2018 Lexus LS


$51,968 - $57,836

2018 Lexus LS Interior Review


Interior: 8.5

The attractive, distinctive 2018 Lexus LS feels like more than just another luxury vehicle. High-end materials abound, and Lexus’ attention to detail is impressive. Both rows of seats are comfortable, though some competitors’ seats are roomier. The somewhat frustrating infotainment system is the lone blemish of an impressive and lengthy features list. Trunk space is typical for the class in the standard LS and slightly below average in the LS Hybrid.

  • "All major surfaces are soft-touch and primary contact points such as the sides of the console and door armrests are generously padded. The armrests, which Lexus says were inspired by its favorite armchairs, are backlit with small LEDs reminiscent of theater-aisle lighting and appear to be free standing from the doors. Soft overhead lighting is suggestive of Japanese Andon lamps." -- New York Daily News
  • "Mixed materials work well together and include wood, leather and metal. Armrests use a 'floating' design, adding another layer of quality and detail." -- Left Lane News
  • "Overall, we quite like the design of the LS' cabin – it's unique and forward-looking without feeling gimmicky. But what's even more impressive is the LS' quality of materials and attention to detail. Every surface you can lay your hands on wouldn't feel out of place in a vehicle double the LS' price. Even the LS' A-pillars, an area an owner will never touch, are padded and covered in premium fabric." -- Left Lane News


The Lexus LS seats five people and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. The LS also features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

An incredible number of seating features are available, including upgraded leather upholstery, 28-way power-adjustable front seats, front sport seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 22-way power-adjustable rear seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, reclining rear seats (with an ottoman), massaging front and rear seats, and a built-in rear-seat refrigerator/cooler. There’s also a feature Lexus calls Relaxation Rear Seats, which uses a system of air bladders to strategically apply heat across your shoulders and lower back.

The front seats are a nice place to spend time. Though they aren’t expansive, they have plenty of head- and legroom. Super luxury cars are often judged by their rear seats, however, and this Lexus mostly fares well in that regard. The back seats have plenty of legroom (though some competitors have more), but headroom can get tight for taller people. The real key to the rear seats is the lengthy list of available upgrades, which truly makes the LS feel like a luxury vehicle.

  • "If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury and comfort, look no further than the LS' rear seat. Like the LS' front seats, the rear seats can be equipped with things like ventilation and massaging air bladders, but they also benefit from more leg room (the front passenger's seat can be moved all the way forward by the rear-seat passenger) and power sunshades all around." -- Left Lane News
  • Inside, there's more rear-seat legroom than before, but the S-Class and BMW 7 Series have the Lexus beat in this measurement. Despite that, if you're coming from a previous-gen LS or GS, the rear-seat space in the 2018 LS might impress those who refuse to look beyond the Lexus dealership." -- Motor Trend
  • Front headroom and legroom are 'good' rather than 'great,' while in back, legroom is ample but headroom might get tight for those over 6-feet tall, and a massive center tunnel intrudes on a center passenger's foot space." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features in the LS include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a moonroof, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, navigation, and the Remote Touch Interface, which responds to smartphone-style inputs and includes handwriting recognition.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, Lexus' Enform Remote (which lets you start the car, lock and unlock the doors, and control climate settings from your phone), a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 7-inch touch screen in the rear seat.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, and forward collision warning.

Available active safety features include a 24-inch head-up display, pedestrian alert (which can detect the direction a pedestrian is walking in), side collision warning, front and rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, traffic sign recognition, active steering assist (which automatically controls steering and braking in some situations), lane trace assist (which "traces" the path of the vehicle ahead of you in case there aren’t road lines), and a surround-view camera.

The redesigned LS has no shortage of tech features, and some of them are quite good. At the top of the list is the available 24-inch head-up display, which puts all the information you might need easily within your line of sight. However, the infotainment system is more complicated than many rivals’ systems, and the touchpad controller can be frustrating to use. Adjusting settings can also be tedious, particularly if you’re doing so while on the go.

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  • "The LS carries on the Lexus tradition of having one of the more complex infotainment systems out there. The dashboard screen is not a touchscreen; rather, you move a cursor around its surface via a small console-mounted touchpad, which makes many seemingly simple and common functions overly tedious to execute, including some for the climate system. While most high-end vehicles with lots of features suffer similarly, we find those with dashboard touchscreens to be less cumbersome." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The LS gets the best HUD I've seen yet, at 24 inches wide and 6 inches high, this full color display appears to hang in the air just above the hood. It shows the car's speed, the speed limit, tachometer, route guidance and adaptive cruise control information." -- CNET
  • Although more refined than previous versions, we still found the [Enform infotainment] system tricky to operate with less-than-intuitive menus. Making matters worse, the LS isn't capable of running Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, so you're stuck with what Lexus gives you. We do at least like some of the trackpad's features – you can pinch-to-zoom on maps and a simple swipe on the pad can adjust the intensity of things like the cooled seats or massaging function." -- Left Lane News


The LS has 16.9 cubic feet of trunk space (15.5 cubic feet with the rear cooler). Hybrid models have 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space (14.1 with the rear cooler). The hybrid is short on space compared to other super luxury cars, but the nonhybrid LS has an average-sized trunk for the class. Either way, you’ll have to make do with that space, as the rear seats don’t fold down to provide room for larger items. A hands-free power trunk lid comes standard, making the trunk easy to open even if your hands are full.

  • Though the trunk is reasonably large and has a foot-activated power trunklid as standard, it offers very little underfloor storage space, the sickle-shaped trunklid hinges – though covered – intrude on cargo space, and notably, the rear seat backs don't fold to expand the cargo area." -- Consumer Guide

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