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Test Drive: 2014 GS 350

Our test Lexus GS 350 AWD came to on the sticker, including a host of and the $910 destination charge.

Lexus GS 350 AWD

Dates tested .

Miles driven . 436

Real-world economy . 18.5 mpg

Driving mix . 55% highway

Base price . (not including $910 charge)

Options on test car . monitor ($700), Luxury ($6580), Mark Levinson system ($1380), Navigation ($1735), Illuminated door ($425), All-weather floor ($120)

Price as tested .

The great . Silky drivetrain

The . Handsome cabin, reasonable economy

The not so good . Gimmicky suspension, ride clunk on surfaces

Stepping out of a Lexus GS and into a Lexus GS 350 is almost

It’s almost like the same car.

We pulled off out-one-door-and-in-the-other trick when cars were in our test simultaneously. In terms of outward passenger room, interior cabin storage, visibility, and you won’t easily be able to one from the other. Ride and behaviors between the two models are doppelgängers, too. When equipped, control location, and functionality are the same—for better or for

In gray, the GS’s cabin on a somber tone, though and assembly quality are top notch. A GS 450h being evaluated sported lighter cabin and presented as decidedly more

As for major differences, the GS 350 will let you get out of the with a bit more of your account still intact—at until you start forking it faster at the gas station. Plus, the standard-equipment list is slightly most of the “missing” items can be had at cost.


Both models are powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine, but the hybrid adds the electric motor helps boost maximum horsepower to 338, which is 32 than the GS 350 gets from the gas alone. Plus, in place of the continuously variable automatic the 350 uses a conventional stepped automatic that shifts crisply without appreciable Indeed, like the GS 450h, the GS 350 can be speedy. But it’s not as thrifty fill-ups. In a week’s worth of miles, 51 percent of it under driving conditions—the 350 averaged mpg for me, almost 11 mpg behind my turn in the EPA ratings for the all-wheel-drive 350 we tested are 19 mpg 26 mpg highway; front-drive-only versions are at 28 mpg on the open road.

Click into “Sport S+” on the 350’s optional Adaptive Suspension and you will notice a tighter steering and a little ride if you concentrate on those for a bit. The changes from the setting are subtle, but they’re

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Without having to make for an electric-motor battery pack as the must, the 350 boasts the most space in the GS family. The space between the wheel arches but it extend farther forward. The of the pack also permits the 350 to a pass-through between the trunk and seat.

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Thanks to the Package option, the test GS 350 highly polished wood on the steering wheel, dash, and that were so dark as to blend in with the black around them. Perhaps it the cabin seem a little than the one in the 450h, which was stylishly dramatic with its light-colored wood highlights in the places.

At a base $49,950, the GS 350 starts at $10,000 less than the It likely won’t stay way. A raft of options on our 350—especially the well-stocked Luxury ($6580), Mark Levinson system ($1380), and navigation ($1735)—drove the total up to $62,700 delivery, somewhat narrowing the gap our test 450h that was packed with quite a few

A decently large trunk somewhat more useful by decklid supports. It’s noting that the GS 450h up some of this space to its hybrid battery.

The best about the GS, and indeed the best about most Lexus is the drivetrain. Filtered through a refined 6-speed automatic the GS’s 3.5-liter V6 is almost until pushed, at which it emits a muted mechanical worthy of a car costing another Even then, the engine’s not loud, just announcing its to a significant throttle input.

The worst thing about car may be its small door openings. into and out of a GS requires more by the tall and wide among us do other cars in this

Also an issue is the ride. wonderfully settled at speed, the GS to pound somewhat gracelessly the larger potholes and surface that now dominate Chicago-area

Inside you’ll find a cabin. It’s worth that Consumer Guide a GS 350 and GS 450h back-to-back, and that the cabin failed to impress as much as the 450’s light and tan treatment did. That the GS’s interior is made of stuff and looks to have assembled by obsessive craftsmen.

I didn’t find much for the adjustable suspension. The “Sport S+” didn’t feel especially though the Eco-mode option, by way of throttle inputs, mostly stop-and-go driving insufferable.

The GS is a classy, somewhat stealthy ride with an exemplary Prices get high in a hurry if you let so consider your options

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