Jump inside a Lexus IS cabin and you'll want to plan a trip to Japan. Lexus designers didn't used to be this cool, so we have to go their cafeteria and have whatever they had when they penned the interior.
There's a feeling of a design that's so modern you wonder how it made it into production so quickly and every part of the cabin takes itself very seriously.
The F Sport pack manages to bring a feeling of organic driver orientation. The first thing you notice is the instrument panel. Since the Lexus LFA supercar is now out of production, they were allowed to borrow its driver meter with that moving center ring.
We're talking about a fully-digital instrument panel, but the solid central instrument surround can slide to the side, at the touch of a button on the steering wheel - the latter, as well as the shifter, were also upgraded for the F Sport trim.
You can have that center ring coincide with the geometrical center of the cluster or move it to the side to reveal an extra menu. This is fast and intuitive and you could swear that the graphics are borrowed from the Need For Speed series. Speaking of this, aluminum pedals and plates complete the F Sport bravado.
The center console has an imposing position, being topped by a modern display. Alas, here's where they forced themselves to make a difference between the IS and the GS - the seven-inch screen doesn't fill its entire area, using a noticeable plastic border.
Moving below, we find the center tunnel, where we are treated with perfect ergonomics. Now that we're offered those electrostatic controls for the climate system, you won't hear us saying that Lexus' buttons have an outdated feeling anymore.
As far as the materials are concerned, the fine leather found on cabin parts like the steering wheel and the dash is, unfortunately, mixed with an average plastic in certain areas.
Since the engineers have now placed the battery pack under the rear deck, our test car offered the same luggage capacity as any of its non-hybrid brothers. That's 15.9 cubic feet (450 liters), a pleasing number.
The interior of the Lexus IS make it obvious that this is the newest car in its class.Continue reading