2013 Lexus GS 350 and 350 AWD
Base price (RWD/AWD): $51,900/$54,900
Type of vehicle: RWD or AWD midsize luxury sedan
Engines: 3.5L, DOHC, 24-valve V6
Power/Torque: 306 hp/277 lb.-ft.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
0-100 km/h: 5.7 seconds; 5.8 for AWD
Fuel consumption: 9.1 L/100 km (combined); (AWD) 9.5 L/100 km (combined)
Competition: Acura RL, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti M37, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S80

2013 Lexus GS 450h
Price: $64,650
Type of vehicle: RWD midsize luxury sedan
Engines: 3.5L, DOHC, 24-valve V6 w/electric assist
Power/Torque (gasoline engine only): 286 hp, 338 hp net/267 lb.-ft
Transmission: CVT
0-100 km/h: 5.6 seconds
Fuel consumption: 6.4 L/100 km (combined)
Competition: BMW 5 Series Hybrid, Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E 350 BlueTec

PREVIEW SUMMARY

PROS
Impeccably refined and classy interior
Impressive new F Sport performance package includes rear-wheel steering and variable dampers
Much better value for money

CONS
Limited engine selection offers no four-cylinder or V8
Hybrid model in need of a diet
Rear seats don't fold down