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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Great acceleration and responsive handling."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Lexus GS)

"It handles very easily and efficiently. A joy to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"The care drives so nice and smooth, but you can shift it into sport mode and it handles like a sports car. Fun to do when you get the urge."

William S., SC (2013 Lexus GS)

"Besides the stability on any roads witch is remarkable I love the performance of the hybrid system. It works like a dream."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS)

"Accelerates and handles well. Big improvement from previous Lexus GS models."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very good acceleration for expressway driving."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Lexus GS)

"the response id very predictable and reliable."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"It's extremely responsive, especially noted when someone nearby drives erratically, allowing me to avoid that individual quickly. Acceleration is excellent, aiding one to get from an on-ramp on the freeway into traffic readily."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Excellant accélération and handling. Very solid on twisty roads."

Paul P., VA (2013 Lexus GS)

"This car is a joy to drive and is very quick on acceleration."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Excellent in corners and in getting up to freeway speed"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Lexus GS)

"The Lexus GS with the V6 has 312 horsepower which from that standpoint alone provides exceptional performance. There is never a lack of power available when needed for passing or accelerating up to speed to merge into traffic on an interstate on-ramp. This, combined with the ability to select between three modes of operation which include Eco, Normal and Sport, make this car perform at or above expectations at all times. The modes of operation effect the transmission shift points, engine responsiveness and handling characteristics. This car is exceptional in all aspects of its performance and is an absolute joy to drive in all types of situations. The All-Wheel-Drive brings everything together in less than desirable road conditions to maximize vehicle performance and safety."

Philip N., IN (2013 Lexus GS)

"This car doesn't easily creep up from stop to moderate city rolling speed; you have to push the accelerator a fair amount which results in a more abrupt start from the line than you'd want for better gas mileage. However, once rolling, the car is extremely responsive to both subtle and sharp gas pedal modulation. It is deceptively smooth and quiet at high speeds on the Interstate -- you can exceed the speed limit by multiple tens of miles per hour and not realize it. Steering wheel handling is always very response and reassuring, with great feel of the road."

Thad F., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Great acceleration and handling...a joy to drive!"

Brad L., UT (2013 Lexus GS)

"Good acceleration, very good handling, great at accelerating through a turn, nice ride"

John M., IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"The car handling is second to none for a regular car. I don’t use that much because I tend to speed. Our roads have never been in the best condition and this is a deteriorant to use the car because could damage tires, wheels and suspension. Love my car but will be changing to a SUV with bigger ride height and robust suspendion to handle our toads in Purrto Rico."

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus GS)

"it's a sporty luxury car that you can push hard if you desire."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS)

"Although not as exceptional as our Tesla Model X, it’s a solidly handled vehicle."

Robert K., FL (2013 Lexus GS)

"More acceleration than needed and handling for size is super"

Anthony D., OH (2013 Lexus GS)

"It accerates good around town and on freeway. It handles pretty well especially will aftermarket michelin PS4 tires"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"For a car of that size and weight - it really handles nice but has the option of putting it into sport mode."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Lexus GS)

"I enjoy driving the Lexus GS350 with the adjustable modes. It continues to impress me with only 305 HP. The vehicle ride is stable and comfortable and yet can be tight and controlled in the sport mode. I have seen no degradation over the nearly 90,000 miles i have driven it."

William O., UT (2013 Lexus GS)

"Remarkable acceleration and handling for a sedan. Throttle pedal to engine response sometimes disconnected; definitely not linear nor predictable."

Gary S., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Vehicle has AWD which is a excellent in all types of weather. Handling has been excellent for 5 years."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"It's excellent"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS)

"The car is very comfortable to drive and it has excellent acceleration."

Irene M., AZ (2013 Lexus GS)

"very fast acceleration, powerful, and brute"

Brent H., NC (2013 Lexus GS)

"Exceptional performance and acceleration."

Larry S., IN (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very responsive"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS)

"Decent acceleration and handling. Good all around performer. Can handle driving at the race track, around town, and on long road trips."

DAVID F., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Excellent acceleration and silky smooth shifting at all speeds. I like the option of paddle shifting and/or manual shifting. Love how the GS 350 drives!"

STEVE S., GA (2013 Lexus GS)

"The infomation and gps is hard to understand."

