2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD
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Lexus has the luxury mid-size sedan down pat.
To be frank, this will be a quick review. That's because this car, the 2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD, is capable of being summed up in relatively short order. That doesn't mean the car is bad, and that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to talk about. What it means is that the car is very well put together. Everything about it has a purpose. In this case, that purpose is luxury. And Lexus has the luxury mid-size sedan down pat.
There are two big packages that you can get with a GS 350 AWD - Luxury and F SPORT. F SPORT focuses on the sporty side of the GS, whereas Luxury ... well, you get it. The Luxury package bestows a plethora of comfort-centric options, including heated rear seats, semi-aniline leather interior, and 18-way power front seats. If you want to keep the price low, you can forego either package - the Luxury package on our tester tacked nearly seven grand onto the price tag.
Luxury is what this car does well, especially as tested. Throw it in Normal or Eco, get on the highway, and relax. It's smooth and steady, and with the optional Mark Levinson surround-sound system, you can move the seat back a little bit and burn the miles away without wanting to move one inch.
We've extoled the 12.3-inch split-screen infotainment system in other reviews, and that praise still stands with the GS 350. It's intuitive and quick to respond, unless you try shuffling through seven or eight songs on your iPod in short order. Then it needs a few seconds to catch up to you.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Power Output: 306 hp / 277 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 19 city / 26 highway
Base Price: $49,950
As Tested: $62,700 (incl. $910 destination)
Optional Features: Mark Levinson premium 17-speaker sound system, navigation with 12.3-inch split-screen infotainment and apps, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, blind-spot monitor, parking sensors, heated steering wheels, high-capacity interior heater, headlight washers, windshield-wiper deicer, water-repellent front door glass, adaptive variable suspension, drive-mode selector, heated rear seats, rear-door manual sunshades, three-zone climate control, 18-way power front seats, adaptive headlights, remote start.