We recently welcomed the latest addition to Kelley Blue Book's long-term fleet in the form of a 2014 Lexus GS 350. Less than a few weeks into its stay with us and it is already in the running for most popular thanks in part to its comfortable, quiet ride. Dunked in Liquid Platinum, our long-term Lexus GS 350 is the latest certified pre-owned long-term vehicle to join our fleet. Like our long-term Buick Enclave, we are mirroring the CPO experience by testing vehicles that are coming out of the manufacturers' press car fleet, much the same way a consumer would acquire an off-lease car from the dealer. After a CPO inspection, the Lexus GS 350 was turned over to KBB for evaluation with more than 7,000 miles on the odometer.

Comfortable cruiser

As it sits, our GS 350 checks out at $47,700 but optional features like Blind Spot Monitor ($700), Luxury Package with heated rear seats and a Cold Weather Package ($6,680), Navigation with Lexus Enform ($1,735), One Touch Power Trunk ($400), Park Assist ($64) and a cargo net and trunk mat ($105) raise the final asking price to $58,794 new. That includes a $910 destination and handling fee. The KBB Fair Market Price for this model is $49,421 and the range extending from $47,527-$51,314, which represents a savings of about $10,000 over new.

Standard features on our GS 350 include perforated heated and cooled leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, moonroof, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Safety features like 10 airbags, stability and traction control, a backup camera, and automatic collision notification are also standard. 

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Under the hood, the 3.5-liter V6 engine is rated at 308 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. So far we've noticed that the rear-drive GS has no problems getting out of its own way or around others. An 8-speed automatic transmission rows through the gears and helps the 2014 GS 350 achieve an EPA-rated 19 city/29 highway/23 combined. As part of the optional Luxury Package, adaptive variable suspension and different drive modes make the GS feel lighter than expected. Also part of the Luxury Package are 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires which contribute to the quiet, comfortable ride. 

Over the course of the next 12 months, we expect the GS 350 to be a popular choice for staffers who have long commutes as well as being the vehicle of choice for many date nights, tee times, and whatever else involves chauffeuring friends and loved ones around. Check back next month after we've had some time to settle into the 2014 Lexus GS 350. 

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