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2013 Lexus GS Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.6

Critics agree that the 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid has a cabin that’s both comfortable and luxurious. Soft leather and bamboo trim give the cabin a solid, natural feel, while passenger and trunk space have increased compared with the outgoing 2011 model. Reviewers see some BMW influence in the GS’ cabin, and while most like the interior, a few test drivers say that the controller for multimedia functions requires extra attention to use, especially while driving.

  • "The interior is notably richer than before, and there are padded surfaces covered in stitched leather on the dash, the sides of the console, the center armrest, and the door panels." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Overall the interior is tastefully trimmed in high-grade materials, but a few small details disappoint for the class." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "A couple of things stand out: First, Lexus lowered the comfortable driver seat a small amount so that you sit more in the GS, not on it. Second, the GS 450h comes with a bamboo steering wheel and trim pieces, which Lexus says ‘reinforce the sustainability of the GS 450h.’ Whatever, it's cool, especially because it's left au naturel, without the usual wood clearcoat." -- Edmunds 
  • "Also rendered using model-specific elements highlighted by even richer leather and wood trims, all versions benefit from superior isolation from road and wind noise, an improved driving position, more comfortable and supportive front buckets, better rear seat room and significantly increased trunk capacity, even in the GS 450h Hybrid." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "If the outside draws shoppers in, the interior will wow them. I don't normally go gaga over interior design, especially in a Lexus, but the thin silver strip in the center of the dash where a CD is inserted - does anyone still bring CDs into cars? - sets the table." -- Cars.com 


The new GS Hybrid has more interior space than the outgoing 2011 model, and most reviewers like the comfortable seats and available passenger space. While test drivers think the back seat is generally spacious, some critics say that the front seats intrude on available foot space.

  • "Rear-seat space has improved slightly and offers good headroom and generous knee clearance, but footroom under the front seats is tight." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Six-footers have ample legroom and, at worst adequate, headroom. The seats are very comfortable, and the standard power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel helps fine tune the driving position." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Just like the 2013 GS 350, the new GS 450h carries over an identical wheelbase and overall length, but is 2 inches wider and 1.2 inches taller in an effort to gain some interior space. It worked, as head-, knee and foot room are all reasonable now for slightly above average-size adults." -- Edmunds 
  • "And lest I forget, the cabin boasts sizeable bumps in headroom, hiproom, and rear shoulder room (legroom is down slightly)." -- Motor Trend 
  • "These seats aren't just for skinny drivers, either, with plenty of thigh support and nice wide seat bottoms and backs." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2013 GS Hybrid offers a new, eye-catching design as well as quality construction with wood and leather trim. Lexus has long been known for its high-quality interiors, and so far, reviewers are pleased with the layout of the GS 450h’s cabin.

They particularly like the large navigation screen, which can be split to display mobile apps like Pandora. The GS’ infotainment system also offers voice searches for destinations through Microsoft Bing, which can find your desired location and send routing information to the navigation system. On the downside, some reviewers say that the controller for the GS Hybrid’s multimedia interface is not the easiest to use, and that they’d like separate buttons for certain vehicle functions.

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  • "The Lexus Remote Touch mouse controller has been improved, in that you now simply push down on it to select ‘enter’ rather than pushing a button on the side, although it still requires more concentration to use than most knob-style controllers." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "All models tested had the available navigation system. It and most audio functions are governed by a computer mouse-like controller mounted on the console. It is fairly intuitive to use, but like other systems that control so many functions, acclimation is required." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If the display doesn't sound that big, consider that it's the same size as the entire gauge cluster on the new Cadillac XTS." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Extras like an 835-watt Mark Levinson premium audio system and a new navigation system with a 12.3-inch high-resolution multi-media display that offers a near-endless range of capabilities thanks to the Lexus Enform Application Suite add even more appeal to this already technology-intensive realm." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "It's a stunning system that switches between the full-screen menu and a split-screen with 8 inches of navigation and 4.3 inches of system information. The left, 8-inch portion can also display music and apps, including Pandora internet radio and a Bing search feature." -- Cars.com


While the GS Hybrid has slightly less trunk space than the gas-only GS 350, it still offers a commendable amount of cargo space for a hybrid car. With 13.2 cubic feet, the GS 450h loses 1.1 cubic feet of trunk space for its battery compared with the gas-only model. That’s almost two cubic feet more than what’s available in the GS Hybrid’s closest rival, the Infiniti M35h.

  • "Trunk space is not particularly generous, especially in the hybrid, but the cargo hold is wide and easily accessed." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Lexus engineers also created more trunk room by vertically stacking the battery pack, so cargo room is up by nearly 3 cubic feet." -- Edmunds 
  • "Lexus also repackaged the hybrid battery so it doesn't take up as much trunk space as the previous generation's; the hybrid now has a respectable 13.2 cubic feet." -- Cars.com 
  • "The hybrid battery pack still uses nickel-metal hydride batteries, but they have been repackaged to give the GS hybrid more trunk space (13.2 cubic feet, up from 10.6 on the old model)." -- Autoblog

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