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2019 Lexus LS OVERVIEW

Long gone are the days when luxury brands can just offer upscale vehicles and little else in the field of styling or driving dynamics. Now, luxury cars have to be technological masterpieces, stirring enough to evoke emotions with their designs, and enjoyable to drive – all on top of providing an upscale feel. For Lexus, the LS has always been its high-end luxury sedan and, now that the model is in its fifth generation, it continues the lineage with more of everything. You'll have to get past its bold exterior design, though, to experience just how lush the 2019 Lexus LS is.

What's New for 2019

After coming out last year as an all-new model, the LS gets no changes for 2019.

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Choosing Your Lexus LS

While LS models from yesteryear were fitted with V8 engines, the new LS features a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The motor is rated to make 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with power going to either the rear wheels or to all four. Adding all-wheel drive costs $3,220 across the lineup.

A hybrid variant of the LS is also offered, which utilizes a similar 3.5-liter V6, but without any turbos. Instead, the model gets two electric motors and a 44-kW battery. Shifts are handled by a four-speed automatic transmission that's paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), combining the efficiency of a CVT and the feel of a traditional gearbox. Just like the regular LS, the hybrid comes with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Because of the high-tech powertrain, the LS has good fuel economy figures. The non-hybrid model is rated by the EPA to get up to 19 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 23 combined, while hybrid versions can get up to 25/33/28 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The LS is available in three trims:

LS 500

Pricing for the LS 500 starts at $76,225 (all prices include the $1,025 destination fee). The LS 500 may be the entry-level trim for the LS lineup, but it's handsomely equipped with things like 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, ultra-compact LED headlights with cornering lights, a hands-free power trunk, a power moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors with puddle lights as standard exterior features. Standard safety features on the base LS 500 include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist.

On the inside, the base LS 500 features a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto door close, a power rear sunshade, Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility 16-way power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, a 12-speaker audio system, a 12.3-inch color multimedia display, navigation, active sound control, active noise cancellation, and a remote touchpad.

There are numerous optional packages for the entry-level LS 500. The Cold Weather Package ($220) brings an enhanced interior heater, headlight washers, and a windshield wiper de-icer. The Lexus Safety System Plus A ($3,000) adds forward collision warning, front cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, and a head-up display.

The Interior Upgrade Package ($3,730) adds a 28-way power driver's seat with massage functionality, leather door armrests, a suede headliner and sun visors, heated rear seats, and a perforated leather interior. Choosing this requires you to add organic art wood, herringbone art wood, or laser special wood trim for an extra $800. You also have to get a heated and leather steering wheel with wood trim for $410. Next, you'll have to choose between 20-inch wheels that cost $1,200 or 19-inch wheels that are only priced at dealers. So, the Interior Upgrade Package actually costs at least $6,140.

The Luxury Package ($12,290) brings power-reclining rear seats, a power cushion extender for the passenger seat, remote adjusting for the passenger seat, 28-way power front seats with massage functionality, a perforated leather interior, four-zone climate control, knee air bags for the rear seats, climate comfort, power sunshades for the side windows, and a leather- and wood-trimmed rear center console with its own seven-inch touchscreen. Once again, adding the Luxury Package requires you to choose some other options, including the $1,500 adaptive variable air suspension, the $1,200 20-inch wheels, a panoramic view monitor ($800), one of three art wood trims ($800), and a heated steering wheel with wood trim ($410). All together, the Luxury Package actually costs $17,000.

The Executive Package ($17,100) adds butterfly and retractable headrests, 28-way power front seats with massage, 22-way power rear seats with massage and power reclining, the perforated leather interior, the power cushion extender and remote adjusting for the passenger seat, knee airbags for the rear seats, four-zone climate control, the wood and leather rear center console with the touchscreen, the power sunshades, climate comfort, and a power recliner with an ottoman for the right rear seat. Opting for the Executive Package brings an adaptive variable air suspension system ($1,500), a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system ($1,940), a panoramic view monitor ($800), one of three wood trims ($800), a heated steering wheel with wood trip ($410), and either 20-inch wheels ($1,200) or 20-inch forged alloy wheels ($2,450). The least amount of money the Executive Package costs is $23,750.

Finally, the Executive Package with Kiriko Glass costs $23,100. It brings the same features as on the Executive Package, but adds Kiriko glass interior door trim and hand-pleated interior door trim into the mix. Going with the package requires you to add the same extra cost options listed above with the Executive Package, meaning this one with the Kiriko Glass really costs $28,950.

LS 500 F Sport

The 500 F Sport is the sportier, more athletic model of the LS family and adds a few features over the base trim and carries a starting price of $82,225. Standard features over the base LS include: F Sport styling and badging, 20-inch alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, 28-way power front seats, the power cushion extender for the passenger seat, an F Sport-tuned adaptive variable suspension, and brake calipers.

The Cold Weather and Lexus Safety System Plus A Packages return unchanged. A newly-available Performance Package ($9,700) adds active stabilizers, dynamic rear steering, and variable gear-ratio steering. Adding this package requires you to get the adaptive variable air suspension system ($1,500) and the panoramic view monitor ($800), so actual pricing is $12,000.

LS 500h

Pricing for the hybrid LS 500h starts at $80,735. Standard and optional features for the 500h are similar to the ones found on the base LS 500. As such, the package options are almost exactly the same – the Cold Weather, Lexus Safety System Plus A, Interior Upgrade, Luxury, and Executive Package with Kiriko Glass Packages are again available. The standalone Executive Package is not, however.

CarsDirect Tip

If you tick the right boxes, you could see the option's list crest the $50,000 mark, so keeping it simple with the 2019 Lexus LS is often a necessity. The base LS 500 has more than enough punch for everyday use, while its lengthy list of standard features are opulent. The Lexus Safety System Plus A is worth the price, as is the Interior Upgrade Package. Beyond that, it's a case-by-case situation. While gorgeous and upscale in every way, the Executive Package with Kiriko Glass is astronomically expensive, but worth it if you expect to spend a lot of time in the back of the sedan.

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