2011 Lexus LS Interior
This interior review was written when the 2011 Lexus LS was new.
Exceptional cabin materials standout on the 2011 Lexus LS, which are impressive even by super luxury car standards. Reviewers like the opulent accommodations. In Asia, the long-wheelbase LS is often held in the same regard as Rolls Royce or Bentley sedans, with the owners being chauffeured in the back seat. As a result, numerous upgrades are available to coddle rear-seat passengers in luxury. Options include a small refrigerator, and a rear seat comfort package can use infrared sensors to measure body heat and adjust the cabin temperature. Many reviewers also think that the optional Mark Levinson sound system is the best available in the super luxury car class.
- "One of the quietest cars on the market. The engine is nearly silent at idle and emits a subdued growl under aggressive acceleration. There is virtually no tire, road, or wind noise." -- Consumer Guide
- "As is fitting for a Lexus flagship, the interior of the 2011 LS 460 represents the best that the company has to offer, with craftsmanship and materials beyond reproach. But the overall design is a bit staid when compared to more dramatic treatments found in some European luxury sedans. " -- Edmunds
- "The LS's cabin is whisper quiet and the leather-wrapped interior is comfortable, too, making this car a wonderful place to spend time on the road." -- Motor Trend
- "We noted an occasional bout of tire thump over rough pavement and slight wind whisper at freeway speeds, but overall cabin isolation is outstanding." -- Kelley Blue Book
Up front, the LS comes standard with a 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 12-way power front passenger seat. Front seats are heated and cooled, with three memory settings each for driver and passenger. Optional “Executive Class Seating” makes the back seat of the LS truly decadent, and includes power-adjustable heated and cooled rear seats with footrests, four-zone climate control and massage setting for backseat passengers. These options make the LS extremely comfortable in the back, but some competitors provide seating that puts more of an emphasis on driver comfort. Examples include the Drive Dynamic multi-contour front seats of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
- "The front is spacious for adults, though taller drivers may need more headroom. A power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and wide, supportive seats with multiple power adjustments make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. Visibility is fine all around." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Executive-Class Seating package takes rear comfort to absurd levels with a 45-degree seat recline, lumbar massage and a footrest. Outside of the LS, you'd need a Maybach or Rolls-Royce to get rear-seat coddling like this." -- Edmunds
- "The wheelbase and overall length of the L model are just shy of five inches longer than that of the standard model, and some of that added space translates into rear-seat legroom." -- Motor Trend
- "All LS 460s pamper their passengers with superbly supportive and exceptionally adjustable front buckets, plus a roomy, comfortable rear bench." -- Kelley Blue Book
Inside, the 2011 Lexus LS treats passengers to an opulent cabin that’s appointed with soft leather, as well as wood and brushed aluminum trim. Interior tech appears to be competitive with other super luxury cars, but most reviewers have LS models that are loaded to the hilt with options. Available equipment includes a voice-activated HDD navigation system that offers live traffic and weather updates, as well as stock quotes and sports scores. Reviewers also note that the LS differs from competitors like BMW and Mercedes, who use a single knob interface to control entertainment and navigation functions. The LS has separate controls for each system and some reviewers like the approach -- especially since Mercedes’ COMAND and BMW’s iDrive can require some time to master. However, others have mentioned that a few functions in the LS require the use of touch-screen menus, which are a little more difficult to use.
Standard features in the LS include USB and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, push button start and a ten-speaker stereo system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Reviewers note that the optional Mark Levinson Surround Sound stereo system is among the best available – even in the super luxury car class.
One of the LS’s most unique features is the optional Advanced Parking Guidance System, which lets the car steer itself into parallel parking spaces. Reviewers say that it works as advertised, but few would buy it. The system is complicated to program, and most drivers will be able to park the car more quickly and easily than they could program the system.
- "LS sets itself apart from its rivals by foregoing a complicated control interface. Main audio and climate controls are separate from the navigation system. A few functions require interacting with the navigation screen, thus complicating those adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
- "The LS also offers an impressive selection of options that rival prestigious executive limousines. Features like a backseat that reclines up to 45 degrees, a footrest akin to a private jet's, a refrigerator and a DVD entertainment system will please even the most demanding passengers." -- Edmunds
- "Refined, comfortable and decently roomy even in standard-wheelbase form, the LS boasts a passenger cabin that makes excellent use of polished wood, brushed aluminum and perforated leather upholstery to create a high-end ambiance." -- Kelley Blue Book
- “In the case of parallel parking, I first must find a spot. Then I position the vehicle just so. A box will show up on the in-dash camera, in between the front and rear car, right smack where I want my car to go. I can use arrows on the touch-screen to adjust the box if necessary. Then I put the car in reverse, let go of the wheel (uh-huh), the steering wheel turns, the car accelerates and brakes to put itself smack dab in the designated spot. All I have to do to finish the job is straighten out the wheel, put the car in Park and turn the vehicle off. If that makes no sense, just trust me and be astonished." -- Mother Proof
- “The sound system has "enough speakers for heavenly sound" with "near-perfect audio quality...Bass came through strong, while the highest notes still stood out. With the digital signal processor placing the sweet spot for the music dead center in the cabin, the audio actually sounded best in the back seat." -- CNET
At 18 cubic feet, the 2011 Lexus LS has one of the largest trunks in its class. However, upgrade to the optional reclining rear seats and the number drops to 15.5 cubic feet, thanks to a second air conditioner that’s located in the trunk. Reviewers say that interior storage is good in the LS’s cabin – praise seldom heard for super luxury cars from Germany.
- "The trunk is sufficient for most travel needs, but the rear air conditioning trims the volume by 2.5 cubic feet. The trunk lid uses hinges that further rob useful space. In-cabin small-item storage is good." -- Consumer Guide
- "Trunk space is generous at 18 cubic feet, but it drops to 15.5 cubes if rear-seat climate control is specified." -- Edmunds
- "While its trunk appears modest from outside, there's a generous 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space in all but the LS 460 L with optional Rear-Seat Upgrade or Executive-Class Seating packages" -- Kelley Blue Book