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2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid has a luxurious cabin feel thanks to the abundance of premium materials throughout the interior. The upscale feeling extends to the seats, which have enough comfort and support for trips of any length. And unlike some midsize sedans, the GS Hybrid’s rear seats have enough space to fit most adults easily and comfortably. You’ll also have little trouble fitting items into the trunk because of its wide opening, though the total cargo capacity does lag behind many rivals’ trunk space.

There are plenty of standard – and some available – features in the GS Hybrid, including lots of standard driver assistance technology. The infotainment system has several connectivity options, but be sure to try it before you buy, as not everyone likes the system’s mouselike controller. 

  • "Soft leather is everywhere and 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
  • "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
  • "In typical Lexus style, the 2015 GS 450h features a well-crafted interior with high-quality materials." -- Edmunds (2015)

Seating

The five-seat GS Hybrid comes standard with leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable, heated, ventilated front seats. With so many standard features, you’d expect the GS Hybrid’s front seats to be comfortable – and you’d be right. They also offer plenty of support, so they’ll serve you well during your daily commute and on long trips. F Sport models also offer a sport driver’s seat with extra side bolstering and more thigh support.

The rear seats are comfortable as well, and available heated rear seats can take some of the sting out of a chilly morning. The rear seats provide ample head- and legroom, so even taller adults can sit in the back without feeling cramped. The only passengers who might complain are those with big feet; some say there’s not much foot space under the front seats.

  • "Although edgy on the outside, Lexus' 2017 GS luxury sedan is all about comfort on the inside. Both front occupants enjoy 10-way-power seats, and LED ambient lighting is integrated into the door ornamentation and the console." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the GS Hybrid include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a 12-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, and an infotainment system with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller. The Lexus Navigation system with a 12.3-inch screen and the Enform app suite is also standard.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. Also included is Lexus' Safety System+, which is a suite of active safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

Available features include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and Lexus Enform Remote. Available driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, a head-up display, and parallel park assist.

One thing you’ll immediately notice when you climb into the GS Hybrid is the minimal amount of physical buttons across the dash. Almost all of the technology is controlled with the Remote Touch controller and large display screen, which draws comparisons to using a computer mouse. Most people either love or hate the mouselike controller, noting that it can be especially tricky to use when you're driving. Be sure to give it a test run if you’re considering a GS Hybrid.

If you’re OK with the controls, then the GS Hybrid has a lot to offer. Tools like Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and the Enform app suite let you connect and use your phone and favorite apps while in the car, and the available Enform Remote gives you the ability to find your car, lock and unlock your doors, and even fire up the engine right from your mobile phone.

For 2017, Lexus’ Safety System+ is now standard, meaning that the GS Hybrid comes with a plethora of driver assistance features. Among them are crash avoidance features like forward collision warning, automatic braking, and pedestrian detection, but there are also more common features like a rearview camera and a rear cross traffic alert, which can ease your mind when backing into and out of a parking space. Speaking of things that make parking easier, parallel park assist is available, which will delight frequent city drivers. It helps you parallel park the car by maneuvering the steering while you control the gas and braking.

See 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid specs and trims »

  • "The Lexus Safety System+ package, introduced last year as an option, is now standard on the new GS 200t, GS 350 and GS 450h. The state-of-the-art system includes Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • "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)

Cargo

The GS Hybrid has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space and is available with a power trunk lid. That capacity is a little below the class average, but most hybrids have smaller trunks than their gas-powered counterparts because the electric motor’s battery cuts into the cargo space. The GS Hybrid’s trunk is fairly wide, so it’s not that hard to load items. There’s also a rear-seat pass-through that allows you to load long, narrow items like skis. However, the rear seats do not fold down, so you won’t have much flexibility when it comes to loading bulky objects. 

  • "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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