2012 Lexus LS


$21,483 - $24,030

2012 Lexus LS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Lexus LS was new.


Interior: 8.7

Exceptional cabin materials stand out inside the 2012 Lexus LS, which are impressive, even by super luxury car standards. Reviewers like the accommodations, which offer exceptional comfort for the driver and passengers alike. Numerous upgrades are available to coddle rear-seat passengers in luxury. Options include a small refrigerator, and a rear-seat comfort package can use infrared sensors to measure body heat and adjust the cabin temperature. The LS also scores points for its optional Mark Levinson stereo system, which many reviewers say is among the best in class.

  • "Spacious interior." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Top-quality materials with numerous soft-touch surfaces highlight the understated design." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "As is fitting for a Lexus flagship, the interior … represents the best that the company has to offer, with craftsmanship and materials beyond reproach. But the overall design is a bit staid when compared to more dramatic treatments found in some European luxury sedans." -- Edmunds 
  • "The LS's cabin is whisper quiet and the leather-wrapped interior is comfortable, too, making this car a wonderful place to spend time on the road." -- Motor Trend 


Up front, the Lexus LS comes standard with a 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 12-way power front passenger seat. Front seats are heated and cooled, with three memory settings each for the driver and passenger.

If you’re looking to chauffeur your back-seat passengers in opulent surroundings, the optional Executive Class Seating package makes the back seat of the LS truly decadent. It includes power-adjustable heated and cooled rear seats with foot rests, four-zone climate control and a massage setting for back-seat passengers.

  • "The extra-long L version has a limo-like back seat." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The front is spacious for adults, though taller drivers may need more headroom. A power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and wide, supportive seats with multiple power adjustments make it easy to find a comfortable driving position." -- Consumer Guide
  • "One of the better reasons to buy a large luxury sedan is comfort. Of course, if you want to seat five or six comfortably you'd be better served by Cadillac's Escalade. But if it's only you and three close friends, you won't do better than the Executive-Class from Lexus." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Executive-Class Seating package takes rear comfort to absurd levels with a 45-degree seat recline, lumbar massage and a footrest. Outside of the LS, you'd need a Maybach or Rolls-Royce to get rear-seat coddling like this." -- Edmunds 
  • "The wheelbase and overall length of the L model are just shy of five inches longer than that of the standard model, and some of that added space translates into rear-seat legroom." -- Motor Trend 

Interior Features

Inside, the 2012 Lexus LS treats passengers to an opulent cabin that’s appointed with soft leather, as well as wood and brushed aluminum trim. Interior tech is competitive with other super luxury cars, but most test drivers have LS models that are loaded to the hilt with options. Reviewers also note that the LS differs from competitors like BMW and Mercedes, who use a single knob interface to control entertainment and navigation functions. The LS has separate controls for each system and some critics like the approach, especially since Mercedes’ COMAND and BMW’s iDrive can require some time to master. Another highlight is the optional Mark Levinson stereo, which reviewers say is one of the best systems available.

  • "LS sets itself apart from its rivals by foregoing a complicated control interface. Main audio and climate controls are separate from the navigation system. A few functions require interacting with the navigation screen, thus complicating those adjustments." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The LS also offers an impressive selection of options that rival prestigious executive limousines. Features like a backseat that reclines up to 45 degrees, a footrest akin to a private jet's, a refrigerator and a DVD entertainment system will please even the most demanding passengers." -- Edmunds 
  • “The sound system has ‘enough speakers for heavenly sound’ with near-perfect audio quality... Bass came through strong, while the highest notes still stood out. With the digital signal processor placing the sweet spot for the music dead center in the cabin, the audio actually sounded best in the back seat." -- CNET


At 18 cubic feet, the 2012 Lexus LS has one of the largest trunks in its class. However, upgrade to the optional reclining rear seats and the addition of a back-seat climate control drops the number to 15.5 cubic feet. Unlike rivals such as the BMW 7-Series, reviewers say that small-item interior storage is good inside the LS.

  • "The trunk lid uses hinges that further rob useful space. In-cabin small-item storage is good." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Trunk space is generous at 18 cubic feet, but it drops to 15.5 cubes if rear-seat climate control is specified." -- Edmunds 
  • "While its trunk appears modest from outside, there's a generous 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space in all but the LS 460 L with optional Rear-Seat Upgrade or Executive-Class Seating packages" -- Kelley Blue Book 

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