Now in its 5th generation, the Lexus LS 500 is everything a luxury sedan should be. Long, powerful, and loaded with features to pamper everyone on board.
Our review car has the no-extra-cost F-sport package. It includes 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes, and adaptive suspension.
This one also has optional all-wheel-drive. A rear-wheel drive is standard.
So here is the polarizing part of the LS 500, the grill. Some say it’s daringly different. Others say it’s simply ugly. I’ll let you decide.
The real beauty is inside, where sweeping lines and quality materials abound. I especially like the floating- style arm rests.
Perforated seats adjust 28 ways, including an extendable bottom cushion.
Overall the layout is great, with easy-to-read gauges, and a wide video display.
The transmission is a 10-speed.
The touchpad controller is clumsy, and carplay and android are not available.
Auto-emergency braking, lane assist, and four driving modes are standard.
Row two is just as comfortable and spacious as you would imagine. The trunk is also impressively large.
Only one engine is offered, a twin-turbo 3.5 liter V-6 with 416 horsepower for good acceleration. A hybrid is available.
On the road, the LS 500 is whisper quiet, and despite its size and weight, it handles pretty well.
So for the 2019 Lexus LS 500, I say thumbs up to the luxury, roomines, and good power.
Thumbs down to the polarizing styling.