2019 Lexus LS 500

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2019 MODEL

$75,200 - $84,420

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The Luxury cars market is dominated by fierce European brands, no one dares to take a jab at the likes of Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi but all game is about to change when Toyota unleashed its Japanese beast- The Lexus LS. This year marks for the Fourth generation of the IS and its bank's subtle changes form 2018, but they are quite impressive.

Starting a little over $75,000, the 2019 Lexus LS sits near the top of large luxury car ladder. For the price, it comes Lexus offers an interior boasting one of the best build quality in the automotive business. The exquisite KIRIKO Cut Glass provide the kind of novelty you will only get in the much more expensive European cars like the Mercedes S class.

The LS is powered by a 3.5L Twin-Turbo engine mated to a 10 -Speed automatic transmission that musters 416 horsepower. The Lexus LS 500 competes with other super luxury cars like the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan, and the BMW 740i Sedan. The LS lags in terms of sportiness and that’s where its rivals excel.


Starting a little over $75,000, the 2019 Lexus LS sits near the top of large luxury car ladder. For the price, it comes Lexus offers an interior boasting one of the best build quality in the automotive business. The exquisite KIRIKO Cut Glass provide the kind of novelty you will only get in the much more expensive European cars like the Mercedes S class.

2019 Lexus LS 500 Features

The Lexus LS comes in 2 trims the LS 500 and the LS 500 F sport. The LS 500 comes in about $75,000 and the features on offer like 19-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Some of the luxury bits on offer are the 16-way Power adjustable heated and ventilated seats and heated steering wheel. The LS features a monochromic Twin-Turbo V8 engine with an optional All-Wheel-drive system for both trims. Also, this year debuts a brand new 24-inch heads up display.

Trims

LS 500

LS 500 F Sport

RWD

$75,300

$81,000

AWD

$78,220

$84,220

Features

19-inch alloy wheels

Additional features to LS 500:

 

Adaptive Suspension

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Heated Steering wheel

Exclusive Leather Upholstery

 

Back-up Camera

28-way power adjustable seats

 

Lane Departure warning and Blind-Spot

 
 

16-way Power adjustable heated and ventilated seats

 
 

Adaptive Cruise control

 

The other prominent features on offer are the Lane departure warning and a backup camera. The LS 500F Sport gets a bigger set of wheels, where there are 20-inch alloy wheels and some exclusive leather Upholstery with 28-way power adjustable seats.

We Recommend-

Although LS comes with two trims, we would suggest you go with the base trim. You have all the luxury you will ever need in a lifetime, just make sure to add the stunning audio upgrade and the Safety System+ A package.

2019 Lexus LS 500 Engine

“Most will find that performance is perfectly adequate for a large luxury sedan. The chassis ably controls body roll at moderate speeds. Even with the car loaded with five passengers, acceleration is swift. Unfortunately, the transmission is slow to downshift when you want more power”- Edmunds

Engine and transmission

While the concept based Lexus LC is more sporty and driver-centric, the LS 500 is more about comfort and luxury. However, the Japanese witchcraft built Lexus to compete and smash all the European brags. The LS 500 harbors a 3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6 engine which hammers out a 416 hp of power and 442 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a smooth shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Lexus aces the lot with its bigger engine and brute strength, though the same could not be said about its agility.

Models

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

MSRP

$75,000

$82,500

$89,900

$83,100

Engine

3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6

3.0L TFSI 6-Cylinder

3.0L V6 Biturbo

3.0L BMW Twin Power Turbo inline 6-cylinder

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

416 hp

333 hp

362 hp

320 hp

Torque

442 lb-ft

325 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

332 lb-ft

As for the power delivery, it's smooth but has a traceable lag. If you are not that pedantic then it won't be a problem as the LS quickly hits the high note and attain a 136 mph speed. Its 10-speed automatic is designed in such a way that it just runs smoothly, so the revs stay low and the luxurious experience isn’t affected much. Mercedes lands the second spot followed by Audi A8 and BMW 7 series.

Acceleration

The new twin-turbo V6 engine churns out a lot of power, you won't miss the V8’s valor of the previous variant. However, there is a sense able lag between jabbing the pedal and the car’s response. Though, still, the Lexus LS 500 with its 3.5L engine is the fastest car in its lot to do 60 mph test. It crosses the 60mph mark in about 4.6 sec. The slowest car of the lot in terms of 0-60 time is the Audi A8 which took 5.5 seconds to accomplish the same.

Models

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.5 sec

5.4 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

13.8 sec

13.8 sec

13.4 sec

Engine

3.5L

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.3

8.1

8.1

7.4

The LS took 13.8 seconds to cover a quarter mile which is by far not the best time amongst its rivals. BMW has the least quarter mile time which is about 13.4 sec. Lexus fails in terms of emission figures where it emits about 8.3 tons/yr. of CO2 which may bother the environmental activists.

