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2016 Lexus GS Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.8

According to reviewers, the 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid’s interior is upscale and includes top-notch materials and outstanding build quality. Its front seats are supportive, and its back seats have good head- and legroom, they add. Critics say the infotainment system's mouse-like controller is hard to operate. Trunk space is limited compared with the class.

  • "Nice touches and details abound, from 'Lexus'-stamped scuff plates on all doorsills to contrast stitching on the upper instrument panel, door panels and shift boot." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In typical Lexus style, the 2015 GS 450h features a well-crafted interior with high-quality materials." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "A three-spoke steering wheel and meaty side-view mirrors signal the car's sporting intentions, while elsewhere items like an understated analog clock and tasteful contrasting stitching help to create an air of refined, high-quality luxury." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "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 (2013)


The 2016 Lexus GS 450h has seats for five on standard leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a heated and power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Heated and ventilated seats are available. Test drivers say the GS 450h's front seats are supportive. The rear seats have good headroom and legroom for a pair of adults, reviewers say. But some find foot space for rear-seat passengers can be a bit snug.

  • "The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Rear-seat space has improved slightly and offers good headroom and generous knee clearance, but footroom under the front seats is tight." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "These seats aren't just for skinny drivers, either, with plenty of thigh support and nice wide seat bottoms and backs." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2016 Lexus GS Hybrid comes standard with a moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Siri Eyes Free integration, a 12-speaker surround-sound stereo, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and Lexus' mouse-like Remote Touch controller. Optional features include a head-up display, parallel parking assist, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, a pedestrian detection system, driver drowsiness monitoring, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, a 12.3-inch screen and the Lexus Enform App Suite, which connects with your smartphone to allow you to control apps like Pandora Internet radio via the infotainment screen.

The GS Hybrid’s infotainment system lacks physical buttons and is controlled, instead, by the Lexus Remote Touch controller, which reviewers say buyers either embrace or detest. This tool makes it difficult to select icons on the infotainment screen, some critics say. A few reviewers suggest testing Lexus' Remote Touch controller before purchasing the GS 450h.

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  • "The dashboard contains relatively few buttons due to a mouse-like knob that handles audio and navigation adjustments. Many buyers find that the somewhat fiddly knob is a love-it-or-hate-it item, so shoppers are strongly encouraged to try before they buy." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Unfortunately, Lexus' Remote Touch interface is the only way to control the infotainment system. This interface uses an awkward mouselike device that makes selecting on-screen buttons difficult when the GS 450h is stationary and even more problematic when moving. The problems are further complicated by a lack of physical shortcut buttons." -- Edmunds (2015)


The 2016 Lexus GS 450h has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is a bit below average for the class. The GS Hybrid's back seats don’t drop down, but a center trunk pass-through makes it possible to load long, narrow items. Reviewers say the trunk's width makes it easy to load. A power trunk lid is available.

  • "With the hybrid battery pack consuming some trunk space, the GS 450h can accommodate a smaller than average 13 cubic feet of cargo, which is about 1 cubic foot smaller than the nonhybrid GS 350. The rear seats do not fold to offer additional space, but there is a center trunk pass-through for longer objects." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Trunk space is not particularly generous, especially in the hybrid, but the cargo hold is wide and easily accessed." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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