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2020 LS 500 Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $75,450
2020 LS 500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $78,670
2020 LS 500h Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $80,010
2020 LS 500 F SPORT 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $81,450
2020 LS 500h Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $83,230
2020 LS 500 F SPORT 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $84,670
2020 LS 500 Inspiration Series 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $97,665
2020 LS 500 Inspiration Series 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $100,865

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Lexus LS is riding high off a 2018 redesign and a couple strong sales years. It returns with only one major change: a new Inspiration Series edition, which adds a unique and eye-catching color combination to the base LS 500 trim. The LS is the third model in Lexus’s lineup to receive the treatment, following the LC coupe and the LX SUV.

Choosing Your Lexus LS

The Lexus LS is available in three varieties: LS 500, LS 500h, and LS 500 F Sport. Pricing starts at $76,475 including destination for the LS 500 and only rises to $82,475 for the LS 500 F Sport.

Engine Choices

The LS comes with two available powertrains. The LS 500 and LS 500 F Sport feature a traditional gas engine, an impressive 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The LS 500h hybrid keeps the V6 architecture, but drops the turbos and adds electric power for better fuel efficiency.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6416 hp442 lb-ft23 mpg
3.5L V6 Hybrid354 hp261 lb-ft28 mpg

The gas engine uses a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the LS 500h gets a nifty four-speed automatic designed for its hybrid powertrain. All trims come standard with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for $3,220 extra.

The hybrid is down on power compared to its twin-turbo stablemate, but that doesn’t mean it’s slow. The 500h hustles from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, a half second slower than the LS 500. Given the substantial bump in fuel economy, that’s impressive.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The 2019 redesign stretched the LS’ wheelbase by more than in inch, resulting in a cavernous interior that seats five passengers in comfort. Lexus goes above and beyond to make occupants comfortable – an optional air suspension raises the car more than an inch to make ingress easier.

Cargo capacity is an impressive 16.95 cubic feet, which is excellent for the class and compares favorably against rivals like the Genesis G90 or Audi A8. The hybrid loses some capacity thanks to its batteries, but still manages 15.19 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

The Lexus LS hasn’t been crash tested, but its safety résumé is impressive. A full suite of active safety tech comes on every car, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beams.

The optional Lexus Safety System Plus A package ($3,000) adds front cross-traffic alert, an active steering assist system, and lane change assist.

Connectivity

Every LS comes with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen running Lexus’s touchpad-based software. This system has gotten better over time, but it’s still a little clunky compared to the touchscreens of some competitors. If you’d rather not bother, the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Echo.

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LS 500 - From $76,475

Don’t let the LS 500 fool you: this is no ordinary base trim. Included with every LS 500 is leather upholstery, heated and power adjustable front seats, a power moonroof, and navigation. The wheels are 19-inch alloys, and the cabin comes with active electronic noise cancellation.

A host of packages can take the cabin to the next level, covering everything from four-zone climate control to exotic trim materials. If you prefer to ride in the back, the Executive Package ($17,100) will turn one chair into a shiatsu massage-capable throne with an ottoman, 22-way remote adjustment, and a four-zone climate concierge. The bundle also brings heated and ventilated front and rear outboard seats, butterfly power-retractable headrests, 28-way power front seats, and a 7.0-inch rear touchscreen.

Among the options, standouts include a panoramic glass roof ($1,000), the adaptive air suspension ($1,500), a 24-inch head-up display ($1,220), and a remarkable 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system ($1,940).

The 2020 Signature Series is a version of the LS 500. It comes in a striking red-brown Lexus calls “Deep Garnet” with 20-inch black chrome wheels and a white leather interior. For those features, mirror-mounted puddle lights, and handcrafted glass interior trim, Lexus will charge you $22,215 over the standard car. The Signature Series will be limited to just 300 units in the U.S.

LS 500h - From $80,985

Commanding a $4,510 premium over the gas-powered LS 500, the LS 500h earns back the money at the gas pump. Other than its hybrid powertrain, it closely resembles the LS 500, sharing nearly identical packages and options.

For unknown reasons, the Executive Package on the hybrid is only available with elaborately patterned Kiriko glass, which is hand-pleated in geometric patterns on the interior door trim. The price? A cool $23,080.

