2022 Lexus LS 500

MSRP $40,000 Est.

Ranked #5 in Fullsize Sedan

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2022 Lexus LS 500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The full-size luxury sedan segment has always had a lot of takers and the new Lexus LS 500 is one of the most appealing options for a buyer in the segment. It is one of the most sophisticated and expensive cars from the brand and hence offers the best from the manufacturer. The 2022 Lexus LS is one stunning luxury full-size sedan that has been priced very well considering the features and options it offers. Despite all this, however, sedans are a dying segment due to the popularity of crossover SUVs.

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Pros

Modern design 

Luxurious cabin 

Exquisite craftsmanship

Cons

Handling could have been better

Throttle response is not great

Touchpad is distracting

What's New?

Carries over unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40000

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$40,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Lexus LS 500 in Eminent White Pearl color
Eminent White Pearl

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Starting at an MSRP of $76,000, it is priced at the segment that gives it ample competition in the form of the Audi A8 L, BMW 7 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. All of these have enjoyed a fair share of the market and continue to do so. However, there are buyers who are desperate for a change as they are now used to the idea of German luxury. Let us see what everyone else around the block has to offer, and how the Lexus fares in the competition. 

2022 Lexus LS 500 Features

The Lexus LS 500 is offered only in one trim level and that has all the bells and whistles one would hope for. There is an F Sport trim for buyers looking for a sporty variant. For the F Sport trim, the features list stays almost the same but adds 20-inch wheels, high-performance brakes, sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and so on. This is reviewed separately. The LS 500 is offered with a choice of modern features including LED exterior lighting, soft-close doors, sunroof, leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a proximity key, and a 12 speaker audio system. Some features are mentioned below:

Model

LS 500

MSRP (RWD)

$76,000

MSRP (AWD)

$79,250

Key Features

Voice-activated automatic climate control system

 

19" 10-split spoke alloy wheels

 

Leather upholstery

 

12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System

 

12.3" touchscreen infotainment system

 

Wi-Fi hotspot with smartphone integration

 

Lexus Safety System 2.0 suite

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

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There isn’t a lot of choices offered in terms of trims alone because there is only a single trim level that is offered in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. Between these two options, however, we feel that the rear-wheel-drive option is a better pick since the power delivery of the car does not necessarily require the front wheels to aid and traction. All of its competitors are also offered and rear-wheel drive hence it makes sense to save some bucks there. It also does not make a lot of sense to spend more and go for the F Sport version either as the base car itself has a lot of character.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Release date

Lexus has announced that the 2022 LS 500 is set to arrive in dealerships by the fall of this year. Hence the release date is very close and buyers can expect their nearest dealerships to stock up on the car. There is expected to be a host of driver-assist systems that come with the car but we have no official confirmation on that yet.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Engine and Performance

The 2022 Lexus LS 500 comes with a 3.5 L turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 416 hp & 442 lb-ft of torque. The power figures are excellent and make sure that the car is capable on paper. However, due to its heavyweight, the car does not exactly feel that keen when you drive it in the real world. It is still very much suited to the character of the car and we would not exactly like it if the car accelerated in a hurried manner because, at the end of the day, it is all about stately elegance.

2022 Lexus LS 500 3.5L Engine

The drivetrain is rear-wheel drive while all-wheel-drive is available as well and the transmission is a 10 speed automatic. Speaking about outright acceleration, the sedan does really well, stomp on the pedal and it goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds and goes on to complete the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds. Overall we have felt that the powertrain is generally impressive. The handling of the car is not very enthusiastic or keen, but that is very much expected. Braking is decent as well. 

Models

2022 Lexus LS 500

2022 Audi A8 L

2022 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2022 BMW 7 Series

MSRP

$76,000

$86,500

$110,800

$86,800

Engine

3.5L twin-turbo V6

3.0L turbocharged V6

3.0L turbocharged inline-6

3.0L turbocharged inline-6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

416 hp @ 6,000 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

429 hp @ 5,500 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque 

442 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

384 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

0-60 MPH

4.8 secs

5.3 secs

4.8 secs

4.8 secs

Quarter Mile

13.7 secs

13.8 secs

13.4 secs

13.2 secs

Top Speed

136 MPH

128 MPH

N/A

130 MPH

Considering all its rivals, the Lexus has a decently powered unit here but the BMW sets the benchmark in the segment in terms of acceleration figures. However, one thing we have to note is that the Mercedes-Benz costs a fair bit extra and also does not show anything close to the figures on paper when it comes to putting down power on the road. In terms of performance as well as pricing, Lexus has actually struck a really good balance and manages to impress buyers with its performance numbers that are very much adequate in keeping it moving briskly.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Fuel Economy

