the caveat that F Sport is not going to be for everybody. The F Sport's 16-way sport driver seat was comfortable and supportive, and I was able to find a very nice driving position that I liked. The ride quality is firm, no question. When you drive over rough pavement on the highway, you're going to feel it. But I didn't find it to be objectionable given that this is supposed to be a sport sedan, and it has a sport package equipped. One thing I did notice was a fair amount of tire noise for this class of car, though; the F Sport's wider summer tires might be the culprit.
I think the F Sport package brings some welcome character to the GS, and I'd order it if it were my car. But I would caution the potential GS buyer that that it does make a difference. If they're expecting the more typical levels of Lexus isolation, then I'd suggest skipping F Sport.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,502 miles