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.
Lexus LS Road Test

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.

Best Version to Get
Buyers can get an LS with all-wheel-drive in the mid-$80,000 range. Among the several option packages, we would get the Interior Upgrade Pack for the suede headliner and rear heated seats. The optional Luxury package is also appealing. It adds a 28-way power front passenger seat, 18-way power rea...
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