Review: 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport

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The GS350 took a break in 2012 to get its act together, and it has come back with quite the fierce attitude. When I first laid my eyes on the 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport, they were drawn to its menacing grille almost immediately. This car has one of the greatest exteriors I have seen in a 4-door sedan in some time. From front to back, the GS350 pleases the eyes and makes you wonder if it drives the way it looks.

First, lets discuss the interior. There is plenty of room in the front for a driver and passenger. So much room in fact, that they added a huge 12.3 inch display screen in the center console. This large screen has enough room to have multiple functions open at once. When you get into the back seat, it is another story. I would safely say that this car is primarily a 4-seater, as opposed to a 5-seater, thanks to the lovely bump in the center that leaves room only for a small child. The design and functionality of the GS350’s interior is great. Everything was in perfect reach, and the trimming gave the menacing car a touch of class.

But, does that menacing facade have a roaring engine to match? Well, kind of. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, the GS350 F-Sport is willing to put out 306hp and 277lb-ft of torque.  It is a decent amount that allows you to get from 0-60mph in just 5.5 seconds, but I can’t help but feel like I had been promised so much more with that fierce exterior.  Nevertheless, it does drive great. Thanks to rear-turning capabilities, the GS350 can turn on a dime at some quick speeds. However, once you switch to Sport+ mode, you may notice a bit of shaking at high speeds, but that is just me being a bit picky.

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Overall, the 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport is a great car. It drives and looks amazing, but it does come at a price: ours was $60,349 due to the F-Sport package. The base GS350 will cost you just $46,900. While this car may not compete with any M5, it will do great against a 5-series.