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2918 Lexus LS 500(Photo: James Halfacre)
Long and luxurious, the ★★★ 2018 Lexus LS 500 auto is a masterwork of engineering and architectonics captivated about a assortment of needlessly complicated and careful controls.
The big sedan’s looks and abundance can calmly angle alongside the best in the industry. It uses an all-new architectonics that will be the abject for Lexus cars — and conceivably an SUV or two — for years to come. The architectonics is called, you estimated it, GA-L or all-around architecture-luxury. Flights of balladry like that are abundant to accomplish you animated Lexus uses strings of belletrist and numbers rather than creating names for its vehicles.
Most new cars that are activity on auction now are labeled 2019 models, but don’t let the LS’s 2018 tag bother you. The car is all new. Toyota congenital a few afore Jan. 1, so it had be alleged a 2018.
The LS competes with sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, Cadillac CT6, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes S-class. You ability be able to amplitude a point to alarm the Lincoln Continental Black Label AWD a competitor, but Lincoln’s engineering, amount and angel are so altered that few if any buyers because the Lexus auto are additionally arcade Ford’s affluence brand.
2018 Lexus LS 500
All-wheel-drive, five-passenger ample affluence sedan
Price as tested: $102,640 (excluding destination charge)
Rating: ★★★ (Out of four stars)
Reasons to buy: Styling; ride; autogenous attending and feel
Shortcomings: Controls; articulation recognition; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto not available.
Prices for the 2018 Lexus LS alpha at $75,000 for a rear-wheel-drive model. All-wheel drive starts at $78,220. A twin-turbo 3.5L V6 agent is standard, replacing the V8 that powered the antecedent generation. A 10-speed automated manual is standard.
Lexus additionally offers a hybrid, the LS 500h. Prices alpha at $79,510. It comes with a altered 3.5L V6, two electric motors, lithium-ion array and a adorned manual that combines aspects of a acceptable automated with the continuously capricious assemblage best hybrids use to actor the 10-speed’s feel.
I activated a accurately able LS 500 with a leather-wrapped interior, Ultrasuede headliner, wood trim, across-the-board sun roof, 23-speaker Mark Levinson audio; blow alert, free emergency braking, ability block lid; 10 air bags; LED arch and appendage lights; navigation; articulation recognition, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats and more.
It stickered for $102,640, excluding destination charges.
The LS’s $75,000 abject amount is far lower than its competitors’, but it’s a unicorn: You’re never acceptable to see one, and I’d be a bit afraid if Lexus absolutely builds a absolutely abject LS. The as-equipped amount of the car I activated is aggressive with the A8, 7-series, CT6, XJ and S-class.
(excluding destination charges)
(Automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive models area available)
Lexus LS 500 AWD: $78,220
Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport: $92,000
BMW 750i xDrive: $99,500
Cadillac CT6 Platinum 3.0L AWD: $88,295
Jaguar XJ L supercharged (rear-drive): $96,300
Lincoln Continental Black Label 3.0L AWD: $67,415
Mercedes S560 4Matic: $102,900
2918 Lexus LS 500 (Photo: James Halfacre)
The LS is calmly the best affected auto Toyota’s anytime built. Its continued nose, abbreviate rear accouter and abounding roof band and fenders alluvium ability and grace.
The autogenous is appropriately lovely. My car had the alternative affluence package. You’d anticipate you could accept affluence over $70 grand, but the $12,270 mega-option brings with it semi-aniline covering trim, 28-way massaging ability advanced seats, acrimonious ability collapsed outboard rear seats and more.
That’s not the top rear-seat package. An controlling amalgamation includes added ability aback bench adjustments, bottom rests, ability butterfly arch rears and more. It goes for $17,080 or $23,080, depending on whether you opt for the Kiriko bottle categorical clear trim.
The account of rear bench options shows what affairs to Lexus owners, but the LS’s active accessory is impressive, too.
The 3.5L V6 — the aboriginal turbo in Lexus’s flagship auto — is bland and powerful, bearing added torque and application than the 2017 LS’s 4.6L V8. The 10-speed automated manual is fast and seamless, carrying ephemeral accouterment alike back accelerating hard.
My car’s alternative air abeyance was abnormally effective, cushioning bumps so thoroughly that alike cartage bumps were unobtrusive.
Available appearance accommodate council assist, which aims to advice accumulate the car centered in its lane and alike bend to abstain pedestrians back the automated braking can’t anticipate a collision. The pedestrian-avoidance affection was not absolutely able in a affirmation Lexus staged with dummies.
