2018 Lexus LS 500 Hybrid

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2018 MODEL
$75,000 - $84,220 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The LS is powered by a 3.5L Twin-Turbo engine developing 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 Lexus lags in terms of spaciousness. And that's where its rivals excel.

In its 2018 avatar, the Lexus LS 500 is now a totally redesigned car. It's revamped styling inside and out, along with a host of other changes complete the package.


7.9/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting at just over $75,000, the 2018 Lexus LS sits near the top of large luxury car ladder. For the price it comes, the Lexus offers an interior boasting one of the best build quality in the automotive business.The LS is powered by a 3.5L Twin-Turbo engine developing 416 horsepower.

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Features

7.9/10

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 are, 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.

Trims LS 500 LS 500 F Sport
RWD $75,000 $81,000
AWD $78,220 $84,220
Features
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive Suspension
  • Adaptive Cruise control
  • 16-way Power adjustable heated and ventilated seats
  • Lane Departure warning and Blind-Spot
  • Back-up Camera
  • Heated Steering wheel

Additional features to LS 500:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Exclusive Leather Upholstery
  • 28-way power adjustable seats

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 alloys on offer. And some exclusive leather Upholstery and a 28-way power adjustable seats.

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Engine

8.0/10

The new V6 engine’s ample power and low-end thrust won’t make you miss the last model’s V8. Gear changes from the new 10-speed transmission are smooth and imperceptible, but the pedal feels numb and shift response is slow when more power is needed. Handling is stable, neither sporty nor floppy. – Edmunds

The Lexus gets a 3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6 engine developing 416 bhp of power and 442 Lb-Ft of torque. The engine is mated to a smooth shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. The Lexus gets the biggest engine in the lot among its rivals.

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

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. The Mercedes comes in a 2nd position with respect to power with its 3.0L V6 Bi-turbo engine mated to its 9-speed automatic transmission developing 362 hp of power and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Acceleration

The Lexus LS 500 with its 3.5L engine is the fastest car in its lot to do a 0-60 mph. It crosses the 60mph mark in about 4.6sec. The slowest car of the lot in terms of 0-60 time is the Audi which needs 5.5 seconds.

Models Lexus LS 500 RWD Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan BMW 740i Sedan
0-60 MPH 4.6 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 Lexus takes 13.8 seconds to cover a quarter mile which is by far not the best time amongst its rivals. The BMW has the least quarter mile time which is about 13.4 sec. The BMW gets a 3L engine. The Lexus fails in terms of emission figures where it emits about 8.3 tons/yr. of CO2 which is by far the worst among its rivals.

Braking

The LS 500 does get some decent amount of brakes with 14-Inch discs at the front and 13.1-Inch at the rear. These brakes help the Lexus to achieve a stopping distance of 113 feet from 60 mph. The BMW with its 17.7 inches discs at the front and 14.5 inches at the rear manages to get a stopping distance of about 112ft.

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

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The Lexus even after getting a bigger engine and better performance than its rivals doesn’t disappoint us in terms of Fuel Economy. It manages to get around 19 MPG in city conditions and 30 MPG on the 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.

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Interior

8.1/10

Always known for its high-quality, well-crafted interiors, Lexus adds modern lines and traditional Japanese artisanship to the equation. There are unique touches, such as available Kiriko-cut glass and origami-inspired cloth panels on the doors. We preferred the beautiful wood accents instead of the glass. –Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The Lexus gets 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 the rivals. It 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

The Lexus gets a headroom of 37.3 inches, shoulder room of 56.4 inches and a legroom of 38.9 inches in the rear. All this just makes the sedan not so spacious amongst its rivals. The most Spacious car is the Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Lexus gets a boot space of 16.95 ft. Cube which is big, but not the best. The best Boot volume comes with the BMW. The BMW gets a cargo volume of about 18.2 ft. cube which is the best among the cars compared here.

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

Interior Features

The interior features in the Lexus include -

  • Heated/Cooled Front Bucket Seats -inc: power front headrests
  • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • 12-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Exterior

8.0/10

From the outside, it appears as though Lexus thinks Infiniti and Mazda do Japanese style well. Aside from lesser Lexuses, it’s the form language of those brands that the LS emulates most, with its flowing compound curves juxtaposed against sharp creases. – Car and Driver

Dimensions and Weight

The Lexus LS weighs over 4707 lbs. which makes the Lexus the heaviest car of the lot. It has a length of 206.1, width of 74.8, height of 57.5. and a ground clearance of 6.5 Inch which is best among its rivals.

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

The 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, a length of 207.3 inches, width of 76.7 inches and a height of 57.9 inches. The BMW has a wheelbase of 126.4 inches and it’s the longest among all its rivals.

Exterior Features

Some standard exterior features include -

  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Chrome Bodyside Insert
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Safety

Safety Features

Naturally, the Lexus LS comes equipped with plenty of cutting-edge safety features. Some of them include -

  • 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
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Crash test ratings

The Crash test rating for Lexus LS is not yet available from NHTSA and IIHS.

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Competition

Lexus LS 500 Vs. Audi A8

The Audi comes at about $82,500 which is costlier by $7500 than the Lexus. It gets a smaller engine than the Lexus. Also, it’s not as powerful as the Lexus LS 500. However, the A8 offers a more spacious cabin with more legroom and better legroom than the Lexus both at the front and at the back. So, if you want a bigger and much spacious car and won’t mind spending the extra cash, the Audi A8 is the car for you.

Lexus LS 500 Vs. Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

The Mercedes is costlier by around $14,900 than the Lexus. The Mercedes gets a smaller engine compared to the Lexus. However, the S Class is more spacious inside and it should be your choice if you are looking for ultimate back seat comfort.

Lexus LS 500 Vs. BMW 740i Sedan

The BMW costs around $83,100 – about $8100 more than the Lexus. The BMW gets a smaller engine than the Lexus. However, the 7 Series brings more entertaining driving characteristics which means it has better steering, has potent optional engines and has better brakes. However, the Lexus LS interior feels more special.

2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid Final Verdict

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 gets a bigger engine, has decent performance and is luxurious too with plenty of standard safety features. The Lexus does get enough space to make it luxurious but it’s not as spacious compared to its rivals. Its 10-speed automatic transmission helps keep the engine speed low at high speed making the ride effortless.

Pros

Luxuriously appointed and superbly built interiors

Great Handling

Smooth and capable 416 hp engine

Cons

Isn't as spacious as its rivals

Doesn't get smartphone connectivity tech

What's New?

In its 2018 avatar, the Lexus LS 500 is now a totally redesigned car


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

416 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

442 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.1 in./14 in.

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.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

651 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

651 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid in Obsidian color  2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid in Ultra White color  2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid in Eminent White Pearl color  2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid in Caviar color  2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid in Atomic Silver color
Obsidian

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.0

Comfort

9.3

Driving

7.9

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

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

$75,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $75,000 MSRP (19/23/30) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD

4dr Sedan AWD

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

$78,220


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $78,220 MSRP (18/21/27) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Lexus LS 500 hybrid F SPORT

F SPORT

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

$81,000 - $84,220


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $81,000 MSRP (19/23/30) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $84,220 MSRP (18/21/27) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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