Lexus GS Interior
Overall, test drivers say that there are a lot of things to like inside the revamped 2013 Lexus GS. Soft leather, wood trim and exceptional build quality give the cabin a solid feel, while passenger and trunk space have increased compared with the outgoing 2011 model.
Many reviewers note that the GS’ cabin draws influence from BMW’s interior design, which is generally a good thing. However, a few test drivers say that the controller for multimedia functions can be difficult to use, especially while driving.
- "Overall the interior is tastefully trimmed in high-grade materials, but a few small details disappoint for the class." -- Consumer Guide
- "Interior materials are on par with the Infiniti M, which I find quite luxurious for the price, and I didn't feel the Lexus was significantly behind the 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class." -- Cars.com
- "French stitching is abundant, the buttery leather used is of typical Lexus quality and the new extra-large display screen in the dash center is plucked right from BMW's playbook." -- Edmunds
- “Wood and leather abound, the seats appear nicely bolstered and the cabin is several steps above the outgoing model.” -- Autoblog
Reviewers are pleased with the comfortable seats and passenger space inside the GS 350. However, a handful of critics say that the back seat could offer more foot space. Additionally, one auto writer notes that the GS 350’s doors are unusually close to the seats, which makes the space seem tight.
- "Rear-seat space has improved slightly and offers good headroom and generous knee clearance, but footroom under the front seats is tight." -- Automobile Magazine
- "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
- "At 5-foot-10, I had plenty of backseat headroom and legroom with the driver's seat in my driving position, but, as in front, the door seemed pretty close, which can lead to a claustrophobic feeling." -- Cars.com
- "Then I notice how perfect the seat is. It's no longer dead flat and Buick-like. It has bolsters. It has bolsters that adjust. And it's sized for adults. This is no hard and silly race seat that can only fit anorexic metrosexuals named Josh; it's a proper sport sedan seat with an endless combination of power adjustments and just the right amount of size and shape." -- Edmunds
Lexus has long been known for its high-quality interiors, and so far, reviewers are pleased to report that the upcoming 2013 GS offers a new, eye-catching design as well as quality construction with wood and leather trim.
The GS 350 also earns praise for its large navigation screen, which can be split to display mobile apps like Pandora. Additionally, the system offers voice searches for destinations through Microsoft Bing, which can find your desired location and send routing information to the navigation system. On the downside, some reviewers say that the controller for the GS’ multimedia interface is not the easiest to use, and that they’d like separate buttons for certain vehicle functions.
- "There are a few physical buttons, for the climate control and for some audio functions, with knobs for volume and tuning, but we'd still like to see more functions outside of the screen, such as navigation zooming and audio presets." -- Automobile Magazine
- "All models tested had the available navigation system. It and most audio functions are governed by a computer mouse-like controller mounted on the console. It is fairly intuitive to use, but like other systems that control so many functions, acclimation is required." -- Consumer Guide
- "Lexus expects nearly all models to be sold with the optional 12.3-inch center LCD screen. It's a stunning system that switches between the full-screen menu and a split-screen with 8 inches of navigation and 4.3 inches of system information. The left, 8-inch portion can also display music and apps, including Pandora internet radio and a Bing search feature." -- Cars.com
Although it’s smaller than cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, reviewers are generally pleased with the 14.3 cubic feet of space in the 2013 GS 350’s trunk. Still, one auto writer comments that the trunk’s carpet didn’t match the quality of other luxury large cars.
- "The large center console houses the heated and cooled seat controls; two cup holders under a dampened lid (which, strangely, doesn't sit flush when closed); a knob to select drive modes; the nicely shaped gear lever; and a wide center armrest." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The trunk's carpeting and other finishing materials are disappointing for the class." -- Consumer Guide
- "At 14.3 cubic feet, the trunk is much larger than the previous generation's 12.0 cubic feet. It's right in line with the 5 Series and Infiniti M, at 14 and 14.9 cubic feet, respectively." -- Cars.com
- "Whereas the current trunk holds a pair of golf bags, the new one holds four of them." -- Road and Track
- "The beneficiary, at least as far as space is concerned, is the golfer in the family - packing 25-percent more trunk space, the new boot will hold four golf bags instead of two." -- Autoblog