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2008 Lexus GS Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Lexus GS was new.

Reviews show that the 2008 Lexus GS interior epitomizes a luxurious cabin. From high-quality materials, impressive tech features, to a comfortable, serene ride, the GS is stylish. Auto reviewers conclude that the GS has comfortable seating and class-leading room for five adults.

Road and Track auto writers quote the interior as "first-class" with "all the luxury features you would expect," inside. Kelley Blue Book agrees, calling the GS "less isolated than the Lexus norm, but equals most any class rival for hushed refinement." With plenty of "comfortable seating and amenities and a ride that easily qualifies the luxury component of its dual-purpose nature," quotes Kelley Blue Book. In sum, the GS interior has "unmatched attention to detail," making the choice between the performance of a European sport sedan and the luxury of Lexus quite simple." Auto writers from Car and Driver agree, citing the comfort in both front and back seating. The seats "cosset you in every way and will spoil you with the superb tactile quality of all its surfaces and controls."

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Seating

Reviewers agree that the Lexus GS features a premium interior, providing ample space for passengers in a refined and attractive cabin. Kelley Blue Book writes "Overall, the passenger cabin is a comfortable, sensible environment outfitted in wood, polished metal and leather." The seats "cosset you in every way and will spoil you with the superb tactile quality of all its surfaces and controls." New Car Test Drive jokes that "we should all live in house appointed as well as the Lexus GS."

Front seating in the GS is designed to meet the driver's demands. "Nearly everyone can find a comfortable position behind the steering wheel of the GS," says New Car Test Drive, thanks to a combination of the 10-way-power-adjustable driver's seat and a thick-rimmed steering wheel with electrical tilt-telescopic control, finds. These features combined make for a "comfortable driving position." Although MSN finds the front console "large," and note that the driver's seat is not equipped to slide far enough back for the longer-legged drivers. Forbes notes that shorter riders may find the high dash and windowsills of the GS a hamper to outward visibility.

The Lexus GS rear seating is noted as comfortable and spacious. Forbes writes that taller passengers may find backseat legroom and front-seat headroom "at a premium," even though most auto reviewers find it adequate. Consumer Guide notes that the GS "feels less roomy than the BMW 5-Series or Mercedes Benz E-Class," but still provides decent leg room for most adults, but limited foot room and head room for taller riders. In addition, entry and exit in the Lexus GS may be "hampered a bit by narrowish door openings." Overall, the GS backseat is comfortable, "offering generous headroom and legroom plus comfortable quasi-bucket seats that provide welcome lateral support on spirited drives," adds Kelley Blue Book.

Interior Features

All Lexus GS trims come standard with wood and leather trim, 10-way controls, including lumbar, power seats for the driver and front passenger, heated front seating, height-adjustable headrests, the Lexus Memory System with Lexus Personalized Settings which controls the driver's seat positioning, carpeted floor mats, and front and rear cupholders. Auto reviewers from Kelley Blue Book find the 2008 Lexus GS base model stocked with "a complete list of standard features." Auto writers from The Family Car say the GS is "[l]oaded with all the luxury equipment Lexus offers."

Most reviewers are in consensus about the dashboard's unnecessary complexity, regardless of its attractiveness. To reduce cabin clutter, decides Kelley Blue Book auto reviewers, the drop-down dash is "cleverly hidden" but easily accessible. Consumer Guide finds the gauges "large" and "legible" in the pleasing dashboard layout, while also noting how the drop-down dash compromises accessibility and if let open can hit the knee of a driver while entering or exiting the Lexus GS. Auto reviewers from Kelley Blue Book note that technology fans "will love the seemingly endless array of gadgets and gizmos," yet find the dash to be a "phalanx so sophisticated it may turn off an equal number of buyers who feel one shouldn't have to be an MIT graduate to operate one's car."

Stereo and Entertainment

Auto writers agree that optional Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System Package provides a high quality crisp sound. Kelley Blue Book calls the system "one of the finest factory sound systems we've ever heard," delivering true surround sound to the cabin.

Navigation

The Lexus GS 350 can be equipped with an optional Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System Package. The navigation system, with clear map guidance, received mixed reviews from auto writers. In addition to including a premium stereo system upgrade, the package has a Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System with backup camera. The navigation system is touch screen-operated, utilizing a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system with five million preprogrammed points of interest. The DVD-based navigation system has "excellent resolution" and a three-dimensional map with shading, cites New Car Test Drive auto reviewers. "Navigating through the submenus doesn't take too much brainpower," reports New Car Test Drive. The "tall center stack," writes Forbes, houses the touch-screen monitor, which doubles as the navigation display, but the array of controls, for the audio and otherwise, "is more difficult to operate than a simple series of buttons and switches." A vocal minority disagrees, finding the dash and tech features on the GS appealing. MSN calls the Lexus GS "overcomplicated." "It seemingly has the computing power of the space shuttle and goes a long way towards becoming a full automated car."

Cargo

The 2008 Lexus GS has adequate trunk space within its class, yet reviewers disagree. MSN notes that the GS has "plenty of luggage space," with a trunk that lends itself to fast loading and unloading. Consumer Guide says that the trunk is "not that roomy and bulky rear wheel arches intrude." In addition, auto writers note the "small opening," which makes for awkward loading and unloading. Consumer Guide also mentions that the GS' rear seating does not fold back and finds the cabin's small-item storage limited.

Review Last Updated: 2/4/09

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