• 2012 Lexus LFA

Avg. Price Paid:$233,939 - $233,939
Original MSRP: $375,000 - $375,000
MPG: 11 City / 16 Hwy

2012 Lexus LFA Interior

This interior review was written when the 2012 Lexus LFA was new.

An opulent cabin with excellent build quality surrounds the Lexus LFA’s occupants, and reviewers love the comfortable seats and dizzying array of available fabric and color combinations. While materials are first-rate, the automotive press is divided on the LFA’s cabin electronics. Some say that Lexus brings user-friendly tech to the exotic sports car class, while others think that the number of switches and buttons inside the LFA require some study.

  • "Unfortunately, the LFA’s seats lack lateral support, rear-three-quarter visibility is scarily bad, and the trunk is just about big enough for a bag that holds your toiletries and skivvies." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The cabin design is very businesslike, but the materials are first-rate, and buyers are offered their choice of 12 interior colors." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The driving experience in the LFA is also nothing short of exotic. The first thing you notice is how amazingly loud it is. Modern supercars have loads of sound insulation and acoustically engineered glass to keep things at reasonable levels. Even Ferraris and Lamborghinis seem like Bentleys inside compared to the LFA." -- Motor Trend 
  • "There are so many gadgets and switches on the instrument panel that some of them are invisible unless you know where to look. It's not a car for the casual Hollywood star or unprepared civilian to tool around in." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "The interior is as complete and comfortable as a luxury car, and the driver's space is a compartment, not merely a seat." -- New Car Test Drive 


Most reviewers agree that the LFA’s low seats can be a little difficult to get into, but once settled, this exotic sports car’s seats are comfortable and supportive. Available in either leather or faux-suede Alcantara, the seats are heated and eight-way power-adjustable. One reviewer notes that the Alcantara upholstery will keep you more firmly planted during tight cornering maneuvers.

  • "Settling into the LFA's low-set seat might take some gyrations, particularly for taller folks, but it's comfortable and fairly roomy once there." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior is fairly cramped, even for my 5-foot 10-inch frame, but the seat is perfect once you settle in." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "The seating position is low and stretched out. It doesn't feel like a race car and you will never mistake it for being German or Italian." -- Motor Trend 
  • "If you plan on going around corners at speeds anywhere near the LFA's capability, don't get the smooth leather for the seats, get the suede. At Infineon, we slid around in the slick leather seats like crazy, but stayed neatly in place with the suede. As for the shape and fit of the orthopedically designed seats: perfect, don't change a thing. Snug but not tight, fully bolstered everywhere, eight-way power adjustable to any size." -- New Car Test Drive 

Interior Features

Test driver’s report that the LFA’s interior is opulently-appointed and that build quality is top-notch. Leather, Alcantara and metal trim surrounds the LFA’s occupants, and an astounding array of colors and materials can be chosen to customize the LFA’s look. Reviewers are divided, however, on the LFA’s cabin electronics. Some say that the LFA has an edge with user-friendly controls, while others say that the audio and climate systems still take some time to master.

Still, these shortcomings are typical of competing exotic sports cars, which are seldom known for their user-friendly interior tech.

  • "Ergonomically, it beats the Ferrari; its navigation and audio systems are much easier to figure out and use." -- Car and Driver
  • "Audio and climate controls are close at hand, but they aren't conventional and take some study." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The options for interior colors and materials are mind-boggling; even the satin metal trim comes in shades of your choice, while the plastic is carbon-fiber reinforced, and looks like carbon fiber. … Since each LFA is custom-ordered, you'll mix and match your own. You could get leather with violet seatbacks, orange seatfronts, and camel yellow stitching, for example; to go with your Passionate Pink exterior. Word has it that Lady Gaga has already ordered hers." -- New Car Test Drive 


Like the Audi R8, reviewers say that the LFA has minimal space for cargo. If you’re looking for a powerful car with ample space for luggage, consider the Ferrari FF, which has up to 28.3 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded.

  • "There's enough room for a weekend's worth of (preferably soft) luggage in back, but precious little cockpit storage space." -- Consumer Guide 
Review Last Updated: 6/26/14

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