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2020 Lexus LS Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The 2020 Lexus LS features the posh interior that you expect from an expensive luxury sedan. The cabin is beautifully designed and incorporates premium materials throughout. Both rows of seats are roomy, and the trunk is large. There are plenty of standard and available tech features, but rivals have easier-to-use infotainment systems.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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. … 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, and it comes standard with leather upholstery. Also standard are 16-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Semi-aniline leather upholstery, 28-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, front sport seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, 18- or 22-way power-adjustable and reclining rear seats, massaging rear seats, and power-retractable front headrests are available.

As you might expect from a car that belongs to the super luxury class, there are no bad seats in the LS. The front seats are sumptuous and have ample head- and legroom. The rear seats have plenty of legroom and offer lots of premium comfort features, but taller riders may long for a smidge more headroom.

For securing child safety seats, the LS has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the rear 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 LS include a moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard infotainment system comes with a 12.3-inch display, the Remote Touchpad controller, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 12-speaker premium sound system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Lexus Enform app suite.

The LS comes with plenty of features, but it draws criticism for its infotainment system. It has its bright spots, though there's a considerable learning curve. The touchpad is clunky and can be distracting to use, and rivals' touch-screen interfaces are more user-friendly.

Available features include a panoramic glass roof, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, and a 7-inch rear center-console touch screen.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high-beam headlights, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Some of these features are part of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0.

Available active safety features include a surround-view parking camera system, automatic lane change assist, front cross traffic alert, and a 24-inch head-up display.

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  • "The infotainment system's interface is a touch pad and can be a minor distraction while learning to use it (it's not particularly intuitive). But stick with it, since there are many useful aspects." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)
  • "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 super luxury car class. The LS Hybrid has a little less space at 15.2 cubic feet. The car has a wide trunk opening, which helps when loading cargo, but the space narrows as it goes back, which can cause problems trying to make items fit. A hands-free power trunk lid comes standard.

  • "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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