HAROLD T., IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"I previously owned an 2010 Infiniti M35, that performed better, but the ride is smother in the Lexus which my wife prefers"

ROBERTO S., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"When I am stopped on a down hill and release the brake and accelerate, the car hesitates before acceleration."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS)

"quick!"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Excellent handling in snow and on ice"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS)

"good"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Acceleration, handling, and overall performance and responsiveness (F-Sport model) are exceptional. This car is a joy to drive."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Great comfort, ease of handling."

JACK B., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very quick & responsive, excellent quiet ride."

LARRY S., IN (2013 Lexus GS)

"Great style, acceleration, handling"

GULSHAN M., AZ (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very fast acceleration"

DAVID B., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Easy handling especially on curves. Great acceleration when needed"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Lexus GS)

"I find it great when trying trying to get out of a tight situation."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Good balance of ride and handling"

CHI W., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very smooth & quiet. With AWD handles well in the rain & inclement weather. A pleasure. This is my 3rf Lexus & 2nd GS"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very responsive"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"I love the car, looks great, comfortable and fun to drive. I don't like having to put premium gas in it however."

RONALD J., IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Handles beautifully."

C C., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Comfort and quite"

JOHN C., MO (2013 Lexus GS)

"Handles extremely well and the accelation is great. In Sport mode it reminds me of a Corvette I used to own."

William S., NC (2013 Lexus GS)

"Great acceleration when not in the economy mode. Fantastic handling."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Lexus GS)

"Fun to drive"

Kenneth H., MN (2013 Lexus GS)

"Spirited acceleration and excellent cornering ability"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Lexus GS)

"nice acceleration, fun to drive"

John C., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Great acceleration and handling. Corners well."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Lexus GS)

"The only decent suspension setting is Sport+. It is somewhat annoying that I have to reselect this setting every time I start the car."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS)

"Good ride plus sporty performance. Good acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Has 3 modes: eco, normal, and sport. In sport mode shift points are a little different, which makes it seem like car is quicker. Handles very well."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"The acceleration"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Lexus GS)

"Accelerates rapidly and handles very well for this size vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus GS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"All are beyond expectation"

Donald W., NC (2013 Lexus GS)

"Vehicle is 5 years old and the interior fit and finish is outstanding. Power seat and controls are excellent for long highway trips."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"comfortable seats, smooth ride"

Brent H., NC (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very quiet ride, minimal road noise. So comfortable, rides like a "Barcalounger" on wheels. Head-rest is too high for short people."

Marta R., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"It is a very quiet and smooth ride with amazing acceleration."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Super quiet car. Also, the seats are very comfortable."

William S., SC (2013 Lexus GS)

"Ride is a little hard or stiff, seats are comfortable, cabin is loud and noisy where you can hear rattles and squeaks."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Throughout my 5 years owning the Lexus, the comfort of the seats continues to amaze me. I have back issues but driving the car, even for long periods, is always comfortable. The seat comfort has not deteriorated across the time or miles."

William O., UT (2013 Lexus GS)

"Comfortable, but noisier than it should be."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Drivers side seat is very suuprtive and comfortable."

Ronald J., IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Road noise is higher than expected and is mostly due to tires. It is amplified and transmitted throughout the car. Also wind noise is an issue."

Dennis T., NY (2013 Lexus GS)

"I drive from Sacramento to Los Angeles and back 4/5 times per year and the seats are very comfortable and it makes the ride very manageable and without hardship"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Rides like a dream Very comfortable ride."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Lexus GS)

"The front seats are awesome with all kinds of adjustments available. Very easy to get comfortable."

John M., IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"firm comfortable seats, heated/cooled works well"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS)

"The Lexus is a great mix with performance and luxury ride. It is quiet and comfortable."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Lexus GS)

"Seats suck! Flat cushion is too short. No bolster to hold you in seat. No thigh supports."

Geoffrey G., VA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Just a fun car to drive.....have the F series!"

Brad L., UT (2013 Lexus GS)

"the GS has 11 way seats that can accommodate any posture. Especially like the forward bollards. I also like the fact that the headlights follow your steering."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Excellent adjustability of seats and steering wheel. Quiet ride (of course dependent on tires). Very smooth ride on freeways"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Lexus GS)

"It is very quiet and smooth"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Easy comfortable ride especially for long road trips."

Diane T., OH (2013 Lexus GS)

"For the level of luxury of this car there is a fair amount of road noise. The seats are awesome especially the knee bolster I wish it had air conditioned seats. And rear seat heaters."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Great driving, quiet , enjoyable interior."

David P., NY (2013 Lexus GS)

"I previously owned a Lexus LS400 1999 - the most comfortable riding car I have ever owned. Loved it in all respects. The GS is a sportier car with an equally sporty ride. Much "harder" ride. Not uncomfortable, but different."

