When speaking of Lexus, words like refined, distinct and poised come to mind. Lexus is known for its tradition of reliability and quality in fit and finish of its vehicles. And because of this, it is no wonder that their tagline is "The Pursuit of Perfection." It's no surprise then how comfortable and well-crafted the interior of our 2014 Lexus GS 350 long-termer is to sit and drive in.

So far our GS has spent time shuttling staffers to and from our offices in Irvine to various locations in the Inland Empire and the South Bay. The Lexus GS is definitely a favorite, so much so that some staffers start planning their weekend excursions by the middle of the week in order to lay claim to the car. 

Comfortable Surroundings

And what's not to love about the Lexus GS. Once inside you are ensconced in a beautifully appointed interior with Linear Espresso Wood Interior and brushed metal trim. It's a cabin befitting a luxury sedan, with supple leather seats, rich color scheme and meticulous stitching on the dash and door panels. Having taken delivery of our GS after it had served duty in Lexus' press fleet, we remain impressed with the interior and its lack of wear and tear despite being used by a lot of different drivers in a variety of test conditions. The car's condition only underscores the appeal of shopping for Certified Pre-Owned models as a way to score a deal.

Among the other features that continue to impress us is the heated wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, which fits well in your hands. The cleverness of the automatic tilt-away feature of the power tilt and telescopic steering column is an added benefit that makes it easy to enter and exit the vehicle.  And the preciseness with which you can set the front seat to suit your level of comfort is made possible by the 18-way power front seats with memory -- for both driver and passenger -- included in the Luxury Package ($6,680). In addition, if your seat happens to feel too warm just turn on the ventilated front seats and cool, soothing air will begin to circulate behind and beneath you. 

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A nifty feature also worth mentioning is the power rear sunshade, which is activated by the push of a button on the center console. The sunshade is useful in keeping the interior cooler by blocking out the sun's rays that enter through the backlight. And if you really want to darken the rear interior there are two sets of manual shades in each rear door. Talk about privacy.

A Quiet Cabin

The interior's quietness is notable. The doors close with a soft, but solid sound. Once inside the Lexus GS the world outside is silenced leaving the driver enveloped in a hushed and serene environment. Even driving at highway speeds of 60-70 mph very little noise intrudes, save tire noise over the occasional rough patch of road.      

Getting up to the speed limit is not only quiet but effortless in the GS with its 3.5-liter V6 which puts out 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the 8-speed automatic transmission - available on the rear-wheel-drive version -- the GS's V6 power can be felt as soon as you step on the accelerator. 

While we have yet to take the 2014 Lexus GS 350 on a road trip it seems it would be a great travel partner with its available power and quiet comfort. As a fairly new member of our long-term fleet there are more drives and long-distance trips to come. Check back for updates.

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