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2017 Lexus GS Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The interior of the 2017 Lexus GS is inviting and plush, with finishing touches that include walnut trim with a matte finish, real or synthetic leather, and LED ambient lighting. A bevy of tech features (including a full suite of active safety features and a 12-speaker surround-sound system) add to the GS' opulence, but its unconventional mouselike controller for the infotainment center doesn't win over everyone.

  • "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
  • "Lexus vehicles typically boast well-crafted interiors with materials to match, and the 2016 GS is no exception. The supple leather and tasteful wood and aluminum trim adorning the cabin rivals the ambiance found in its German competition." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The interior is comfortable and spacious, finished in high-quality materials with excellent fit and finish." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Seating

The 2017 GS comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power adjustable front seats, lower anchors for child seats in the rear outboard seats, and a tether anchor at each of the three rear seats. The two full LATCH car-seat systems are located on the rear outboard seats and can be difficult to use because the lower anchors are located deep in the seats. The GS is also available with leather upholstery, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

A profuse amount of power adjustments offer every opportunity to find the right seating position for the driver and front passenger. Accommodations in the rear feel comfortable and luxurious, and while there is an agreeable amount of space, it's best to limit the back-seat capacity to two adults to give everyone enough room.

  • "Up front, the seats have a wide variety of adjustments to suit many body types and offer support to suit hours of comfortable motoring. The F Sport package provides increased lateral support with its adjustable side bolsters and enhanced thigh support. Though it will seat five, the GS (like many of its competitors) is best with just two rear passengers, but once they're back there adults will enjoy ample head- and legroom." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • " … you can seat five adults, four of them comfortably. … I dig the grippy seats and was able to find a driving position that suited me well -- I felt like I could spend hours behind the wheel." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • "The back seat is another win for Lexus; with its 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. … Road and wind noise are appropriately low." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 GS comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment screen, but you can upgrade this for no extra cost to a 12.3-inch screen with navigation. This system also features the Lexus Enform App Suite, which integrates with your smartphone to power apps such as iHeartRadio, Facebook, Pandora, and Slacker. Other standard features include a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, a DVD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a proximity key, push-button start, and LED ambient lighting. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, brake assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a pre-collision system that features pedestrian detection. You can also add luxuries such as a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, a power rear-windshield shade, manual side sunshades for the rear windows, rear audio and climate controls, rain-sensing wipers, and front and rear parking sensors.  

The GS does not have a touch-screen display. Operating the infotainment center is instead done with a mouselike controller located between the front seats. Some users find this method to be unnatural at best and distracting at worst, and the layout of the menus isn't as straightforward as what you'll find in some rivals.

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  • The mouse-button radio controller, it's a little touchy, it's not terrible, but it would take some getting used to. It did hook up to my phone instantly, and played podcasts without glitching out. The screen is bright and easy to read." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • "The navigation system gains full-screen capability this year, but unfortunately Lexus' Remote Touch interface remains the only way to control the infotainment system. This controller is the one notable foible in the cabin. Inspired by a computer mouse, it is the primary method for making audio and navigation selections, and it's far from ideal. Although the display screen is sharp, cursor control with the device is jerky, particularly when you're on the move. Lexus has added some welcome menu shortcuts this year, but overall most rival infotainment controllers are less distracting to use." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • The joystick-like controller for the entertainment and information system is, much like the exterior styling, a love it or hate it affair, and the screen's graphics still look rather outdated to my eyes. Personal preferences aside, you won't want for luxury features in this car." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Cargo

With a trunk that offers 18.4 cubic feet of storage space, you'll be able to carry more gear in the 2017 GS than in most other models in our ranking of the best luxury midsize cars. Hauling capacity of the GS F model is limited to only 14 cubic feet, which is a little below average for the class. The rear seats of the GS do not fold down, but there is a pass-through from the back seat into the trunk, allowing you to haul long (but thin) items. A power open/close trunk is available.

  • It's not quite as practical as it could be since you can't fold down the rear seats, thus quashing my plan of stuffing a bike in there. … It is perfectly fine as a long-distance hauler and it has room for all the luggage you'll need for, say, a week at Pebble." -- Autoweek (2016)

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