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2013 Lexus GS 350 Long Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Road Trip to Austin, Texas

February 15, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

I have business in Austin, Texas next week. Never you mind what it is just now. You'll find out soon enough after I get back.

The 1,400-mile journey is right on the edge of the fly/drive boundary, which means I'll gladly drive, especially since the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport is available. It has plenty of electronic toys to play with to keep me busy along the way, from the Lexus Enform telematics to adaptive cruise and lane keeping assist. And, of course, there's the Dynamic rear steering and adjustable damping I highlighted in my recent Suspension Walkaround.

I plan lifting off this weekend, following I-10 through Phoenix, Tucson, Las Cruces and El Paso. Feel free to offer meal stopover suggestions if you are local and know any good local haunts. I remember incredible enchiladas in Las Cruces back in the day when I used to visit White Sands Missile Range. Thing is, I may have been a rocket scientist at one time, but I can't remember the names of the good restaurants.

I'd like to take a more northerly route on the way back. It's only about 100 miles longer, but it snows between Albuquerque and Flagstaff and the F Sport wears summer tires. I'll let the weather forecast make the decision for me when the time comes.

Meanwhile, the GS 350 has fresh oil and a clean bill of health. It's almost go time.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,112 miles


Comments

  • clay92 clay92 Posts:

    You guys need to put the wipers out of their snow/service position. Seriously. RTFM.

  • jenchinton jenchinton Posts:

    I grew up in El Paso from 0-22 and actually go to grad school here in Austin. If you're interested in a nice greasy burger, check out the local hallmark Frisco Burger 3111 N Yarbrough Dr El Paso, TX 79925. Owner has a locally iconic yellow corvette ragtop too.

  • For some good home cooking, be sure to drop by The Monument Cafe in Georgetown, just North of Austin, and bring a big appetite! Enjoy the GS F-sport, there are some good twisty roads in Austin.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Did you get the grill/bumper cover fixed yet? In 1980, on one of my first really long cross-country trips (7600 miles in 5 weeks), I ate at a Mexican restaurant in Las Cruces...run by a very, very German lady. She had such a strong accent it was kinda tough to understand her...and I don't usually have difficulty with accents. The chile verde was absolutely killer and I still mentally compare against it any time I have chile verde.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    "The 1,400-mile journey is right on the edge of the fly/drive boundary" ... Your fly/drive boundary seems heavily weighted toward driving. Very heavily.

  • 2013_bull 2013_bull Posts:

    While in Austin, check out Hop Doddy. The burgers and shakes are amazing!

  • spdracerut_ spdracerut_ Posts:

    Home Slice Pizza across the street from Hop Doddy is pretty good too. I've done the ATX to LA drive twice taking an average of 20 hours. Look out for the cops around the small towns in west Texas. It's probably best to just set your cruise control to the 80mph speed limit as it's easy to speed in the vast nothingness out there.

  • seanjohntx seanjohntx Posts:

    If you want some sushi in Austin, try Uchi or Uchiko. If you want to catch a movie, have a beer and some food, check out the Alamo Drafthouse. There are lots of good BBQ places, but Franklin's is supposed to have the best brisket.

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