2018 Lexus LS On Sale In February, Priced From $75,000

Even though Lexus unveiled their fifth-generation LS flagship all the way back in January, we’ve definitely had to wait a while to get any sort of first impressions for it, let alone pricing and specs.

Based on the automaker’s premium rear-wheel drive platform, the new LS is considerably larger than its predecessor, while logging around less weight and plenty more on-board tech and safety features.

Whether you go for the LS 500 (415 HP) or the LS 500h version (354 HP hybrid), you’ll be driving a car that’s capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5.5 seconds. The LS 500h needs 5.4 seconds to be precise, while the LS 500 in RWD configuration will manage 4.5 seconds.

If you want your luxury Japanese saloon to look like speed is constantly on its mind, the F Sport package is definitely the way to go. Not only does it provide handling enhancements, you also get exclusive 20″ alloys, larger front and rear brakes plus other chassis enhancements.

If you’ve got your eyes on the petrol-powered model and not the hybrid, you can also add the Performance Package on top of the F Sport pack, which in turn will land you Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Active Rear Steering and Active Stabilizer.

In terms of safety, the all-new Lexus LS was designed better handle the four main causes of traffic fatalities: accidents related to pedestrians, vehicle departures from roads, intersections and rear-end collisions.

“The LS is designed to be the top runner in advanced safety technologies,” said Lexus LS chief engineer Toshio Asahi. The new LS basically combines two advanced safety systems – the Lexus Safety System+ and Lexus Safety System+ A (Advanced). On the former, you get features such as Front PCS with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beam, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Alert.

With the Advanced package, you get all of the above plus Pedestrian Alert, Active Steering Assist, Front Lateral Side PCS, Lane Trace Assist, Front Cross-Traffic Alert and Road Sign Assist.

As for connectivity, the complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 app will allow users access to their favorite mobile applications using the vehicle’s center console display – apps such as NPR One, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Yelp. Thanks to the LS’ 4G LTE wi-fi, up to five devices can be connected. Also on offer is a 4 GB complimentary trail.

Speaking of complimentary, Lexus Enform Safety Connect is available for the first 10 years. Here, you get a functional Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification and Stolen Vehicle Notification. It’s a 24/7/365 service.

With a base price of $75,000 in the U.S., the all-new Lexus LS is cheaper to purchase than rivals such as the BMW 7-Series ($83,100) or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class ($89,900).


  • U8INIT

    This car is DOA IMO…

  • matrem

    Funnily enough, I saw one in this exact color scheme in the financial district in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if this is the car I saw.

    • William

      Probably. These aren’t on sale yet.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Those rear light lens look like they are squinting to see something.
    That front grille…..Lexus time for a design change, please!

  • G82FS

    Hideous, hard pass…

  • BlackPegasus

    Something seems off with these photos. I don’t remember this car looking as unremarkable as it appears in this crop of photos.

    • William

      You’re not the only one. In other pictures and even in person, the car is lower and wider. All these photos look horizontally compressed for some reason.

      • jaykit

        Good call. They are off. Look at the oval wheels in the side profile pic…

  • Kagan

    The front is ok but c-pilar is not at all reminds of maxima or something.

  • nastinupe

    This car looks way too GS-ish. The LS is supposed to look stately, not sporty. This is a big miss for Lexus.

  • sean tooher

    that side window profile around back door …. jesus christ ….

  • Vanquish

    Looking forward to this car its something different and unique.

  • Jay

    They should have repaired the front end before they took these photos…

  • Karl

    What a monstrosity!

  • paul

    This car is DOA IMO…

  • fabri99

    There are some very interesting design cues, but the overall result is just a big mess.

  • SteersUright

    What have they done to the LS?

  • Christian Wimmer

    From this angle the car looks very unflattering.

    Also, is the car here “raised”? As in is the suspension raised?


  • getoffme

    Whoever downloaded the photos is an idiot. Fix it.

  • Jweisberg

    The interior says luxury, the exterior doesn’t. Maybe it will look better in person, but this design is a major failure.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I saw it in real metal during an auto show. Lexus’ booth coincidentally just placed head to head with Mercedes’ booth which showed their S-Classes (“regular S-Class and the Maybach one). In my opinion, comparing directly almost side by side in person, the LS looked much fresher and sculptural than the S-Class, which (IMO) looked old already. Even the matrix in LS’ grille looks more intricate and artistic, and not as plain as the Merc’s. And its interior looked much more beautiful and elegant than in photo.

    And btw,(this is a bit out of conversation), I also saw the red LC500. It was truly the star of the exhibition. The LC was so gorgeous in real metal, outside and inside.

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