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2019 Lexus LS Interior Review

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Interior: 8.5

The 2019 Lexus LS has an incredibly upscale cabin, with high-end materials and an inspiring design. This sedan offers lots of passenger and cargo space, but its infotainment controls can be difficult to use.

  • "While previous LS generations have always enjoyed well-assembled cabins with quality materials, the new LS brings a certain character. Instead of imitating European marques, there’s a justifiable pride in its nation of origin, fusing traditional values with modern high-tech features. The LS offers Kiriko cut-glass/hand-pleated origami-inspired cloth panels in the doors. Alternatively, the more conventional wood trim is exceptionally classy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Lexus has been producing sumptuous, artfully crafted interiors for most of its existence but the luxury carmaker, perhaps feeling the heat from upstarts such as Tesla, really turned up the wick for the … LS. Open a door and there's a lot to catch the eye. The instrument panel is an artful mix of digital and analog elements (including a standard 12.3-inch wide center display) draped across a rich expanse of asymmetrical horizontal lines that sweep into the doors. … All major surfaces are soft-touch and primary contact points such as the sides of the console and door armrests are generously padded." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "Mixed materials work well together and include wood, leather and metal. Armrests use a 'floating' design, adding another layer of quality and detail. … Overall, we quite like the design of the LS' cabin - it's unique and forward-looking without feeling gimmicky. But what's even more impressive is the LS' quality of materials and attention to detail. Every surface you can lay your hands on wouldn't feel out of place in a vehicle double the LS' price. Even the LS' A-pillars, an area an owner will never touch, are padded and covered in premium fabric." -- Left Lane News (2018)

Seating

The Lexus LS seats five people on standard leather upholstery. It also comes with 16-way power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, as well as a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Options include semi-aniline leather seats, 28-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, front sport seats, heated rear seats, 18- or 22-way power-adjustable and reclining rear seats, power-retractable front headrests, and rear-seat footrests. The LS's front seats are comfortable and expansive, and there’s plenty of second-row space for most passengers, though taller occupants might need a little more headroom.

The LS has two complete sets of rear LATCH child-seat connections and a tether-only connection for the middle seat. All of the anchors are easy to access and use.

  • "If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury and comfort, look no further than the LS' rear seat. Like the LS' front seats, the rear seats can be equipped with things like ventilation and massaging air bladders, but they also benefit from more leg room (the front passenger's seat can be moved all the way forward by the rear-seat passenger) and power sunshades all around." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • Front headroom and legroom are 'good' rather than 'great,' while in back, legroom is ample but headroom might get tight for those over 6-feet tall, and a massive center tunnel intrudes on a center passenger's foot space." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "Inside, there's more rear-seat legroom than before, but the S-Class and BMW 7 Series have the Lexus beat in this measurement. Despite that, if you're coming from a previous-gen LS or GS, the rear-seat space in the 2018 LS might impress those who refuse to look beyond the Lexus dealership." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Lexus LS include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and a power rear sunshade.

The standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 12-speaker premium sound system, voice command activation, the Remote Touchpad control, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Lexus Enform app suite. The infotainment system in the Lexus LS has a learning curve and some frustrating controls. Rival vehicles with full touch-screen interfaces are more intuitive. However, the trackpad offers some helpful features, like zooming and swiping.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Optional features include a suede headliner, power rear side-window sunshades, four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass roof, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat touch-screen center console, a performance digital instrument cluster, automatic lane change assist, front cross traffic alert, a 24-inch head-up display, adaptive headlights, and a surround-view parking camera.

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  • "The LS carries on the Lexus tradition of having one of the more complex infotainment systems out there. The dashboard screen is not a touchscreen; rather, you move a cursor around its surface via a small console-mounted touchpad, which makes many seemingly simple and common functions overly tedious to execute, including some for the climate system. While most high-end vehicles with lots of features suffer similarly, we find those with dashboard touchscreens to be less cumbersome." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • There's no way around the touchpad that controls the 12.3-inch infotainment system. You'll figure out Lexus' improved system if you give it a chance, but it's still not as intuitive as what's available from some of the competition." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • Being a flagship luxury vehicle, Lexus has stuffed the LS with the latest automotive technology. That includes the newest version of Lexus' Enform infotainment system with a trackpad-like controller in the center console. Although more refined than previous versions, we still found the system tricky to operate with less-than-intuitive menus. … We do at least like some of the trackpad's features - you can pinch-to-zoom on maps and a simple swipe on the pad can adjust the intensity of things like the cooled seats or massaging function." -- Left Lane News (2018)

Cargo

The Lexus LS has 17 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. The LS Hybrid has a little less space, at 15.2 cubic feet. The cargo opening is wide and large, but its overall utility is limited by a narrow shape.

  • It offers one of the largest trunks in the class (17 cubic feet), with a wide opening for easy cargo loading, although its shape narrows near the rear seatbacks. Also the plentiful small-item storage inside makes it ideal for longer journeys." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • Though the trunk is reasonably large and has a foot-activated power trunklid as standard, it offers very little underfloor storage space, the sickle-shaped trunklid hinges - though covered - intrude on cargo space, and notably, the rear seat backs don't fold to expand the cargo area." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
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