Comfort/Involvement Index: 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport

By Winding Road Staff

May 30, 2012

Car: 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport
Involvement: 73
Variety: **
Controls: **
Drivetrain: **
Handling: **
Character: **
Involvement Notes: Sportified GS isn't a huge improvement on the standard model, but that's mainly because the regular GS350 is so good. Feels more confident and stable in the bends, and somewhat more talkative.
3.5-liter V-6 is powerful enough, although we were still left craving a V-8 version. A sonorous engine, thanks its Intake Sound Creator, which pumps sweet sounding intake noise right into the driver's ears. Arguably one of the sweetest sounding powerplants Lexus has ever built.
Comfort: 76
Visibility: **
Space/Seating: **
Ride/Handling: **
Acoustics: ***
Controls: ***
Comfort Notes: Bigger wheels and stiffer body hurt ride, and therefore the comfort score. Still a really nice place to spend some time, with all the excellent tech of the standard GS. Refreshed cabin for 2013 is a major improvement over the dated interior of the last-generation car.
Ride is quiet with good control of wind and road noise. Great stereo, arguably better than BMW or Mercedes, and on par with the Bang & Olufsen system that Audi offers in the A6.