2014 Lexus GS 350 review notes: Lexus serenity with a bit a lot more drive character

Lexus serenity with a bit much more drive character

2014 Lexus GS 350 Photo by: Lexus

The 2014 Lexus GS 350 begins out at $ 50,860. Photograph by Lexus.

2014 Lexus GS 350 Photo by: Lexus

Beneath the hood, the 2014 Lexus GS 350 sports activities a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Photo by Lexus.

2014 Lexus GS 350 Photo by: Lexus

Total output for the 2014 Lexus GS 350 cranks out 306-hp with 277 lb-ft of torque. Photo by Lexus.

2014 Lexus GS 350 Photo by: Lexus

The 2014 Lexus GS 350 is equipped with a 6-pace automatic gearbox. Photo by Lexus.

2014 Lexus GS 350 Photo by: Lexus

The interior of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 is quiet and comfy. Photo by Lexus.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I liked the auto far better than I considered I would, or need to I say at least greater than I don’;t forget liking the Lexus GS designs. The V6 is powerful, the trip handling mix feels good, and the interior is pleasant. Thank goodness for the heated steering wheel, seats and awesome heater. I essential individuals on a latest morning.

To make this factor dance a tiny, you have to be in S or S+ mode, no question. Punch up both of these and the steering feels better and weightier (however nonetheless somewhat numb), throttle response quickens, and the transmission feels like it holds on to gears just that a hair longer. I discovered myself more than after contemplating “This is a Lexus? Where’;s the floaty trip?” It’;s rapid off the line and the automobile feels grippy in corners with the all-wheel drive. The chassis feels ultra stiff, which also helps.

It really is a way a lot more comfortable cruiser in typical and eco modes. Relaxed and quiet. It feels very Lexus. Typical Lexus purchasers will enjoy the most recent GS. I never know if it will swipe any Audi A6, BMW 5-series or Mercedes-Benz E-class customers, however. And now you acquired to throw the new Cadillac CTS into that mix as well.

Of course, the cabin is well constructed and adds a whole lot to the sense of quiet comfort pointed out above. You are lower off nearly totally from street noises, the materials are higher high quality and every little thing fits as it need to. Even so, I’;m still not sold on the mouse controller. To me it feels distracting in contrast to a touchscreen or even, say, Audi’;s MMI, but heat/vent and the radio and this kind of can nevertheless be managed with conventional knobs/switches.

As I mentioned, I will not know that the GS keeps German (or GM’;s) execs up at night. But Lexus customers ought to adore it, and I would be willing to bet it would be stone reliable and the Lexus dealer requires far better care of you submit-sale than any German or GM dealer. There’;s some thing to be said for that.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: Okay, initial of all, there is a ton of choices on this 2014 http://www.autoweek.com/write-up/20130416/carreviews/130419879, not a Porsche-ton, but a ton just the exact same. Although, that $ 6,500 luxury package deal does consists of a good deal of things. Like all Lexus automobiles, this GS is well equipped with a big central display, electrical power every thing, heated steering wheel and seats, fundamentally every little thing you’;d want in a medium-sized luxury motor vehicle. However, a whole lot of the dash, at least the portion beneath the screen, seems to be older, and perhaps a tiny less expensive than it ought to. I will, however, proceed to stand by the mouse touch controller, which will get easier with each and every passing use. The cabin also was quiet, shielded from both road and wind noise, and cradled me wonderfully in its stock seats.

Power was excellent from the 306-hp V6, but with all-wheel drive, it requires a minor of the enthusiast’;s mojo away. Obviously it was wonderful in the snow and ice. I was surprised by the growl as effectively. As soon as you hit the upper rev ranges, 4,000 rpm and over, the motor has a mean wail to it. Shifts were acceptable from the 6-speed, the paddles worked, but not brilliantly fast like dual-clutch setups.

The exterior is a tiny boring, which is funny to say. Just a few years in the past this was “the most aggressive edition of the spindle grille yet.” Now it plays 2nd or third fiddle to the IS and other people.

I truly feel this competes far more with Mercedes-Benz much more than BMW or Audi, the 2 of the latter Germans seem to be to have a sportier character than this. You cannot get numerous guide transmissions in Mercs, just like this.

It was a good cruiser for the weekend, and I was content it had the ski pass-by way of, due to the fact I picked up some 8-foot quarter round. Other than that I’;d advise something like the 3- or 5-series, if sportiness is the important, or an Audi A6, if all-wheel drive is your thing.

Base Price tag: $ 50,860

As-Examined Price: $ 62,700

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 AWD, 6-velocity automatic

Output: 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 277 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Curb Bodyweight: 3,980 lb

Fuel Economic system (EPA City/Highway/Mixed): 19/26/21 mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: 19.2 mpg

Choices: Luxury bundle which includes heated front and rear seats, ventilated front and rear seats w/ electrical power sunshade, 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, adaptive variable suspension, sport S+ drive mode, adaptive front lighting method, LED foglamps, linear espresso wood trim, heated wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, semi-aniline leather interior trim, 18-way electrical power front seats with memory, 3 headlamp washer, windshield wiper deicer, water-repellent front door glass, substantial capability heater ($ 6,580) navigation including twelve.3-inch screen, Lexus Enform, location assist, eDestination, SiriusXM NavTraffic/NavWeather ($ one,735) Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio technique

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