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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Lexus LS ranked #4 in Super Luxury Cars. Currently the Lexus LS has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2019 Lexus LS Review

The 2019 Lexus LS ranks in the middle of our super luxury car class. It's not as engaging from behind the wheel as some of its rivals, and its infotainment features can be frustrating to use, but its predicted reliability rating is outstanding. 

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch cabin design and materials
  • Peppy powertrains
  • Long list of standard and available features
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Finicky infotainment controls
  • Rivals have larger back seats

Is the Lexus LS a Good Car?

Despite its so-so ranking, the 2019 LS is a good super luxury car. It has an extravagant cabin design and excellent interior quality, with some materials and accents that go far beyond luxury. However, it could use a bit more headroom in the back seat, and its Remote Touch infotainment controller draws criticism. This isn't the sportiest large sedan in the class, but both the hybrid and gas-only models have swift acceleration and an agreeable mix of ride comfort and responsive handling. It's predicted relaibility is a strong suit, with the LS boasting one of the highest ratings in its class. 

Should I Buy the Lexus LS?

The Lexus LS is the clear value-oriented buy in this class as it boasts tons of standard luxury, advanced safety, and infotainment features. The LS' base price of about $75,000 is significantly less than rivals like the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. Its excellent predicted reliability rating also makes this a smart buy. However, you may want to shop around because some highly rated class rivals offer a more expansive back seat, more user-friendly tech, or a more engaging drive.  

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus LS?

After a full redesign for the 2018 model year, the Lexus LS carries over for 2019 mostly unchanged. A notable difference for this year is the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. This is the first time they're offered in the LS, and they come standard.

If you can live without these tech features, you may be better off shopping for an otherwise similar 2018 Lexus LS. Doing so would also likely save you lots of money over the cost of a new model. You can also save even more by shopping in the previous generation of the car. Just know that those models will be different from a new LS in a number of ways.

Before making your decision, check out our 2017 LS and 2018 LS reviews. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 16 Lexus LS reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 LS is the right new car for you. This 2019 Lexus LS review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2018 and 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Lexus LS Cost?

The 2019 Lexus LS starts at $75,300, which is the lowest base price for a super luxury car. Rivals like the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 retail for around $8,500 more than the LS. The 2019 LS is also available as a hybrid for $79,810, or as the performance-oriented F Sport trim for $81,300. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive, and adding all-wheel drive tacks on $3,220 to the base price. Though the LS is the least expensive model in a super-expensive class, it quickly climbs into the six figures when you start adding options and packages that increase its luxury quotient even more.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus LS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus LS or Audi A8?

The Audi A8 is fully redesigned for 2019. Both the LS and A8 have an elegant interior with a long list of opulent seating amenities, but there's a bit more back-seat space in the A8. The centerpiece of the A8's cabin is Audi's futuristic new infotainment system, which features two touch screens and straightforward controls that are better overall than the LS' Remote Touch controller. While the A8's sole 335-horsepower option can feel a little sluggish, the LS has a slight edge in performance thanks to its muscular engine power. Both cars have decent handling, but neither will outright thrill you. The Audi A8 costs about $8,500 more than the LS. With a more robust engine, a lower price, a and better predicted relability rating, the LS earns our recommendation. 

Which Is Better: Lexus LS or BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series is another well-rounded car that marginally tops the LS. This BMW has a wide selection of engine options, ranging from a plug-in hybrid to a couple that put out around 600 horsepower. The 7 Series blends a serene ride with surprising athleticism, making this Bimmer a good choice for drivers looking for a little more fun than what the LS offers. Inside, the 7 Series offers more second-row space and a larger trunk than the LS, and these two flagship sedans go toe-to-toe for cabin opulence. Each of these cars is a solid buy in the class, so you'll have to decide if paying roughly $8,300 more for the 7 Series is worth it. 

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LS Interior

How Many People Does the LS Seat?

The Lexus LS holds five people on standard leather upholstery. It pampers its front occupants with 16-way power adjustments, heating, and ventilation. The seats are wide and comfortable, coddling you for long trips. You can also upgrade to amenities like semi-aniline leather and 28-way power-adjustable seats with a massaging function.

