For almost three decades, the Lexus LS ultra-luxury sedan was defined by its whisper-quiet powertrain, pampering ride, and rock-solid reliability. It epitomized luxury-car serenity and excellence.
The new, fifth-generation LS strays from this tradition by piling on complicated, distracting controls, significantly less cushy ride, and compromised seating. With its latest redesign, the LS has transformed into a high-tech showboat that may turn off loyal buyers and has abdicated its stress-free motoring niche to newcomers such as the Genesis G90 or freshly redesigned competitors like the Audi A8.
The new LS is longer, wider, and lower. Taken together, these new dimensions cut into the sedan's usable interior space, while hurting ease of access and limiting rear seat room.