Understanding The Interior Of The Lexus GS F Requires A PhD

For the past few days, I’ve been putting the Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Edition through its paces and as impressive as it is, it isn’t perfect. Let me explain.

The powertrain and chassis set-up of the GS F are remarkable, but during everyday driving, you can’t really explore what the car is capable of. Consequently, you would hope that the GS F’s interior was an absolute delight but, unfortunately, it isn’t. Or at least, not entirely.

The good, the bad and the complicated

Don’t get me wrong, the GS F’s cabin is a lovely place to spend time in. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, the materials are top-notch, and the driving position is to die for. However, there are a lot of buttons. Way too many of them. In fact, you could probably write a thesis in less time than it would take to get a grasp on all the switches found through the GS F’s interior.

Things immediately get complicated as soon as you slide into the driver’s seat. You’re greeted by no less than 17 controls on the steering wheel, some of which seem to do exactly the same thing. For example, toggle the switches on the left side of the wheel and you can change audio tracks. Repeat the process on the right side of the steering wheel and the buttons there do the same thing. There are also more than a dozen other switches found on the driver’s door and directly to the right of the steering column where you can operate functions including the head-up display and trip meter.

Then comes the dashboard and center console. The GS F’s climate control panel is loaded with even more switches and oddly, there’s no designated button to turn off the air conditioning. Also found on the center console is Lexus’ ‘mouse’ that’s used to operate the infotainment system. To select something on the screen, you press down on the mouse. Alternatively, there are two dedicated ‘Enter’ switches millimetres away from the mouse which do the same thing. Why? Who knows.

The button bonanza doesn’t end there. Directly behind the gear selector is a rotary dial to adjust the vehicle’s settings and behind it, two additional controls. Just in case these switches weren’t enough to occupy any remaining brain capacity you may have, there’s even more controls on the roof. Heck, even rear-seat passengers have more than a dozen buttons to play with.

Evidently, no car is perfect and the Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Edition is no different. Fortunately, it is exceptional fun to drive. You’ll be able to read more about our experience with the Lexus in the coming week.

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  • salamOOn

    if you need a Phd to use some buttons you probably shouldnt be driving…..
    to be honest this is a pretty stupid article.

  • salamOOn

    what a stupid article…… if you need a Phd to use some buttons you probably shouldnt be driving…..

    • #QAnon

      anything for clicks (likes)!

  • no25

    I have never read something so blatantly full of straight stupidity before in my life. Requires a PhD my butt. I’ve been in the GSF before and it’s very easy to understand. Sorry, you CS journalists are so biased towards BMW that all you know are their controls. But glad you can post an article about how puzzled you were on controls instead of the actual driving dynamics of the car. Absolutely stupid.

    • Hyperbole. This is hyperbole. Our full review of the car will be posted soon and interior aside, the GS F is extremely impressive.

      • no25

        At the end of the day, the comments show how stupid and useless this article was. Post an honest, reasonable article. Stop wasting people’s time. You guys are starting to be an embarrassment to real journalists and car enthusiasts. “You need a PhD to figure out these buttons” get real.

  • AS I READ THIS I WAS REMINDED OF DOUG DeMURO GOING THROUGH THE QUIRKS AND FEATURES OF THE INTERIOR OF LET’S SAY A KOENIGSEGG. HE’D WONDER WHAT THE CREST SHAPED CUBBY IS FOR THEN PICKING UP THE OWNERS MANUAL TO SHOW US HIS FAVORITE QUIRK OF THE MANUAL SOMEHOW MISSING THE EXPLANATION OF SAID CUBBY.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/10ca8744e68793ff799281bb80dcb2d3c263e59f165421e0b6f36afb4c36f712.jpg

  • Ben

    If you have trouble figuring out how to operate a motor vehicle, your life must be incredibly difficult.

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t know about how easy or difficult it is to use. But this interior is ugly AF. Designed by Sparkomatic.

  • pcurve

    look up “1991 alfa 161 interior” and check out its center stack.

    • Matt

      *164

    • my favourite interior of all time

  • What’s the problem with buttons? At least, Lexus doesn’t force you to use the infotainment screen to control the AC or open the glovebox because that’s just stupid.

  • Trocadero

    It’s the same in my IS300H, wasn’t a problem after 10 minutes.

    Click bait article

  • Enter Ranting

    The photos don’t back up the author’s claim of being overwhelmed by buttons. I’ll take physical buttons over a touch screen any day.

  • Enter Ranting

    Huh, didn’t get the playful vibe from this piece…

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