2013 Lexus GS 350 vs. Its Competition

2013 Lexus GS 350
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The mid-size Lexus GS 350 has six cylinders and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, which pits it directly against some of the most popular luxury sedans on sale today.

The Infiniti M37 may be its most direct challenger: it has great handling, a charming fluid style and rippling V-6 power, but some coarse drivetrain noises and less badge equity than some other brands.

The Audi A6 is new this year, and in truth we prefer its sleeker hatchback A7 cousin, but the front- or all-wheel-drive sedan can be had with a supercharged V-6 and tech wonders like Google Earth mapping and S-line sport trim.

The Cadillac CTS gets the nod for distinctive American styling and a lineup that includes sedan, coupe, and wagon, as well as the power-crazy V-Series, but rear-seat room is tight and the interior's aren't quite as well-turned-out as some others.

Of the Germans remaining on our list, the E Class and 5-Series both have their pluses and minuses: we love the Benz diesel sedans and the AMG E63, and BMW's turbo sixes are swell, but the BMW electronic driving feel is just that, and the Mercedes styling language isn't exactly settled.

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8.2
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 gains a little confidence and connectivity, while its competition gains some weight and complexity.
8.4
Traditional looks disguise this Audi's brilliance: it's a blast to drive in either 3.0T trim or S6 spec.
8.6
The 2013 BMW 5-Series packs in the advanced technology and fuel-efficient powertrains, yet it manages to keep true to its sport-sedan mission.
8.4
Strikingly handsome, fun to drive, well-built, and competitive on pricing and features, the 2013 Cadillac CTS continues the brand's good reputation.
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Better handling and interiors put the Mercedes-Benz E-Class back in benchmark status; a passel of new engines brings fuel economy to new heights.
MSRP From     
$47,250$42,200$47,800$38,905$48,700$51,000
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMidsize CarsMid-SizeSubcompact CarsMidsize CarMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door Coupe RWD37 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan2 Door Coupe4-Door SedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift