2013 Lexus GS
There are 12 user reviews for the 350 AWD trim shown below
- $4,000 discount from MSRP, amazing interior, AWD.
- Exterior after the front nose is rather vanilla and plain. Could use more HP.
Purchased As New
I traded in my 2009 MB S-550 4-MATIC for a 2013 GS 350 AWD yesterday and I could not be happier with what is available out there. This after driving the A6 (3.0T) and the BMW 535xi. The only cars I think I would have been happier with would be an MB E-550 4-MATIC or a maybe the BMW 550xi. And those are close to $20K-$25K more in price at a minimum. I also drove a G-37x sedan too but realistically this (as well as the Caddy CTS) is a step below the rest of the cars noted here in build quality and reputation in my opinion. The interior of this car is a driver's dream. I have the optional big nav screen (12"+ in the center stack) and it literally does everything. This car has the most comfortable seats of any car I have considered buying in class, the power seats are 18 way adjustable. The car is smooth and fairly quick. For people who live and die by car mag 0-60 times and 1/4 mile times, I will tell you that the GS-350 is as quick as the BMW 535xi from 0-60 and with a roll on start I think would beat the 535xi depending on driver skill easily and is but a hair behind the A6. For those who do not think I can drive, I drag race my GT-R on the weekends, so I am well versed in how to launch a car, shift points, et al. My wife is expecting twins and did not like my S-550 as it was "too limo like" for her. However, I need her to be able to drive my car should an emergency arise and feel OK with it. She loved this Lexus as did I. I probably would have went with an E-550 4-MATIC over this but the MSRP is just too much higher to justify it in my opinion - $77K for what I wanted. I drove a BMW 550xi and while its blazingly fast now and looks like a mini 7 series, the road feedback from the steering is actually blander than the Lexus. And it too was at least $20K more MSRP than the Lexus. I managed to get a $4000 discount off MSRP (buy cars last day of the month) and the EXACT color combination I wanted - Nebula Gray with black leather. I am very happy with this car and would rate it overall 4.5 out of 5.0 (if Lexus had thrown a V-8 into this and made a GS-460 AWD then I probably would have given it a 5.0 out of 5.0 - another 35-50 HP and for sure, another 50 ft/lbs. of torque would make all the difference in this car). So aside from being marginally underpowered and having a somewhat plain look from the side and back (the front end is menacing to look at - I love it), this is about the best Lexus I have driven yet. So good that I purchased it.
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