2008 Lexus GS Hybrid Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Lexus GS Hybrid was new.
Reviewers generally agree the GS 450 Hybrid interior is almost flawlessly designed, with comfort, high-tech features and attention to detail. Although the seating is comfortable, many test drivers conclude that for taller occupants, the headroom in the front seat may be an issue, and that the back seat can be somewhat tight and restrictive. US News' Rick Newman concludes that the "slick workmanship in the cabin may be the best in the industry, from perfectly spring-loaded lids on storage boxes to supremely comfortable seats."
The Lexus cabin is simple to navigate and has an outstanding level of luxury. Forbes says, "Lexus has done this right," with its "handsome interior." calls the cabin of the GS 450 Hybrid "classic Lexus with nothing fake and plenty of amenities."
Car and Driver describes the Lexus interior as "beautifully finished" and " excelling in small details," and adds that the many high-tech features are "enhanced by a touch-screen secondary-control collective that makes those of the other cars seem even more unnecessarily complicated." "strongly agrees with this assessment, adding that "the cabin is definitely classic Lexus, with lots of leather and real wood -- nothing fake here -- and plenty of amenities....I'd say there are probably more luxury features on the GS 450h than on a comparably equipped [BMW] 5 Series." The Minneapolis Star Tribune adds that the GS 450 Hybrid features "the highest level of standard luxury equipment and includes features that are optional."
The GS 450 Hybrid has room for five adults. Auto writers agree that overall seating is comfortable, yet a handful of reviews say the space can be tight for tall people. Forbes Autos reports that that "comfort level is top-notch, with accommodating leather seats, substantial headroom and legroom up front for average-size occupants". Autobytel notes that although there is enough legroom upfront, "hip room felt somewhat constrained."
From the driver's seat, auto writers agree that the level of luxury and convenience in the 2008 Lexus GS Hybrid is superb. BusinessWeek reports that the Lexus' "interior is well-designed and beautifully laid out", while Kelley Blue Book calls the luxury features and controls of the GS 450 Hybrid "user-friendly," with dials and gauges "within easy reach and laid out in a clean configuration." Yet, Forbes Autos notes that shorter riders may find the "high dashboard and windowsills hamper their outward visibility".
Auto reviewers agree that although the GS 450 Hybrid is a comfortable ride, the backseat may be a squeeze. Forbes Autos says "taller riders may not find enough backseat legroom," calling it "snug for taller occupants." The observes that the rear seat is actually "sufficient only for two passengers," but they are very comfortably accommodated."
For the 2008 model year, the GS 450 Hybrid gets minimal updating. Cars.com says that the hybrid Lexus "sees the same revisions that affect the rest of the GS line up, including light styling changes and a new instrument panel."
Edmunds reports, "When you buy the Lexus GS 450h, you're pretty much getting the top-of-the-line GS. The cabin is decked out with high-quality wood and leather trim." The GS 450 Hybrid comes standard with perforated leather 10-way control power seats with lumbar support for the driver and front passenger that are heated and ventilated with a multi-stage fan. In addition, the Lexus Memory System retains seat and mirror positions for different drivers. The Lexus also has cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera with full-color display, SmartAccess remote keyless entry and ignition and a moonroof.
Stereo and Entertainment
The GS 450 Hybrid comes standard with a Lexus Premium Sound System with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. The vehicle can be fitted with an optional 14-speaker, 330-watt Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, which auto reviewers almost universally praise. CNET finds the upgraded system "impressive as much for its excellent sound quality as it is for its broad range of 3-letter functions: from its ability to play MP3 and WMA-encoded CDs to its ASP (automatic sound leveling) and DSP (digital sound processing)."
The GS 450 Hybrid has an optional Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System, which testers generally find appealing for its crisp graphics, yet are divided on how easy it is to use. CNET finds the voice-activation system challenging, recommending that destinations be programmed by hand using the touch screen on the high-resolution display. In contrast MSN finds the navigation system "easy to use," but also notes complications with the voice-activation feature. Forbes says that the 2008 Lexus GS Hybrid navigation is "more difficult to operate than a simple series of buttons and switches," but Car and Driver wisely notes that the Lexus navigation is "infinitely simpler to use than BMWs iDrive or the Mercedes COMAND system."
The GS 450 Hybrid comes equipped with 7.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which auto reviews are divided about, because in comparison to the non-hybrid Lexus (and most every vehicle in its class), the trunk space on the Lexus is meager. Edmunds reports that "four suitcases or golf bags would be nearly impossible to fit in the GS 450h's trunk." Yet, Forbes calls the trunk space "sufficient," saying that it can accommodate two sets of golf clubs. MSN finds the cargo space " fairly large and has a low, wide opening, but there are no folding rear seatbacks to enlarge the cargo area."