While past versions of the GS midsized luxury sedan struggled to reconcile the brand's trademark isolating plushness with the fun-to-drive verve found in competing class leaders, this iteration of the GS pulls it off. Engaging to drive, yet offering a supple ride, it's roughly on the same page as its German competition. The GS 350 has a punchy V6 powertrain and is linked to a smooth transmission.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
2007
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
2007
2008
2009
NA
2010
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. Rear side air bags available from 2007.
Road Test

While past versions of the GS midsized luxury sedan struggled to reconcile the brand's trademark isolating plushness with the fun-to-drive verve found in competing class leaders, this iteration of the GS pulls it off. Engaging to drive, yet offering a supple ride, it's roughly on the same page as its German competition. The GS 350 has a punchy V6 powertrain and is linked to a smooth transmission. Fuel economy, at 21 mpg on premium fuel, is OK for the class but not a standout. Handling is quite agile and the ride is comfortable. The ultra-quiet cabin is beautifully finished and quite accommodating.

Clearly, the car's biggest source of frustration is its control layout, dominated by a giant, nearly foot-wide display screen for audio, climate, navigation and communications functions, all manipulated by a mouselike multi-directional control knob on the center console. The system is an exercise in frustration, requires too much eye-off-the-road time and a delicate touch. It may work well when the car is parked, but proves too distracting and too aggravating while driving. That's unfortunate because the GS is a decent car overall.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (306 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (338 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Lexus GS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seals and slides on the moon roof have had problems and been repaired twice in the last 12 months"

William O., UT (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Moon Roof had a rattle in the first year a we owned it and went in the shop a 5 times over 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. They ended up replacing ever thing but the glass window. It in now fixed"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Noise related to the sunroof. It was repaired based on a service bulletin but we are still having the problem"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rattles coming from various areas in the dashboard. This has been going on since new and after repeated attempts to locate/ fix, the problem remains"

Melvin S., MD (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Persistent rattle from sunroof over any irregularity and deterioration of seals"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"For a Lexus (and we have owned others) this is noisy car with a harsh ride"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Headliner and sunroof rattled over bumps. Dealer took exceptional steps to track down and resolve the rattles. First Lexus and I was surprised by the rattles"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Noise is in the door"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Serious rattle from the Moon/Sun roof assembly. Took it in and dealer commented they had had same problem with another similar/same car/model. Problem was corrected satisfactorily on first visit"

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle coming from dashboard area but dealership has been unable to repeat and/or pinpoint where the rattle is coming from. Rattle noise is making me nuts"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"wind noise from sunroof front right area"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Previously owned a GS400 (2000), also fitted with low profile tires, but it had an extremely quiet ride. Not sure if its the body aerodynamics, a combination of the forestated and the tires (Bridgestone Turanza ER33 - 235/45 R18 94YY), or less wind"

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera is often slow to boot up when the car is started. Sometimes it doesn't come on until I'm almost done backing up the car, defeating the purpose of having the camera"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Like a computer, I have to restart my car to get the display to function (random but frequent)"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen would go blank intermittently.. The Lexus dealer replaced it with a new screen at no charge, and solved the problem"

Larry S., IN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"ended up getting a new radio under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I have multiple phones paired with the car. The car randomly connects with one of them whenever more than one phone is in the car. And 75% of the time, the car fails to play music from my iPhone 6 via Bluetooth streaming. I have to initiate the playback from the phone to "wake up" the car stereo"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"The Lexus Enform controller would freeze up indicating Pandora was playing from my phone, but no sound came out. I would have to stop the power to the car and try it again to see if it would work"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"App for Pandora fails to connect about 50% of the time. Unreliable"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Doesn't pair back up with my phone on a random but regular basis"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Unreliable connection. Frequent error messages"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"It is a problem with Satellite radio it must be an antenna problem as the radio goes on and off a lot when playing satellite radio. Very annoying"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"The auto volume system does not function properly. Was assured a fix was forthcoming but never delivered"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"worn causing noise"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle"

Ronald K., MI (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"brake pad and rotor on back was bad"

Kenneth K., OH (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace brakes and rotors TWICE in 65k miles"

Kevin S., TX (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"same were quite worn and caused noise"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"squeaking while in reverse"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Creaking sounds from front passenger side despite repeated trips to several Lexus dealerships to fix the problem to no avail"

Kevin S., TX (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"lots of squeaking, Lexus replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"when turning right the car would squeak. also when going in reverse"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"factory recall - no problem experienced"

Robert P., NC (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"I have the stainless/chrome accent pieces on the doors and the dash. The ones on the door gets "dimpled" somehow has they look really beat up (especially the drivers door) which I assume is caused by either the seat belt hitting the panel or my wedding ring hitting it. Its evidently a very soft metal and dimples easily"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Easily scratches and marks"

Anonymous, ND (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint flakes off at the slightest contact. Every scratch goes straight to base metal"

Joseph N., TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Leather is fragile and easily rips"

Anonymous, ND (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Actuator failure"

Glen C., TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"auto side mirror reverse reposition hangs up"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"They just stopped working. The whole assembly had to be replaced, and they still do not work properly"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof would leak when taking through the car wash"

Robert C., KS (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seats

"Seat motor was noisy and was replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"The adaptive cruise control will not maintain stable speed even when the road is clear"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"loud and not good stream of air"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Front passenger side only blew hot air when air-conditioning was on. Service center determined that this was caused by a refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Even after warming-up, the engine idled too fast. RPM often hovered in the low to mid teens at a stop. This cleared-up after switching to premium fuel after using mid-grade fuel"

John M., IL (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The "Mouse like" controller was very finicky. It would very seldom highlight the part of the menu I was aiming for. Thus it could take several attempts to hit the part of the menu you wanted to look into"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel bearings

"After about 20000 miles, the road noise in the car got significantly worse. The dealer suggested that the tires were the cause. After a new set failed to correct the issue it was determined that a front wheel bearing had failed. It was replaced"

Kenneth R., TN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Seal leak"

Glen C., TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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