Impeccably crafted and uniquely designed cabin; efficient engine choices; F Sport is shockingly rewarding to drive; more powerful and less expensive than competitors
Infuriating tech interface; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; no higher-performance engine options
The Lexus LS was completely redesigned for 2018.
You definitely don't "need" anything beyond the base trim level, which is exceptionally well-equipped. The F Sport package would be good to consider if you're seeking the most involving driving experience, while one of the three interior upgrade packages will be good if you plan on pampering guests (or being pampered yourself) in the backseat.
The 2018 Lexus LS is available as the LS 500 ($75,000) and the LS 500h hybrid ($79,510). Both are available with the option of all-wheel drive (AWD).
Standard equipment on every LS includes 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, auto door closer, hands-free power trunk lid, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and automatic reverse braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning system, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, proximity entry, push-button start and a sunroof.
Inside, you get dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated 16-way power seats, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, the Remote Touch infotainment system (12.3-in display, touchpad center console control), 4G LTE Wi-Fi, integrated navigation, USB ports, a 12-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio, a CD player and a media player interface.
The F Sport ($81,000) is LS 500 only. It gets special styling, suspension tuning, 20-in wheels and interior trim elements, plus 28-way sport seats and sport gauges. The Performance package adds to that variable gear ratio steering, active rear steering and active stabilizers.
The Interior Upgrade package adds quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery and interior trim, a 28-way power driver seat with massage, power front seatbelt buckles, Ultrasuede headliner and heated rear seats. The Luxury package adds all of that plus the matching 28-way power passenger seat, 18-way power-reclining rear seats with memory functions and knee airbags, 4-zone automatic climate control, power rear side sunshades and a 7-in touchscreen controller. The Executive package adds all of the above plus airplane-style "butterfly" headrests, heating and massaging added to the back seat and a power ottoman on the right-rear side. Special "Kiriko" glass trim can further be added to the Executive package.
Stand-alone options include a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, an adaptive air suspension, a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display and a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- It's more expensive than the LS, but that will be a common thread here. Nevertheless, the S-Class has long been the benchmark in this segment, and that's no different today. A powerhouse of technology and engineering.
2018 BMW 7 Series -- The 7 Series used to be the undisputed engaging-to-drive flagship sedan, but honestly, it's become more comfort-focused with this latest generation. Actually, it's a bit more like the LS used to be, while the LS has added more verve.
2018 Audi A8 -- This is the current-generation A8 (not the all-new one coming for 2019), but it still offers impressive interior quality, better tech than the Lexus and a surprisingly dynamic driving experience. Its conservative styling makes the LS seem almost otherworldly.
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- The initial depreciation hit on a Mercedes S-Class is enormous, so if you're attracted to it but scoff at paying so much, a used or certified pre-owned version could be a smart purchase.