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2019 LS 500 Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $75,450
2019 LS 500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $78,670
2019 LS 500 Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $79,960
2019 LS 500 F Sport 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $81,450
2019 LS 500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $83,180
2019 LS 500 F Sport 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $84,670


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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sleek design. The fourth generation of Lexus’s flagship LS sedan marks a clean break from the model’s history of elegant – yet sedate – styling. The latest incarnation is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model by an inch in all three dimensions.

It borrows a number of design cues from the stunning Lexus LC with multi-dimensional taillights that wrap around and fold into the rear quarter panels, deeply sculpted side sills, and an even more massive spindle grille flanked by narrow enclosures that house an array of bi-LED headlights and signature LED ribbon lights.

Yet, looking past the spectacular new look, the 2019 Lexus LS offers all the same hallmarks of the original – namely, spectacular quality and elegance at a relatively reasonable price point. The German competition would be wise to remain wary of their Japanese rival.

Stunning, well-crafted interior. In this rarefied automotive atmosphere, interiors cannot simply be impressive; they must be outstanding in every way. The designers and engineers at Lexus are well aware of this, and the resulting interior is first-rate.

It's not just focal points that impress, such as the beautifully stitched 28-way standard power seats or the richly decorated door panels set behind floating arm rests. No, Lexus set themselves apart by sweating the details and embracing a Far East heritage the Germans are unable to tap into.

Buyers might never think twice about the ambient lighting inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns or the available wood, metal, and cut-glass trims which hearken back to ancient Japanese craft, but the distinctive ambiance this adds to the wide range of interior choices is unmistakable.

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Great sound, middling interface. The 12.3-inch color infotainment screen looks impressive, but it’s not touch-sensitive, and the supporting hardware and software is mediocre at best and exasperating at its worst.

Much of this can be attributed to the touchpad interface. Unlike buttons or even a well-programmed touchscreen, the touchpad is finicky and distracting to use while driving, and competitor’s systems are, at the very least, a step ahead.

There are no such complaints about the audio system. The base version offers 12 speakers with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capability. While it's very good, anybody with an ear for music will want to splurge on the optional Mark Levinson audio system. With 23 speakers and 2,400 watts, it easily lays claim to being one of the finest aural experiences available in any car from any marque.

Single powertrain, soft ride. Lexus has always been more pragmatic and conservative than other luxury marques. But at this price point, many buyers look for an opportunity to be wholly irrational – an impossibility with the LS, where the only engine offered is a relatively modest twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6.

Not a bad engine by any means with 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, it's smooth, linear, and, paired with a modern 10-speed automatic transmission, manages to romp from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. This is quick enough to outrun the six-cylinder variants of both the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

But for BMW and Mercedes, those sixes only represent the first salvo. Beyond that, the two marques offer V8 and V12 engines with prodigious amounts of power. Hardly practical, the air of exclusivity that surrounds them is palpable.

It's this feeling that Lexus lacks, and for a brand that strives to be the last word in luxury, the absence of such a powertrain hampers any aspirations of dominance in the uber-luxury class.

That issue aside, as the flagship of a brand bent on renewing an emphasis on performance, the best that can be said of the sharpened F Sport is slightly improved handling, a bit of engine growl, and additional Sport modes – none of which manage to move the needle more than a tick from the suspension’s cosseting nature. Despite a tight turning ratio and rear-wheel steering, body lean is pronounced in tight corners, while very little of what the chassis is experiencing is transmitted through the steering system to the driver.

Final thoughts. The 2019 Lexus LS successfully entered the battlefield by delivering the tactile experience expected in this class at a price point below – that it still maintains, albeit a bit closer to – the bar-setting German competition. But that value proposition, which has long been a major part of the LS equation, is no longer the exclusive domain of Lexus. The result is increased pressure coming from both above and below its $76,000-plus starting price.

The $71,000 Lincoln Continental Black Label and, more pointedly, the $69,000 Genesis G90 are two other full-size sedans aspiring to lure buyers looking for an affordable entry into the glitziest sedan segment. Then there’s the German brands, which command higher price tags but offer seriously exotic powertrains some well-heeled buyers find worth the money.

In between sits the able and well-crafted Lexus LS. It's an excellent vehicle overall, but so are those it’s up against – making it much harder to pick out the LS as the clear winner, which was the case with the original car 30 years ago.

If Lexus were to set itself apart by offering a truly flagship powertrain and replaced that baffling infotainment system, perhaps brand could recapture the class-leading greatness of 1990.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 416 HP / 442 ft.lbs.
10-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 30 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 416 HP / 442 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 30 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
21.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft. / 98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
206.1 "
Exterior Width
74.8 "
Exterior Height
57.5 " / 57.1 "
Front Headroom
37.3 " / 36.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 " / 36.4 "
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
38.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,707 Lbs. / 4,751 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
9.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Forged Aluminum / 20.0 " Chrome Pvd Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Semi-aniline Leather / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench / Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
12 Pioneer / 23 Mark Levinson
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Mitigation / Lexus Safety System+ A - Front Cross-traffic Alert (fcta) Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot / Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure / Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention / Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Parking Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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