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2018 Lexus GS Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The cabin of the 2018 Lexus GS is sophisticated and sumptuous. Seating is cushy and adult-friendly in both rows, and trunk space is plentiful. An abundance of tech and safety features come standard, but the awkward infotainment controller casts a shadow on an otherwise elegant setup.

  • "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
  • "The bespoke cabin furnishings are first class, with supple, attractively stitched leather, and lots of wood trim and metallic accents. Almost every surface on the doors and dashboard is covered with padded plastic. Panels fit together well, standing up to even the closest scrutiny." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "The cabin is unmistakably upscale, from the supple dashboard materials with contrast stitching to the exquisite perforated leather trim in fancier models." -- Autotrader (2017)

Seating

The GS seats five people and comes standard with Lexus' NuLux upholstery (a synthetic leather) and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power rear sunshade are available. 

In the back seat, the GS has three sets of tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors for securing child safety seats. The lower anchors are not the easiest to use, an issue compounded by the rear seat's thick bolsters.

The seats are comfortable all-around. With the GS' spacious cabin, adults can easily stretch out in either the front or back, and the abundance of adjustments on the front seats creates plenty of ways to customize your seating position.

  • "The GS 350 is a sizable car, with an interior to match. 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)
  • "The wide front seats are well-padded and very accommodating, even for long stints in the saddle. … Besides all the usual back-and-forthing the seat can also adjust thigh support and side and shoulder bolstering. This may take fiddling galore but once tuned in nearly anyone should find a good customized fit …" -- Consumer Reports (2017)

Interior Features

The 2018 GS is loaded with standard features. Its standard infotainment system is comprised of an 8-inch display screen, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a DVD player, HD Radio, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free. Among the GS' impressive suite of standard safety features is a rearview camera, automatic high beams, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane keep assist, a pre-collision system that features pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, LED ambient lighting, a proximity key, and push-button start are also included. 

Optional features include a 12.3-inch display screen with navigation and smartphone integration via the Lexus Enform App Suite, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a head-up display.

The GS' infotainment interface is reasonably intuitive, but it can be distracting for the driver due to the mouselike controller pad between the seats.

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  • 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
  • "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. That's unfortunate because the GS is a decent car overall." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • 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." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Cargo

The GS 300 and GS 350 have an 18.4-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest trunks among luxury midsize cars. Cargo space in the GS F is smaller, at 14 cubic feet. The rear seats don't fold down, but there is a pass-through to accommodate long, thin items like skis. A power open/close trunk is optional.

  • "The good-sized trunk can hold three large suitcases and a duffle. The rear seatbacks don't fold down to expand cargo capacity. A temporary spare tire stores under the trunk floor." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "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)
  • The trunk's 14.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity is on par for the segment, but the rear seats do not fold to expand the cargo volume. Instead there is a center pass-through in the backseat to swallow longer objects." -- Edmunds (2016)

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