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2017 Lexus IS Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The cabin of the 2017 Lexus IS impresses with high-quality materials and a simple yet elegant design. Seating accommodations are excellent as well, with ample room in the back and supportive front seats. The infotainment system is visually appealing but difficult to use thanks to its cumbersome controllers. Trunk space is above average for the class. 

  • "It comes as no surprise that the 2017 IS interior is impeccably assembled with high-quality materials everywhere. But with a few changes, Lexus has improved on an already good design." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even with the somber, all-black colorway and not-actually-leather NuLuxe seating, I dig the IS' interior design. With matte surfaces in place of glossy and brushed metal in place of chrome, it has a kind of retro-futuristic vibe that strikes me as pleasingly Japanese. I like the look of the moving-bezel gauge cluster, too." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • "The … IS has one of the nicer interiors in this class, highlighted by top-notch materials and unusual attention to detail. The dashboard, armrests, steering wheel and even the sides of the center console (where knees tend to rub) are swathed in dense, high-quality padding. … The IS sedan's dashboard design is attractive and contemporary, and the rakish angle of the center stack enhances the general feeling of spaciousness." -- Edmunds (2016)

Seating

The 2017 IS seats five on standard leatherette, with power front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Seating upgrades include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and memory settings for the seats and outside mirrors. F Sport models come with special sport seats. 

The IS’ front seats are very comfortable and provide good amounts of support for the most part. However, side bolstering could be a little better. There is also plenty of legroom for rear passengers. 

The IS has two complete LATCH attachments on the rear outboard seats, with a third top tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are deep in the seats, and it’s difficult to maneuver your hands around the anchors. Back-seat space can be tight for some car seats, further hindering installation. If you plan on installing car seats, test out the LATCH system before you buy the IS. 

  • "An LFA-inspired, driver-focused cockpit gets you in the mood to blast off, such as you can with this particular ride, and a quilted driver's seat offers snug comfort and decent lateral support." -- Forbes (2016)
  • The front seats are comfortable and supportive under most circumstances, though enthusiast drivers might prefer additional bolstering (even with the F Sport seats). In back, two adults can sit with ease thanks to nicely shaped outboard seats and a respectable amount of legroom." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Front passengers are comfortable, and rear legroom is acceptable, if not great." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Lexus IS include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, app-linked navigation, proximity-key access, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Optional features include a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, a rearview camera, integrated navigation, a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, the Remote Touch controller, voice command activation, the Lexus Enform App Suite, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. 

The infotainment system in the IS is controlled by a selector knob on the center console, which is difficult to use. However, other physical controls like climate adjustments are intuitive, and the display screen has clear, sharp graphics. 

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  • The center stack is now flush with the rest of the dash and looks better. The infotainment screen now makes full use of the real estate allotted on the dash -- it's no longer letterboxed by plastic -- but the mouse-like controller is still frustrating to use at times. We like the F Sport gauges, inspired by the Lexus LF-A exotic car, with their digital instrument cluster and sliding bezel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Dual-zone automatic climate control with touch-sensitive electrostatic switches are easy to use and a 4.2-inch full color multi-information display including audio, trip, navigation, phone, ambient temperature is clear and attractive." -- Forbes (2016)
  • "Sadly, using the joystick controller to move through the menu system is a drag. The selector bounces all over the screen, like an old wired mouse with a dirty laser sensor." -- Autoblog (2016)

Cargo

The Lexus IS has 10.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class. Cargo space is hurt by a second row that folds down but doesn’t lay flat.

  • "The smallish trunk that doesn't fold flat and limited interior storage conspire against the IS 200t's utility. Storage up front is limited to the armrest bin, the door pockets and the glovebox. … The rear seatbacks fold forward, but hardly flat. The unevenness limits what you can carry with the seats down." -- Edmunds
  • That point is further made clear with the sedan's trunk space, which is adequate for the segment but still not enormous. For drivers who want more room, the IS now offers a split-folding rear seat, allowing extra space for large items." -- Autotrader (2014)

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