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Optional 16- or 18-way adjustable seats seem like overkill, until you climb out of them and sit in the standard 10-way seats.
The ultrawide screen has great resolution and, smartly, is split asymmetrically, with the larger portion usually given over to navigation and the smaller side still able to show audio info, HVAC details, or hybrid system monitoring.
Opt for navigation, and the GS comes with a massive 12.3-inch screen that serves as the gateway to Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Pair your smartphone with the GS via Bluetooth or a physical connection, and you can access your Facebook, Bing, Pandora, OpenTable, and Yelp apps through the car.
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I've reviewed a lot of cars with navigation, and this is the most natural integration of voice-to-destination and routing I've seen.
There's an 835-watt Mark Levinson system so tight and clean it is hard to describe in words.
No Lexus would be complete without the requisite luxury and convenience items. In the GS 350, that list begins with standard power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; automatic climate control; an AM/FM/XM/DVD player with HD radio; Bluetooth with audio streaming; text-to-voice readback; leather upholstery; and power front seats.
Remote Touch is also standard. It's the Lexus infotainment controller that uses a mouselike device on the center console to operate climate, audio, and phone functions via an eight-inch display, which also becomes the output for the standard rearview camera. When the optional navigation system is ordered, Remote Touch displays on a huge, beautiful 12.3-inch-wide screen that's wide enough to split in half to simultaneously show mapping information and for audio tracks.
The navigation system enables the add-on of the most advanced of GS options, Lexus Enform. Enform is a platform that enables the use of mobile applications through the car's controls. Drivers can search Bing, stream Pandora audio, search for restaurant reservations through OpenTable, all via voice commands or via steering-wheel controls enabled by Enform, which also updates Facebook status and works with Android, iPhone and BlackBerry phones. It's the new frontier in connectivity--whether we like it or not, it's safer than the way most drivers use their mobile devices on the go today.
More conventional luxury options include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with 835 watts of power; a Premium Package with heated and ventilated front seats and rain-sensing wipers; heated rear seats; and a Luxury Package with adaptive headlights, adaptive suspension, unique leather; 18-way power front seats; rear climate controls; and a wood-trimmed steering wheel. All told, a fully trimmed Lexus GS 350 can press the $60,000 limit.
A new world of connectivity and big, bright high-end audio are some of the GS 350's best options.