2011 Lexus GS Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Lexus GS Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.9

Reviewers are generally impressed with the interior of the Lexus GS 450h, which does not vary greatly from the one available in its gas-only siblings. The cab features soft leather and high-quality wood. Lexus even keeps some of the wood in reserve for each GS they build, just in case repairs are ever needed.

While the seats themselves generally earn praise, taller reviewers note that headroom is tight in the GS. If you’re tall, you’ll want to check out other cars. Not all reviewers are crazy about the cabin electronics either, as some note that more modern systems are available in much of the competition.

  • "There are few ’hybrid’ reminders inside the cabin, which I like. I don't need eco-this and eco-that gadgets and graphics telling how much I'm saving the world. Instead, it's a driver-focused cockpit with the luxury trappings of a living room."-- Detroit News 
  • "Our gripes are minor and include less-than-intuitive audio controls and a distracting glare from the highly polished wood trim. The GS reclaims some points for its optional high-resolution touchscreen and easy-to-operate navigation system." -- Edmunds 
  • "The GS 450h's interior is identical to other GS models, including the cramped backseat. Because of intrusion from the hybrid system's batteries, trunk volume shrinks." -- Cars.com 
  • "The car doesn't do so well in cabin tech, and here we would look for the next update. There are just so many useful navigation and audio features available in other cars that we missed in this one." -- CNET 
  • "A Lexus cabin is a room at the Ritz -- you know what you're getting. Everything was there, and it's a quick job to figure out where it all is." -- Autoblog


Comfortable, heated front seats with firm bolstering come standard on the GS 450h. However, taller passenger may find that head and legroom in the GS isn’t quite what they’d like it to be. Taller drivers who also need an adult-friendly rear row may want to check out the Infiniti M or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan. While the GS 450h is the only hybrid in the large luxury car class, the E-Class is available with a BlueTEC clean diesel engine that offers impressive fuel economy.

  • "Average-size adults will fit comfortably, but taller passengers may desire a bit more headroom -- at least compared to other sedans in this class. This is especially true for those relegated to the center rear seat, which is slightly elevated compared to the outboard seats." -- Edmunds 
  • "In the city, we enjoyed the effortless driving characteristics, and found that the GS 450h didn't want for power while it coddled us with seats featuring heating and cooling, and an elegantly simple cabin design." -- CNET 

Interior Features

While soft leather, wood and high quality plastics are featured throughout the interior of the Lexus GS 450h, some reviewers feel that the interior tech is dated compared to the newer, all-encompassing systems from the likes of Audi, Mercedes and BMW. Still, some note that although Lexus’s electronics may seem behind the curve, they are intuitive and easy to use. Consumers who are put off by the complexity of systems such as BMW’s iDrive may find comfort in the GS Hybrid’s controls.

Also earning particularly high marks is the optional Mark Levinson sound system, which some reviewers claim is among the best sounding audio systems available.

  • "But the interior is what helps pull the Lexus hybrid ahead of so many other hybrids. Wood and leather create a natural and comfortable environment. The black dash looks like a single piece of soft plastic and the gauges sparkle with watch-like precision." -- Detroit News  
  • "Its optional premium audio system sounds very good, especially with CDs." -- CNET
  • "The GS' center console has the same number of buttons as its stablemates, but they're round instead of square, and each one enjoys about a half of an inch of separation. That layout makes them easier to find and use, and dispels the Mission Control sensation some of other cars in its class evoke." -- Autoblog 


Opting for the hybrid-powered GS 450h does take a toll on cargo space, as room for the battery comes at the expense of cubic feet in the trunk. The GS450h has 10.3 cubes in all, down from 15.2 on gas-only GS 350 and GS 460 models. Utility is also compromised by the small trunk opening and lack of a folding rear seat. Consumers on the lookout for more trunk space prefer the Mercedes E350 BlueTEC, which offers 15.9 cubic feet in the trunk and a torquey, yet fuel-efficient, clean diesel powertrain.

  • "Some trunk space had to be sacrificed for the hybrid battery, with the GS 450h accommodating only 10.6 cubic feet of luggage compared to 15 cubes for the conventionally powered GS models." -- Edmunds 

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.