2016 Lexus LS

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2016 Lexus LS Review

The 2016 Lexus LS finishes near the top of the class rankings. It doesn't match rivals' performance, but the LS has a spacious, upscale interior and a high reliability rating.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Serene ride quality
  • Comfortable, quiet cabin
  • Superb reliability rating
  • Lackluster handling
  • Slow acceleration, low fuel economy
  • Awkward infotainment system 

New for 2016

  • Updated infotainment system
  • New Enform Service Connect maintenance alerts

2016 Lexus LS Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus LS a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Lexus LS is a pretty good used car. It delivers much of what you expect from a luxury vehicle, like an incredibly smooth ride, tons of features, and abundant interior space. It also has the best reliability rating in the class. However, there are some flaws that keep it from being a great car. The LS delivers subpar fuel economy and uninspiring handling relative to competitors. While it has plenty of technology, some of the features can be frustrating to use.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lexus LS?

Based on the nearly 40 listings for the 2016 Lexus LS on our site, you can expect to pay between $50,000 and $68,000 for a used 2016 LS. The LS’ average list price is just over $58,000. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used LS you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus LS Cost to Own?

The 2016 Lexus LS's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are around $36,150. That's less than the five-year costs for many other super luxury cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LS?

With an average price of $58,200, a used 2016 Lexus LS costs about $17,000 less than a new 2018 LS. However, the LS is a redesigned model for 2018, and there are some considerable upgrades that may make the extra money worthwhile for some buyers. The 2018 LS comes with a twin-turbo V6 that puts out 30 more horsepower than the 2016 LS' naturally aspirated V8. The 2018 also swaps the eight-speed automatic transmission for a 10-speed, and its combined city/highway fuel economy rating is 4 mpg higher. The LS hybrid also drops its V8 for a V6, and though it loses about 80 horsepower, there is still ample power. The 2018 LS also handles better and is much more fuel-efficient (8 mpg combined city/highway) than the 2016.

The 2016 model has a bit more passenger space, but the 2018 has more features. The 2018 also has more standard equipment that was optional or unavailable in the 2016, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, and forward collision warning. New available features for 2018 include a Wi-Fi hot spot, side collision warning, front and rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, and a surround-view camera.

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If you're not convinced that a 2018 Lexus LS is worth the extra money over a 2016, then you'll probably feel the same way about other 2018 super luxury cars. All of the LS classmates cost more than the LS. For a similar price, you have to look at luxury large cars like the Cadillac CT6 and Lincoln Continental. Both of these models start lower than the average price of a 2016 LS.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus LS?

The LS has a J.D. Power reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, which is better than the reliability rating of every other super luxury car.

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2016 Lexus LS Recalls

There are currently no safety recalls on the 2016 Lexus LS.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus LS Is Best?

The 2016 Lexus LS is part of a generation that spans the 2013 through 2017 model years. The LS' infotainment system was updated here and there between 2013 and 2016, but changes were otherwise minimal. Therefore, you may be able to find similarly equipped 2014 and 2015 LS sedans with much lower prices.

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Which Used Lexus LS Model Is Right for Me?

Lexus offers the 2016 LS in three trim levels: the short-wheelbase LS 460, the long-wheelbase LS 460 L, and the hybrid LS 600h L. All models have a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and leather upholstery.

There are several packages that add even more features to meet your needs. The Comfort package adds heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats (AWD only), and a rear sunshade. The Ultra Luxury package adds a beverage cooler and heated, ventilated, and massaging rear seats. The Executive-Class Seating package (long-wheelbase only) adds a rear center console, a 9-inch DVD/Blu-ray screen, and power-operated ottoman leg rest for the rear passenger-side seat. The F Sport package (short-wheelbase only) adds larger brakes, F Sport seats, and an air suspension. Additional features like blind spot monitoring, a Mark Levinson sound system, and Advanced Pre-Collision safety features are available.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus LS Warranty

Even though the LS has a high reliability rating, you still may want to consider buying it as a certified pre-owned model. For its CPO vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

Lexus offers one of the best CPO programs on the market. Only Infiniti’s CPO program provides coverage at a level comparable to Lexus's program.

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How Safe Is the LS?

The LS wasn't put through many crash tests, but it earned a Good rating (the highest) in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's moderate overlap front test.

The 2016 LS 460 comes standard with a rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

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2016 Lexus LS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus LS or 2016 BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series was redesigned for 2016, and the overhaul added a lot of advanced technology. The 7 Series’ infotainment system is easier to use than the LS’. The BMW offers features like gesture control for the infotainment system, a tablet for rear-seat passengers, and hands-free parallel parking. The BMW strikes a better balance between ride quality and handling, and it delivers zippier acceleration with higher fuel economy. However, the Lexus has a higher reliability rating and a lower average price than the BMW. The 7 Series is the better luxury sedan, but it might not be the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus LS or 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets the benchmark for all luxury sedans. It outshines the LS with unequaled interior quality, a silkier ride, near-autonomous driving capabilities, and engines with muscle-car power. The catch is that used S-Class models are often much more expensive than comparable LS models.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus LS or 2016 Lexus GS?

The 2016 Lexus GS, a luxury midsize car, is a great alternative that gives you the refinement and features of the LS without the higher price tag. Both cars offer sterling reliability ratings, quality interiors, and the same advanced safety features. However, the GS has sportier handling and zestier performance, and it typically costs much less. While the GS lacks some of the LS’ luxuries – like massaging seats or retractable leg rests – it offers a lot of the same overall goodness for about $20,000 less.

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2016 LS Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus LS Drive?

The 2016 LS 460 features a 386-horsepower V8 engine in rear-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models come with the same engine making 360 horsepower. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The LS 600h (the LS hybrid) features a V8 engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 438 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard in the LS 600h.

The LS 460 accelerates briskly for its size. There’s plenty of oomph, with smooth power delivery. While the LS hybrid is more powerful, it doesn't have quite the same acceleration as the nonhybrid LS because of the added weight of the hybrid components.

Lexus prioritized comfort in the LS, and this luxury sedan delivers a smooth ride that soaks up road imperfections easily. However, that focus on comfort leaves the LS’ handling lagging behind some other cars in the class.

Does the 2016 Lexus LS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The LS gets subpar fuel economy for a super luxury car. It earns 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The LS hybrid doesn't fare much better, earning 19/23 mpg city/highway.

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2016 LS Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 LS Seat?

The 2016 LS seats five in its standard configuration. That drops to four with the Executive Class Seating package, which eliminates the rear middle seat. The front seats are spacious and accommodating, and the rear seats provide a tremendous amount of room, especially long-wheelbase models (which have an L designation in their name).

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus LS?

The LS has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the second-row outboard seats.

2016 Lexus LS Features

The 2016 LS 460 comes standard with a 12.3-inch infotainment display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a moonroof, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, Lexus Enform Remote smartphone integration, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

The LS' infotainment system can be complicated to use, and the Remote Touch controller is distracting and tricky to manipulate, especially when the car is moving.

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2016 Lexus LS Dimensions

Lexus LS Cargo Space

The nonhybrid 2016 LS provides 18 cubic feet of trunk space. That's more cargo space than some class rivals offer. The LS Hybrid provides just 10.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than you get in rival hybrids.

2016 LS Length and Weight

Depending on whether you get the standard or long-wheelbase model, the 2016 Lexus LS’s approximate length is either 16.5 or 17 feet long. The LS has a curb weight of 4,233 to 4,894 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus LS Built?

The 2016 Lexus LS was built in Tahara, Japan.

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