By Tony West and Jamar Lee
I was excited to review the 2013 Lexus GS350 this summer. I own a Toyota truck, so I know about the reliable quality that Toyota and Lexus offer. The new GS however, I knew little about. I thought it was gonna be this little coupe, with power seats being it’s most advanced feature. Man was I surprised. A few things I didn’t know; the 3.5 liter V6 engine is powerful; the car is beyond safe with dual front, side curtain, side mounted and passenger knee airbags; and most of the controls for the suspension, media, and navigation utilize a Remote Touch system with a mouse and screen that sits in the dash. And there were more things about this GS that impressed me right off.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is an Instant Turn-on
Virtually everyone I know who saw me in the car loved it. That morning my neighbor John Wozniak complimented me, saying that Lexus has always been one of the most affordable luxury cars on the market. He used to own a Lexus GS 10 years ago, and he loved his back then. Then John’s son Rocky came over to peep the whip. He loved the interior and the paint job. He’s a young guy with no kids‐thinks he’s a pretty boy. So he liked how many chicks the Lexus GS would pull. He begged me to take him to the Chicago lakefront to do some parking lot pimpin. I would’ve gone, but I had to pick up my lady friend. Ironic her name is Alexis.
When I got to Alexis’ house, I knew she liked the Lexus GS right off. She pushed me out of the way and jumped in. She loves the heating and cooling leather seats, sunroof, definitely the remote touch system. And she said I looked sexy in it. The Lexus GS turns heads. The body is sleek, the paint job was real fresh. And it went zoom with me barely hitting the gas because of its 277 foot pounds of active torque, all wheel drive, and the sporty suspension.
Alexis liked playing with my remote, checking out the satellite radio. Of course I had to put her on some grown tunes, so I easily plugged in my phone and played my Santana playlist. Then Alexis tells me, “Go fast, speed on the gas.” I ride my bike over 100mph easy, so I’m thinking, “It aint nothin for me!” I didn’t want to scare her. But I had to show I wasn’t a punk. So I hit it! At 130 miles per hour down the Bishop Ford Expressway, the GS350 whipped like a Porsche, agile yet strong. The suspension made me more confident turning fast and braking. My lady friend grabbed at her seat a little grinning. She had on this sexy long black sundress-but I digress.
Grown Man Cool
I took Alexis to this secret spot I usually ride my bike to with my crew, deep in the parking labyrinth at Soldier Field. One pathway from the garage opens up into this dipped off area right off Lake Michigan. A security guard was there, but he didn’t bother us. He liked what he saw. My lady friend and I just sat for a minute by the lakefront watching the boats pass. It was hot as hell outside, but the Lexus kept us cool.
As we left the Lakefront, we ran into the Wright family who was admiring the GS. I let them check out the interior and exterior and they both loved it. In fact, they thought the 2013 GS350 would cost over $70,000, and were shocked when I told them the base price was closer to $50,000. Mrs. Wright loved the remote touch system, and the climate control on such a hot day. Her husband, Melvin Wright loved the back-up camera and the clutch–manual switch behind the steering wheel. I even let him look under the hood and drive it a little. By the time we were done, Mrs. Wright was begging him to buy her the 2013 Lexus GS350. Melvin just replied, “by the beginning of 2013 we’re gonna be ready to buy this car.”
Once we left the lakefront, I had to race down the highway to pick up my daughter on the southeast side. She had just come from the water park with her aunt. The GPS navigation was flawless and user friendly. I like how big the map and directions are on the screen. And I can still see my media and adjust other settings remotely.
Great for the Family‐Even Better Solo
My 5 year old daughter instantly liked the Lexus GS350. She loved the controls on the arm rest in the backseat. Rear passengers can control their climate, the radio, and other features. I also like the blinds in the back window that can be controlled from a button on the arm rest in the front or the back, and the adjustable blinds on both rear windows. One drawback to the Lexus GS350 however, was that the backseat wasn’t that spacious. True a tall person could sit comfortable in the front seats. But once a tall person shifts their seat too far back, it is a mere few inches between the front seat and back seat. This is even more apparent with my 5 year old in the back. She was in a big kid car seat and her feet almost could reach my arm.
Once I dropped off Alexis, me and my daughter went to my mom’s house for a barbeque. My family was very impressed with the Lexus GS350. From my mother loving the push button start and easy‐to‐use technology, to my dad liking the slick look and swiftness there was something that everyone liked about this car. My dad studied the manual for the GS350, and discovered even more technology, like the ability to switch from sport suspension to super sport, to normal with a dial in the armrest, the parking assist, and the driver’s dash that displays all the most important information, like miles per gallon, tire pressure, average speed, and cruising range.
By 11:00 that night my daughter was sleep, so my mom let her spend the night. I cruised home. Riding in the Lexus GS350 alone after a long day was the perfect night cap. The illuminated interior affront the Chicago skyline is cool. I opened up the sunroof and even got a glimpse of the fireworks at Navy Pier. And the bi‐xenon headlights light up the road for what seems like half a mile. As I pulled in my garage, I actually felt bad about getting out of the car. I considered sleeping in the GS350. After all, I would have a climate controlled leather-trimmed bedroom with satellite radio.