Like many other flagship luxury sedans, the LS has prime accommodations in the second row. There's lots of room to stretch out, but this Lexus still doesn't offer as much head- or legroom as some rivals. Other luxury features for the back seats include heating, 18- or 22-way power adjustments, and a massaging function. Rear sunshades provide more comfort and privacy. You can also add second-row footrests and a touch-screen center console that lets the rear passengers control certain functions of the car as well as move the passenger seat forward for extra space.

LS and Car Seats

The Lexus LS has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections, as well as a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are located behind a Velcro flap at the bottom of the seat back, so they're easy to find and access. The spacious second row also makes it easy to load in and pull out most types of car seats.

LS Interior Quality

Everywhere you look, the interior of the 2019 LS impresses. The design is sleek and modern, but it’s subtle enough not to be gaudy. Most surfaces are covered in leather, and as with the seats, you can upgrade to a more premium semi-aniline covering. Options for trim pieces include a wide selection of woods and metals, along with exclusivities like Kiriko glass or hand-folded fabric door panel inserts.

LS Cargo Space

The LS has average cargo space for the class, at 17 cubic feet. Unique components in the hybrid model reduce space down to 15.2 cubic feet. The trunk opening is wide, so it's easy to load bulky items. Hands-free trunk access – activated by waving your foot under the bumper – comes standard and provides another mode of convenience. However, the trunk is narrower toward the rear seat, and because this large sedan prioritizes passenger comfort over utility, the opulent back seat doesn't fold down to offer up more space.

LS Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The good part about the Lexus LS' tech and infotainment offerings is just how many features there are. A standard 12.3-inch high-definition display is complemented by a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Lexus Enform app suite. Apple CarPlay debuts in the LS for 2019, and it comes standard. There's also support for Amazon Alexa integration. You'll also get standard dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start. Optional goodies include four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass roof, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat touch-screen center console, and a performance digital instrument cluster.

The not-so-good part is how everything is controlled. Instead of a touch screen, you use a small touchpad on the center console – similar to a laptop computer. There is a learning curve at first, since it can be hard to execute commands precisely. Some functions, like climate adjustments, are buried in menus. The touchpad does offer smartphone-like controls, with gestures such as swiping and pinch to zoom.

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LS Performance

LS Engine: 2 Good Choices

The 2019 Lexus LS 500 features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that doles out 416 horsepower. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, this engine gets the LS moving with gusto. It has ample power from the time you hit the gas all the way through the rev range. The 10-speed automatic executes shifts so smoothly that you may not even notice.

The LS is also available as a hybrid – its powertrain consists of a naturally aspirated V6 engine and two electric motors that produce a combined 354 horsepower. The LS Hybrid also boasts spry acceleration, thanks to instantly available torque from the electric motors.

LS Gas Mileage: Efficient Hybrid

It should come as no surprise that the LS Hybrid gets some of the best fuel economy numbers in the class. The EPA estimates it at 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The standard LS is more in line with class rivals, earning an estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway.

Those figures are for standard rear-wheel-drive models. Switching to all-wheel drive drops gas mileage nominally – down to 23/31 mpg for the hybrid, and 18/27 mpg for the gas-only LS.

LS Ride and Handling: Nice and Balanced

The Lexus LS' driving dynamics and handling are midpack for a super luxury car. It has poised cornering abilities and responsive steering. However, critics were quick to note that the standard suspension has conveys a stiffer ride than you might like from a high-end large sedan. Rectify that by springing (pun intended) for the optional air suspension, which smooths things out a lot more.

Drivers who want a more performance-focused LS will want to look at the F-Sport trim. Unique features include front sport seats, a performance digital instrument cluster, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance brakes. The LS F-Sport also offers an exclusive option package of rear-wheel steering, active stabilizers, and variable ratio steering.  

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LS Reliability

Is the Lexus LS Reliable?

The 2019 Lexus LS has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lexus LS Warranty

Lexus covers the LS with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. The LS Hybrid has an eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty.

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LS Safety

LS Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Lexus LS. That's common for high-end luxury vehicles.

LS Safety Features

The 2019 LS comes standard with an extensive list of active safety and driver assistance features. You'll get a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. The parking system incorporates automatic braking to stop you from hitting a car or object in close proximity.

The standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 includes automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, and a pre-collision system with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Optional advanced safety technologies include automatic lane change assist, front cross traffic alert, a 24-inch head-up display, adaptive headlights, and a surround-view parking camera.

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Which Lexus LS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Lexus LS comes in three trims: LS 500, the hybrid LS 500h, and LS 500 F Sport. The LS 500 and 500 F Sport come with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LS 500h's hybrid powertrain consists of a V6 engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional with any model for $3,220 more than the base price.

The 2019 LS has a long list of standard features, so it's a smart buy on its own. Most optional features are luxury upgrades for the seats and interior design, and those come in packages that range from around $3,700 to about $12,300. You can also pick and choose from some individual options, like a panoramic glass roof, an adaptive air suspension, a head-up display, a Mark Levinson stereo, and a surround-view parking camera. Also note that the LS F-Sport model isn't available with any of the luxury upgrade packages.

Lexus LS 500

The 2019 Lexus LS 500 starts at $75,300. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a power rear sunshade, and a power hands-free trunk.

The standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 12-speaker premium sound system, voice command activation, the Remote Touchpad controller, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, Amazon Alexa integration, and the Lexus Enform app suite.

Standard active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

For $3,730, the Interior Upgrade package adds semi-aniline leather seats and interior pieces, a 28-way power-adjustable driver's seat with a massaging function, heated rear seats, and a suede headliner. The $12,290 Luxury package builds on the previous package by adding a 28-way power-adjustable and massaging passenger seat, four-zone automatic climate control, power rear side-window sunshades, 18-way power-adjustable and reclining rear seats, and a rear-seat center console with a 7-inch touch screen. The Executive package costs $17,100, and includes all the amenities of the Interior Upgrade and Luxury packages, along with power-retractable front headrests, 22-way power-adjustable back seats, and rear-seat footrests.

You can add an upgraded suite of driver assistance features for $3,000. The Lexus Safety System+ A includes enhanced adaptive cruise control with automatic lane change assist, front cross traffic alert, and a 24-inch head-up display. Other individual options include a panoramic glass roof ($1,000), an adaptive air suspension ($1,500), the head-up display ($1,220), adaptive headlights ($300), a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system ($1,940), and a surround-view parking camera ($800).

Lexus LS 500h

Starting at $79,810, the hybrid Lexus LS 500h offers the same list of standard and optional features as the regular 2019 LS.

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

The 2019 Lexus LS F Sport starts at $81,300. It features sport exterior design elements, sport front seats, a performance digital instrument cluster, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance brakes. The optional Performance package costs $9,700 and includes rear-wheel steering, active stabilizers, and variable ratio steering. 

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Lexus LS is a practical and value-packed choice among other, more expensive, super luxury cars. The LS offers an opulent interior, solid engine power, and welcoming seating for all but the tallest passengers. However, its lack of driving engagement and frustrating infotainment controls might be reasons to consider a more well-rounded rival.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Having debuted last year as an all-new generation, the 2019 Lexus LS large-luxury sedan comes with a conundrum. On one side of the argument are impeccable build quality, wonderful materials, bet-your-life-on-it reliability, attention to detail, convenience features, safety equipment, space, comfort, technology, golden resale values, relatively reasonable pricing, and pleasurable dealer experience. For those with the funds, a new LS should be a no-brainer. The reasons why are a lack of driving feel (even the optional F Sport package for the non-hybrid LS 500 doesn’t improve matters much) and the designs -- both exterior and interior. We’re not saying these are bad things, but each buyer has to decide whether such aspects are acceptable. Many people will find the pros outweighing the cons." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Don't let the sharp angles and bold style fool you: The … Lexus LS 500 is traditional Lexus throughout. A comprehensive redesign inside, outside and underneath places the LS once again in the same rare air as recently updated large luxury sedan designs from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. The cushioned ride and whisper-quiet interior are made to pamper, and the cutting-edge tech delivers increased driver safety. The LS 500 reminds you that Europe doesn't have a lock on world-class luxury." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The … LS provides a much-improved overall experience compared to its predecessor. The new car is more interesting, quicker, more efficient, and more spacious for rear-seat passengers than the outgoing model. Unlike the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, there's no 12-cylinder model to solidify top-tier luxury-brand status, but the Lexus still has its own appeal." -- Motor Trend (2018)
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