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MSRP: $48,600 - $57,330
Invoice: $45,198 - $53,391
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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Lexus GS Interior

Most test drivers write that the 2015 Lexus GS’ interior has handsome styling and first-rate materials like wood, aluminum and soft leather. They say the front seats offer long-distance comfort and the rear seats are spacious. The 2015 GS 350’s infotainment system was updated this year, but some reviewers dislike that its Remote Touch controller can be distracting 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
  • "As with most other Lexus vehicles, the 2015 GS 350 benefits from a well-crafted interior with quality materials. With supple leather and attractive wood and aluminum trim, it rivals the quality found in its German competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the GS takes cues from both the LFA supercar and CT five-door hybrid with an elegant five-passenger cabin highlighted by an enormous (optional) 12.3-inch split screen navigation display. 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
  • "The GS model's interior is a huge leap forward for the Lexus brand. Lexus has veered toward merely Toyota-plus quality in recent years, but the GS is unmistakably upscale, from the supple dashboard materials with contrast stitching to the exquisite perforated leather trim in fancier models." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats and heated rear seats. The GS 350’s front seats are roomy, comfortable on long trips and offer a wide range of adjustments, according to reviewers. Test drivers say the rear seats are spacious as well, and quite supportive.

  • "The front seats provide plenty of adjustments, support and padding for hours of comfortable touring. Upgrading to the F Sport package will enhance lateral support further, with adjustable side bolsters and additional thigh support. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat is another win for Lexus. With ample legroom, excellent support all around and a sleek, business-class feel, the rear quarters make the GS as satisfying to ride in as it is to drive." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 comes standard with a moonroof, push-button start, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD and satellite radio, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which is similar to a computer mouse and is used to access audio and navigation settings. Available features include a head-up display, a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker surround-sound audio system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, parallel park assist and lane keep assist.

The GS 350’s updated infotainment system can now display up to three vehicle features on the same screen, including audio, climate and navigation. However, you have to use Lexus’ Remote Touch system to operate many of these functions, and some reviewers complain that its controller is more distracting and difficult to use than the controls found in some rival cars.

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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
  • "Drivers can now view and control up to three systems at a time (navigation, audio, climate control, etc.) with a multiple split-screen mode. Sadly, it's still saddled with the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment interface, which we find more awkward and distracting to use than some other rival systems." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for the class, though some rivals, including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, have larger trunks. The GS 350 is not available with folding rear seats, though it does have a standard center pass-through for longer, narrow items. A power trunk lid is optional. Reviewers say that the GS 350’s cabin storage includes a fairly sizable glove box, door pockets and center console.

  • "Interior small-item storage is good, with a reasonably sized (albeit a bit shallow) center console, glovebox, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/17/14

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