Being equipped with 3.5 L V6 engines and so on one does not expect a lot of fuel efficiency from the cars in the segment. The LS 500 still manages to churn out decent fuel efficiency and has a stellar fuel economy of 22 MPG combined. Even the city fuel efficiency is much better compared to the competition at 22 MPG. The 21.7-gallon fuel tank gives it a decent traveling range overall. This results in the car returning a range of 629 miles on the highway which makes it pretty capable of doing long-distance road trips with very few stops in between.

Models

2022 Lexus LS 500

2022 Audi A8 L

2022 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2022 BMW 7 Series

MPG (City)

18

17

N/A

22

MPG (Highway)

29

26

N/A

29

MPG (Combined)

22

21

N/A

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.7

21.7

22.2

20.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles) 

390.6/629.3/477.4

368.9/564.2/455.7

N/A/N/A/N/A

477.4/629.3/542.5

The BMW manages to better the fuel efficiency ratings of its competitors by a very fair amount. So much so that it’s almost beyond comparison to pitch it against some of its rivals. The Audi suffers greatly here returning combined fuel efficiency of only 21 MPG while the Lexus returns 22 MPG. Overall, the Lexus is impressive even in this department as it has one of the largest sized fuel tanks as well in the category. The Mercedes-Benz has not yet revealed its fuel efficiency figures.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Interior

The interior of the Lexus LS 500 is perhaps one of the most elegant and classy places to be in the automotive world. Most of the body panels are covered in genuine leather, wood trim, and alloy accents. The design is very elegant, retaining Japanese tradition and modern values. The subtle accent lines and wooden inlays make sure the cabin does look like a luxurious one. Overall, it is one of the best-looking cabins in the segment. The ergonomics of this cabin are also excellent in every manner and one does not feel tired no matter how long one has to be in it. The Japanese philosophy of this car has really worked well in imparting a luxury feel.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Dashboard

The switchgear is easy to access and the buttons are large and the labels are very clear. The contours on the seats are well thought out and support the body nicely. The seats are also extremely well-engineered and provide a lot of support and stay comfortable for long journeys. We feel that it is one of the most attractive cabins we have ever come across but is also supremely functional at the same time. It gives us a feeling of elegance as well as an air of sophistication that is hard to match even in this category.

Models

2022 Lexus LS 500

2022 Audi A8 L

2022 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2022 BMW 7 Series

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/58.8/41.0

38.3/59.1/41.5

39.7/59.7/41.4

39.9/59.2/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/56.4/38.9

38.5/57.6/44.4

37.4/57.8/44.0

38.9/57.7/44.4

Cargo Capacity (Cu Ft)

16.9

12.5

12.9

18.2

We see that the cars in this category gently offer more legroom than the Lexus. The cargo capacity of the LS 500 is good enough and as always, the BMW betters it in this regard too. We find that the Audi has the least cargo space in the segment followed by the Mercedes. These two cars greatly suffer in this department. However, despite the slight reduction in rear-seat legroom, the Lexus is very much spacious on the inside. It has rivals that offer better space but that does not mean that all the space is useful there. Let’s see some of the interior highlights below:

  • Heated and powered seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Leather and wooden interior inserts
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Sunroof
  • 12.3" touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • 12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System
  • Navigation

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Lexus LS 500 has got a weak point in terms of its infotainment system. The base infotainment system has a 12.3 touch screen and gets Android Auto as a less Apple CarPlay as standard. However, the worst part is that it does not remain very intuitive. It has a steep learning curve to it and takes some time to set up.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Infotainment System

This puts it at a disadvantage among its rivals because they all have excellent infotainment. The sound system is excellent and provides very crisp audio and this is one of the strengths of the car. Some of the standard features of the infotainment system are:

  • 12.3-inch Infotainment Screen
  • Voice Command
  • Lexus Enform Remote Smartphone integration
  • Traffic and weather service via HD Radio
  • Siri Eyes free system
  • Scout GPS link navigation
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • HomeLink System
  • SmartAccess key
  • Bluetooth Technology

2022 Lexus LS 500 Exterior

The Lexus LS 500 is a true masterpiece in terms of design. There are excellent flowing surfaces that have a certain visual weight to them but all that all the design is tight and dynamic. The wheel arches and the roofline are especially beautiful and the incredible details Lexus has thrown all over its body make it stand out as one of the best-looking full-size luxury sedans.

