Lexus GS Performance
Though some luxury large cars may offer more power, most critics agree that the 2014 Lexus GS is an enjoyable car to drive thanks to its smooth ride, nimble handling and refined engine.
- "All it takes is a few miles in the saddle to recognize that the GS is built for people who love to drive." -- AutoTrader
- "With sharp handling and steering, the latest GS is every bit as capable as rival German-brand luxury sport sedans on a winding road." -- Edmunds
- "To the Lexus reputation of refined luxury the 2014 GS line adds first-rate dynamic driving performance and eye-catching styling." -- Kelley Blue Book
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 GS 350 is powered by a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on models with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive models have a six-speed automatic. The GS 350 achieves an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a V6-powered car in this class.
Test drivers like the GS 350’s V6 engine because it is refined, though some wish more power was available at low rpm. Additionally, some reviewers would like the option of a more-powerful engine. Reviewers say that the eight-speed transmission executes well-timed shifts and helps the GS 350 accelerate faster and more smoothly than the six-speed.
- "Under the hood, the standard V6 is largely unchanged from the previous GS 350's V6, but it's still a gem, delivering its direct-injected thrust with vigor and refinement. The new-for-2014 8-speed automatic (rear-wheel drive only) improves fuel economy and helps the engine stay in its sweet spot during acceleration. Our only complaint is that Lexus doesn't offer a ridiculously powerful optional engine like the German twin-turbo V8s or the Infiniti M56's V8." -- AutoTrader
- "The GS 350 is one of the few cars in this segment that still has a naturally aspirated V6 engine and, in contrast to competitors with turbocharged or supercharged engines, you need to rev fairly high to get the most out of it. The all-wheel-drive model's six-speed auto is somewhat of a liability in this regard, but the eight-speed auto's extra gears should allow drivers of the rear-drive GS to access the V6's power with minimal effort." -- Edmunds
- "It's good for 306 horsepower, but it doesn't come on as quickly as the twin-turbo inline-six in the BMW 535." -- Cars.com (2013)
Handling and Braking
Test drivers say that a smooth ride, sharp handling and strong brakes make the 2014 Lexus GS 350 a pleasure to drive. They note that the F Sport package, which includes an adjustable sport-tuned suspension, makes the GS 350’s handling even more impressive.
- "Around turns, the GS feels alert, planted to the road and ready to change direction on a whim -- characteristics that are amplified when the car is equipped with the F Sport package and options like variable-ratio steering and rear-wheel steering." -- Edmunds
- "The 2014 Lexus GS will bring big smiles to driving enthusiasts, with a level of handling response and capabilities that's more commonly associated with those time-honored sports-sedan nameplates." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Nonetheless, even the F Sport retains a pleasantly supple ride on imperfect pavement, though the base GS is more compliant, and the optional non-sport-tuned adaptive dampers make it smoother still. Road and wind noise are appropriately low." -- AutoTrader
- "Braking is responsive and might be the best of any Lexus on the market, although that's not a ringing endorsement in itself. It falls between the aggressive braking of the 5 Series and the more lethargic Infiniti M sedan." -- Cars.com (2013)