2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Review

A Weekend Family Road-trip in the 2014 Lexus GS350 F Sport

If you are a family man and searching for a luxury sports car you should see the fun we had with my family driving the 2014 Lexus GS F Sport across Carolinas to Georgia for Easter. Here is my review in which I talk about a weekend road trip with my family in this sedan.

Two weeks ago I was offered to test drive the 2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport and write my impressions. As I was going to make a trip to Atlanta from Hickory, NC for the Easter Weekend, I thought this would be a good opportunity to drive it on highways, small cities and in a large city such as Atlanta and share my opinion based on solid data.

As a result we drove the 2014 GS 350 F Sport two times to Atlanta from Hickory, NC (5 hours each way) and also to Charlotte, NC (1.5 hours each way). Total I drove about 1200 miles. While most people may look at this stylish beautiful car as a sports vehicle I looked at it from the perspective of a driving my family in it, let’s say going to a long distance trip.

2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Side View

There were five of us driving together: my wife and our three children, aged 10, 6 and 1.5. When you drive with a family safety is your first concern. As I mentioned above we were going to Atlanta for the Easter as I am also involved in a Christian ministry in a community there.

2014 GS 350 Front View

GS 350 F Sport Safety
Lexus has equipped the GS with 10 airbags. All together there are 18 airbags and sensors. This also includes side airbags for rear seat passenger (very important when driving children) and knee airbags for the front-seat passenger and a driver.

Luxury Interior and Stylish Exterior
If you are looking for a luxury sports sedan you should at least test drive the new GS 350 F Sport. The car is well built. Interior is spacious, really nice. It comes with comfortable seats. Our three children comfortably seated in the back (including a car seat) and endured the 5-hour drive with no problems.

GS 350 rear interior

It’s upscale and stands out as a premium vehicle.

2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Interior

Exterior look is intriguing and quite impressive. If you compare it with the very first generation of the GS 350 you will see how far the 4th generation is gone.

2014 GS 350 F Sport Exterior

Some Cool Features

How to Connect Compatible Bluetooth-equipped phones.
If your phone is compatible you can connect it to your GS 350 in order to enable hands-free operation and drive safer. As our cars become technologically more advanced use the hands-free operations as much as you can, including voice commands for navigation and radio.

First you need to register in the system to use the Bluetooth. Press the MENU button on the Remote Touch. Then select “Phone”, then choose “Yes.” Follow the instructions on the screen. Some smartphones may require additional prompts. If so, refer to your smartphone’s user manual for additional information on how to connect your Bluetooth-equipped smartphone to your car.

The New Lexus GS350 has an excellent Voice Command System.
Use this and driver safer. Forget about pushing buttons to select your favorite radio channel or to set up driving directions to your destination. Use the Voice Command System.
Simply push the Voice Command button, which is found on your Lexus’ steering wheel. Remember one important thing: you must always wait for the beep or screen icon before speaking. If you want to Cancel it, simply push and hold the switch. Numbers must be recited in single digits. You can always use “Go Back” if desired outcome is not shown.

Here are some handy commands you can use when driving.

  • Find nearby gas stations
  • Enter and Address
  • Go Home
  • Fuel Prices
  • Traffic
  • Weather
  • Sports Scores
  • Stock Quotes
  • I am hungry
  • Phonebook calls: Say contact first and last name.
  • Dial

The voice command can also find nearly coffee shopts for you as well as restaurants according to your taste (For example, Barbeque, Fast Food, Italian, Ice Cream, Pizza etc…) as well as beauty Salons, Parking, Schools and Hospitals. My personal advice here, stop your vehicle, make your commands, find your desire destination and then continue driving. It will be safer for you and for fellow drivers on the road.

The Voice Command also has a Mobile Assist feature which will allow you to activate Apple’s Siri. To activate this feature you need to first connect to the system via Bluetooth.

Driving mode select switch
One handy feature that I particularly like was this driving mode select switch option, found on driver’s right side. My GS 350 came with four modes.


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Thank you Armen for this well written , informative review. Personally, I find the retail price of the car to be astoundingly high. But I must confess that I do appreciate the Honda features mentioned, as well as the Acura look alike exterior. Just a friendly jab. All Japanese luxury brands share design aspects developed in the California Design Studio. Looking to the rear seat and the children, did you find the backseat accommodating? How was the rear ventilation and air-conditioning? Did you find the visibility from the driver's seat to be restricted? How was the over-all ride and suspension, road noise, wind noise, etc? Did you like the fit and finish of the car? Thank you.
Great article. It is obvious that Mr. McCants is not familiar with the Lexus brand as there is a big difference between the other Japanese brands and Lexus. How many manufacturers have " The Pursuit of Perfection as their mantra or have a covenant that seeks to build the best cars ever built, the best dealer network, and treating customers as guests in their home. Ask anyone who owns a Lexus. While you are at it ask anyone who owns a German car how much they spend on repairs after the warranty was over. Sure there are many great cars out there and Lexus is # 1 in least cost to own.
Mike thanks for the slap but I owned 3 Lexus products over the years. With that said, I agree with you that the line's quality is consistent and dealership service good. Is it the greatest value in a luxury Sedan in its class? We'll see.
You are most welcome Parks. Mike and Parks I see both of your points. Personally I wouldn't be able to afford this vehicle, although I test-drove it. Lexus makes them for a special segment. I am glad there are other alternatives for those of us who can't afford this.
This car looks nothing like any of the cars in the modern Acura lineup.
Truly Patrick, who cares? But Just for fun, take a look at the exiting Acura TL. I find neither exterior design to be cutting edge or exciting. Appliances...
Nice article! I love my 2014 GS Fsport...we are a family of 4 in Carolina also, and it's a very fun car to drive to and from work, but also go the beach or major cities...
Thank you Chris for your comment. Indeed we enjoyed driving it. It's little expensive, but a good car for a family if can be afforded.
Looking at purchasing either this or the LS 460. Wish one could have added picks of how kids/adults looked seated in the back seats? Are they comfortable? Appreciate the review. Guess I'll have to visit the dealership to find out.
Thank you Brandon. I found the Lexus GS350 F Sport's back seats very comfortable. My three children sat there during our trip from NC to Atlanta and no one complained. Very comfortable vehicle, just above my budget.