Ride and Handling-

Rather than being athletic, the LS’s cosmetics are calibrated for comfort. The cabin is practically insulated by any road noise, and the long wheelbase takes bumps with ease. Though the chassis controls body roll to a certain level, it hoists a white flag on high speeds. The steering morphs from being light on the Normal mode and gets heavier with the transition to Sport and Sport Plus modes. To an occasional driver, the LS might seem like a quick to act car but give it time you will feel the gap in acceleration.

Although it has the power and agility of a sports car, it doesn’t really fit in the sporty class. The initial lag of acceleration is there in every drive mode, the Sport and Sports Plus improves it a little but it's still traceable.

Braking

The Lexus get some decent brakes rated at the 14-Inch front and 13.1-Inch rear. These brakes help the Lexus to achieve a stopping distance of 113 feet from 60 mph. The pedal feel is not that firm but the linear response makes up for that. In slow speed, you might not feel the difference but on high speeds, you really have to mat the brake to stop the Lexus.

Model

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Brake Front(in)

14.0

15.0

13.2

17.7

Brake Rear(in)

13.1

14.0

11.8

14.5

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4707

4464

4630

4195

60-0 MPH (ft.)

113

118

-

112

2019 Lexus LS 500 Fuel Economy

Despite being powered by a twin-turbo core the LS 500 doesn’t disappoint us in terms of fuel economy. The Lexus manages to get around 19 MPG in city conditions and 30 MPG on the highway which is better than most cars in the full-size luxury sedan segment. Going for the All-Wheel-drive option drops the economy to 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Model

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

MPG (City)

19

19

19

21

MPG (Highway)

30

29

28

29

MPG (Combined)

23

22

22

24

All these help in getting a combined MPG of about 23 which by our terms is pretty much decent for the car. The BMW with its 3.0 L engine returns an economy of about 21 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway and a combined MPG of 24 which is best in its class.

2019 Lexus LS 500 Interior

There's an abundance of room for four passengers, though the low roofline gives the illusion of a tight cabin. It's easy to get into, but getting out is a little tricky. Many vehicle settings are located in virtual menus, and the infotainment controller is frustratingly difficult to use”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Fortunately, the interior is one of LS’s most bankable virtues. The cabin is well crafted and can ferry 5 people with ease. As for the quality, you will love the leather upholstery and the soft dash skin. The wood trim is particularly stunning and the absence of hard plastics makes it even savvier. The only thing which feels confining is the sloping roofline though it only feels so, in reality, you have a lot of headroom.

Lexus offers a seating capacity of 5 people like all its rivals. It gets the smallest passenger volume of 116.3 Ft. Cube and is not as roomy as other cars in the segment. The LS gets a headroom of 37.3 inches, a shoulder room of 58.8 inches and headroom of 41 inches in the front.

Model

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

116.3

121.9

122.5

122.3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.3/58.8/41.0

37.2/59.1/41.4

39.7/59.7/41.4

39.9/59.2/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.3/56.4/38.9

39.1/57.8/42.9

37.4/59.1/34.1

38.9/57.7/44.4

Lexus’s rear seats are not bad either, you get a headroom of 37.3 inches, shoulder room of 56.4 inches and legroom of 38.9 inches in the rear. The facts might be impressive but rival cars are more impressed with their meticulous cabins. The most spacious car is the Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan.

Interior Features-

  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration

Infotainment-

Lexus installed fills of features into the LS’s cabin starting with the 12.3-inch infotainment screen. The infotainment is backed with navigation, Wifi, and the Lexus Enform app suite. Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa also debuted this year. Although, Lexus equipped the IS with everything they didn’t quite figure out the way to implement things. They have an awkward laptop trackpad like controller ruins the experience.

Cargo Capacity

The LS gets a boot space of 16.95 cubic feet which is big, but not the best. If you are planning for a weekend getaway, this car can easily swallow all your suitcases. But the odd shaped rear end will compel you to resort for odd methods to fit the extra luggage. Inside the cabin, you are welcomed by door pockets, a small bin under the front and rear armrest. Lexus did a great job but the best in practicality is BMW which gets a cargo volume of about 18.2 ft. cube.

Model

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Volume (ft cube)

16.95

14.2

16.3

18.2

2019 Lexus LS 500 Exterior

“The 2019 Lexus LS is a cut or three above when it comes to its gorgeous interior. Compared to the devilish Lexus LC coupe, the 2019 LS 500’s charms are subtle. Its exterior pushes the envelope in some ways, but peddles restraint in others”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

This Lexus has a remarkable bodywork that bears a strong resemblance to the Aston Martins of the bygone eras. The design incorporates subtle body lines which charm the viewer through the LS does not have the intense extroverted styling like its fellow stablemate the LC. But don’t let the quiet demeanor frame an opinion for you, the LS has so much more to offer.

