2013 Lexus GS 350 F Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Lexus GS 350 - Road Test Specs

2013 Lexus GS 350 Sedan

(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$47,875 (est.)
Options on test vehicleF Sport Package (est. $4,000 -- includes F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension, larger front brakes with high-friction pads, Variable Gear Ratio steering, 19-inch staggered-width wheels with summer performance tires, 16-way power driver seat, sport front bumper, mesh grille inserts, rear lower valence and lip spoiler, unique interior with aluminum trim, perforated leather and black headliner); Navigation With Mark Levinson Premium Sound Audio (est. $4,000 -- includes Lexus HDD navigation system with 12.3-inch display screen, Mark Levinson audio with 835 watts and 17 speakers, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, voice recognition system, SiriusXM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports and Stocks); Premium Package (est. $1,400 -- includes rain-sensing wipers, heated/ventilated front seats and power rear sunshade); Dynamic Rear Steering (est. $1,000); Blind Spot Monitor (est. $250).
As-tested MSRP$58,525 (est.)
Assembly locationTahara, Japan


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct- and port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,456/211
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)Shifts at 6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)306 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)277 @ 4,800
Fuel type91-octane required
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.52; II = 2.04; III = 1.40; IV = 1.00; V = 0.72; VI = 0.59; R = 3.22
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.62


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones with high-mount upper arms, coil springs, driver-adjustable two-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable two-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional variable-ratio rack-and-pinion power steering with active rear-steer
Steering ratio (x:1)10.3-12.0
Tire make and modelBridgestone Potenza RE 050 A
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, performance (35 psi cold front; 36 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front235/40R19 (92Y)
Tire size, rear265/35R19 (94Y)
Wheel size, front19-by-8 inches
Wheel size, rear19-by-9 inches
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front14-inch ventilated discs with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear12.2-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.3
0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)5.8
0-75 mph (sec.)8.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 99.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.6
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.2 @ 99.3
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON67.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.87
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.7
@ Full throttle (dB)70.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,900

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsV6 has decent power and gets a meaner rasp the higher it revs. Automatic shifts pretty quickly. Launching wasn't difficult, as the GS is not capable of wheelspin even with power braking. Best run came in Manual shift mode (by a tenth). Still shifts for itself at 6,400 rpm, but shifts seemed ever so slightly quicker in Manual. Manual shifting is via paddles or console lever (pull back for downshifts with lever). Blips throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsFirm pedal, relatively short travel. Car tracks straight, but nosedive is noticeable and there's a significant (and surprising) amount of rear tire lockup. First stop was 115 feet. Shortest was 7th stop at 112 feet. Longest was 5th at 123 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Light steering but at least some indication as to what the front tires were up to. Chassis isn't overly responsive to drop-throttle. But biggest problem was the throttle's sensitivity (or abruptness) in Sport Plus mode, which meant it wasn't as easy as it should've been to play with the throttle to adjust the car's attitude. Slalom: 69.7 mph is an impressive time for a car as big as the GS. Summer tires and the F Sport's stiffer suspension help. Platform feels solid and steering is quite quick. The electric assist isn't perfectly intuitive in its feel and weighting, but the F Sport goes where you point it and changes direction easily around the cones. Very planted and also reluctant to oversteer. ESC has high intervention point when on, gently reducing throttle and only adding brakes if you completely overdrive it.

Testing Conditions

Test date11/9/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)64.4
Relative humidity (%)24.8
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.1
Wind (mph, direction)1.88, Headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,348
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/28 highway/23 combined (estimated)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.4
Driving range (mi.)487.2 (estimated)

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD/MP3/HD radio/DVD Audio Mark Levinson premium surround-sound system with 835 watts and 17 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB and Aux-in jacks
Satellite radioStandard SiriusXM with three-month trial subscription
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional HDD with 12.3-inch display screen
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional with one-year trial subscription
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera, optional Intuitive Park Assist
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,795
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,832
Length (in.)190.7
Width (in.)72.4
Height (in.)57.3
Wheelbase (in.)112.2
Track, front (in.)62.0
Track, rear (in.)62.6
Turning circle (ft.)17.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.7
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)14.3
GVWR (lbs.)4,830
Ground clearance (in.)5.7


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance5,000 miles

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