And on the inside?

Heres where the GS is starting to show its age. Conventional switchgear contrasts with the ever-complex interior configurations found in the rest of the segment. Where rivals have touch screens and buttons galore, a base GS (not our tester) features simple climate and audio controls. With the optional navigation package, Lexus standard and rather dated touch screen display is added.

In fact, while the Infiniti M practically brags about its technology, the GS tucks away many of its secondary switches in a stow-away bin just left of the steering wheel. The mantra here seems to be simple luxury.

Dont think that the GS design doesnt look and feel upscale, however. Materials are top notch throughout, if a little conservative in their selection compared to rivals. A richly burled wood grain and a traditional felt-like headliner stand in contrast to the matte or suede finish exotic materials found elsewhere.

The more cramped proportions give the GS senior status away, too. The sloping roofline cuts deeply into head room and rear seat ingress and egress. At least the four outboard seats are comfortable and supportive, boasting aggressive bolsters and fine leather trim.

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