Dimension and Weights

The Lexus LS weighs over 4707 lbs. which makes Lexus the heaviest car of the lot. The LS has a length of 206.1, the width of 74.8 and a height of 57.5. The LS has a ground clearance of 6.5 Inch which is best among its rivals. The long wheelbase gives it a wider turning radius but that’s the case with every other car in the competition.

Model

Lexus LS 500 RWD

Audi A8 L

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

BMW 740i Sedan

Curb weight(lbs.)

4707

4464

4630

4195

Length(in)

206.1

207.3

206.5

206.6

Width(in)

(w/o mirror)

74.8

76.7

74.8

74.9

Height(in)

57.5

57.9

58.7

58.2

Ground clearance(in)

6.5

4.9

5.0

5.8

Wheel base(in)

123.0

122.9

124.6

126.4

Track width(in) F/R

64.2/64.2

64.7/64.4

63/63.2

63.4/64.6

Speaking of the wheelbase, this Lexus gets a wheelbase of 123 inches, which is not the best in its class but fair enough to make the car stable at high speeds. The Audi A8 is the biggest car compared to all the rivals. The A8 has a length of 207.3 inches, a width of 76.7 inches and a height of 57.9 inches, the Beemer has a wheelbase of 126.4 inches and it’s the longest among all its rivals. Overall, the LS is well built and qualifies the luxury sedan market.

Exterior Features-

  • Panorama Glass Roof
  • LED Headlamps W/Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Door Edge Film By 3M
  • 20" Split 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels W/Vapor Chrome Finish
  • F SPORT Rear Bumper Applique
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • 20" Split 5-Spoke Forged Alloy Wheels W/Polished Finish
  • 19" Split 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels W/High Gloss Finish
  • Premium Paint

2019 Lexus LS 500 Safety

Naturally, the Lexus LS comes equipped with plenty of cutting-edge safety features. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps keeps the car stable at high speeds. Other safety features include Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning system, Airbag Occupancy Sensor, and Back-Up Camera.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Emergency Sos
  • Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision
  • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

The LS also features advanced driver assistance systems like Park Assist Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Forward Collision, Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning.

The Lexus gets Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags, Curtain 1st and 2nd Row Airbags, Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag. All these are further supplemented by the chassis engineered with crumple zone and passenger cell.

2019 Lexus LS 500 Competition

Audi A8 Vs Lexus LS

Audi comes at about $82,500 which is $7500 higher than the Lexus. The A8 features a smaller engine than the Lexus, also, it lacks the necessary power to beat the LS 500, though its athletic nature makes the most of it. However, the A8 offers a more spacious cabin with ample legroom and better cabin space than the Lexus, on the other hand, Lexus delivers a bigger cargo bay. So, if you want a spacious yet athletic car then the Audi A8 is the car for you.

BMW 740i Sedan Vs Lexus LS

The same story continues, the Beemer is bigger, more spacious, and practical than the Lexus. Though you will need some schooling to get the hang of all the features in the Beemer. The 7 series gets a smaller engine than the Lexus, however, it pulls a treat with more entertaining driving characteristics implying it has better steering, potent optional engines, and better brakes. However, the Lexus LS interior feels more special.

2019 Lexus LS 500 Final Verdict

Lexus took every bit of luxury from their warehouse and bolted on to the IS. You might not be flabbergasted with horsepower but it sure is impressive and gives a tough competition to its Europeans rivals. As for the styling, Lexus always has a way of overdoing themselves, though you won’t find the hypercar styling like on the LC here. The best part of the IS is Lexus’s soundproof cabin and cutting edge technology. The interior’s suave styling and supple leather upholstery break the so-called European monopoly over luxury cars. Getting down to practicality, the tailgate can swallow all your cargo bags without breaking a sweat.

There might be traces of futurist styling but its still the good old Lexus from the inside with Toyota’s reliability as its beating heart.

Pros

Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

24-inch heads up display

Semi-automatic lane change feature

Cons

Luxuriously appointed and superbly built interiors

Great Handling

Smooth and capable 416 hp engine

What's New?

Isn’t as spacious as its rivals

Doesn’t get smartphone connectivity tech


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

416 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

442 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

123 in.

length

206.1 in.

width

74.8 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

4707 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

17 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

651 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 Lexus LS 500 in Ultra White color  2019 Lexus LS 500 in Silver Lining Metallic color  2019 Lexus LS 500 in Redline color  2019 Lexus LS 500 in Obsidian color  2019 Lexus LS 500 in Nebula Gray Pearl color  2019 Lexus LS 500 in Atomic Silver color
Ultra White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus LS 500 Base

Base

power
416 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$75,200 - $78,420


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $75,200 MSRP (19 mpg/23/30 mpg) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $78,420 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2019 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
416 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$81,200 - $84,420


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $81,200 MSRP (19 mpg/23/30 mpg) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $84,420 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5 NA