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2013 Lexus GS 350 Named A Top Safety Pick

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put the 2013 Lexus GS sedans through its battery of tests, and the completely redesigned Lexus sport-sedan family has emerged with top-notch scores.

The GS earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation this year, which means it gets top 'good' scores in frontal offset, side impact, and rear crash (head restraint) tests--along with the new roof strength test.

In the latter test, which measures occupant protection in a rollover by looking at roof deformation when a force is applied over a certain corner area of the roof by the driver's head, the GS sedans fared particularly well, withstanding 4.88 times its weight; a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or better earns a good rating.

Considering the GS's already strong safety equipment--with standard active headrests and a rearview camera, plus available active cruise control with a pre-collision warning system and brake intervention, lane departure warning, a head-up display, and night vision, the GS has all of the safety bases covered, and then some.

What else? Well, with a very spry, stylish competitive set including the likes of the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Jaguar XJ, and the Infiniti M37, the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 faces quite the challenge to prove itself. But if we could put the charm of the new GS in a just a few terse words, it would be that it's very different this time--not just from those stalwart models, but also from what we expect in a Lexus. And mostly, that's a good thing.

See what we mean, and get more information about the 2013 Lexus GS 350, in our full review.

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