2014 Lexus GS 350 is elegant, fun and sporty

GS-350-exterior-liquid-platinum-overlay-1204x677-GS1000-2014-Lexus (1)The 2014 Lexus GS 350 has all the luxury and elegance you would expect from a Lexus, but it has a new twist — it also has fun, sporty handling. Inside, the cabin is upholstered with the finest material and comfortably seats four adults. Aside from being comfortable, the 2014 350 is loaded with technological features such as audio streaming and an infotainment system.

The new-generation GS 350 was introduced for the 2013 model year and has a long list of enhancements for 2014, including a new eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters (RWD model), heightening performance response and improving fuel efficiency.

The Lexus GS 350 has a sweeping, coupe-like profile, yet still has ample headroom for rear-seat passengers. The new GS offers greater rear headroom, knee room, legroom and foot space than the previous model, but in a sleeker package. The trunk also grew with the redesign and can easily accommodate four golf bags.

Behind the distinctive spindle grille, the GS 350 has a powerful 306-hp, 3.5-liter V- 6 engine with a unique combination of both direct fuel injection and additional port fuel injectors. That combination ensures ample power and torque at all engine speeds. The available F SPORT Package, which can be paired with either the RWD model or with the available all-weather drive (AWD) system, sharpens the handling and driving without disrupting the smoothness.

The Lexus all-weather drive option is an all-season traction and handling enhancer in the GS 350. Using an electronically controlled center differential, the system can vary the front-to-rear torque balance from its default ratio of 30:70 to as much as 50:50, depending on driving conditions. You will feel the result in higher traction on slippery roads, but not feel the system’s seamless transitions.

One special technology feature is the integration of the Siri Eyes Free Mode in the 2014 GS 350. Compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications, read calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.

Inside, the cabin is trimmed in perforated leather and matte dark brown walnut wood, and there are standard 10-way power front seats. Rear seat passengers are treated no less regally, with deeply scalloped seats providing excellent support and generous legroom for long trips. I also liked the energy- saving S-Flow automatic climate control system. It detects if there is a front passenger and directs airflow only to the occupied front seat or seats.

The MSRP on the Lexus GS 350 is $47,250.

Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to <Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.

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