2015 Lexus LS

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2015 Lexus LS Review

The 2015 Lexus LS has a stellar reliability rating and a serene, comfortable interior. However, its dull handling, distracting infotainment controls, and poor fuel economy relegate it to a low ranking among super luxury cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Plush rear seats
  • Many advanced safety features available



  • Dull handling
  • Fussy infotainment system
  • Below-average fuel economy

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Lexus LS has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Lexus LS Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus LS a Good Used Car?

Despite its unimpressive overall score, the 2015 LS is a good used car. This Lexus is all about comfort, from its cushy seats to its pillowy ride. It comes with a generous number of features, though its infotainment system’s controller can be a hassle for drivers.

For some, the LS' performance leaves something to be desired. Though its engines are powerful, many classmates have stronger options that deliver quicker acceleration. Fuel economy, even in the LS Hybrid model, is disappointing. The handling is also pretty dull compared to rivals that have much more spirited handling. That said, the LS earns an excellent reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Lexus LS review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 18 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Lexus LS?

Based on about 220 listings for the 2015 Lexus LS on our site, the average price is $42,300. Prices range from $34,000 to $50,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus LS Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 LS are estimated to be around $37,700 over five years, or $7,540 per year. That’s about average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Lexus LS?

The starting MSRP of a 2019 Lexus LS is about $33,000 higher than the average price of a used 2015 LS model, but it may be worth it to you. Newer models have been fully redesigned and have stronger and more fuel-efficient engines, a retuned suspension, and more rear-seat legroom. Additionally, they have more available safety features, including a head-up display, front cross traffic alert, side collision warning, and reverse automatic braking. The 2019 LS also has standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.

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You won't find any new super luxury cars with starting prices lower than $75,300, but if you consider other car classes, you can still enjoy many luxury amenities and high-end performance features at a significantly lower price.

If you have your heart set on a Lexus sedan, consider the 2019 ES, which we named our 2019 Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money. It starts at $39,750 and features a supremely comfortable cabin with first-rate materials. It has an excellent predicted reliability rating and a smooth ride. This model was fully redesigned for 2019, so it comes with much more contemporary technology than a used 2015 LS.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus LS Is Best?

The 2015 Lexus LS is part of a generation that spans the 2013 through 2017 model years. There were only minor updates throughout this generation. Lexus updated the navigation system for 2015 and added an infotainment system for 2016. There were no mechanical changes over this generation. You can save a significant amount of money by choosing an earlier model from this generation, and you'll still get most of the same features.

Lexus fully redesigned the LS for 2018. It offers revamped styling, improved driving dynamics, and more seating space. A number of driver assistance features also became available, including a head-up display, pedestrian alert, side collision warning, front cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, traffic sign recognition, active steering assist, lane trace assist, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus LS?

The 2015 LS has an excellent reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus LS Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 LS.

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Which Used Lexus LS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 LS comes in four trim levels: LS 460, LS 460 F Sport, LS 460 L, and LS 600h L.

The LS 460 base model comes with a good amount of technology for the class, including a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a sunroof. You also get several advanced safety features, including parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and a rearview camera.

Performance-oriented shoppers will appreciate the LS 460 F Sport trim, which comes with a sport-tuned air suspension, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential (RWD only), and shift paddles.

If you’re looking to get cozy, you may want the LS 460 L trim. It adds the Comfort package, which includes heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats (AWD models only), and a rear sunshade.

The LS 600h L is a hybrid model that features semi-aniline leather upholstery, an air suspension, blind spot monitoring, and the Ultra Luxury package (heated, cooled, and massaging rear seats). The hybrid LS also has the most powerful engine available in the lineup.

A fifth trim, the Crafted Line special edition, was limited to just 750 units. It includes the F Sport trim’s features, plus the Comfort package, blind spot monitoring, and a unique color scheme.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the LS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 LS the highest rating of Good in two crash tests out of two. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2015 LS.

All 2015 LS models come with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights. Many more high-tech safety features are available, including a driver drowsiness monitor, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a pre-collision system that consists of forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Lexus LS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus LS or 2015 BMW 7 Series?

The 2015 BMW 7 Series strikes an excellent balance between comfort and fun. The 7 Series rides just as smoothly as the LS, but the BMW is far more agile around corners. The 7 Series also offers a number of potent engines to choose from, including a fuel-efficient diesel. Unlike the Lexus, the BMW features an intuitive infotainment system. The LS’ higher reliability rating is a major leg-up on the 7 Series. If you want a more athletic sedan, go for the BMW. Or, pick the Lexus if having a reliable cruiser is more your style.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus LS or 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class represents the pinnacle of luxury sedans. Its opulent interior, which features sumptuous materials and posh styling, is unmatched by most rivals. The Mercedes is also among the best performers in the class, offering five powerful engine options and countless performance upgrades that allow you to customize your driving experience. The S-Class comes with some nifty features that the LS doesn’t, such as a Wi-Fi hot spot. However, the Lexus has a near-perfect reliability rating, and its average list price is $21,000 lower than that of the S-Class, making the Lexus a better value.

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2015 Lexus LS Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus LS Drive?

The Lexus LS 460 comes standard with a 386-horsepower V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Models with available all-wheel drive produce 360 horsepower. The LS puts down assertive power and speedy acceleration, regardless of the horsepower rating. The transmission delivers quick, smooth shifts, and the engine remains quiet at speed.

A hybrid model, the 438-horsepower LS 600h L, has a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Though it has more horsepower, its heftier weight mitigates any performance gains.

The Lexus LS has a silky smooth ride, and its suspension soaks up bumps in the pavement nicely. Its handling is rather dull, however, and the LS feels somewhat unwieldly around tight corners. Additionally, the steering doesn't provide much feedback from the road. The F Sport model, which comes with upgraded brakes and a sport-tuned air suspension, sharpens the LS’ driving dynamics to an extent.

Does the 2015 Lexus LS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Lexus LS isn't very fuel-efficient. The base LS 460 gets just 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. The hybrid model’s numbers aren’t much better, at an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

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2015 Lexus LS Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Lexus LS Seat?

The Lexus LS base model has seating for five. Models equipped with the Executive Class Seating package seat four and feature a rear center console. The cabin has premium materials, excellent build quality, and an abundance of seating space. The front seats are supple and well-contoured. The rear seats are praised for their loungelike comfort, especially in long-wheelbase L models.

Available seating features include a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front and rear seats, power-adjustable rear seats, massaging rear seats, a reclining passenger-side rear seat, a retractable rear-seat tray table and power sunshades for the rear and back-seat side windows.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus LS?

The rear outboard seats have two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Lexus LS Features

The LS comes standard with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, navigation, the Enform App Suite, Siri Eyes Free voice-activated iPhone integration, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and a rear-seat cooler box.

The Remote Touch infotainment system uses a console-mounted controller. While the menus are simple, the finicky mouselike controller isn’t easy to use when driving.

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2015 Lexus LS Dimensions

Lexus LS Cargo Space

The LS 460 has 18 cubic feet of trunk space, which is generous for the class. The LS 600h hybrid model has 13 cubic feet of trunk space because of its battery pack.

2015 LS Length and Weight

The 2015 Lexus LS is either 16.7 feet or 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,233 to 5,203 pounds, depending on the powertrain and trim.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus LS Built?

Lexus assembled the 2015 LS in Japan.


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