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2014 Lexus GS 350
2014 Lexus GS 350
2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
2014 Lexus GS 350
The Lexus GS is comfortable, reasonably sporty, and tastefully finished. Its powertrains are smooth and strong, and the brand’s traditionally top-notch customer care offers appeal as well. Prices are steep, particularly as options are added, but overall this Lexus GS is a solid improvement over the car it replaced. It strikes a decent balance between the sporty character of the BMW 5-Series and coddling of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the fact that it doesn’t really stand out in any one area might put the GS at a disadvantage among discerning luxury-car buyers.
GS was the sportier and more expensive of Lexus’ two premium-midsize cars, the other being the Lexus ES. There were two models, the entry-level GS350, and the gas/electric hybrid version called GS 450h. GS350 competed with the BMW 5-Series, Infiniti M, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Some of the 450h’s like-priced competitors included the ActiveHybrid version of the BMW 5-Series, Infiniti M35, and the gas/electric version of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The 2013 Lexus GS was redesigned with freshened styling and a raft of new features. It was slightly wider and taller than the outgoing model but otherwise largely unchanged in terms of exterior dimensions. Its drivetrains were also unchanged from previous models but Lexus promised better fuel economy.
Lexus offered the GS 350 in a single trim level. It was rather well equipped with standard features such as a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless access and starting, sunroof, rearview camera, and a power trunk closer.
A Luxury Package was optional on GS 350. It included an adaptive variable suspension, upgraded interior trim, 18-way power front seats, rear climate and radio controls, and steering-linked headlights. Luxury Package-equipped GS 350s could also be had with heated rear seats and a night-vision camera. A 5.1 surround-sound audio system was standard on all GS models; an uplevel 7.1 audio system was optional. Adaptive cruise control and a navigation system with a 12.3-inch split-screen display were other options. Lexus’ Enform multimedia suite was offered as well, which worked with data-enabled smartphones to provide, among other services, Internet searches, streaming audio, and restaurant reviews and reservations.
An F Sport package was available on rear- or all-wheel-drive GS 350 models. It added a new front bumper and grille, a rear spoiler and lower valance, sport suspension, specific interior trim, and 19-inch wheels. The Lexus Dynamic Handling package that added rear-wheel steering was also available for rear-drive F Sport models.
The GS 450h was also sold in a single trim level. Standard amenities included dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats with 10-way power adjustment, driver-seat memory, keyless entry with pushbutton engine start, power sunroof, power rear sunshade, headlight washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an adaptive variable suspension.
Most of the GS 450h’s options were grouped into packages. The Luxury Package included upgraded leather upholstery with 18-way power front seats, a wood/leather steering wheel, passenger-seat memory, rear climate and radio controls, manual side sunshades, and steering-linked adaptive LED headlights. The Luxury Package could also be ordered with heated rear seats and a night-vision camera. Blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning and prevention, driver-fatigue alert, front- and rear-obstacle detection, pre-collision braking with adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, and head-up instrument display were all offered as standalone options.
The GS 350 was powered by a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive was standard with all-wheel drive optional.
The rear-drive GS 450h paired a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a battery-powered electric motor for 338 horsepower total. It was equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaved like an automatic. Like other Lexus hybrids, the GS 450h could run on one or both of its power sources and no plug-in charging was needed.
The EPA rated the rear-wheel-drive GS 350 at 19 mpg city/28 highway and the AWD version at 19/26. The EPA estimates for the GS 450h were 29 mpg city/34 mpg highway. Premium-grade gas was required for all GS models.
The 2013 Lexus GS included a standard complement of expected and federally mandated safety features. Blind-spot alert, driver-fatigue alert, forward-collision warning, front and rear obstacle detection system, lane-departure warning, and a head-up display were available.
There were several minor updates for the 2014 Lexus GS including a power trunk opener, rear cross-traffic alert, and Siri Eyes Free mode that allowed Apple iPhone users to enable various voice-command functions. Rear-drive GS 350 models now used a 8-speed automatic (AWD versions still used the 6-speed automatic), and dynamic cruise control was added to the GS 450h’s optional Pre-Collision system. The optional night-vision system was discontinued.