NORM T., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"The seats in this car are by far the best we've ever had. With the memory functions and the adjustability (including the side bolsters and the articulating back adjustment) they are fantastic. The climate control is a bit off, but the dealer assures me that it's "typical". In the winter when you're calling for heat, the system blow cold air when it's set on automatic. You can "fix" this by switching to manual control and playing with the controls. I feel this is something that needs correct"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus GS)

"comfort and noise"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Three things: (1) Quiet Cabin: can have normal conversation even at high speeds. (2) Soft Ride: can drive to the race track, spend all weekend driving the course, and then drive back home in comfort. (3) Comfortable Seats: I have a back issue (pinched nerve in spine) and have extreme difficulty sitting for any length of time in most seats, including car seats. This is one of the few vehicles--I've tried many--that I can sit in for long road trips and still be able to stand up and walk afterwards"

DAVID F., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"I like the bolster option on the seats plus the ability to manipulate both driver and passenger seats"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Smooth, quiet ride."

C C., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Comfortable seats with air and heat options. Car rides nice and handles well. No issues with vehicle in 4 years."

TODD M., MD (2013 Lexus GS)

"By far the most comfortable car seats I have ever sat in. 16 way powered seats, lumbar etc."

HEATH K., NJ (2013 Lexus GS)

"too small in the cabin -hard to get in/out--am only 180#"

KENNETH K., OH (2013 Lexus GS)

"Driving the Lexus is the most comfortable car I have ever been in. The seats are comfortable I never feel exhausted even after a long ride. The cabin noise level is almost silent even at 70mph. Love the Lexus !"

Danny B., CO (2013 Lexus GS)

"Getting in and out of car can be a challenge because seats are low. The comfort of sets are superb."

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus GS)

"It is the most thoroughly enjoyable car I have ever driven. It is so wonderful I'd like to get a new one but I'm afraid it wouldn't be as good as this one."

Richard A., WI (2013 Lexus GS)

"As the primary driver of the GS, I am disappointed with the comfort of the driver's seat. It is too narrow and much more stiff than the driver's seat of the older Lexus LS that I owned previously."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very good ride and comfortable seating for a sports vehicle. Quiet too."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very comfortable"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus GS)

"The seat position can be adjusted in all direction to maximize comfort and safety. The seat and mirror settings can be saved and reestablished with a press of button. the seats can be heated or cooled. The ride is very comfortable in all 4 seats. The noise level is ok but could be better."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Lexus GS)

"very quiet, very comfortable"

John C., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"This is a very quiet car. It is nice that you can program the seats to your comfort."

Novella W., AZ (2013 Lexus GS)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The reliability is real good. The trim is cheap. Not that high quality finishing touches."

Kennon J., SC (2013 Lexus GS)

"This car has 47000 miles on it. It is nice and heavy and doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles on it to go wrong. It is VERY comfortable and quiet riding. This an excellent car for the price, which is steep but worth it. I'm amazed with the mileage we get, mostly in town driving."

JACK B., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"The car is great to drive. I enjoy the ride."

HAROLD T., IL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Resale value is good and the vehicle is extremely dependable."

TODD M., MD (2013 Lexus GS)

"I always buy one year old pre certified cars. Best value for the car"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Loaded with most features and options you would commonly want in a luxury vehicle."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"This is a beautifully styled car. However, some backroom group of pinheads decided that all of these cars in this area had the be equipped with an add-on rear spoiler. After what I'm sure were countless hours of styling work, some clown came up with this "J.C.Whitney" add-on that ruins the beautiful lines. What makes it worse is that it's bolted on through the trunk lid making removal an expensive task."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus GS)

"Still dislike the front end styling on the current Lexus line-up."

H H., FL (2013 Lexus GS)

"Good. Although car 4 years old, I still frequently get complimented that it's a great looking car"

GARY L., GA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very nice design"

DAVID B., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"First time I were asked is this the new Lexus?"

CHI W., CA (2013 Lexus GS)

"Interior styling is very good. The exterior goes from bland to awful (front grill}"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"ugly styling. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes look far better"

PARITOSH P., TX (2013 Lexus GS)

"Very quiet, extremely comfortable riding. Power of engine aided me in preventing me being Hit."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Lexus GS)

"Well designed exterior & interior. Comfort of Seat outstanding, excellent interior design, great navigation screen."

LARRY S., IN (2013 Lexus GS)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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