Extra-Padded Center Console - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Extra-Padded Center Console

April 22, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

I'm not one to bang on about center console padding, but I do know there are those who find the hard plastic that often comes in contact with their right leg to be a constant pain in the, well, right leg. Sometimes it's the car, sometimes it's the way that person sits, sometimes it's a combination of both.

I don't imagine anyone ever complaining about the Lexus GS 350, as its center console rates about a 7 on the Squish-o-meter, where a 1 is a slab of concrete and 10 is Santa Claus wrapped in memory foam. Not only is it squishy, but it's also covered in either leather (doubtful) or some believable imitation.

Now, it should be noted that my right leg doesn't come remotely close to banging into the center console since the seat adjusts incredibly well to fit my extremely finicky 6-foot-3 driving position tastes. This is in sharp contrast to the old GS, which didn't provide enough under thigh support and was low on headroom to boot. This new GS is very tall-friendly. It's also quite squishy.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 14,399 miles

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