in 2012 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $25,028 - $32,059
Original MSRP: $33,795 - $46,640
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Lexus IS Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2012 Lexus IS is luxurious and high-quality, as one would expect from a Lexus. The automotive press says its interior is one of the best among upscale midsize cars.

  • "The … Lexus IS 250's sporty interior is as good as you'll find in this segment. Supple leathers and wood or metallic accents are top-notch, with soft-touch plastic materials covering most every other surface. All of these elements are well assembled for an overall excellent fit and finish." -- Edmunds


Test drivers agree that the 2012 Lexus IS has a small cabin with cramped seating. They say that the back seat is especially confined, with limited headroom and legroom. On a positive note, they like that the seats in the IS are comfortable and have good padding.

  • "Up to five occupants can fit inside the IS 250 sedan, though the backseat is tight." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats are comfortably shaped and padded on IS 250 and 350. Rear seat room is tight. Headroom is limited and legroom ranges from skimpy to almost non-existent depending on where the front seats are positioned. The seats aren't in line with the footwells, forcing passengers to sit slightly sidesaddle. Narrow door openings and small footwells impede entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unfortunately, all of these IS variants suffer from a lack of interior space. A cramped backseat and limited headroom might deter those who frequently shuttle multiple passengers." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers are divided on the 2012 Lexus IS’ interior features. They like that most of the controls are easy to use, but note that some aren’t as intuitive, like the iPod interface and optional navigation system. The Lexus IS comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio and USB iPod integration.

  • "IS has Lexus' usual large, legible gauges and handy, intuitive minor controls. The steering wheel obscures switches on the lower dashboard, though. The optional navigation system controls absorbs many audio and climate functions, complicating their use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Controls throughout the cabin are intuitive and easy to use, as is the optional touchscreen navigation system. The iPod interface, on the other hand, can be a bit frustrating." -- Edmunds


The trunk of the 2012 Lexus IS is small for its class and has a small opening. Sedans have 13 cubic feet of space, while convertibles have even less. With the top up, there’s 10.8 cubic feet of cargo storage and only 2.4 cubic feet with the top down. Despite this, one test driver says golf clubs will fit in the convertible’s trunk.

  • "Packing gets complicated with a small trunk opening and intrusion from the rear wheel arches and trunk lid hinges. The hinges are covered, though, to keep them from damaging any cargo. Cabin storage is mediocre." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The IS C is 2.2 inches longer than the IS sedan, and the rear decklid hunchbacks upward, leaving room for golf bags and flat luggage. It'll even hold one of the full-size tires with the top down if you happen to get a flat." -- Car and Driver