February 21, 2013
At the last minute I decided to take the 2013 Lexus GS 350 on the northern route through Flagstaff and Albuquerque on my way to Austin, Texas. The weather forecast was calling for snow during my return trip so it was now or never if I didn't want to drive the southern route through El Paso, Las Cruces, Tucson and Phoenix twice.
But the route across northern Arizona is over a hundred miles longer, just enough time and distance to prompt me to leave Friday evening instead of Saturday morning. My new plan involved 350 nighttime miles and an overnight stop in Kingman, Arizona so the rest of the trip would be more relaxed.
I waited until well after the dinner hour to get started, but a couple of lingering wrecks caused havoc and the early going was frustratingly slow. The roads emptied once I cleared the San Bernardino, aka the 909, and the Cajon Pass.
Out in the open desert the heads-up display proved brilliant, though the same can't be said for the GS 350's headlights. The high beams are fantastic, but I wish the low beam cutoff was a little higher (or, more specifically, manually adjustable from inside) and I really could have used more of that diagonal kick up to the right some cars have to better illuminate the eyeballs of critters that might be thinking about dashing in from the shoulder.
February 4, 2013
For December and January our 2013 Lexus GS 350 managed to get its best range to date (412.5 miles) and hit a new record for worst fill (14.7 mpg). Good times.
In December, our 91 octane-only GS traveled 1,154 miles and averaged 19.6 miles per gallon. Then in January we got a bump in both miles and fuel economy, up to 1,411 miles and 20.9 mpg. We're not really hitting the EPA estimate of 24 mpg in combined driving, are we?
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor @ 9,631 miles
Worst Fill MPG: 14.7
Best Fill MPG: 29.4
Average Lifetime MPG: 21.1
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 19 city/28highway/23 combined
Best Range: 412 miles
Current Odometer: 9,631 miles
September 13, 2012
Last week during my 700+ miles road trip in our long-term Lexus I risked it all and drove the sedan down to "0 Miles" on its fuel cruising range readout. I then immediately pulled into the nearest fuel station and filled the tank. The GS took 15.5 gallons of 91.
Now Lexus says the GS has a 17.4 gallon fuel tank, so theoretically I had a two gallon cushion.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief
September 7, 2012
I just completed my very first road trip in our long-term 2013 Lexus GS 350. On Wednesday I drove the car from Los Angeles to Palo Alto, CA and on Thursday I drove it back. A total trip of 727 nearly all interstate miles.
By the way, here's a photo of the sedan parked at my Silicon Valley hotel just to prove I was there.
Now that you believe me, I'm ready to report that the GS averaged exactly 25.0 mpg during the trip running on its required premium fuel (91 octane). The EPA rates it at 28 mpg on the highway.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 2,086 miles