Available in standard 500, 500 F Sport, and 500h trims, pricing for the 2018 Lexus LS begins at $76,025 (including destination) and rises to over $111,000 for a fully-optioned all-wheel-drive model equipped with such niceties as Kiriko Glass interior trim, hand-pleated leather upholstery, front and rear seats with Shiatsu massage, and a 24-inch color head-up display. A single engine and transmission are offered: a 416-horsepower, 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
At this price point, a high level of standard equipment is expected, and the LS doesn't disappoint. In addition to the usual power features, 4G LTE WiFi, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating (heated and ventilated in front), paddle shifters, auto-dimming outside mirrors with reverse auto tilt-down, a moonroof, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with premium audio, a remote touch interface with dynamic, cloud-based navigation, traffic, and weather, and LED headlights, daytime running lights, and tail lights are all standard.
Safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, and adaptive front lighting.
Optional safety features include a 25-inch head-up display, Intuitive Pedestrian Alert, Front Lateral Side Pre-Collision System with Automatic Braking, Active Steering Assist, and Head-Up Display Integration, front cross-traffic alert, Road Sign Assist, and Lexus CoDrive (combining adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist – may apply a small steering correction).
Here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Lexus LS 500
- Engine: 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6
- Output: 416 hp / 442 lb-ft
- Transmission: 10-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy (premium fuel)
- Options: Adaptive Variable Air Suspension System with Rapid Height Function ($1,500), Heated Wood- and Leather-Trimmed Steering Wheel ($410).
- Base Price: $79,245 (including a $1,025 destination fee)
- Best Value Price: $81,155