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Consumer Reports Names 2013 Picks

March 8th, 2013

Consumer Reports 2013 Top Picks By Segment

Consumer Reports has released its annual list of Top Picks for the 2013 model year, representing the best and brightest in each of the 10 most popular segments. The non-profit consumer research and review publication looks past driving performance to consider each car from bumper to bumper, with heavy emphases given on reliability and costs of ownership.

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Motor Trend’s Surprising Pick for Best Midsize Luxury Sedan

April 12th, 2012

Lexus GS 350 vs BMW vs Audi vs Infiniti Motor Trend Winner F-Sport Header

When we first reported on the totally redesigned 2013 Lexus GS 350 last August, Lexus took every opportunity to remind the press and potential buyers that unlike the last GS, the new model was a true world-class driver’s car. We must admit we had a chuckle at that, but now that the GS 350 bested the likes of the BMW 535i, Infiniti M37 S and Audi A6 3.0T in a recent Motor Trend comparison test, it is Lexus who’s having the last laugh.

“The Lexus proved the most entertaining, rewarding, and confidence-inspiring up, down, and along our demanding Malibu road loop. Ultimate driving machine? Oh, yeah.” – Motor Trend

The GS 350, equipped for the test with the F-Sport performance package, didn’t lead the field in any quantifiable metric, but nailed the all-important driver engagement test. Combine a slick 6-speed paddle-shifted automatic that never has to hunt for the right gear, driver-adjustable settings for suspension damping, razor-sharp steering response and a willing 3.5-liter V6 and you get one no-apologies midsize that begs to be driven hard.

Lexus GS 350 vs BMW vs Audi vs Infiniti Motor Trend Winner Interior Detail

Inside the GS 350 stands out even in this high-rent district, called the “richest, most aesthetically pleasing cabin in its class.” Motor Trend panned the Lexus for its “abstract art piece” exterior styling, but we kind of like it and you may, too. Has Lexus pulled off a coup? Your own test drive is surely in order.

Midsize Luxury Sport Sedan Pricing

2012 BMW 535i: $53,395; As-Tested $63,245
2012 Audi A6 3.0T: $50,775; As-Tested $57,470
2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport: $53,465; As-Tested $58,800
2012 Infiniti M37 S: $55,795; As-Tested $61,225