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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Nicely formed power front buckets
Kelley Blue Book
luxurious and well-crafted
Up to five can fit comfortably
Limited storage and cramped backseats do not detract from the superior comfort of the front seats in the 2009 Lexus GS.
Cars.com reports that the 2009 Lexus GS sedans' "trunk space totals 12.7 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide contends that the lid "swings on noninvasive strut-type hinges, but its small opening makes for awkward loading," and "small-item storage is limited" inside the cabin. The 2009 Lexus GS cabin is nonetheless "luxurious and well-crafted," according to Edmunds, which says that the 2009 Lexus GS 460 is "put together with flawless fit and finish."
Edmunds adds that "the optional navigation system features high-resolution graphics that make it easy to operate at a glance," but "the audio controls lose some functionality as they become integrated into the touch screen"; in addition, "the highly polished wood can reflect glare annoyingly at times, and the control-oriented drop-down dash panel to the left of the steering wheel can get in the way of the driver's exit if left open." ConsumerGuide comments that "one test GS suffered from an annoying dashboard rattle."
Kelley Blue Book says the 2009 Lexus GS 350's "Nicely formed power front buckets are the best seats in the house," acknowledging that "even the 'bucketed' rear bench has sufficient head and legroom to handle a pair of adults and the occasional smaller child in the less-hospitable center spot." Cars.com reports that "up to five can fit comfortably in the 2009 Lexus GS 460's leather seats"; however, Edmunds counters that "though spacious enough for five passengers, it accommodates four more comfortably, as the elevated rear center cushion makes for a tighter fit in the middle position."
ConsumerGuide says that while the 2009 Lexus GS 460 "equals most any class rival for hushed refinement," there is an annoying "coarse-surface tire thrum." Kelley Blue Book, though, gushes that the 2009 Lexus GS 350's "finely crafted cabin always maintains Lexus levels of isolation from wind and road noise."
Overlooking the inferior backseat and storage space, the 2009 Lexus GS sedans offer good build quality and a peaceful, quiet interior.