2014 Lexus GS 350 Long Term Update: We've been served
From a design and performance perspective, our long term 2014 Lexus GS 350 has been a revelation in that it now has both the looks and spirited dynamics that put it on equal footing with the best that Europe has to offer in a luxury sport sedan. With the odometer ticking over 17,000 miles, there has been little if anything that has been a disappointment. The car is comfortable and quiet, traditional Lexus strengths, but also, when performance is summoned, the GS 350's response is quick, precise and rewarding.
And fairly efficient. With the 308 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque on tap from the 3.5-liter V6 engine, we've seen an average fuel economy of 27 mpg, which is almost on the highway EPA rating of 29 mpg and well above the combined 23 mpg number. Granted, a lot of time spent in our GS has been freeway commuting and road trips rather than a stop-and-go city grind. In any event it's impressive.
Another factor worth noting is that our long term test of the Lexus GS 350 is designed to replicate the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) experience, so we took delivery of a test car from the Lexus press fleet that had more than 4,000 miles on it and had it run through the standard CPO inspection regimen. We're happy to report that the car is still in like-new condition with no major service issues having cropped up.
Service is key
While our 2014 GS 350 has surprised us with its stellar performance, we've been delighted by the Lexus service experience. Both dependability and high level of service are factors that initially earned Lexus' place in the luxury segment and taking the car in for two regularly scheduled maintenance intervals only reinforces that reputation. Our first visit for the 10,000 mile inspection and service, which included an oil change, was covered under warranty.
Our second visit, which actually occurred about 2,000 miles past the 15,000 regularly scheduled maintenance, was performed in about an hour and half and included the oil change, a replacement key battery, tire rotation, brake check and a top off of fluids and other routine inspection items. The total cost came to $132.43. We had set up an appointment, the car was received with no waiting and returned to us on time and washed. So far, the 2014 Lexus GS 350 has proven to be the complete package when it comes to luxury sport sedans.
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