2013 Lexus GS 350: Road Trip to Austin, Texas
February 15, 2013
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