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MSRP: $61,330 - $61,330
Invoice: $57,038 - $57,038
MPG: 29 City / 34 Hwy
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Lexus GS Hybrid Interior

Test drivers write that the 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid’s cabin is luxurious, with sumptuous materials and excellent build quality. Supportive front seats earn praise from critics, and though the GS Hybrid has a small trunk for the class, luggage space is good for a hybrid sedan. Reviewers note that the infotainment system’s controller can be difficult to use.

  • "Nice touches and details abound, from ‘Lexus’-stamped scuff plates on all doorsills to contrast stitching on the upper instrument panel, door panels and shift boot." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In typical Lexus style, the 2015 GS 450h features a well-crafted interior with high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "A three-spoke steering wheel and meaty side-view mirrors signal the car's sporting intentions, while elsewhere items like an understated analog clock and tasteful contrasting stitching help to create an air of refined, high-quality luxury." -- Left Lane News
  • "If the outside draws shoppers in, the interior will wow them. I don't normally go gaga over interior design, especially in a Lexus, but the thin silver strip in the center of the dash where a CD is inserted - does anyone still bring CDs into cars? - sets the table." -- Cars.com (2013)

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Seating

The 2015 Lexus GS 450h seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated and power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Heated rear seats are optional. Reviewers note that the front seats are supportive, and some wish there was more foot space under the front seats.

  • "The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear-seat space has improved slightly and offers good headroom and generous knee clearance, but footroom under the front seats is tight." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Six-footers have ample legroom and, at worst adequate, headroom. The seats are very comfortable, and the standard power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel helps fine tune the driving position." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "These seats aren't just for skinny drivers, either, with plenty of thigh support and nice wide seat bottoms and backs." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid comes standard with a moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and an infotainment system that includes Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary ports and Bluetooth. The infotainment system is controlled via an 8-inch display and Lexus’ mouse-like Remote Touch controller. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, parallel parking assist, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, a 12.3-inch screen and the Lexus Enform App Suite, which connects with your smartphone and allows you to control apps like Pandora Internet radio using the infotainment screen.

Critics recommend trying the Remote Touch controller for yourself, as they agree that it can be difficult to select items on the infotainment screen. They also wish the infotainment system had more dedicated buttons, so you don’t have to rely so heavily on the controller.

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  • "The dashboard contains relatively few buttons due to a mouse-like knob that handles audio and navigation adjustments. Many buyers find that the somewhat fiddly knob is a love-it-or-hate-it item, so shoppers are strongly encouraged to try before they buy." -- Left Lane News
  • "Unfortunately, Lexus' Remote Touch interface is the only way to control the infotainment system. This interface uses an awkward mouselike device that makes selecting on-screen buttons difficult when the GS 450h is stationary and even more problematic when moving. The problems are further complicated by a lack of physical shortcut buttons." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2015 Lexus GS 450h has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is small for an upscale midsize car but decent for a hybrid sedan. The GS Hybrid is not available with folding rear seats, but it does have a center trunk pass-through for thin items. A power trunk lid is optional. Reviewers are pleased with the width of the trunk and find it easy to load.

  • "With the hybrid battery pack consuming some trunk space, the GS 450h can accommodate a smaller than average 13 cubic feet of cargo, which is about 1 cubic foot smaller than the nonhybrid GS 350. The rear seats do not fold to offer additional space, but there is a center trunk pass-through for longer objects." -- Edmunds
  • "Lexus also repackaged the hybrid battery so it doesn't take up as much trunk space as the previous generation's; the hybrid now has a respectable 13.2 cubic feet." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Trunk space is not particularly generous, especially in the hybrid, but the cargo hold is wide and easily accessed." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 2/19/15

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