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.

Editors' Review

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Lexus' largest, most comfortable executive sedan has long been a high-water mark for driving comfort and build quality, and minor adjustments for 2021 help this boat keep the course.

Infotainment: Repeal and replace

Perhaps the most important update in the 2021 Lexus LS 500 is the 12.3-inch infotainment display, which has been removed from its cave on the dashboard and brought much closer to the driver, enabling the use of a touchscreen for the first time. It is, to put it nicely, extremely overdue. Lexus' horrible trackpad still exists, and it still functions the same as before with its artificial detents and generally sloppy finger tracking, but I don't know why you'd use it instead of just tapping the thing you want. Lexus made a few other much needed quality-of-life updates in this arena, including a button that finally offers fast access to the heated seat and steering wheel controls.

Despite this new (to Lexus) way of fiddling with the display, I can't help but feel that the software as a whole needs to go. The graphics are way behind the times, and while functionalities like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration are always welcome, the system's offerings fall behind newer, flashier telematics from Audi, Genesis and Mercedes-Benz. A couple USB-C ports in the center armrest to match the pair of USB-A ports wouldn't hurt, either.

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The Good ~ Effortless comfort ~ High-quality, plush interior ~ Twin-turbo V6 get-up-and-go

The Bad ~ Everything related to Sport mode ~ Aging cabin tech ~ Losing ground on value to Genesis

The Bottom Line The 2021 Lexus LS 500 F Sport is a great reminder that Germany doesn't have a monopoly on building thoroughly competent executive sedans.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 8
  • Media 6

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