2013 Lexus GS Review: Safe Comfortable Luxury

*song plays* “Reunited and it feels so goooood…”.

Lol, okay, so my last post was an intro to the new GS. Now after spending quite a weekend in viva Las Vegas I'm ready to get down to the nitty gritty. Overall, the Lexus GS is a nice automobile. The time I spent driving it and testing out the features, made me re-remember what I love about the car. The new Lexus GS is what I'd call– "safe, comfortable luxury," that's the best way I can put it.

In the Las Vegas Desert: A fleet of Lexus… Lexues… Lexi… what is the best plural of Lexus. I guess I'll just say Lexus vehicles. :)

We went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where we became amateur racers of sort– racing around the track, going through courses, really seeing how the GS could handle. And not only was the ride smooth, while going unmentionable miles per hour, I felt really safe the entire time. This was especially true  when the seatbelts automatically started tightening during some of the less than polished moments of driving/racing around the course.

Another high point of the new GS is their Enform system. This reminds me of the iDrive system in BMW's that I'm used to, except for they seem to have way more stuff…. Voice-enabled apps let you perform local searches with Bing, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, and get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com. You also have the ability to check in on Facebook and search for business, shopping, restaurant and entertainment reviews on Yelp. Then finally there's Internet radio with Pandora® and iHeartRadio.

Besides that it provides the usual GPS, emergency road assistance, DVD audio and video compatibility, etc that most cars provide these days.

Check out the technical specs and more photos below:

We also got a chance to race around the track in the Lexus LFA

MAIN SPECS:

MSRP starting at $46,900*

Class-leading* 10 airbags*
Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog-sensor
Power moonroof
USB iPod®* connectivity
Drive Mode Select with Normal, Eco and Sport S modes
RWD or available AWD

306-hp* V6 engine

Get DETAILED specifications for the new 2013 GS 350, here.

 

LUXURY SPECIFICATIONS:

LUXURY AND CONVENIENCE

  • SmartAccess* with push-button Start/Stop
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode; S-Flow energy-saving airflow control uses occupant detection sensors to optimize front-seat airflow
  • Power tilt- and-telescopic steering column with automatic tilt-away
  • Lexus Memory System to control power driver's seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
  • Power tilt- and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
  • Power windows with one-touch auto open/close feature
  • Remote-linked power window and moonroof opening
  • Retained accessory power for windows and moonroof
  • Headlamp washers (AWD only)
  • White LED interior illumination
  • Cruise control
  • Center console with storage compartment
  • Front-door storage pockets
  • Electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside rearview mirror, and outside mirrors
  • HomeLink® universal transceiver to operate compatible garage, gate, home lighting and home security systems
  • Lexus Personalized Settings (LPS)* to customize select electronic functions
  • Illuminated entry system

INSTRUMENTATION,COMMUNICATION AND MULTIMEDIA

  • Drive Mode Select with Normal, ECO and Sport S modes
  • Lexus 12-speaker Premium Surround Sound System with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) and CD/DVD player
  • Eight-inch high-resolution color multimedia display
  • 3.5-inch color TFT multi-information display in gauge cluster
  • Remote Touch controller*
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio.* Subscription required. 90-day trial subscription included
  • HD Radio* with iTunes®* tagging
  • Advanced voice command
  • USB audio input for iPod®*/compatible music player integration with audio system
  • Bluetooth technology* with automatic phonebook synchronization
  • Bluetooth® audio* profile for wireless integration of compatible music players with in-vehicle audio system
  • Backup camera*
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and display controls

SEATING AND TRIM

  • Matte dark brown walnut interior trim
  • Perforated leather-trimmed interior
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • 10-way driver's and front passenger's (including lumbar) power seats
  • Height-adjustable headrests for all seats

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY SPECIFICATIONS:

ACTIVE SAFETY

  • Four-wheel ventilated power-assisted disc brakes
  • Four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)* with cutoff switch
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)*
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Brake Assist*
  • Electronic parking brake with Auto and Hold functions
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Smart Stop Technology*
  • Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System*
  • Bi-Xenon™ High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
  • LED Daytime running lights
  • Integrated fog lamps
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power-adjustable outside mirrors with turn indicators, defoggers, puddle lamps and auto tilt-down in reverse

Passive Safety

  • Driver's and front passenger's dual-stage airbag system (SRS)*
  • Front and rear seat-mounted side airbags (SRS)*
  • Front and rear side curtain airbags (SRS)*
  • Driver's and front passenger's knee airbags (SRS)*
  • Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats*
  • Three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, pre-tensioners with force limiters for front and outboard rear seats
  • Automatic Locking Retractor/ Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) seatbelts for all front- and outboard-mounted rear-passenger seating positions. Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) only for driver's seat and center rear-passenger seating position
  • Height-adjustable front shoulder belt anchors
  • Child Restraint Seat (CRS) tether anchor brackets for rear outboard seating positions
  • Rigid body structure with front and rear crumple zones
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Reinforcements in pillars and door sills
  • Impact-dissipating upper interior trim
  • Collapsible steering column

Security

  • Safety Connect®* offers Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS) and Enhanced Roadside Assistance* services. Subscription required. One year trial subscription included
  • Vehicle theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer system* with in-key transponder
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • First Aid Kit
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