What is it? By all measures, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 is an update that promises further refinement and convenience features, but remains close to the established formula.
The new GS is the same size as the out-going model, with only the height having grown by an inch. Lexus claims the interior provides more passenger space and improved outward visibility. The trunk grows a reported 25 percent in volume, and access is improved through a larger opening.
The engine is again a 3.5-liter V6, with a 3-horsepower increase. The transmission promises faster shifts and four driving modes to better balance desired performance and efficiency. Lexus cites 0-60 mph times under six seconds.
As expected, the GS offers the company’s latest infotainment features, with available DVD Audio, surround sound, and large 12.3-inch split-screen for navigation and other functions. It will also use the next-generation Lexus Enform system that enables connectivity via a smart phone for Internet searches and streaming music.
The GS will include 10 air bags and anti-whiplash front seats, and it will be available with night vision, heads-up display, blind-spot monitor, and lane assist.
The last GS we tested had the stiff ride of a sports sedan without being sporty. Lexus has cited significant changes to the suspension and upgraded the brakes for the 2013.