A Weekend Family Road-trip in the 2014 Lexus GS350 F Sport
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.
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.
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.
It’s upscale and stands out as a premium vehicle.
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.
Some Cool Features
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.
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.
- Find nearby gas stations
- Enter and Address
- Go Home
- Fuel Prices
- Sports Scores
- Stock Quotes
- I am hungry
- Phonebook calls: Say contact first and last name.
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.