A friendly reminder from New Car Pricing Insider: driving drunk is always a bad decision. Calling a friend or shelling out a few dollars for a taxi is a small price to pay for the safety of you, your loved ones and other motorists. A man in California apparently failed to heed this warning, smashing his Lexus GS through a concrete wall and landing in a family’s backyard swimming pool.
Luckily there were no serious injuries, but the ruined Lexus had to be crane lifted out of the pool. It was not the first time a motorist had hit the wall, resident Janelle Diaz said. The driver was ok, but now faces stiff legal penalties under California’s no-nonsense DUI laws.
Lexus would very much like us all to know that the new more-dynamic 2013 GS luxury sport sedan spells the start of something new and exciting. A new 30-second ad spot will air during the first half at Super Bowl XLVI, and we have a teaser!
Here we see the GS’s instantly recognizable and attractive new face attempting to break out of a steel holding cell in some sort of development lab as we are told “The next generation of Lexus cannot be contained.” You’ll have to wait for the Big Game to see the full spot, but for now, head on over to Lexus’s Facebook page for more.
Mazda doesn’t move the raw numbers of its Japanese competitors Toyota, Honda or Nissan, but its 2013 CX-5 compact crossover has all the goods to steal a big piece of the coveted segment sales pie right off the windowsill. The CX-5 is the culmination of everything Mazda’s been up to the last couple of years as the first vehicle to make full use of the brand’s Skyactiv design philosophy.
Skyactiv is simple in theory: develop highly efficient drivetrains and pair them with lightweight body and chassis components specifically designed to take advantage of their strengths. At the CX-5’s heart is its new 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gas engine, outputting 155 horsepower while capable of returning up to 26 city/33 highway mpg (the best in the segment).
The company’s new Kodo design language looks more entertaining and natural than Mazda’s past several new models, some of which looked overstyled and for lack of a better phrase, a little odd. No such problem with the CX-5, which brings something new to the segment and flows nicely from front to rear.
The CX-5 will be available in front- or all-wheel drive with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Autoblog called Mazda’s newest model “The Most Functional Miata Money Can Buy,” high praise considering Mazda’s roadster brings more smiles per dollar than just about everything on the road. Base price will be reportedly under $20,000 with sales beginning in February 2012.
#9 – 2013 Lexus GS
For years now new Lexus models have been praised for their comfort, reliability and interior technology while being largely ignored by the enthusiast community as, quite simply, too soft. Lexus seeks to change all that with its sharp-edged next-generation 2013 Lexus GS, and parent company Toyota has managed to create a new model not only engaging to look at but more importantly lots of fun to drive.
From its black-widow-like hourglass front grille and aggressive air inlets to its simple yet attractive profile and well-tucked rear end, the GS looks great. At 3,346 units sold in 2011 through October, the GS hasn’t been able to match the Infiniti M’s 8,813 let alone the 52,340 of the class sales-leading Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The base model will be the GS 350 with its 3.5-liter, 306-horse V6 and 6-speed automatic. An F-Sport package will add aero enhancements, 19-inch wheels with summer performance rubber, better brakes, perforated leather interior, aluminum trim and pedals, and dynamic handling with variable-gear-ratio steering.
A sport-oriented hybrid version will continue, the range-topping 450h, which will offer V8-like acceleration while returning 29 city/34 highway mpg, or right around the mpg of Toyota’s own 1.8-liter Corolla. Twin electric motors combine with Toyota’s tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 to output a combined peak 338 horsepower.
The 2013 GS will hit the street with a release date in February 2012 with a base price reported to be right around $48,000.
The next-generation 2013 Lexus GS will receive a base price bump of exactly $0 when it goes on sale in early February 2012. Lexus will continue to offer the base GS 350 with rear-wheel drive at $46,900, or with all-wheel drive at $49,450 (AWD increases $600 for 2013).
Prices do not include an $875 destination charge. As for the range-topping GS 450h hybrid, official pricing is as of yet unreleased but we’ll go out on a limb and go with around $59,450 which would be a $500 increase over the current model.
Lexus also released further info on 2013 GS option packages. The most interesting tidbit: the GS 350 F-Sport package will go for $5,690 and bring a host of cosmetic and performance modifications. On the exterior, F-Sport owners will get 19-inch wheels, F-Sport adaptive suspension, sport bumper, rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, a sportier grille and special badging. Rear-wheel drive F-Sport models will also see staggered-width 19-inch wheels, upgraded brakes and variable gear ratio steering.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is all set for its official reveal very soon, but that hasn’t prevented an enterprising photography ninja from capturing the new midsize luxury sport sedan devoid of camouflage. Parent company Toyota has taken the design from its flagship Lexus LS line and run with it, giving the new GS a sharp-edged yet flowing design that should be a hit with some potential customers while alienating others.
The front end is particularly striking, with its new trapezoidal grill accentuated by a pair of viper-fang contrasting accents. The car’s front splitter pokes inward then bulges out again moving back toward the oversized wheel wells that aren’t quite filled out by the multi-spoke alloy wheels.
Moving toward the rear, the oversized integrated exhaust outlets and taillights give a sporty look, though the whole rear is somewhat reminiscent of the new Hyundai Sonata.
The total picture is distinctly Japanese and looks truly luxurious if not completely cohesive. We’ll reserve judgment until we see this car in person. The new GS will be officially revealed Aug. 18, and you can see it live on Facebook.