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2016 Lexus GS Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

Auto writers praise the 2016 Lexus GS for its handsome interior styling and its premium materials, which include wood, aluminum and soft leather. Reviewers also commend the GS for its comfortable, supportive and roomy seats in both rows. Some critics find the GS' mouse-like infotainment system controller to be hard to use.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "As with most other Lexus vehicles, the 2015 GS 350 benefits from a well-crafted interior with quality materials. With supple leather and attractive wood and aluminum trim, it rivals the quality found in its German competitors." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Inside, the GS takes cues from both the LFA supercar and CT five-door hybrid with an elegant five-passenger cabin highlighted by an enormous (optional) 12.3-inch split screen navigation display. 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)
  • "The GS model's interior is a huge leap forward for the Lexus brand. Lexus has veered toward merely Toyota-plus quality in recent years, but the GS is unmistakably upscale, from the supple dashboard materials with contrast stitching to the exquisite perforated leather trim in fancier models." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Seating

The 2016 Lexus GS seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats and heated rear seats. F Sport models come with a 16-way power-adjustable driver's sport seat. Reviewers think the GS’s front seats are spacious and comfortable for driver and passengers. They note it’s also easy to find a good driving position. A few critics point out that the sport seat is grabby, but it's not hard to get into a good position. The back seats are supportive and have adult-friendly headroom and legroom, they add.

  • The sport seats are grippy, but not hard to settle into." -- AutoWeek
  • "The front seats provide plenty of adjustments, support and padding for hours of comfortable touring. Upgrading to the F Sport package will enhance lateral support further, with adjustable side bolsters and additional thigh support. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The back seat is another win for Lexus. With ample legroom, excellent support all around and a sleek, business-class feel, the rear quarters make the GS as satisfying to ride in as it is to drive." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lexus GS include a moonroof, push-button start, a 12-speaker surround-sound stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which is similar to a computer mouse and is used to access audio and navigation settings. Optional features include a head-up display, a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker surround-sound audio system, Lexus Enform App Suite with Lexus Enform Remote, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pre-collision braking, parallel park assist and lane keep assist.

Lexus’ Remote Touch controller is used for adjusting audio and navigation settings, and some critics say it can be distracting to drivers and difficult to operate, while others find it favorable relative to similar tools. A few reviewers report that they are pleased with the center stack layout.

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  • "There's a flat, forward-canted center stack with a giant VGA screen above. Direct-access switches are concentrated in the stack, and there's one for most adjustments you really care about. The drive mode selector and a point-and-click knob are located on the console. It's not the typical Euro-knockoff switch collection, and it's better than many." -- AutoWeek
  • 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)
  • "Drivers can now view and control up to three systems at a time (navigation, audio, climate control, etc.) with a multiple split-screen mode. Sadly, it's still saddled with the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment interface, which we find more awkward and distracting to use than some other rival systems." -- Edmunds (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Lexus GS has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space. A power trunk lid is available. Critics comment that interior storage includes a fairly sizable glovebox, door pockets and center console.

  • "Interior small-item storage is good, with a reasonably sized (albeit a bit shallow) center console, glovebox, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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