2019 Lexus LS 500 Reviews

2019 LS 500 New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The 2019 LS sedan delivers on all the promises Lexus made when the luxury division was new in 1990. Today's flagship four-door is powered by a new twin-turbo V-6, is supremely comfortable, and is built to an exceptional standard. 

For 2019 the only changes are new 20-inch wheels and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa to infotainment. 

The 2019 LS has three distinct personalities: the luxurious LS 500 in rear- or all-wheel drive, the high-performance LS 500 F Sport, and the hybrid LS 500h. 

The LS 500 commands attention with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 416 horsepower mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LS 500h uses a different V-6 paired to lithium-ion batteries and electric motors, making a combined 354 horsepower. 

Fuel economy is strong for a full-size luxury sedan. The EPA rates the LS 500 at 19 city, 30 highway, 23 combined for rear-wheel-drive models, with all-wheel drive getting about 2 less mpg. The rear-drive hybrid LS 500h gets 5 more mpg, at 25/33/28 mpg, while all-wheel drive again drops that by 2 mpg. Both engines require premium fuel.

The LS hasn't been crash-tested by either the NHTSA or the IIHS, but standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Lineup

Standard equipment on the 2019 LS 500 includes power adjustable leather seats, navigation, a 12-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB, and 19-inch wheels. The Executive package adds a regally trimmed rear seat.

The F Sport adds distinct styling features, unique 20-inch wheels, 28-way power sport seats, and aluminum trim and pedals.

Notable options include a 2,400-watt Mark Levinson audio system with 23 speakers.

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