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2021 LS 500 Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $76,000
2021 LS 500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $79,250
2021 LS 500 F SPORT 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $79,600
2021 LS 500 F SPORT 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $82,850
2021 LS 500h Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $90,500
2021 LS 500h Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $93,750

Overview

What's New

The 2021 Lexus LS receives mechanical and interior refinements aimed at producing an even quieter, smoother cruising experience. The center touchscreen has been repositioned for easier viewing.

The current version of LS debuted in 2018.

Choosing your Lexus LS

The 2021 LS is offered in three trim levels: LS 500, LS 500h, and LS 500 F Sport. The LS 500 starts at $77,250 including destination, and the F Sport is priced from $83,875. Lexus has yet to announce pricing for the hybrid-powered LS 500h, which is scheduled to arrive this spring. Last year's model listed for $80,985.

Engine Choices

The LS 500 and LS 500 F Sport carry a twin-turbo V6 engine, while the LS 500h gets a V6 hybrid powerplant.

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

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the LS, and all-wheel is available on all models for $3,250. The gas engine runs with a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, while the hybrid gets a specially designed four-speed automatic.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The LS is a full-size sedan with abundant room for five. The trunk is appropriately sized 16.95 cubic feet, or 15.19 cubic feet in the 500h.

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Safety Features

As expected in this league, the LS comes with a complete bundle of driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, parking sensors, road sign display, and automatic emergency braking.

The Lexus Safety System Plus A Package ($3,000) adds front cross-traffic alert and a radar-enhanced adaptive cruise control with automated lane change function.

Buyers can also select a 24-inch head-up display ($1,220), a surround-view camera system ($800), and a rearview camera mirror ($200).

Connectivity

Every LS carries a 12.3-inch touchscreen with a remote touchpad controller, 12 speakers, navigation, four USB ports, satellite and HD radio, wireless device charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility.

The sole infotainment option is a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, priced at $1,940.

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LS 500 — From $77,250

The LS is mighty luxurious right out of the box. Standard fare includes leather upholstery, 12-way power heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, wood interior trim, a heated steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The $220 Cold Weather Package adds wiper de-icers, headlight washers, and a rapid-warming interior heater.

There are three available interior packages to choose from. The Interior Upgrade Package ($3,730) provides semi-aniline leather seats and interior trim, a sueded headliner, a 28-way power driver seat with massage, heated rear seats, and power front belt buckles. The Luxury Package ($12,710) goes even further with four-zone climate control, a 28-way massaging passenger seat with remote rear controls, 18-way rear outboard rear seats with memory and power recline, a 7-inch rear touchscreen, rear side power sunshades, and rear knee airbags.

The $17,630 Executive Package tops off the interior with power-retractable front headrests, 22-way fully powered rear seats with massage, and a sliding ottoman for the right rear passenger. With Kiriko glass door trim added, the package costs $23,630.

Individual options include a panoramic glass roof ($1,000), an adaptive air suspension ($1,400), and a wood-trimmed steering wheel ($410).

LS 500h — From $81,750 (est.)

Aside from its hybrid powerplant, the LS 500h shares its equipment and options with the LS 500.

LS 500 F Sport — From $83,875

The F Sport receives firmer suspension tuning, larger brakes, and 20-inch wheels. The interior comes with performance instrumentation, perforated leather front sport seats, and aluminum trim. Heat rear seats and power front belt buckles are also standard.

The Dynamic Handling Package ($7,800) adds variable-ratio steering, adaptive suspension stabilizers, and active rear steering. Since the F Sport emphasizes performance, the lavish interior dress-up packages aren't available.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is slightly quicker than the 500h, but the models are otherwise indistinguishable inside and out. The only question is whether you're willing to pay for the 500h's extra 5 mpg. The F Sport treatment comes off as largely cosmetic unless the pricey handling package is added.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • A true contender
  • Good acceleration
  • Finally gets a touchscreen
Cons
  • Not a corner-carver
  • Best features require $23k package
  • Hybrid sounds too instrusive
Expert Rating
3.7 (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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A legit alternative to segment leaders. For five generations, the Lexus LS has sat atop the brand’s sedan lineup, but never has it been as luxurious as it is now. With the fifth-generation LS redesign, Lexus took a legitimate swipe at the 7-Series and S-Class and got in some clean body shots with its massaging seats, crystal glass trim, virtually limitless seat adjustments, and potent V6 powertrain.

Find out below if the 2021 Lexus LS is now a legit budget alternative to the 7-Series and S-Class or if it’s just a cheap executive-car wannabe.

Potent engine lineup, but it’s no AMG in the corners. The 2021 Lexus LS 500’s standard twin-turbo V6 setup delivers 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels or all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. This adds up to surprising acceleration for such a bulky sedan.

Plus, the LS 500h hybrid with its 354-hp electrified powertrain isn’t far behind its powerful twin-turbo brother. The problem is the hybrid also includes overly synthetic engine noises that we can live without.

Where the LS loses its fun is in the corners. Sure, it’s not what we’d call flabby in the twists, but its suspension is set up for a comfy highway ride and not corner carving. Buyers seeking that combination of comfort and performance may want to look toward the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, or Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

As luxurious as a Lexus gets. The 2021 Lexus LS’s standard features are plentiful and include 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, navigation, a 12.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 12-speaker audio, and 16-way power front seats with heating and cooling.

But it hits its luxury stride when you add in the $23,000 luxury package. The Luxury package is as advertised with its Kiriko glass door trim, super-soft semi-aniline leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, massaging front and rear seats, 28-way power front seats, 22-way power rear seats, and much more.

The LS with all the options checked is the true life of luxury in a brand that skews toward the conservative side. But this also drives the price to the $110,000 range for a car that otherwise blends in. Yes, the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class can get far pricier with similar features, but they are premier luxury sedans that do anything but blend in.

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A touchscreen; a glorious touchscreen. Finally, after countless years of moaning and groaning about Lexus’s finicky joystick- and touchpad-controlled infotainment systems, it’s finally given into the masses and installed a touchscreen in the LS.

Yes, a 12.3-inch touchscreen comes standard in the 2021 Lexus LS. Is it perfect? No, but it’s a bazillion times better than a spastic cursor randomly bouncing around while you attempt to rein it in via a tiny touchpad or finicky joystick. For those feeling nostalgic, Lexus still offers a redundant touchpad as a reminder of just how good you have it these days.

Final thoughts. With its super-comfortable seating, massaging features that’ll quickly put you to sleep, a mighty powertrain that’ll wake you back up, and all the interior room any executive needs, the Lexus LS is finally a legit budget alternative to the 7-Series and S-Class.

Granted, the 2021 Lexus LS may not have the brand cachet of a Beamer or Mercedes, nor does have the cornering capabilities. But when’s the last time you asked your driver to drift that corner while closing a million-dollar business deal in the back seat?

Plus, you avail all its premium features for a tick under $110,000, which is far less than any German metal. Your board of directors will be quite pleased with your sudden frugalness.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach and want some fire to go with your class, you’re better off skipping the Lexus dealer and heading straight to Audi, BMW, or Mercedes.

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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
18 / 29 / 23 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
18 / 29 / 23 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
57.1 "
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
4,696 Lbs. / 4,740 Lbs. / 4,850 Lbs. / 4,861 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Forged Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Chrome Pvd Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat 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
Rear Side-impact 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
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
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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