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2013 Lexus IS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Lexus IS was new.


Interior: 7.3

Most reviewers say that the 2013 Lexus IS has an attractively designed cabin that’s built with high-quality materials. However, they also say that the IS has less cabin space than many sedans in the class. A few test drivers also mention that some of the IS’ electronic features can be difficult to use.

  • "The 2013 Lexus IS 350's sporty interior is as good as you'll find in this segment. Supple leathers and wood or metallic accents are top-notch, while soft-touch plastic materials cover most every other surface. All of these elements are well assembled." -- Edmunds 
  • "Cabin decor includes rich-looking upholstery, soft-touch surfaces, and high-grade plastics." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The cabin's businesslike tones and low-gloss textures are typical Lexus traits, but our test cars' faux metal trim and rubberized dash contours drew criticism." -- Cars.com (2011) 


The Lexus IS 250 sedan comes with leather trim and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats are optional on rear-wheel drive IS sedans and standard on all-wheel drive models. Features like a power-adjustable steering column, heated and ventilated front seats and sport seats with more aggressive side bolstering are available in option packages. Compared with other upscale midsize cars, test drivers agree that the 2013 Lexus IS has a small cabin with cramped seating. They say that there’s minimal legroom in the back seat, and that headroom is in short supply for taller passengers. If you need more space, consider the Acura TL or Lexus ES.

  • "Unfortunately, every member of the IS family suffers from a lack of rear seat space, notably meager legroom." -- Edmunds 
  • The driver and front-seat passenger are well accommodated, and all seating positions are well appointed, but this is best regarded as a ‘personal’ 4-door sport sedan, one which will never be confused with a family hauler." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Adult-size leg space, but headroom is very limited for six-footers." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Two editors bemoaned tight headroom in the sedan, and several noted the cabin's narrowness, in part due to a wide center console that encroaches on hip and knee room." -- Cars.com (2011) 

Interior Features

The 2013 Lexus IS 250 sedan comes with standard features that include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 13-speaker stereo with a six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite radio and a USB port. Most options are grouped into packages, which include features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, wood trim, a power rear sunshade, navigation, a backup camera and a Mark Levinson audio system.

Reviewers are divided on the Lexus IS’ interior features. They like that most of the controls are intuitive, but a few test drivers note that features like the iPod interface and optional navigation system could be easier to use. One reviewer is also disappointed by the optional Mark Levinson stereo’s sound quality.

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  • Controls throughout the cabin are intuitive and easy to use, as is the optional touchscreen navigation system. The iPod interface, on the other hand, can be a bit frustrating to use." -- Edmunds 
  • "The optional navigation system controls absorbs many audio and climate functions, complicating their use." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "We don't often get deep into audiophile territory, but three editors remarked on their strong lack of love for the Levinson. No matter our adjustments, the treble was crashy and distorted, and the bass was a muddled mess." -- Cars.com (2011) 


The Lexus IS sedan has 13 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. IS C models have 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the top up and 2.4 cubic feet with it lowered. One reviewer says that the IS sedan’s small trunk opening can make it difficult to pack. Despite the convertible’s smaller trunk, another reviewer notes that there’s still room for a set of golf clubs.

  • The trunk can hold a maximum of 13 cubic feet of luggage, which is about average for cars in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Packing gets complicated with a small trunk opening and intrusion from the rear wheel arches and trunk lid hinges. The hinges are covered, though, to keep them from damaging any cargo. Cabin storage is mediocre." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The IS C is 2.2 inches longer than the IS sedan, and the rear decklid hunchbacks upward, leaving room for golf bags and flat luggage. It'll even hold one of the full-size tires with the top down if you happen to get a flat." -- Car and Driver (2010)

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