2014 Lexus GS350
- September 30, 2020
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Lexus cars run the scale of luxury attributes — refined, composed, serene — but few have ever been called athletic. The 2014 Lexus GS 350 reshapes that perception. With sharp handling and steering, the latest GS is every bit as capable as rival German-brand luxury sport sedans on a winding road.
Wait, what? A fun-to-drive Lexus GS? Yep. Of course, this wasn’t always the case for the GS, but a full redesign last year ushered in a variety of mechanical changes that make this car feel lighter and more nimble when you’re driving at a brisk clip. There’s even an optional F Sport package that kicks up the car’s performance another notch.
During our 12-month Lexus GS 350 long-term test, we observed that its athletic handling abilities don’t come at the expense of traditional Lexus strengths. The GS is still easy to drive and maintains the brand’s reputation for high-quality materials and excellent build quality. The interior is one of the classiest you’ll find, and the backseat is sufficiently roomy for a pair of adults. Of course, a comprehensive set of standard and optional features awaits you as well.
The 2014 Lexus GS 350 is better equipped than ever to run with the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series,Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Each of these cars has its own particular set of strengths, but even in this illustrious group of luxury sport sedans, the GS 350 remains worthy of serious consideration.
2014 Lexus GS 350 models
The 2014 Lexus GS 350 is a midsize luxury sport sedan offered in a single, well-appointed trim level. The related GS 450h hybrid is reviewed separately.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and eight-way power front seats with power lumbar adjustment and driver memory settings. Standard electronics features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Siri Eyes Free voice command integration (for iPhone users), an 8-inch display, a rearview camera, the Lexus Remote Touch interface and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio and a USB/iPod interface.
From here, you can add the Premium package with heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers and a power rear sunshade. On top of this the Luxury package adds adaptive headlights, LED foglamps, adaptive suspension dampers, upgraded leather and trim, a 14-way power driver seat (with four-way lumbar), passenger memory settings, rear climate and audio controls and manual rear side window sunshades. A Cold Weather package includes a heated steering wheel, a heavy-duty heater, headlight washers and a wiper de-icer. A bundled version of this package with the Luxury package also includes heated rear seats.
The F Sport package offers the most performance bite, adding 19-inch wheels with summer tires, special steering and suspension tuning, larger front brakes, a rear spoiler, a 12-way power sport driver seat and unique interior and exterior styling treatments.
An optional navigation system includes a 12.3-inch display, voice recognition and Lexus Enformsmartphone-connected apps and services. There’s also a premium Mark Levinson 17-speaker surround-sound audio system. Other options include 18-inch wheels, blind-spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, dynamic rear steering and adaptive cruise control (with a collision mitigation system).
- Air Bags
- Air Conditioning
- Alloy Rims
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Cruise Control
- Power Locks
- Power Mirrors
- Power Steering
- Power Windows