The 2014 Lexus GS 350 is exactly the kind of vehicle one should expect from a Lexus – good-looking, powerful, comfortable and feature-rich. The most attractive aspect of this mid-size sedan is undoubtedly its in-your-face exterior design that effectively targets the show-off in all of us.
The 2014 Lexus GS 350 is here to take on the likes of the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS once more, and it does so admirably. Backed by a powerful engine, comfortable cabin and a plethora of special features, this mid-size sedan is exactly the kind of car any person in search of a status symbol should own.
One look at the exterior is enough to let anyone know that this car is meant to impress people, thanks to its bold style that is sure to turn heads. The biggest draw of this design is the front, which has more or less grown into staple for Lexus in the last few years, offering unique-looking headlights and a grille that protrudes in a distinctive manner. At the back, the nice-looking LED taillights will draw your eye as well, so don’t think that Lexus only cares about its face. The car also comes with 17-inch alloys and 225/50 tires, while the F Sport Package offers 19-inch wheels with 235/40 front and 265/35 rear tires for those who want even more distinction among their peers.
Step inside and you’ll find a cabin that wisely avoids the edgy nature of the car’s exterior design in favour of luxury and high-tech features. The elegantly-shaped instrument panel features Optitron gauges along with a colour Multi-Information Display and an 8.0-inch colour high-definition centre control screen, operated by the second-generation Remote Touch Interface control function. But that’s not all: both front-seat occupants get to sit themselves in 10-way power seats, as LED ambient lighting illuminates the space from the door ornamentation and centre control screen. Other little details include “Lexus” badges on all doorsills and contrast stitching on the upper instrument panel, door panels and other areas.
Under the hood, the new Lexus GS 350 comes with a 3.5-litre V6 engine, which can produce 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain is paired with dual variable valve timing with intelligence and direct fuel injection. Rear-drive models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive variants offer a six-speed automatic. The fuel economy isn’t the best, but it does its job. If you’re looking for great fuel efficiency, however, then you should consider getting the GS 450h hybrid model instead.
Overall, the 2014 Lexus GS 350 is a fine automobile that’s more than worthy of the Lexus brand. So, if you have enough cash to spend on a luxury car of this nature, then definitely give this sedan a try.
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|4dr Sdn AWD||$54,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|4dr Sdn RWD||$52,200||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|AWD||$54,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|RWD Sedan||$52,200||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||4|
|Drive Train||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
There's no longer a V-8 option in the GS, but there are more gears in the transmission. Moreover, it's impressive to see what the GS has become: it's now a composed, athletic sport sedan, especially when you look to F Sport models with their extra performance accessories.
Base versions sport electric power steering and an independent, multi-link suspension front and rear. Even here, the GS 350 digs a little more deeply, and extracts a little more from standard 17-inch, 50-series tires than before. Lexus credits a lighter-weight suspension and stiffer body, and we'll also give some kudos to relatively well-executed power steering that makes the base car pleasant to drive, with a more composed ride than it had in years gone by. Luxury models add the adaptive suspension, a pricey option for subtle differences in ride and handling, we think.
It's the progressive steps forward with the adaptive suspension and active steering combined in the F Sport package that set a new benchmark for the brand. Electronic controls for steering and suspension have turned out to be the great equalizer in the luxury-sedan segment: While the German competition struggles in its own ways to elevate electronic driving controls to their high standards of driving feel, the F Sport lifts the GS' game from its former junior-varsity league, making it feel smaller and sharper than ever.
To get there, the F Sport adds on stiffer springs, roll bars and bushings; adaptive shocks; variable-ratio steering; bigger front brakes; and as an option, active rear steering, which can dial in up to 2.0 degrees of steering angle at the rear wheels opposing the fronts, to slice off apexes more neatly, or steer in tandem with the front wheels at high speeds for better stability. Managing it all atop 19-inch wheels and tires, Lexus finally has drilled one home. It's dialed up instantaneous steering response and very tightly damped ride control, with very low tolerance for potholes and bad pavement junctions the price paid for its crisp handling.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Perhaps edgy on the outside, the 2014 Lexus GS is luxury and technology inside. The attractively shaped instrument panel includes analog Optitron gauges with a color Multi-Information Display and an 8.0-inch color high-resolution central control screen that operates with the second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) control function. Both front occupants enjoy 10-way power seats, and LED ambient lighting is integrated into the door ornamentation and the RTI surround area. Nice touches and details abound, from "Lexus"-stamped scuff plates on all doorsills to contrast stitching on the upper instrument panel, door panels and shift boot.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
Standard safety features on the 2014 Lexus GS 350 include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear side-impact airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Safety Connect, a traditional telematics service with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator and emergency assistance button, is also standard. A rearview camera is standard, while front and rear parking sensors are optional.
