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2014 Lexus GS

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2014 Lexus GS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

To the Lexus reputation of refined luxury the 2014 GS line adds first-rate dynamic driving performance and eye-catching styling. All-new last year, the GS 350’s defining characteristic is enthusiastic motoring, with a robust 3.5-liter V6 of 306 horsepower, rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), a sophisticated blend of compliant ride and assertive handling and numerous advanced technology features, all wrapped up in a distinctive look that stands apart from the mid-size sedan crowd. For the efficiency-minded there’s the GS 450h hybrid. The 2014 Lexus GS is in a tough segment with the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the GS is a real contender for discerning sports-sedan buyers, offering sparkling performance, superb handling and the Lexus tradition of excellence in fit, finish and reliability.

You'll Like This Car If...

Want a snappy sports sedan with advanced technology, exquisite fit and finish and the peace of mind of known reliability? Visit your Lexus dealer and take a look at the 2014 GS 350.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Maybe you don’t like the looks of the GS, or maybe you’re more interested in one of the prestigious emblems from the Europeans. Or maybe you think you need a V8. The choices are yours.

What's New for 2014

The major change for the 2014 Lexus GS is an 8-speed automatic transmission for the rear-wheel-drive version of the GS 350. New technology features include additions to the Blind Spot Monitor and Pre-Collision System, some options changes, a new Ultra-Luxury Package and refinements to various features.

Driving the GS
Driving Impressions

The 2014 Lexus GS will bring big smiles to driving enthusiasts, with a level of handling response and capabilities that’s more commonly associated with those time-honored sports-sedan nameplates. Major contributors...

... to this exceptional chassis response include the stiff unit-body construction, wide track dimensions and lightweight aluminum suspension control arms. A 3-way Lexus Drive Mode function, with Eco, Normal and Sport settings, controls the throttle, transmission and steering profiles to suit individual driver preference. The Luxury Package and the F Sport Package options offer specific variably adaptive suspension settings that include the available Lexus Dynamic Handling system with Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering. These features turn the rear-drive F-Sport model into a real canyon-corner carver. In pure straight-line performance the GS 450h hybrid, with its abundance of low-end torque, is quicker than the GS 350.

LEXUS DRIVE MODE
Offering ECO, Normal and Sport settings, this user-selectable electronic assist can fine-tune the throttle and transmission response in all GS sedans to accommodate owner preferences. The Luxury and F Sport Packages add a Sport+ setting that also modifies the adaptive variable suspension and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management systems.

HYBRID POWERTRAIN
Together, the Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 and the electric motor in the GS 450h can pump out 338 total system horsepower and deliver an EPA fuel-economy rating of 29 mpg city/34 mpg highway. And, it’s even quicker in acceleration than the gasoline GS 350. For hybrid fans, it’s a winner.

2014 Lexus GS Details
2014 Lexus GS photo Interior

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.

Exterior
2014 Lexus GS photo

The 2014 GS is not for the shy, as the Lexus L-Finesse design theme results in a pretty boldly styled piece of road-going art. It leads with a striking front-end treatment that is becoming the Lexus corporate face. Fitting its more sporting image, the GS continues with edgy styling and highly defined shapes that include quite distinctive headlights and LED taillights. The GS 350 and 450h are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and 225/50 tires, while the GS 350 with the F Sport Package has 19-inch wheels with 235/40 front and 265/35 rear tires of a performance nature.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2014 Lexus GS models include leather upholstery, wood/metallic accent trim, a full range of power assists, power moonroof, multifunction steering wheel and energy-saving S-flow automatic climate control. The standard Lexus Premium Audio System has 12 speakers, AM/FM/DVD with HD Radio and WMA/MP3 capability, Bluetooth streaming, 5.1 Surround Sound and numerous other features. Additional standard equipment includes keyless remote/push-button start, Lexus Drive Mode, a rearview camera, the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (combining the functions of anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control), Safety Connect with Automatic Collision Notification and all the usual and government-mandated safety features.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Lexus GS include: a Premium Package with heated and ventilated front seats; a Luxury Package with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), semi-aniline leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels; the Ultra-Luxury Package with a power trunk opener and 19-inch wheels; and the F Sport Package with a 16-way driver’s sport seat, custom-tuned AVS, bigger wheels/tires/brakes and Variable Gear Ratio Steering. Both the Ultra-Luxury and F Sport Packages include the Cold-Weather Package. Stand-alone options include an HDD Navigation system, 835-watt Mark Levinson premium audio, Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Park Assist and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Lexus GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 with dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and direct fuel injection; it makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. In rear-drive models it is matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission and with all-wheel drive it has a 6-speed automatic. The hybrid GS 450h has an Atkinson-cycle version of the 3.5-liter V6, with the Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive that combines the gasoline engine and the electric motor for a total system output of 338 horsepower and, in the bargain, exceptional fuel economy. The GS 350 has EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive and 19/26 city/highway with all-wheel drive, while the 450h hybrid is EPA-rated at 29/34 mpg, city/highway.