LS 500 F Sport - From $82,475

The LS 500 F Sport is Lexus’s gesture toward performance, but it doesn’t add any power. The suspension does get a sharper tune, and the F Sport gains new drive modes for more spirited pilots.

But the LS is still a cruiser, and the F Sport is about aesthetics as much as anything else: 20-inch wheels, suede headliner, aluminum trim, and an exclusive gauge cluster.

If you’d like to double down, the Performance Package ($9,700) adds variable gear-ratio steering, active stabilization, and four-wheel steering.

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The 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport doesn’t fundamentally change this model's comfort-first persona. Instead, we’d stick with the hybrid, which combines sumptuous luxury with miserly fuel economy.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Expressive lines
  • Exquisite interior
  • Available hybrid
Cons
  • Imprecise steering
  • Annoying infotainment
  • Middling ride comfort
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Luxury and quality intersect. The 2020 Lexus LS is evocative, even provocative in design. The spindle grille supplies a love-it-or-hate-it look, but the remainder of the body is much less polarizing. Its long hood expanded greenhouse, and tapered trunk imparts a stately appearance.

Thanks to much attention to detail, the LS is beautifully executed with a serene cabin. The cabin is made for the luxury set, with thickly-padded leathers, real wood trim, and metal touches evident throughout. The available Inspiration series adds 20-inch wheels, a unique color combination, and hand-cut Kiriko glass trim.

But the pièce de résistance is with the roomy back seat, especially with the optional Executive Package. Here, you’ll find 22-way seat control, an ottoman, and your own screen. This package raises the LS to Mercedes-Maybach levels for about half the price.

Twin-turbo performance. Up until the previous-generation model, the Lexus LS has always relied on a V8 engine. These days, however, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine provides the power.

It brings 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque at your disposal, a sharp increase over the V8. These numbers also keep it in line with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series. Your 0-60 mph time is about 4.6 seconds.

On the other hand, the LS doesn’t offer the same planted feel as its German rivals, even with the available air suspension system. It feels comparably soft, with average steering, but with an excellent turning ratio.

The F Sport improves on the base arrangement, but we could do without the synthetic exhaust noise pumped into the cabin.


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Available hybrid. The Lexus LS offers a true hybrid variant, the LS 500h. This one utilizes the same V6 engine as the standard model, but without the turbochargers. The hybrid powertrain includes two electric motors, allowing for 354 hp, which is excellent for a hybrid.

What’s also impressive about the hybrid is its EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 combined, which is outstanding. The LS hybrid is no slacker either, as it goes from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

We've seen better infotainment systems. Lexus pushes the tech envelope with each of its models. In the LS, you’ll find an infotainment system that’s difficult to use, even after weeks of driving.

A scratchpad controller manages the screen and it can prove difficult to use and distracting too. That’s why it's so important to access either Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility to bypass some of the functions. It’s unfortunate that it’s this way, but it is.

The LS has a long list of standard features, what we’d expect with a sedan cost $75,000 on up. A 12.3-inch screen is joined by a 12-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB inputs, and navigation. We recommend upgrading to the Mark Levinson audio package, as it delivers the concert hall sound befitting this sedan.

Final thoughts. The automaker pulled out all the stops to develop, engineer, and execute the 2020 Lexus LS and it shows. The current powertrain is the best yet, although the chassis still lags behind Germany’s finest sedans. The LS seems more like a throwback to traditional big American luxury sedans, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The hybrid is a $4,510 upgrade, but a worthwhile investment for anyone with long trips in their future. It’s a fantastic alternative to the diesels that once occupied this segment, delivering comparable fuel economy.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 416 HP / 442 ft.lbs.
Transmission
10-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 30 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 30 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
21.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$83
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
4,740 Lbs. / 4,751 Lbs. / 4,784 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
9.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Forged Aluminum / 20.0 " Chrome Pvd Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather / Semi-aniline Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bench / Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
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
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
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
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision Mitigation / Lexus Safety System+ A - Front Cross-traffic Alert (fcta) Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention / Front Pedestrian Detection Warning / 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
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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