In their first year on the market, the Lexus LS introduced a new generation of luxury in the flagship sedan segment. This year, the 2019 Lexus LS 500 raises the standard again with the addition of new safety features, updated technology and a wider palette of available exterior and interior colors.
New Standard Features:
Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
Amazon Alexa and CarPlay functionality
Lexus Enform Remote (smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)
New Optional Features:
New Color: Satin Cashmere Metallic
For high power, scintillating performance and excellent fuel efficiency, Lexus designed an all-new 60-degree twin turbochargers 3.5-liter V6 engine specifically for the 2019 Lexus LS 500. The engine offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan: 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The engine’s long stroke, optimized 0.86 bore-to-stroke ratio, increased valve angle, straight intake ports and laser-clad intake valve seats developed using performance simulations based on F1 technology combine to yield world top-level high-speed combustion technology and thermal efficiency.
In RWD form, the 2019 Lexus LS 500 did a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. Perhaps more critical to driving enjoyment, though, is how Lexus tuned the engine and transmission to deliver instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the engine’s redline. The driver can tailor powertrain response and feel by choosing from Normal, Sport S or Sport S+ modes. Just enough of the exhaust note can be heard to enhance the car’s dynamic nature.
The 10-speed automatic transmission uses a torque converter, yet the shift times rival those of dual-clutch transmissions. The wide bandwidth afforded by 10 closely spaced ratios is ideal for all driving situations. These improvements, plus a resin plastic transmission oil pan, yield a 10-speed transmission weighing the same as the previous 8-speed gearbox.
The 2019 Lexus LS 500 features steering wheel shifter paddles. However, even drivers who might enjoy controlling gear shifts manually will be duly impressed by the automatic mode’s advanced electronic control system. The artificial intelligence transmission logic (AI-Shift Control) anticipates the driver’s input by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral-g forces to execute perfectly timed, ultra-quick shifts.
The available AWD system features a Torsen limited-slip center differential to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability. The torque distribution can vary from 31 percent front / 69 percent rear on dry roads to as much as 48 percent front / 52 percent rear on slick surfaces.
Aluminum block and cylinder heads, V6 twin turbo
Intake: VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent by Electric motor)
Exhaust: VVT-i(variable valve timing with intelligence)
3.5 liters / 3444 cc / 210.2 cu.in
Bore x Stroke
3.37 in. x 3.94 in. (85.5mm x 100mm)
10.476 : 1
416 hp @6000 rpm
442 [email protected] rpm
EFI (Electrical Fuel Injection), D-4ST (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior Version with Turbo)
95 RON / 91 AKI or higher
LEV Ⅲ-ULEV125, ULEV with OBD, Tier3 with OBD
Front engine, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Zero to 60 mph
5.3 sec (RWD)
5.3 sec (AWD)
5.2 sec (F Sport AWD)
13.8 sec @ 102.8 mph (RWD)
13.7 sec @ 103.0 mph (AWD)
FUEL ESTIMATED (MPG)
19 city/ 30 highway/ 29 combined
18 city/ 27 highway/ 21 combined
The 2019 Lexus LS 500 offers a choice of nine interior color schemes, plus two for the F SPORT (Black and Circuit Red). In addition, nine choices in interior trim are available, including the exclusive Naguri-style aluminum for the F SPORT. Nearly all elements are upholstery-wrapped, and a high level of craftsmanship has been applied even to the finer details, resulting in an elegant finish with a sense of depth. For example, the higher-grade seats feature quilting, and the perforation pattern on the F SPORT front seats has the same L-shaped mesh pattern as the car’s front grille.
A new approach to creating trim elements again turned to Japanese culture, combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with advanced manufacturing techniques. This is reflected in signature touches, such as beautiful interior ambient lighting inspired by Japanese Andon lanterns and armrests that appear to float next to the door panel.
Integrated into the 2019 Lexus LS 500 cabin is the next-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI), designed to mimic smartphone operation and supporting handwritten input. In addition to its 12.3-inch wide navigation display, the LS can incorporate an optional 24-inch color heads-up display (HUD) that projects a variety of information onto the driver’s forward view.
While making the cabin even more of a driver’s car, Lexus also optimized the LS as a car to be driven in, lavishing considerable attention to the rear seat. There are options for both heating and massage in addition to the Executive Package which adds a passenger-side seat which can be reclined up to 48 degrees, an angle chosen for its precise level of comfort while the vehicle is in motion.
74.8 in (mirrors folded)
57.1 in. (RWD)
57.5 in. (AWD)
Max Cargo Capacity
16.951 cu. ft. w/o rear cooler
15.538 cu ft w/rear cooler
4,751 lbs. (RWD)
4,938 lbs. (AWD)
5.7 in. (RWD)
5.4 in. (AWD)
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus LS 500 is a five passengers full-size luxury sedan. It comes in a single, well-equipped trim level with a handful of packages and stand-alone options. A hybrid version is reviewed separately.
Standard feature include 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, a sunroof, a hands-free trunk, power-closing doors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, a 12.3-inch central display, a navigation system, a trackpad-style interface, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lexus Enform services, Apple CarPlay and a 12-speaker audio system.
Standard driver aids include front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and automatic wipers.
The optional Interior Upgrade package adds leather upholstery with quilted stitching, 28-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated rear seats, among other items. The Luxury package adds a 28-way adjustable seat for the passenger, 18-way adjustable and reclining rear seats, four-zone climate control, power rear side sunshades, an armrest-mounted touchscreen controller for climate and seat functions, and rear-seat knee airbags.
The 2019 Lexus LS 500 with the F Sport package adds 20-inch wheels, larger brakes, a retuned suspension, unique styling trim, exclusive leather upholstery and 28-way power-adjustable sport front seats. With the F Sport package, you can also get a Performance package which adds variable gear-ratio steering and rear-wheel steering.
The Executive package adding butterfly rear headrests, individual climate control settings, heated and ventilated rear seats with massaging function, an extendable ottoman footrest for the right-side rear passenger and hand-pleated trim and stylized glass materials. The Safety System+ A package adds adaptive cruise and automatic steering that can detect and "trace" the path of the vehicle in front.
Stand-alone options include an adaptive air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, upgraded wood trim, a 24-inch head-up display and a premium 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
The 2019 Lexus LS 500 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $75,200, before $1,025 destination charge is added. The F Sport package is an extra $6,000, while all-wheel drive costs $3,220. These price are well below the German sedans such as the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.