2022 Lexus LS 500 Side View

It is distinct when you look at it after looking at German sedans and has one of the cleanest modern design languages one can find today. Certain details of the car will even make you stop right in your tracks in order to admire them. The proportions are also excellent and maybe the closest there exists today to classic full size luxury car proportions.

Models

2022 Lexus LS 500

2022 Audi A8 L

2022 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2022 BMW 7 Series

Curb Weight 

4,740

4,905 

4,839

4,713

Length 

206.1

208.7

206.9

194.6

Width 

74.8

76.6

74.8

73.5

Height 

57.5

58.6

58.9

58.2

Ground Clearance 

5.3

4.8

5.0

5.7

Wheelbase 

123.0

123.1

124.6

117.1

The Audi is the heaviest car in the segment. By dimensions, it is the widest, tallest and longest vehicle in the group today and yet it offers the least amount of cargo space. The Lexus is a lot smaller in terms of sheer size but does not have anywhere close to the same compromise in terms of practicality. It also has decent ground clearance. The Lexus has 5.3 inches of ground clearance whereas the BMW has 5.7 inches, which is a minute difference. The BMW is smaller which is a surprise. Some of the exterior highlights include:

  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • 8 exterior colors
  • Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome exterior elements
  • Dual exhaust
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Lip spoiler

2022 Lexus LS 500 Safety

The 2022 Lexus LS 500 has a solid safety quotient. However, being a luxury vehicle it has not yet been crash-tested by either IIHS or NHTSA. Lexus has no left no stone unturned in providing safety features to the LS including the blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts which are available as standard. In the absence of crash test ratings, it is not possible to accurately predict how good the car is in terms of safety. However, we can understand a lot about it looking at the safety features. Some of the standout features are as follows:

  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect
  • Smart/Stop Technology
  • Lane-Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward-Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Rigid Body with crumple zones
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Brake assist and electronic brake force distribution

2022 Lexus LS 500 Competition

2022 Lexus LS 500 vs 2022 Audi A8 L

The Audi A8 is the largest and heaviest sedan in the segment. However, it does not accelerate as quickly or provide anything close to the fuel efficiency that the Lexus does. It also has compromised in terms of the interior as well as cargo space. Overall, it is not as good a car like the Lexus in any aspect. It has also aged a bit in terms of the model and Audi will be sure to bring an update soon and hence is not a recommended buy-in 2022.

2022 Audi A8 L Three Quarter View

2022 Lexus LS 500 vs 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been the gold standard in this class and continues to be so. But the fact is that the Lexus provides nearly just as much at a much cheaper price. We find that Japanese luxury has not trailed behind German luxury in the long while Lexus and Mercedes are great examples of the same. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an excellent car, no donut about that. But it surely does not have enough on it to justify the huge premium it commands over the Lexus.

2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Three Quarter View

2022 Lexus LS 500 vs 2022 BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7 Series is one of the strongest rivals to Lexus. However, the BMW is the better performing as well as better value for money car. It is also fun to drive like the Lexus which is a bit too sedate for most people’s taste. It is a tough choice but we might pick the BMW over the Lexus. However, our biggest gripe against the BMW is that its design is in many ways, ugly. The Lexus is pretty much the opposite of that and remains a very attractive prospect due to this.

2022 BMW 7 Series Driving View

2022 Lexus LS 500 Final Verdict

The new Lexus LS 500 is one of the most desirable cars we have on sale currently. It is offered at a cheaper price than rivals that are equal to it. It provides decent fuel efficiency numbers in this category and also a good amount of features. One of its only disadvantages is that it has an infotainment system that has a steep learning curve. But in all other regards, it is a true masterpiece. It is built to levels of perfection that make German cars jealous and also comes with much more reliability than any German rival. It makes for a great pick in 2022.