2015 Lexus GS 350

What's new for 2015? The biggest change for the 2015 Lexus GS 350 comes in the way of a revamped infotainment display that can be subdivided to view and control up to three different functions (audio, navigation, etc.). There are also 18-inch wheels that come as standard and a new limited-edition Crafted Line trim level.

A couple of years ago Lexus fully redesigned its GS 350 midsize luxury sport sedan. We were impressed how the car gained new levels of desirability thanks to strong performance, plenty of features and a comfortable and luxurious interior. For 2015, the GS 350 continues to be a top pick in its class.

Take a test-drive and you'll likely be impressed by the GS's sharp handling, which can be further bolstered by the F Sport package for those with a greater penchant for performance. Unlike other performance-focused sport sedans, though, this Lexus doesn't make significant comfort sacrifices. The GS 350 is equally suitable for daily commutes or long road trips. Add to that a quality interior with a generous helping of technology and the GS is poised to challenge the long established European choices.

New for 2015 is added functionality to the optional navigation upgrade. Drivers can now view and control up to three systems at a time (navigation, audio, climate control, etc.) with a multiple split-screen mode.

Exterior Highlights
Midsize luxury sports sedan that seats five, available in base and Crafted Line trim levels

Classified as a midsize luxury sport sedan, the 2015 Lexus GS 350 features seating for five and is offered in two trim levels: base and Crafted Line.

The base GS 350 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, LED accent lights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, driver-selectable drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow), auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats (with two-way power lumbar), driver seat memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, matte wood trim and ambient lighting.

On the technology front, the GS 350 comes standard with Lexus' Remote Touch interface, an 8-inch central display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack. Also included is Siri integration for select iPhones and the Lexus Enform smartphone app that can remotely start the engine, adjust climate control, monitor the vehicle's position and set limits and receive alerts for speed, distance and curfew.

There are many options available, but it's important to note that their availability and grouping with each other can depend on the region in which you live.

Bundled options include the Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel, a heavy-duty heater, headlamp washers, water-repellent front door glass and a wiper de-icer), the Premium package (heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade and automatic wipers) and the Luxury package (includes the Premium package plus 14-way-adjustable front seats, four-way power lumbar, adaptive headlights, an adaptive suspension with a Sport S+ mode, passenger seat memory functions, LED foglights, different 18-inch wheels, glossy interior wood trim, rear-seat climate and audio controls, manual rear door sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery and a wood-trimmed steering wheel). Heated rear seats can be added to the Luxury package. The Navigation system adds, beyond the obvious, voice controls, a larger 12.3-inch display and Enform smartphone app integration. An optional Blind Spot Monitor also includes rear cross traffic alerts and power-folding mirrors.

The performance-focused F Sport package also includes the Premium package and adds 19-inch wheels with performance tires (all-season tires for the AWD models), unique exterior styling, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, a variable-ratio steering system, upgraded brakes and 12-way-adjustable sport seats with four-way power lumbar.

A limited-edition GS 350 called the Crafted Line adds to the F Sport package with unique paint, a two-tone black and red interior, a two-piece set of Tumi luggage, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts, front and rear parking sensors and the aforementioned navigation system.

Available stand-alone options for the base GS 350 include lane keeping assist, a pre-collision warning and vehicle preparation system (includes a driver drowsiness monitor), adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, an automated parallel parking system, a Dynamic Handling system with rear steering, and a 17-speaker premium Mark Levinson sound system.

Well-crafted interior, quality materials, adjustable front seats, ability to view and control up to 3 systems with a triple split screen, rearview camera

As with most other Lexus vehicles, the 2015 GS 350 benefits from a well-crafted interior with quality materials. With supple leather and attractive wood and aluminum trim, it rivals the quality found in its German competitors. The front seats provide plenty of adjustments, support and padding for hours of comfortable touring. Upgrading to the F Sport package will enhance lateral support further, with adjustable side bolsters and additional thigh support. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults.

New for 2015 is an upgraded screen included with the navigation system that gives the driver the ability to view and control up to three systems via a triple split screen.

Cargo capacity is about average for the class, with 14.1 cubic feet of capacity, but the rear seats do not fold to offer additional space. There is a center trunk pass-through for larger objects, though.

Standard safety features for the 2015 Lexus GS 350 include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front and rear side airbags, a rearview camera and front seat active head restraints. The standard Enform Safety Connect system includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assist button.

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