In their first year on the market, the Lexus LS hybrid introduced a new generation of luxury in the flagship sedan segment. This year, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h 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:
Lexus Safety System+ A now includes Lane Change Assist (LCA)
White interior available on Luxury model with Mark Levinson
20-inch Vapor Chrome wheels available on Executive model
New Color: Satin Cashmere Metallic
The 2019 Lexus LS 500h Hybrid takes an entirely different approach than the previous model. The Multi Stage Hybrid System, which debuted in the LC 500h Coupe, combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators and uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. D-4S direct fuel injection and lightweight valvetrain components allow a 6,600-rpm redline, with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (Dual VVT-i) ensuring ample torque across the engine speed range. Combined system output of the internal combustion engine with the electric traction system is 354 hp.
The system is based on the electronically controlled planetary continuously variable transmission of Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive coupled to an all-new four-speed automatic gear set at the output stage. The two systems work together to expand the overall range of gearing and increase operation of the V6 engine across a wider speed range than previous hybrids.
In M mode, the two gearsets are controlled together to provide the effect of 10 ratios, giving the 2019 Lexus LS 500h a highly engaging driving feel and allowing the driver to shift through the ratios with paddle shifters. And with a 22.2-gallon fuel tank and 25/33/28 (city/highway/combined) manufacturer-estimated fuel economy, the LS 500h RWD has a range of over 600 miles, depending on driving conditions and habits.
HYBRID POWER SYSTEM
Series/parallel system with gas engine and electric motors
Total System Power
V6, aluminum block and cylinder heads
Intake: VVT-iW(variable valve timing with intelligence Wide)
Exhaust: VVT-i(variable valve timing with intelligence)
3.5 liters/ 3,456 cc / 210.9 cu. in
Bore x Stroke
3.70 x 3.27 in (94.0 mm x 83.0 mm)
13.0 : 1
295 HP @ 6,600 rpm
EFI (Electrical Fuel Injection), D-4S (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior)
95 RON / 91 AKI or higher
LEV III-SULEV30, SULEV with OBD, Tier3 with OBD
Motor Generator 1 Function
Primary generator, engine starter, controls engine speed
Permanent magnet motor
Motor Generator 2 Function
Drives rear wheels; regenerative braking
Permanent magnet motor
HYBRID BATTERY PACK
Front engine, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Multi Stage Hybrid Transmission
Zero to 60 mph
5.4 sec (AWD)
14.0 sec @ 99 mph
FUEL ESTIMATED (MPG)
25 city/ 33 highway/ 28 combined
23 city/ 31 highway/ 26 combined
The 2019 Lexus LS 500h offers a choice of nine interior color schemes. 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 500h cabin is the next-generation Remote Touch Interface, 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
15.185 cu. ft. w/o rear cooler
14.126 cu ft w/rear cooler
4,883 lbs. (RWD), 5,071 lbs. (AWD)
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a five passengers full-size luxury sedan. Its available in a single, well-equipped trim level with a handful of packages and stand-alone options. The gasoline-powered LC 500 version is reviewed separately.
Standard equipment highlights 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, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker audio system.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and automatic wipers.
An Interior Upgrade package adds leather upholstery with quilted stitching, 28-way power-adjustable driver 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 Executive package add 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, 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.
Other 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 $80,735 (including destination). These price are well below the German sedans such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.