Soft Machine - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Soft Machine

March 18, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

Of course you expect soft-touch surfaces from a $60,000 sedan. No surprise there. And it's not like the Lexus GS 350's surfaces are lined underneath with down or memory foam. But they are likably soft at all the right pressure points. The photo I wanted to show is no photo at all, just an image of part of a denim-covered leg next to the junction of the GS's center stack and center console. A photo exceptionally devoid of drama, it would have still shown you one of the attributes I most love about the GS: the knee rest. Instead, I give you a photo of the armrest's pliability.

Everyone sort of adapts to the knee rest. Some like the GS are soft and cush, others are hard plastic boards that crease into your knee and force you to keep it from resting on the panel. You can move the seat forward or back, and sometimes that helps. Most times, it forces you to re-orient yourself with the steering wheel and pedals.

So a well-padded knee rest is one of the features I appreciate most when driving the Lexus GS 350. Lexus gave the center and door armrests similar treatment. Does the dash deserve the same treatment? Sure looks cool, but unless you're regularly copping a feel on your dash (in which case you have issues), unnecessary. But maybe that's all a perception call. At least it's consistent throughout the cabin.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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