3.5-liter V6
306 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg (RWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter V6 + electric motor and battery pack
286 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
180-horsepower electric motor – 338 net system horsepower
254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/34 mpg

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2014 Lexus GS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 34 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

The best made car I ever had.

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great engineering. Does everything nice."

Cons: "Styling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"No rattles after 4 years says it all. This car is quite, fast, comfortable and reliable. It gives you a lot for your money. $10K less than a 5 Series and just as good."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good, but I expected so much more

By on Wednesday, April 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "It's a rattle box with too much tire noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This was my first Lexus, having driven Maximas since 1990. In fact I used to get a new one every five years. I stopped buying them because the quality went way down along with the resale value while the price kept going up. That said, I decided I would spring for a Lexus. First I liked the styling until I noticed that I can't tell the difference between an ES and a GS. Second for a vehicle that costs this much it has way too many rattles in the dashboard and way too much tire noise enters the cabin. I actually bought new Michelins thinking this would improve it, it did not. Overall the car drives fine though not really exciting. I find the rattles and tire noise very annoying so I am looking forward to replacing it if these can't be fixed."

Best value in its class BY FAR

By on Thursday, March 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great power, every desired feature, top quality"

Cons: "Styling takes getting used to"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm a guy with well above average interest in cars. In the last 20 years, I have owned six cars in the GS/E-Class/5-Series class. This is my third Lexus GS and it is an outstanding car. Two points first. 1. We need to be honest and admit that the Germans overprice their cars. Not to take anything away from them, but it has become increasingly difficult to rationally justify the premium. They do not hold their value better than Lexus and their quality is not up to the Lexus bar. If you like the styling, features, driving characteristics, cache or ergonomics of one car over another, buy it and enjoy. Just be honest that you are not spending that much more for a better car. 2. Historically, the biggest difference between Lexus and the Germans was ride and handling. As I have gotten a little older (50 is now in the rearview mirror) the harshness of the German ride got harder and harder to take. I want to feel the road, but around the greater Chicagoland area, feeling the full scourge of every pothole can make a guy really cranky when he gets out of his fancy car. The current generation GS is a marked improvement in driving capabilities over its predecessors, particularly handling. The historical gap between the GS and its german competitors is nowhere near where it once was. I haven't shipped the car over to Nurburgring to run the loop and doubt anyone else will do that either. But for daily driving and hitting twisty country roads, it is tough to beat the GS in the handling category. As to ride, I don't think you can select any car in this class and judge one better than another. They are different. The GS has great rigidity while not rattling bones. I prefer that choice for reasons stated above. The car has every bell and whistle one could want. I learned years ago that buying an extended warranty is a waste of money as nothing ever goes wrong with Lexus cars. The new styling is OK. I liked the previous generation more but think the minor tweaks to the current generation made for 2016 make a major improvement. The car feels luxurious and no one confuses it with a Taurus or Accord. Overall, both thumbs way up."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

A Car to Own

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Overall Performance-Handling, Brakes, Tires"

Cons: "Voice Commands-have room for improvement"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A mixture of sophistication and sport. Everything about this car is solid luxury. Classy, comfortable, quiet ride at all speeds. Such responsive and intuitive handling, you'll get the feeling it could do back-flips on demand. Controlled- quiet, alert power. The tech features, brakes, tires, steering, and finish of interior and exterior are top of the line. Excellent sound system. Safety, and of course the awesome reliability separates the "Wanna Be's" from the highest quality vehicle. Drove many other makes, and kept coming back to the GS. Lexus did a great job, and bumped themselves up a notch with this car."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

One of the best

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "MPG could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One of the best cars in its segment this car has better performance then my previous car the 2012 G37XS it feels better on the road and faster even with less HP.I drove the Mercedes E350 felt very dated on the inside drove the BMW 535 really nice but infotainment felt dated and very small rear seat.This cars looks inside and out clearly very different and i have the F Sport when you change that dial its like driving a different car very top notch!!!"

8 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Top Notch

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, tech, luxury, comfort, reliability"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is the peak of luxury, quality, and performance. It's athletic, alert, and responsive! Incredible beauty inside and out. (turns heads) Filled with the latest easy to use tech. items. Awesome steering, tires and brakes. Seats so comfortable even on the longest rides. Sound system is a dream! I saved the best for last-reliability=true quality. Blows the competition out of the water there-they can't or won't compete!! Treat yourself at least once in a lifetime to a real car. This is it!"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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