Adding the optional adaptive cruise control includes a pre-collision system that detects impending collisions and responds by tensioning the seatbelts and activating brake assist.
In Edmunds brake testing, a GS 350 with the F Sport package stopped from 60 mph in a short 112 feet.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the GS 350 the best possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side impact and roof strength tests. Its seat and head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, DVD player, CD player (reads MP3 format)|
|12 speakers subwoofer and surround sound|
|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB|
|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Chrome/bright trim around side windows|
|Electronic hand brake|
|4 disc brakes (4 ventilated)|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Brake assist system|
|Painted front and rear bumpers|
|Load restraint: net|
|Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,995.00|
|Smart Key System smart key: ; includes keyless entry, keyless start and memory seat|
|4 passenger assist handles|
|Rear camera parking distance sensors|
|Voice activating system; includes radio, phone and air conditioing|
|Memorized adjustment: includes door mirror position and steering wheel position|
|1 12V in front and rear|
|Cargo area light|
|Vehicle start button|
|Entertainment display screen located in front ; includes DVD 8.0|
|Remote control trunk/hatch release|
|Garage door opener|
|Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming|
|Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|Coming home device|
|Front and rear reading lights|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 405|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,845, overall width (mm): 1,840, overall height (mm): 1,455, wheelbase (mm): 2,850, front track (mm): 1,575, rear track (mm): 1,590 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,600|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 985, rear headroom (mm): 960, front hip room (mm): 1,384, rear hip room (mm): 1,374, front leg room (mm): 1,075, rear leg room (mm): 830, front shoulder room (mm): 1,455 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,415|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Emissions data: CO2: 4,358 kg/yr|
|Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC VVT-i with VVT|
|Power: 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 277 ft lb of torque @ 4,800 rpm|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 10.7 ; highway= 7.1 ; combined= 9.1 ;|
|Fuel tank: 66 litre capacity|
|Fuel system: gasoline direct injection|
|Fuel: premium unleaded ( 91 octane)|
|Multi-function display screen 8.0 and 2|
|Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Low tire pressure monitor|
|Main dashboard display|
|Service interval indicator|
|Carpet floor mats|
|Floor covering: textile|
|Luxury trim: leather on shifter, wood/woodgrain on center floor console, wood/leather on doors, wood/leather on dashboard and none|
|Headlight control with dusk sensor|
|LED brake lights, side indicator lights, day time running lights and rear lights|
|Daytime running lights|
|Headlights: Bi-Xenon with projector beam lens|
|Door entry light|
|Front fog lights|
|Card key power locks ; includes power windows and automatic locking|
|Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening|
|Front to rear curtain airbags|
|Front and rear side airbags|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|Rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver, rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center|
|Driver and passenger knee airbags|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Good and Good|
|2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats|
|Front seat center armrest|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Seat upholstery: leather|
|Rear seats: non-folding bench with seating for three|
|Front driver seat : heated, ventilated, climate controlled, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: memorized height, power lumbar and memorized tilt, front passenger seat : heated, ventilated, climate controlled, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: power height, power lumbar and power tilt|
|Rear seat center armrest|
|Intermediate service 8,000 and 4,971|
|Vehicle speed proportional power steering type|
|Heated leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes power adjustment, height adjustment, telescopic adjustment and easy entry|
|Cupholders in front row and rear seats|
|Full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console|
|Independent front wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs|
|2.937:1 axle ratio|
|Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability control|
|Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)|
|Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. paddle shifters|
|Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter and automatic recirculation|
|Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Rear power blind|
|Laminated side windows|
|Front and rear power windows with 2 express|
|Rear window with defroster|
|Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor|
|High pressure headlight cleaners|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: auto-dimming, heated, body colour, power adjustable with automatic tilting for reverse and indicator lights|
|Auto-dimming rear view mirror|
|Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Full service warranty: 8,000 km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 48 months/ Unlimited km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 72 months/ Unlimited km|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 72 months/ 110,000 km|
|Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,685 and Manufacturer’s own|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|
|Front and rear all-season tires 235/45/V|
|Front and rear alloy wheels: 18"x 8.0"|