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Lexus LS

Overall Score
Lexus LS 2018 sedan
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
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The redesigned 2018 Lexus LS brings high tech and more dynamic styling. Available with rear or all-wheel drive, the standard drivetrain is an all-new twin-turbo 416-hp, 3.5-liter V6 coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which delivers power smoothly. A hybrid is also available. Handling is responsive, with less body roll and quicker steering than in past generations. But the ride is also less plush, particularly on the low-profile tires. An air suspension is optional and keeps the Lexus steady and composed. The cabin is nicely trimmed and luxurious, although the artistic touches may not appeal to everyone. More importantly, the controls are extremely convoluted and frustrating. Lexus has gone gadget crazy, compromising its former elegant simplicity to shift the LS away from a relaxing, first-class motoring experience.
All Ratings & Reliability
2013 Redesign Year
Lexus LS 2017
Updates for 2013 freshening included updated styling, a revised dashboard and suspension tweaks for more responsive handling, while preserving the creamily serene ride. The LS remains a terrific highway cruiser and yet it won't completely disappoint if it's occasionally hurried. The Lexus LS sets a benchmark for soothing luxury motoring, providing a cosseting and isolating environment in a very spacious cabin. Even though this generation's 4.6-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission date back to the 2007 makeover, the powertrain remained a paragon of response and smoothness. The biggest change was the move to more complicated controls, including a mouse-like controller that moves around a giant center dashboard screen. This represents a step backward compared to the relative simplicity of the previous touchscreen system.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A
2015 $42,050 - $47,500 $36,250 - $40,750
2014 $35,775 - $51,200 $30,340 - $44,250
2013 $30,800 - $41,825 $25,635 - $36,010
2007 Redesign Year
Lexus LS 2012
The 2007 redesign didn't change the LS formula much. It remained more of a luxury liner than a driver's car. With that said, engines grew in displacement and an eight-speed automatic transmission became standard, which was the first ever application to a passenger car. Hybrid, all-wheel drive, and long-wheelbase versions are available. Other options include a pre-collision system with radar-based cruise control, a 19-speaker stereo with an eight-gigabyte hard drive, cooled rear storage, a reclining rear seat with massage, leg rests and rear seat heaters. The end result is a supremely pampering car that isolates its occupants and is fuss-free in every way. 
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $22,400 - $33,075 $17,845 - $27,900
2011 $19,550 - $25,725 $15,215 - $21,075
2010 $17,575 - $22,000 $13,415 - $17,700
2009 $15,275 - $19,275 $11,305 - $15,090
2008 $14,175 - $17,325 $10,240 - $13,180
2007 $12,675 - $13,275 $8,935 - $9,435
2001 Redesign Year
Lexus LS 2006
The Lexus flagship is a sedate freeway cruiser, filled with luxury features, and glides comfortably over bumps. One of the best-scoring luxury sedans we've ever tested, the powertrain is especially refined. All seating positions are extremely comfortable and options include heated and massaging power-reclining rear seats. Handling is sound, but don't confuse this with a luxury sports sedan. Body lean is pronounced, but ride is exceptionally smooth and the car is extremely quiet. Unlike most of its luxurious competitors, controls are very user-friendly. Nicely illuminated gauges are clear, the audio system is logical and the touchscreen voice-activated navigation system is easy to use. The Lexus LS is a true benchmark luxury sedan. For 2001 the V8's displacement swelled to 4.3 liters and the car was renamed the LS430.
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2006 N/A N/A
2005 N/A N/A
2004 N/A N/A
2003 N/A N/A
2002 N/A N/A
2001 N/A N/A
Lexus LS 2000
Lexus's flagship LS400 is one of the world's finest luxury sedans. It is super quiet, glides comfortably over bumps, and is filled with luxury features. The LS emphasizes quietness and road isolation with a long list of comfort and convenience features. All seating positions are extremely comfortable, and some models offer optional heated, massaging, power-reclining rear seats. The highway ride is cushy and relaxed. Handling is sound, but not particularly agile. Body lean in corners is pronounced. Stability control became standard for 1999. Unlike most of its competitors, the controls are user-friendly.
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2000 N/A N/A