2019 LS 500 New Car Test Drive
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..
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..