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in 2010 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $21,446 - $24,240
Original MSRP: $45,000 - $53,470
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2010 Lexus GS Interior

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Lexus is known for extraordinary interiors, and critics say the the GS continues that tradition. It consistently recieves high marks for luxurious materials and exemplary build quality, even when compared to other high-end luxury sedans. Several reviewers say, however, that it is a tight fit for taller drivers and passengers. 

  • "Lexus-typical cabin decor blends high-grade plastics and leather. Other trim bits are genuine wood, but the reddish color used to stain those pieces makes them look fake." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Quiet and plush cabin, outstanding fit and finish." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior appointments are first-class, and all the luxury features you would expect are there." -- Road and Track
  • "Less isolated than the Lexus norm, but equals most any class rival for hushed refinement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Will cosset you in every way and will spoil you with the superb tactile quality of all its surfaces and controls." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

Auto writers like the highly-adjustable, heated front seats found in the 2010 Lexus GS and say they have enough support for tight corners, yet are cushy and comfortable on long drives. Headroom and legroom, however, are in short supply in both front and rear seats. Taller drivers may want to consider the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan instead.

  • "Seats are all-day comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Nearly everyone can find a comfortable position behind the steering wheel of the GS." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Comfortable seating and amenities and a ride that easily qualifies the luxury component of its dual-purpose nature." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The driver's seat should slide back a little more for a long-legged occupant. Sure, five adults fit, but the rear seat center section is too hard for comfort." -- MSN
  • "Generous headroom and legroom plus comfortable quasi-bucket seats that provide welcome lateral support on spirited drives." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Reviewers consistently praise the 2010 Lexus GS for its cabin built of soft, high-quality materials.  Semi-aniline leather and warm woods create a comfortable atmosphere that even some other luxury cars can't match.

So far, Lexus has not followed other manufacturers by adding a single control that manages all climate and entertainment functions. Instead, the GS offers separate controls for each system. The result can look confusiing -- there are a lot of buttons on the dash -- but many reviewers say it's actually easier to master the controls of the GS than the confusing iDrive-like devices of many competitors. Buyers should note, however, that Lexus has moved to an iDrive-like device in many of its 2010 cars and may very well offer one on the 2011 GS.

  • "Gauges are large and legible. Switches for such functions as power-mirror adjustment, trip-odometer reset, and fuel-door release are in a drop-down pod to the lower left of the steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Loaded with all the luxury equipment Lexus offers." -- The Family Car
  • Technology fans "will love the seemingly endless array of gadgets and gizmos," but the dash is "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." It also has "One of the finest factory sound systems we've ever heard." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

At 12.7 cubic feet, the trunk of the GS is one of the smallest found on any large sedan.

  • "The trunk is not that roomy...Bulky rear wheel arches intrude. The trunklid swings on noninvasive strut-type hinges, but its small opening makes for awkward loading. There's no folding rear seatback, just a slim pass-through.... Cabin's small-item storage is limited." -- Consumer Guide