2017 Lexus LS

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2017 Lexus LS Review

The 2017 Lexus LS has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating and low ownership costs. However, it can’t match the handling and horsepower of most rivals, and its interior isn’t quite as luxurious, either.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.8
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Near-perfect reliability rating
  • Low ownership costs for the class
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Dull handling

2017 Lexus LS Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus LS a Good Used Car?

The 2017 LS 460 coddles passengers in cushioned comfort, making it a good super luxury car for those who prioritize ride quality over handling ability. This is a highly competitive class, however, and there are simply more luxurious models that offer sportier road manners. The LS also has a frustrating infotainment system that can be distracting to use while driving.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 21 professional evaluations for this 2017 Lexus LS 460 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Lexus LS?

There are more than 40 listings on our site for the 2017 LS range. Prices range from about $54,000 to $72,200, and the average price is about $66,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus LS Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus LS 460 are estimated to be about $37,642, which is just a tick above average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LS?

The redesigned 2018 Lexus LS has a starting price of $75,000, which exceeds the 2017 LS’ price range. However, the redesigned model has a new 416-horsepower twin-turbo V6 with, which is much stronger and more fuel efficient than the 2017’s 386-horsepower V8. Gas mileage jumps from an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the 2017 LS to 19/30 mpg city/highway for the 2018 LS. The 2018 LS is also nimbler and more comfortable, and its back seat has 3 more inches or legroom. If you can fit it in your budget, the 2018 LS is the better choice.

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No direct rivals have a starting price equal to the average price of a 2017 LS, though you may want to consider highly rated new luxury large cars like the 2018 Audi A7. It starts at $69,700, and it has better fuel economy than the LS, and it comes standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot. The 2018 Genesis G90 has more passenger space and added safety features like lane departure warning and lane keep assist. Pricing for the G90 starts at $68,350.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus LS Is Best?

The 2017 LS is part of a generation that was last redesigned for 2013, and there have been few changes through the years. The 2014 LS introduced Siri Eyes Free, which allows you to use voice commands to operate your mobile devise when attached to the car’s audio system, became available. The 2015 LS received an updated navigation system, and for 2016, Lexus updated the infotainment system. You can save a great deal of money with an earlier model. There were no changes for 2017, so the 2016 LS is a good place to start. It’s nearly identical to the 2017 model but costs less on average.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus LS?

The 2017 Lexus LS has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus LS Recalls

There are no open recalls for the 2017 LS as of this writing.

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Which Used Lexus LS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 LS comes in three trims: LS 460 (base), LS 460 L, and LS 460 F Sport. The base trim is the best bet for many buyers. It includes features like a 12.3-inch display with navigation, the Lexus Enform App Suite, a 10-speaker premium sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, the Lexus Remote Touch controller, steering wheel-mounted controls, and voice commands.

The LS 460 L is five inches longer than the LS trim and adds a power rear sunshade and a power trunk lid. There’s also an available rear-seat entertainment package that’s available exclusively in the LS 460 L.

Aside from its unique exterior styling, the F Sport models gets you performance features like an adaptive variable air suspension, two additional driving modes, paddle shifters, bolstered sport seats, aluminum pedals, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, Brembo front brakes, and – for rear-wheel-drive models – a torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus LS Warranty

Even with its almost-perfect predicted reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned 2017 Lexus LS. Lexus’ CPO program is one of the best among luxury brands, according to our analysis. 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 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully for complete details.

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How Safe Is the LS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed the moderate front overlap test on the 2017 LS and evaluated its head and seat restraints. In both areas, it earned the top score of Good. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2017 Lexus LS 460.

The Lexus LS 460 comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available features include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Lane keep assist and a driver attention monitor system are available only in the LS 460 L.

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2017 Lexus LS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus LS or 2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class?

The 2017 LS costs a lot less to own than the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but otherwise, the S-Class outperforms the 2017 LS in every way. The Mercedes has a more potent turbocharged V8 engine that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The S-Class handles like a smooth and confident cruiser, and its interior is supremely comfortable. This flagship Mercedes also has excellent technology features, including dual 12.3-inch infotainment screens.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus LS or 2017 Genesis G90

The full-size 2017 Genesis G90 is a luxury large car, but it has more rear-seat passenger space than even the extended-wheelbase LS 460 L. The base G90 comes with more standard active safety features, including lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention alert system, pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, and automatic high beams. It also has a haptic-feedback steering wheel, which will vibrate when you have safety alerts. The G90 costs less in most cases, yet it gives you everything the LS offers and more.

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2017 LS Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus LS Drive?

The Lexus LS 460 is a cruiser at heart, and you will be disappointed with it if you are looking for a sport-tuned canyon carver. The LS F Sport gets closest to that idea, but it can't match its dynamic European rivals. Still, this Lexus does what it supposed to do, and that’s shuttle you in upscale style and supreme comfort. The LS comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available.

The LS’ 386-horsepower V8 has more than enough get-up-and-go for the average driver. You will rarely find a driving situation where the LS lacks power. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

Does the 2017 Lexus LS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base LS 460 RWD has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. AWD diminishes the highway estimate to 23 mpg, which is one of the lowest estimates in the class.

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2017 LS Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 LS Seat?

The Lexus LS 460 seats five. There’s plenty of space in the LS’ comfortable cabin, and with 35.8 inches of rear legroom, you should hear few complaints from your back-seat passengers.

Heated front seats and leather upholstery are standard. Heated outboard rear seats, power-adjustable outboard rear seats with memory settings, two-way power lumbar support, rear lumbar massage, cooled front and rear seats, and upgraded leather upholstery.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus LS?

The Lexus LS 460 has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. The lower anchors are obscured by the stiff leather seats, making them hard to access and attach.

2017 Lexus LS Features

The LS’s Remote Touch infotainment system comes with a 12.3-inch display, a touchpad joystick controller, Bluetooth for phone calls and audio streaming, USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus' Enform app suite, and Enform Safety Connect.

The Remote Touch system is not as intuitive or user-friendly as rival infotainment systems. The confusing menu structure makes it difficult to find the screen or setting you want. The touchpad controller manipulates an on-screen cursor, which might work for a laptop, but it’s too sensitive and distracting to use while driving.

A 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround audio system is available in all trims. Exclusive to the L body style is an available rear-seat entertainment system that includes a center-mounted 9-inch screen with a Blu-ray player and two sets of wireless headphones.

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2017 Lexus LS Dimensions

Lexus LS Cargo Space

There is 18 cubic feet of cargo space in the LS.

2017 LS Length and Weight

From front to back, the standard-wheelbase LS 460 measures at 16.7 feet, and the long-wheelbase model is 17.1 feet.

The standard model has a curb weight ranging from 4,233 pounds to 4,675 pounds, while the L’s weight goes from 4,277 to 4,895 pounds. The standard LS has a gross vehicle weight rating from 5,413 to 5,678 pounds, while the extended-wheelbase’s GVWR goes from 5,491 to 5,788 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus LS Built?

Lexus manufactured the 2017 LS 460 in Japan.

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