2015 Lexus LS

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2015 Lexus LS Review

The Lexus LS’ silky smooth ride, superb reliability ratings, and hushed, premium interior push it toward the top of the super luxury car class. That said, it’s not as nimble or as fun to drive as rivals.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Plush rear seats
  • Many advanced safety features

 

 

  • Dull handling
  • Fussy infotainment system

New for 2015

 

  • Crafted Line special edition released
  • Updated navigation system

 

2015 Lexus LS Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus LS a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Lexus LS is an excellent used super luxury car. It boasts an exceedingly smooth ride, first-rate interior quality and comfort, and potent engine performance. Better still, the Lexus has a reputation for sterling reliability, and used models are often less expensive than European competitors. However, while it’s a great package overall, the LS isn’t exactly a thrill to drive. If you’re looking for rewarding handling in a big, comfy package, you’ll want to give the Porsche Panamera or Audi A8 a closer look.

Used 2015 Lexus LS Performance and Interior

The Lexus LS 460 has a 386-horsepower V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available, though these models are rated at 360 horsepower. Regardless of output, the LS 460 accelerates with confidence. The transmission delivers quick, smooth shifts, and the engine operates silently during normal driving. A hybrid model – the 438-horsepower LS 600h L – has a CVT automatic and all-wheel drive. Its weight, however, means it offers no true performance benefit. Neither model is very fuel-efficient. The LS 600h gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, while the LS 460 returns just 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

The Lexus LS has a buttery soft ride quality, and its suspension isolates passengers from bumps in the road. The side effect of this comfortable ride is rather sedate handling. The LS is ponderous and somewhat clumsy around tight corners, and its steering provides little feedback. Lexus offers an F Sport model with uprated brakes and a sport-tuned air suspension to sharpen the LS’ handling, but the effect is minimal.

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The standard Lexus LS seats five. Models equipped with the Executive Class Seating package seat four and feature a rear center console. The LS has fine cabin materials, excellent build quality, and generous seating space. The front seats are supple and nicely contoured, but it’s the rear seats that deliver loungelike comfort – especially in the roomier long-wheelbase L models. Available rear-seat features in some models include heat, ventilation, reclining and massaging functions, a refrigerated cubby, a retractable table, and a leg rest. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The LS 460 has a vast 18 cubic feet of trunk space, but the LS 600h cuts this space to 13 cubic feet, due to the placement of its battery pack.

Lexus equips all LS models with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, navigation, Bluetooth, and USB inputs. The Remote Touch infotainment system uses a mouselike controller, which guides a cursor on-screen. While the menus are simple, the awkward controller isn’t easy to use when driving.

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Used 2015 Lexus LS Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lexus LS 460 ranges from about $52,800 for a base model to around $63,600 for a limited edition Crafted Line model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We’ve researched 18 reviews of the Lexus LS – as well as hard data points like reliability scores and costs of ownership – to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus LS?

The Lexus LS has excellent predicted reliability, earning a score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the LS?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published full crash test results for the 2015 LS. The LS is available with many advanced safety features, however.

All models have a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights that pivot to increase visibility around corners. Available features include a driver drowsiness monitor, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a pre-collision system from Toyota (Lexus’ parent company). This system includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Should I Consider Another Used LS?

The 2015 Lexus LS marks the ninth model year of the car’s third generation. The LS received a major interior and exterior redesign for 2013, but saw few updates the following two years. As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models at much lower prices than 2015 models.

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Which Used Lexus LS 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 base Lexus LS 460 has a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, leather seats, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a sunroof. The LS 460 F Sport adds a sport-tuned air suspension, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential (RWD only), and shift paddles.

The LS 460 L adds to the base model’s features with a standard Comfort package, which includes heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats (AWD models only), and a rear sunshade. The LS 600h L adds semi-aniline leather upholstery, an air suspension, blind spot monitoring, and the Ultra Luxury package (heated, cooled, and massaging rear seats).

A fifth trim – the Crafted Line special edition – was available in just 750 units. It adds to the F Sport’s features with the Comfort package, blind spot monitoring, and a unique color scheme.

For added peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned LS. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus LS and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Mercedes S-Class is almost a league apart from the Lexus LS – and all of its other super luxury sedan competitors. The S-Class offers unmatched interior refinement and comfort, a slew of advanced convenience and safety features, and commanding V6 hybrid, V8, and V12 engine performance. Both models provide a supple ride. The catch is that the Lexus rates higher in reliability and is typically much less expensive. The S-Class is the better luxury car, but the LS is a better buy.

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

The 2015 BMW 7 Series strikes an excellent balance in its class. It’s comfortable yet still fun to drive. It features a very user-friendly infotainment system. It rockets up to speed quickly, and also gets great fuel economy with its available diesel engine. But like the S-Class, it can’t measure up to the LS’ sterling reliability record or its far lower used car prices. The 7 Series is a great sedan, just not as great of a value.

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