Lexus Brings GS 350 Sedan Up to Date for 2014 Model Year with New 8-Speed Auto

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Default Lexus Brings GS 350 Sedan Up to Date for 2014 Model Year with New 8-Speed Auto

The latest version of the GS sedan was introduced in 2012, for the
2013 model year, featuring a host of visible and invisible changes
that Lexus thought would make a better contender in the class and
boost its sales. Now, it gets even more, courtesy of yet another model
year revamp, this time for 2014.

The Japanese automaker is announcing a few important updates for the
car, including the addition of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox –
probably the single most important of the operated changes. According
to Lexus, the 2014 GS 350 with its 306hp 3.5L V6 returns EPA-estimated
fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg
combined (RWD).

Next up, they’re offering Siri Eyes Free mode, which is an advanced
form of voice recognition and control that runs on Apple technology –
from my experience using the system on the iPhone, it does work, but
it still becomes glitchy very quickly when you stop treating it like a
machine…

Lexus is also saying that it has altered the exhaust system for the
3.5-liter V6 motor found under the hood of the GS 350 - it now offers
an improved engine note to go along with “the bolder personality” of
the refreshed car. Moreover, those who are already familiar with the
GS will immediately spot the new full color head-up display (HUD),
while the availability of optional blind spot warning is complimented
by the addition of Rear Cross Traffic alert, as well as power-folding
mirrors (which we were surprised to learn had not been available until
now).

However, if you want to specify the Lexus Night View system, you won’t
be able to, because it was discontinued from the options list. You’ll
have to compensate its loss with some of the other available new
pieces of kit/trim, like “Superchrome-“ finished 18-inch rims or new
digital controls mounted in the central rear armrest that “adds
display option to view radio station and song title information.”

All updates apply to the more powerful GS 450h too, but that doesn't
get the new gearbox. What it does do is mimic the behavior of the
conventional box for "more engaging performance," and reach
62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds, while still averaging 31 mpg on the
combined cycle.
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