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#11

in 2012 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $25,943 - $27,773
Original MSRP: $37,030 - $39,800
MPG: 35 City / 34 Hwy

2012 Lexus HS Interior

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Inside, some auto critics say that the 2012 Lexus HS has a noticeably different character than that of other Lexus cars. Fit and finish are flawless, and there are plenty of upscale materials and easy-to-use electronics. The HS gets dinged for its thin seats, but reviewers are okay with the fact that they are made of eco-friendly material. Additionally, some of the materials in the HS are made of eco-friendly plastic called bioplastic, which some think make the cabin look cheap. Most like the interior of the HS overall though.

  • "As with just about any vehicle wearing the Lexus badge, the 2012 HS 250h features a luxurious interior with top-notch materials and impeccable fit and finish." -- Edmunds
  • "Numerous soft-touch interior surfaces and a two-tone color scheme mark the HS as a luxury car, but the overall look is more subtle than rich." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The materials choices aren't as dazzling as they are in upper-crust Lexus models, but everything is of high quality and fits together nicely." -- Motor Trend
  • "Color combos are slick, especially the high-contrast cream leather with black carpeting, but there remains a certain sense of thin-skinned cheapness to the materials that reveal the car's light-weight-over-substance priority set." -- Car and Driver

Seating

Rather than the thick, heavily-padded leather seats in other Lexus vehicles, the 2012 Lexus HS uses thinner seats. Most reviewers find them comfortable for the long haul, and the thin seat frames give the HS a surprising amount of rear-seat space. Even though the car's exterior dimensions make it seem a little small, reviewers say its rear seats are genuinely comfortable for adults. Leather-trimmed seats are standard on the base trim. Perforated leather seats, which are heated and cooled in the front, come standard on Premium models.

  • "Despite the HS 250h's smaller size, its backseat offers a decent amount of head- and legroom for taller folks." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats offer a comfortably snug fit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior is a comfy enough place. Up-front room is good. The front seatbacks and rear headliner are scalloped to increase rear cabin room, which is fine for six-footers." -- Motor Trend
  • "The thin, shaped front seatbacks leave plenty of room in back for real, human-sized men." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The interior of the 2012 Lexus HS is more luxurious than futuristic, and reviewers say its gauges and controls are intuitive. Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB iPod jack all come standard.

  • "Unlike the Prius, HS 250h's gauges are placed directly in front of the driver, and there are only a few hybrid-related graphics. There's a large, mid-level protrusion from the dash that holds the audio and climate controls, and while it looks a bit odd, it places those functions within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The HS 250h also comes loaded with plenty of high-tech features, and controls are mercifully intuitive." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2012 Lexus HS can hold 12.1 cubic feet of stuff in its trunk, which is good for a hybrid car. In comparison, the Chevrolet Volt can hold 10.6 cubic feet of cargo and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has an 11.8 cubic-foot trunk. The HS’ rear seats don’t fold down, which limits storage for long items, but this is typical of hybrid cars.

  • "Likewise, the short trunk's wide opening and deep, boxy internal shape allows you to drop a golf bag straight in with no jostling required. The trunk provides up to 12.1 cubic feet of cargo space, but the rear seats do not fold down and there is far less utility than in the hatchback CT 200h or the Prius." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is tall and wide and has a reasonably large opening, but it's not very deep due to the battery pack being against the back wall, so it doesn't have great volume. The battery pack also prevents having a fold-down rear seat back." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With the batteries located between the rear seatback and trunk, the cargo area is surprisingly small and lacks the accessibility of the Prius's hatchback." -- Car and Driver
  • "The trunk is roomy, too. At 12.1 cubic feet, it can swallow more than any other Lexus hybrid (beating the LS 600h by 0.5 cubic feet), which means four and their golf clubs should go nicely." -- Autoblog