Lexus GS Review
The 2014 Lexus GS ranks 3 out of 11 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lexus GS, as well as reliability and safety data.
Test drivers say that the 2014 Lexus GS 350 offers a well-built, comfortable interior and nimble handling, which are qualities that help it stand out in a premium class.
The Lexus GS has a V6 engine that reviewers say is refined and powerful, although they note that many competitors like the BMW 5-Series and Infiniti Q70 offer optional engines that provide stronger acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on 2014 GS 350 models with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available, and comes with a six-speed automatic. Test drivers say the new eight-speed automatic helps the GS 350 accelerate more quickly and smoothly than the six-speed transmission. The 2014 Lexus GS 350 gets 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a V6-powered luxury large car. Reviewers say that the Lexus GS 350 has a smooth ride and sharp handling, and the GS 350 is even more athletic when equipped with an optional F Sport package.
Auto writers think the Lexus GS 350’s interior is well-constructed and features excellent-quality materials, a sophisticated design and comfortable, spacious seats. The 2014 Lexus GS 350 comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a backup camera, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a 12-speaker surround sound audio system and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 18-way, power-adjustable front seats, a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker premium surround sound audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane keep assist. Reviewers think that the Remote Touch controller can be difficult to use, particularly while driving. However, they like the large screen and clear graphics that the optional navigation system provides.
- "Lexus has built an almost peerless reputation for reliability over the years, but performance has never been its strong suit, to put it mildly. So we're as surprised as everyone else that the new GS is a genuine driver's car." -- AutoTrader
- "Sharp handling, generous standard features and an impeccably crafted cabin make the 2014 Lexus GS 350 a top contender among midsize luxury sport sedans." -- Edmunds
- "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The new GS' impressive blend of nimble handling, quiet road manners, intriguing looks and high-level interior seem like the perfect blueprint for the brand's future." -- Cars.com (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Audi A6 has engaging performance and an attractive, tech-filled interior. The A6 also has a lower starting price than the GS 350, and the base model gets excellent fuel economy for the class.
Automotive journalists say that the Jaguar XF has powerful optional supercharged engines and nimble handling. The XF also has a large trunk for the class and critics say it has a stylish, well-appointed interior.
Details: 2014 Lexus GS
The 2014 Lexus GS 350 seats five and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Lexus GS Hybrid is reviewed separately. Lexus redesigned the GS 350 for the 2013 model year and it sees minor changes for 2014, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.