The current LS strays from its historic place as the embodiment of stress-free, comfortable motoring by piling on complicated controls, a less cushy ride, and compromised seating.
Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the standard drivetrain is a 416-hp, 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
But despite good measured acceleration times, the car doesn't impart a powerful impression because of some hesitation at low speeds.
The wide car is too bulky to feel nimble.
The optional air suspension keeps the Lexus steady, but bumps punch through more often than they should.
The cabin is nicely trimmed and luxurious, but the controls are extremely convoluted and frustrating, and it can take several steps to perform simple tasks.
The LS comes standard with a suite of active safety systems.