The LS’s controls for appearance like smartphones, aeronautics and audio are bulky and frustrating. The voice-recognition arrangement was apathetic and inaccurate with destination addresses and allotment contacts for hands-free buzz calls. Alike things as elementary as axis on the acrimonious or aerial advanced seats requires the blow pad.
2918 Lexus LS 500 (Photo: James Halfacre)
If you can’t behest your destination’s address, you accept to use a blow pad in the centermost console. It’s time-consuming and frustrating. For assurance reasons, you can’t ascribe an abode while moving. That’s good, but I’m assertive added accomplishments you can do in motion, such as axis on the acrimonious seats, are added confusing and time-consuming than a blow awning or committed button would be.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available. Lexus does action its Entune system, but I’m not a fan of automakers that aggravation owners by insisting on their branded interface rather than the actual acceptable accepted systems that are already available.
The LS 500 is a abundant car. My AWD archetypal with air abeyance had the affliction weight-to-power arrangement in the group, angled the scales at 4,905 pounds, hundreds of pounds added than the competition. That, and Lexus’s prioritization of abundance over sportiness, shows up in council and administration that are altogether competent, but beneath active than competitors.
The block is the better in its class, but the abbreviate rear accouter contributes to a attenuated aperture that makes it adamantine to amount ample objects.
Engine: 3.5L twin-turbo 24-valve V6
Power: 416 application at 6,000 rpm; 442 pound-feet of torque at 1,600-4,800 rpm
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 123.0 inches
Length: 206.1 inches
Width: 74.8 inches
Height: 57.5 inches
Curb Weight: 4,938 pounds
Where assembled: Japan
The LS 500’s all-new 3.5L V6 produces 416 hp at 6,000 rpm and 44 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 to 4,800 rpm. It’s application achievement is so able that I compared the Lexus V6 to V8-powered models of the A8, 7-series, XJ and S-class because none of their V6s access 400 hp. Only the Cadillac and Lincoln V6s cantankerous that bar, but they’re both abate 3.0L engines that don’t bout the Lexus.
The LS 500’s ammunition abridgement is excellent, decidedly accustomed its weight. The EPA ante it at 18 mpg in the city, 27 artery and 21 combined, application exceptional fuel.
The key accumulated amount beats all the competitors except the Cadillac CT6 and Mercedes S560, which tie the Lexus at 21 mpg. The Continental is thirstier, but beneath big-ticket to fuel, back the EPA rated it at 19 mpg accumulated application beneath big-ticket approved gasoline.
2918 Lexus LS 500 (Photo: James Halfacre)
(Automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive models)
Lexus LS 500 AWD: 18 mpg city/27 highway/21 combined. Exceptional gasoline
Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport: 16/26/19. Premium.
BMW 750i xDrive: $16/25/19. Premium
Cadillac CT6 Platinum 3.0L AWD: 18/26/21. Premium
Jaguar XJ L supercharged (rear-drive): 15/23/18. Premium
Lincoln Continental Black Label 3.0L AWD: 16/24/19. Approved gasoline
Mercedes S560 4Matic: 17/27/21. Exceptional gasoline
The 2018 Lexus LS auto has the looks and ability to run with the world’s best affluence sedans. The autogenous and exoteric designs set new highs for the brand’s opulence. The controls are needlessly careful and difficult to use, a disappointment in a car that’s loaded with abundant of the latest assurance technology. But if you don’t affliction abundant about application your smartphone and ball systems, it’s adamantine to brainstorm a added adequate sedan.
Standard equipment: Antilock brakes; adherence control; anchor assist; cyberbanking anchor force distribution; advanced bench knee air bags; side-mounted advanced and rear bench air bags; dark air bags; adaptive cruise control; banal detection; lane abandonment active and assist; automated aerial beams; dark atom and cantankerous cartage alert; LED headlights, taillights and about-face signals; rain-sensing wipers; navigation; blow pad; advancement camera; 4GB WiFi; three months SiriusXM accessory radio; anamnesis for disciplinarian settings; copse trim; covering basement surfaces; ability sun shades; ability trunk; acrimonious council caster and ancillary mirrors; ability locks, windows and mirrors.
Options: Council abetment for banal avoidance; automated braking for blast avoidance; alley assurance recognition; advanced cantankerous cartage alert; 24-inch head-up display; adaptive air abeyance with acme adjustment; 20-inch 10-spoke admixture wheels; adaptive advanced lighting system; perforated aniline covering autogenous trim; Ultrasuede arch liner; 28-way massaging advanced seats; 18-way ability collapsed outboard rear seats; 23-speaker 2,400-watt Mark Levinson audio; four-zone altitude control; across-the-board sun roof; 360-degree monitor.
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