2019 Lexus LS
model. 2019 Lexus LS 500 AWD
as tested. $109,925 incl dest
seating/style. 4-door sedan
powertrain. 3.5-liter twin turbo V-6
driveline. FWD or AWD (tested)
fuel economy. 18 city, 27 highway
The Lexus LS 500 is a big, beautiful, elegant sedan ideal for buyers looking for a luxurious daily driver to impress colleagues, family, and frenemies while enjoying legendary Lexus reliability. With refreshed styling and a front grille the size of a Japanese apartment, the LS 500 is a distinctive and elegant sedan.
The Lexus LS 500 AWD handles light snow and heavy rain with aplomb even with all-season tires. I felt secure and confident piloting the LS, even if it’s not a particularly sporty, engaging ride and handling such as the Audi A8 provides.
Piloting the LS 500 through twists and turns reveals a lack of athleticism and some body roll, particularly at speed, but the LS shines in highway driving. Acceleration is eager and the brakes solid.
The interior of the Lexus LS is luxurious and well-groomed, with soft, supple leather, polished wood, and matte chrome. Frankly, the LS could do with a bit of modernizing of the material, but for those seeking a classic, more traditional look, this is a smart choice.
What’s not traditional is the infotainment system, with a hyper-sensitive touchpad that takes time to conquer. But overall the LS 500 AWD flagships the Lexus brand exceptionally well.