The fifth generation of Lexus's flagship LS luxury sedan carries over unchanged for the 2020 model year. Since the late 1980s, the LS has been one of Japan's most luxurious vehicle exports to North America.
Lexus offers LS 500 and hybrid LS 500h models. LS 500 uses a turbocharged V6 and a 10-speed transmission. LS 500h gets a naturally aspirated engine matched with electric power and a continuously variable transmission. Both LS variants get AWD.
Standard interior features shared by LS 500 and LS 500h include heated and ventilated front seats, a 28-way massaging driver's seat, Lexus climate concierge, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front windshield de-icer, a heated steering wheel with woodgrain/leather trim and electric adjustments, a head-up display, an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster display, a suede headliner, an integrated garage door opener, and a wood/leather trimmed shifter.
Infotainment kit comprises satellite radio, a 23-speaker stereo with Apple CarPlay, and the Enform connectivity suite.
On the outside are triple-beam LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a sunroof, and rain-sensing wipers.
Standard safety items comprise blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, radar cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist.
LS 500 gets heated rear seats, while LS 500h adds ventilation, 22-way power adjustments, an ottoman, and massage.
LS 500h also gets four-zone climate control, adaptive headlights, 20-inch wheels (the LS 500 uses 19s), adaptive variable air suspension, a hands-free power trunk, rear and side power sunshades, collision avoidance with active steering assist, front cross traffic alert, and navigation.
All options are offered only in the LS 500.
An F Sport group adds a bird's eye monitor, panoramic sunroof, adaptive headlights, 20-inch wheels, front cross traffic alert, aluminum door trim, air suspension, a 28-way front passenger seat, and aluminum pedals.
The Luxury package builds on F Sport and adds four-way power lumbar, rear-seat side airbags, 22-way rear seats, rear door sun shades, ventilated rear seats with massage, and four-zone climate control.
The ultimate LS 500 is the executive package, which largely echoes the luxury pack but adds a smart card key, all-round rear sun shades, rear-seat ottoman with massage settings, hands-free trunk, and a rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones.
Lexus's fuel consumption estimates for the LS are 13.2/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway) for the LS 500, and 10.3/7.7 for the hybrid LS 500h.
Despite its more than three decades of production, the LS was predated by the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz's S-Class. Surprisingly, the Audi A8 is a more recent addition to the class than the LS. Other cars worthy of your big-sedan consideration are the Genesis G90, and the Lincoln Continental.
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