Lexus LS

The 2017 Lexus LS 460 is powered by a 4.6L V8 engine making 386 horsepower. Output is sent to either the rear or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic. The LS is available in three basic trim levels: the standard LS 460, the long-wheelbase LS 460 L and the performance-oriented LS 460 F Sport.

The base LS 460 and LS460 L are well-equipped and come packed full of goodies and outright refinement. Features include 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, a premium navigation system, Lexus' Enform system, a 12.3-inch digital display on the center console, Bluetooth technology, a 10-speaker premium sound system, a backup camera, a 16-way power driver's seat and 12-way power front passenger seat, a power moonroof and automatic dual-zone climate control. The seating surfaces are all leather, while the steering wheel is part leather and part wood, beautifully crafted through an extensive 38-day process.

The LS 460 F Sport includes the luxury items found above, plus more aggressive styling and performance amenities including a limited-slip differential on RWD models, Brembo brakes, a unique sports suspension, sports seats and more.

Option packages on the LS include an Ultra Luxury Package and an Executive-Class Seating package, both of which pour on the technology to make riding in the back seat of the LS an experience in and of its self. An Advanced Pre-Collision Package and an All Weather package are also offered and obviously address more utilitarian concerns. Standalone options include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, heated steering wheel, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

Safety is, as expected, top notch with a car in this price range. All of the regular electronic systems are in place, including anti-lock brakes and stability control. Airbags are plentiful and the LS features whiplash lessening front seats as well as a tire pressure monitor. Buyers opting for the Advanced Pre-Collision package will also get a driver attention monitor which can detect drowsy drivers, an adaptive cruise control with pre-collision system and a lane keep assist system to keep drivers in their lane.

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Fun fact: The Lexus LS was the first full-size luxury sedan to offer a hybrid drivetrain when the 600h L model launched more than a decade ago. Fast forward to today and the field has grown a bit; the LS 500h now competes with plug-in hybrids like the BMW 745e and upcoming Mercedes-Benz S560e. But unlike the plug-in hybrid Germans, Lexus attempts to win people over with a multistage hybrid drivetrain, not to mention sleek exterior styling and an absolutely gorgeous interior. The result is a car that easily stands toe-to-toe with its German rivals, but still has a few notable flaws.

Standout styling inside and out

The 2019 LS wears a distinctive yet polarizing exterior. The majority of the front is occupied by the automaker's spindle grille that I've actually warmed up to in recent years. Around back there's no shortage of creases that, combined with flowing body sides, give the LS plenty of visual pizazz.

Open the driver's door and you'll discover the best attribute of the LS: the cabin. The layout is attractive and fresh with a flowing dash and floating-look of the armrests on the doors. The overall craftsmanship is exceptional, and you'll find really nice materials like super-soft stitched leather covering the seats and dash panels, and ultra suede fabric on large swaths of the door panels and headliner.

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The Good The 2019 Lexus LS 500h packs distinctive styling, a gorgeous interior and is more efficient than its gas-only counterpart.

The Bad A complex transmission mash-up results in muted shift performance, and the Lexus Enform infotainment system is among the worst on the market today.

The Bottom Line Dreaded infotainment aside, the LS 500h will appeal to those looking for a stylish, cushy and efficient full-size luxury cruiser.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 6.5

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