The 2013 GS is the new face of the Lexus brand, and as it turns out, that spindle-grilled mug can take a serious punch. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the GS a Top Safety Pick after the reshaped Lexus sedan held strong in front, side and rollover crash testing.

To earn a Top Safety Pick designation, a car, truck or utility vehicle must achieve a top score of "Good" in front, side and rear impact crash tests. The IIHS test features taller cement crash barriers to simulate a collision with a larger vehicle and the front impact test is conducted at a speed of 40 miles per hour. The vehicle must also feature stability control and a roof that maintains integrity even at a weight equal to or greater than four times that of the vehicle. The IIHS reports that the GS could withstand 4.88 times its 3,715 pound weight.

The GS joins the RX and the CT 200h as the third Lexus model to net a Top Safety Pick.


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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      so that's how the front of this car is looks after the crash! Why doesn't AB show us how it looked before the test crash. AB is getting very sloppy with it's reporting, ts, ts, ts
      BillS
      • 2 Years Ago
      and in other news, the 2013 GS is still ugly. :)
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am starting to see these pretty often in Northern VA. There have been a bunch in Vienna and Great Falls. There is a guy at work who has a white GS350 F-Sport and I think it looks flippin' great. This is definitely one of those vehicles that looks like crap in pictures, but looks awesome in person.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      a bit ironic it looks like it already had a crash :)
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad about the new Lexus corporate grill. Ugly...
      Adorable
      • 2 Years Ago
      No surprise, it's the Predator.
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are there any new cars that do not earn IIHS Top Safety Pick now days?
        CanIGetAWhatWhat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @futuramautoblog
        I heard last year that IIHS was planning on eventually introducing a new "frontal oblique overlap" test, which purposely avoids the car's frontal structure. It's aka the "can opener". Whenever they come out with it it'll be interesting to see how many of the current Top Safety Picks do as well on that test. I plan on buying a car later this year, so it'd be nice if they started testing some cars with the new test prior to my purchase, though I'm not getting my hopes up.
          CanIGetAWhatWhat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CanIGetAWhatWhat
          Also: http://www.sae.org/events/gim/presentations/2012/sherwood.pdf According to the report, "first test program begins in February", starting with "Mid-size luxury vehicles", and "Protocol and ratings criteria finalized after first vehicle tests". So who knows, by the time I'm ready to buy results for the new tests might (hopefully) be released for the vehicle class I'm looking to buy (midsize SUV, possibly luxury). Call me nerdy but boy I love the IIHS.
      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a great car but why couldn't they make the sides of the grille line up with the headlights? That detail seriously detracts from the l
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car just gets better and better
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the Lexus grill on the IS, but its starting to get silly finding it on every vehicle now - enough already. The cars should look like they're are from the same family, not the same inbred family.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Triumph675SE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did the product launch on this car! Was very very impressed with the driving dynamics it was only missing the 8 spd from the LS but the 16 way powered seats and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control was just perfect. Loved the sound from the intake and new front end is just mean looking. Put around a 1000+ miles on it and it was hard to give up. The BMW 535XI we had as well was very nice and it's so hard to beat the driving dynamics of the BMW but it's interior is very boring.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Triumph675SE
        Are you buying a car for its interior or for the way it drives, brakes, and performs all around?
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