2018 Lexus LS 500 Sedan

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2018 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Lexus LS 500 Base include 3.5L V-6 416hp twin turbo engine, 10-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19" aluminum wheels, cruise control, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control.

2018 Lexus
LS 500 Sedan

Starting at: $75,000

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory seat
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Head restraints memory
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Emergency communication system
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • DVD-Audio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 12
  • Speaker type - Pioneer
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - Destination Assist
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 12.3"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/10,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 416hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 442 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 85.5mm x 100.0mm (3.37" x 3.94")
  • Compression ratio - 10.50 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,685kg (5,920lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,235mm (206.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,900mm (74.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,461mm (57.5")
  • Wheelbase - 3,124mm (123.0")
  • Turning radius - 2.9m (9.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Rear legroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Front headroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Rear headroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,494mm (58.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,433mm (56.4")
  • Passenger volume - 2,815L (99.4 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 480 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 480 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power open and close trunk
  • Door auto-latch
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Compressor - twin turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 416hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 442 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 10 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 21.7gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Power adjustable front head restraints
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger, rear w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/50VR19.0
  • Rear tires - 245/50VR19.0
  • Wheel size - 19"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - front and rear
  • Lane departure - active
  • Blind spot sensor - Blind Spot Monitor warning
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Rear collision - Rear Cross-Traffic Braking mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2018 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Search New $75,000   416-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  10-spd auto  19 / 30  
2018 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Search New $78,220   416-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  10-spd auto  18 / 27  
F Sport 2018 Lexus LS 500 Sedan F Sport Search New $81,000   416-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  10-spd auto  19 / 30  
F Sport 2018 Lexus LS 500 Sedan F Sport Search New $84,220   416-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  10-spd auto  18 / 27  


Driving Impression

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Ride control is especially good in the F Sport’s continuously adaptive setup, permitting little body lean when cornering. Run-flat tires on the F Sport results in a rumbling ride and bounding over some bumps. Through long undulations, in contrast, the air springs yield pleasurable softness. The steering lacks precision as well as feel and weightiness. However, road manners are excellent, overall, with the adaptive setup.

Rear-wheel steering on the F Sport reduces the turning circle, easing maneuverability. The driver can select Eco, Normal, Comfort, Custom, Sport, or Sport+ mode. When in Sport or Sport+ mode, amplified engine sounds are pumped into the cabin.

Acceleration to 60 mph in an LS 500 takes just 4.6 seconds. Lexus claims the 10-speed transmission shifts as promptly as a dual-clutch unit.

The hybrid performs nearly as well as the gas-engine model and handling differences between the LS 500 and LS 500h are barely discernible. The amplified engine noise is more bothersome in the LS 500h, however.

Because LS sedans are heavyweights, gas mileage inevitably suffers, but the hybrid should be quite thrifty. The EPA has not yet issued fuel-economy estimates. Lexus predicts the rear-drive LS 500h hybrid will earn about 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving. For the standard LS 500, Lexus predicts 23 mpg combined.

Walk Around

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Boldly compelling styling of the 2018 LS 500 makes a clean break from the staid past. Lexus has borrowed some luscious design cues from its new LC 500 coupe, sailing past customary boundaries in the process.

While the coupe is suggestive of Aston Martin flair, the LS sedan conveys a more elegant character, topped by a long, tapered roofline. Teardrop-shaped side windows sit behind the rear doors.

Z-shaped headlights flank a huge hourglass-shaped grille, similar to other Lexus models. Each LS version gets a different grille texture, featuring hundreds of gleaming facets. LED taillights mark the tall rear end.

Interior Overview

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Extravagance is a byword for the asymmetric LS cabin, from ambient lighting to dark hardwoods and aluminum trim, even cut glass and quilted fabrics. Door panels feature curved stitching, complemented by free-floating door handles and armrests.

An air suspension can ease entry/exit, raising the car more than an inch. Heated/cooled front seats can move 28 ways, and provide massage functions. In the F Sport, heavily sculptured seats might be snug for wider physiques.

Even in standard form, rear-seat space is abundant for three riders. An optional Executive package, targeting the chauffeur-driven market, provides even greater stretch-out space for two occupants. Extras include four-zone climate control, 22-way heated/cooled rear seats, and a right-side seat with a raised ottoman, backrest recline, and easy-access mode.

A touchpad controls audio and climate functions on the low-sitting, slightly off-balance dashboard, with its narrow cluster of gauges. All LS sedans come with a 12.3-inch display screen, but the infotainment system is among the clumsiest. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable.

Trunk space is good, measuring 17 cubic feet for the LS 500 and 15.2 cubic feet for the hybrid. Plenty of rear glass and a low beltline help provide good visibility.


New Car Test Drive

With its more opulent cabin and greater interior space, the latest LS transcends its predecessors. In addition to outstanding fit and finish, the LS 500 line promises fine seat comfort front and rear, plenty of storage space, lots of luxury, and a sizable helping of current technology.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500 ($75,000) comes with rear-wheel drive, leather upholstery, navigation, 12-speaker audio with Bluetooth streaming, active noise cancellation, and 19-inch wheels. It comes with the twin-turbocharged V6 engine and 10-speed automatic. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

LS 500 AWD ($79,215) adds all-wheel drive.

LS 500h ($79,510) is similar to LS 500, but with hybrid powertrain. It’s also available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive ($82,730).

LS 500 F Sport ($81,000) gets distinctive exterior trim, special 20-inch wheels, firmly padded 28-way power seats, suede headliner, and aluminum pedals. A movable gauge reveals additional performance data. It comes with the twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive ($84,220)

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