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2019 Lexus GS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2019 Lexus GS was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The 2019 Lexus GS is high class and outfitted with first-rate materials and an abundance of soft-touch points. Its accommodations are also superlative, with lots of power adjustments for the front seats, a generous amount of room for all passengers, and an oversized trunk. Unfortunately, the good news stops with the infotainment system, which comes with a controller that can be aggravating to use.

  • "In typical Lexus style, the 2019 GS luxury sedan is wrapped in the finest leather and wood." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is unmistakably upscale, from the supple dashboard materials with contrast stitching to the exquisite perforated leather trim in fancier models." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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)

Seating

The GS seats five people on synthetic leather upholstery, with 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Seating upgrades include leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power rear sunshade. For installing child safety seats, the Lexus has three sets of tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors.

With its supple cushions, spacious passenger areas, and ample seating adjustments in the front, the GS makes for a cushy ride. In the back seat, legroom is plentiful enough that adults can fit with ease.

  • "Both driver and passenger enjoy 10-way-adjustable power seats, while the entire cabin is bathed in light, including subtle rays from the door ornamentation and center console." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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

Lexus' Remote Touch Interface is difficult to use. The infotainment display is not a touch screen, so all adjustments are made using a mouselike controller mounted in between the front seats. This setup requires the driver to take their eyes off the road, making it exceptionally distracting to use when the car is in motion.

Standard components of the base interface are 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. The GS also comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, LED ambient lighting, proximity key entry, push-button start, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Optional features include Amazon Alexa integration, 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, parking sensors, a head-up display, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

See 2019 Lexus GS specs »

  • "The dash design isn't as complex or elegant as in an Audi A6 or a BMW 5 Series, but the big 8- and 12-inch high-res-color control screens certainly make an impression. Too bad the Remote Touch Interface hasn't quite been perfected, leaving us wishing for system more like Audi's MMI." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

Cargo

At 18.4 cubic feet, the GS has one of the largest trunks in the class, providing ample space for a week's worth of luggage. The rear seats don't fold down, but there is a pass-through for long items such as skis.

  • "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 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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