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2018 Lexus GS Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

Inside, the 2018 Lexus GS Hybrid features an elegant cabin awash in high-end materials. Comfort also tops the scale, thanks in part to two rows of adult-friendly seats. A lengthy list of technology and safety features comes standard, but the infotainment system (and its awkward controller) isn't driver-friendly.

  • The GS is blessed with a fairly roomy and comfortable interior that oozes quality and refinement. There's very little to complain about apart from one thing: the unique but awkward mouse-style interface that controls the entertainment and navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin is unmistakably upscale, from the supple dashboard materials with contrast stitching to the exquisite perforated leather trim in fancier models. The hybrid-powered GS 450h even offers a bright bamboo trim that wouldn't look out of place on a luxury yacht." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

The GS Hybrid seats five people, with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a rear window sunshade among its standard amenities. Seating options include a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power bolsters. For installing child car seats, the GS Hybrid comes with two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors.

There's no bickering over where to ride in the GS 450h, as both the front and back seats offer lots of space and supple cushions. With the standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats, drivers can easily set a comfortable seating position.

  • "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
  • "Numerous seat adjustments and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with a fairly generous adjustment range make it easy for a wide variety of drivers to settle in comfortably at the controls with a clear view out over the hood. … Up front you'll find lots of hip, leg, head and shoulder room. The story is much the same in the backseat, too, unless you and the person seated directly ahead are both quite tall." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat is another win: With ample legroom, excellent support and a sleek, business-class feel, the rear quarters make the GS as satisfying to ride in as it is to drive." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

The infotainment system in the GS Hybrid consists of a 12.3-inch display screen, navigation, smartphone integration via the Enform App Suite, a 12-speaker audio system, a DVD entertainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a proximity key, push-button start, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Available options include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, parking sensors, and a head-up display.

The GS Hybrid comes with an impressive amount of safety and technology features. High points include the Enform App Suite, a standard system that connects with your smartphone to manage music and other entertainment apps. However, the infotainment system is difficult to use. A cumbersome and distracting mouselike controller manages most settings.

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  • The Mark Levinson sound system sounds great, and it has simple volume and tune knobs. Higher audio functions and the navigation system require the use of a quirky interface that's not that easy to use without diverting attention away from driving." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • "Clearly, the car's biggest source of frustration is its control layout, dominated by a giant, nearly foot-wide display screen for audio, climate, navigation and communications functions, all manipulated by a mouselike multi-directional control knob on the center console. The system is an exercise in frustration, requires too much eye-off-the-road time and a delicate touch. It may work well when the car is parked but while driving it proves too distracting and too aggravating." -- Consumer Reports (2017)

Cargo

The GS 450h has a 15.9-cubic-foot trunk. That's below average for a luxury midsize sedan and smaller than the gas-only GS (which comes standard with 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space). A power open/close trunk is available.

  • With the hybrid battery pack consuming some trunk space, the GS 450h can accommodate only 13 cubic feet of cargo. … The rear seats don't fold to offer additional space, but there is a center trunk pass-through for longer objects." -- Edmunds
  • 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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