Recall Alert: 2013 Lexus GS 350

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 10,462 model-year 2013 Lexus GS 350 sedans manufactured June 8 through Dec. 26, 2012

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that the switch that senses the amount of pressure that the driver is applying to the brake pedal may fail. If this happens, the vehicle may brake without driver input or the illumination of the brake lights, increasing the risk of an accident. Toyota said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will notify owners later this month, but parts are not currently available. Owners will get a second notice when parts become available. Customers can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cars.com's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers

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When I was 10, my dad set me and a go-kart loose in an abandoned parking lot, free to zip around the blacktop. At that age, you don't give a thought to how much gas costs; it's all about the fun. At this age, however, fuel economy is a big consideration when it comes to buying a car, but it doesn't have to trump the fun-to-drive factor.

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There are plenty of cars that offer both fun and fuel savings, from affordable subcompacts and gas-electric hybrids to pricier luxury cars and diesel-powered vehicles. To qualify for this list, a car has to have an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, while bringing out the inner go-kart-loving kid in all of us:

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's critique of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 jumped three spots to No. 1 this week, finally knocking the popular Acura TLX Prototype — the last holdout from our 2014 Chicago Auto Show coverage — off our list of most-watched videos. The lone newcomer this week, the 2014 Dodge Durango SUV, checks in at No. 5, while a returning trio of MotorWeek videos featuring the 2014 versions of the Nissan Rogue, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche 911 Turbo S round out the middle of the roster. Check out what was popular.

1. 2014 Lexus GS 350
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
3. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
4. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)
5. 2014 Dodge Durango

By Matt Schmitz | March 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus GS 350: Car Seat Check

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The Lexus GS' impressive blend of nimble handling, quiet road manners and intriguing looks might make it appeal to a wide range of shoppers, but families may not be as impressed. Although Lexus' GS 350 sedan is in the midsize class, we had some trouble installing child-safety seats into its backseat. Heavily bolstered rear seats, less than optimal legroom and difficult-to-access Latch anchors complicated installation.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

This week's list of most-watched videos is as close a copy to the previous week's list as we can recall, with our intro to the 2014 Acura TLX Prototype at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show again taking the No. 1 spot. Not only are there zero newcomers to the roster this week, the only difference is that the 2014 Lexus GS 350 and MotorWeek's video featuring the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport swapped the No. 2 and 3 positions. Check out what was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
3. 2014 Lexus GS 350
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
5. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)

By Matt Schmitz | March 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our video introduction to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February once again tops our list of most-watched videos, but beyond that it's an all-new roster for a new week. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's critique of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 luxury sedan checks in at No. 2. Meanwhile, a trio of videos from our peers at "MotorWeek" round out the top five, showcasing the 2014 versions of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Nissan Rogue and Porsche 911 Turbo S. Check out what was popular.

2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2014 Lexus GS 350
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)

By Matt Schmitz | March 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus GS 350 Video

As Lexus cultivates a sportier, more aggressive image for its comfortable, reliable luxury sedans, Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says it's off to a respectable start with the 2014 GS 350. The automaker achieves the "soul and emotion" it aspires to in the GS 350's redesign, with its spindle grille and more aggressive styling. The driving experience benefits from improved steering response, while the updated cabin wisely ditches silvery trim for real wood. Do the GS 350's attempts at an image makeover succeed? Watch the video above and decide.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

How Did Lexus Mess Up a Heated Steering Wheel?

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A heated steering wheel is one of those comfort features that once experienced you wonder how you ever managed to live without it.

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That's been especially true this winter around Cars.com's Chicago headquarters, where the temperature has dipped below zero degrees on 22 days and more subzero weather is on the way.

That also is why some Cars.com editors were mildly frosted — though none suffered frostbite — when they recently test-drove Lexus models with steering wheels that were only partially heated.

The indignity.

By Rick Popely | March 6, 2014 | Comments (17)

Recall Alert: 102,000 Lexus Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 102,000 model-year 2006-11 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 vehicles.

The Problem: Bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose. This could cause the vehicle to stop while being driven. "Early warning for this condition can be an abnormal noise just after start-up," Toyota said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners will be notified via registered mail. They can also call 800-331-4331 or go to www.lexus.com/recall for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Lexus' Coin Catcher: A Simple Convenience

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Why do you buy a $50,000 luxury sedan? Maybe it’s the gutsy engine, high-tech stereo or enough leather to garner a PETA protest. Take the 2013 Lexus GS. Its $48,145 starting price gets you heated leather seats with eight-way power adjusters, stitched dashboard trim, keyless access with push-button start, a moonroof and much more.

But sometimes it's the little things that count. Case in point: a fabric liner that sits between the front seats and the center console. It's a masterful convenience. It saves you from losing quarters, dimes and nickels at every toll booth; it halts you from cursing the iPhone gods every time yours falls under the seat. It prevents a horde of fast-food crumbs and ketchup packets from assailing the carpet.

OK, so you can buy a $20 aftermarket retrofit that does the same thing. You could also fit a neoprene strip — or a stuffed sock — in the gap. But few cars come that way from the factory. Our GS is hardly the first Lexus to sport the feature: Motor Trend sung its praises in a 2004 LS 430. We asked two Lexus spokespeople when and how the feature originated; neither one could tell us.

If every press car we drove had the feature, we'd save 60, maybe 75 cents a week in lost change. Being journalists, that's serious money.

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By Kelsey Mays | February 20, 2013 | Comments (2)

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