The otherwise inspiring performance in the 2011 Lexus GS sedans, however, is marred by limited headroom inside the cabin—even in the front seats—and a surprisingly tight backseat. Front-seat comfort is also limited by seats that feel a little short and flat for some tastes—especially when compared to those used in BMWs, for instance.
One other surprising limitation is trunk space. At just 12.7 cubic feet in non-hybrid models, shrinking to 7.5 cubic feet in the GS 450h, with a small load opening, it's certainly not one of the more useful trunks.
GS models ride quite firmly, and while it can be a little too firm for some surfaces, most will find the ride just right with some underlying softness but no wallowing. Refinement is top-notch as well; there's not nearly as much road noise in the GS compared to other sport sedans, and the engines are just as refined and smooth as they are powerful and responsive.
Another positive is that the GS models are extremely well put together, and the brushed-aluminum and dark gray bird's-eye maple wood trim are at once classy and stylish.