Has Lexus Finally Cracked It With The New 2018 LS ?

If the all-new Lexus LS continues to do well in reviews, then cameos like the one it had in that Black Panther Super Bowl ad probably won’t be needed anymore.

Think for a moment about how many excellent choices await you in the full-size luxury saloon segment. It almost feels as though there isn’t a wrong pick to be made, not with automakers such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Jaguar around.

Yet, the Lexus LS has always stood out with its conservative but elegant design, excellent comfort, strong reliability and good resale value. The all-new car looks to build on that, while offering you a much more dynamic-looking product to play with.

After spending some time with the 2018 LS, Kelley Blue Book’s reviewer appreciated the car for its modern exterior and labelled its cabin “fresh, inviting and properly luxurious.” He was particularly impressed by the comfortable front and rear seats and overall attention to detail.

On the road, if you’re a stickler for straight line performance, you’re better off going with the regular LS500 model, as the electrified LS500h is slower to 60 mph (96 km/h) by half a second. Another downside to the hybrid is the considerably smaller trunk, which is to be expected in such a configuration.

The steering feel isn’t particularly sharp, so if that’s a priority, you might want to look at the Germans. Otherwise, you are likely to enjoy driving the 2018 LS, since it’s certainly quick enough and keeps body roll to a minimum.


  • ErnieB

    They cracked my iPhone screen .. it’s that ugly

  • TheBelltower

    Seriously? The side profile looks like a Camry/Avalon, with a nightmarish hunk of warped plastic hanging off the front.

  • Bash

    I afraid they didn’t.

    • PK

      i concur. you have competitors that’s the s class, the new a8 and 7 series. too much to overcome for lexus.

      • Bash


  • MarketAndChurch

    I will be surprised if this doesn’t win the luxury segment for world car of the year.

    • PK

      i won’t. that award is meant for the s class!

      • MarketAndChurch

        The S-class isn’t on the list this year because they only count new or refreshed cars and I think the S-class was refreshed for last year.

    • TheBelltower

      This isn’t 1989 anymore. And this isn’t good enough to coax people out of their Mercedes, BMWs, Panameras, Tesla S, or any of the other luxury sedans. Heck, I’d drive a CT6 over an LS.

      • MarketAndChurch

        The competitors for the luxury segment of the WCOTY award are the Audi A8, BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo, Lexus LS, Porsche Cayenne, and Porsche Panamera. I’m rooting for this and the A8, preferably the A8. The A6 Gran Turismo is a great “luxury” car, but I’m not sold on the Porsches, I think they should belong to the sport category. The CT6 doesn’t feel luxurious inside, it feels nice but it still feels too strongly like a GM product inside that you would find in a Buick or Chevrolet, especially that steering wheel.

        • Astonman

          Agree on the Cadillac CT6. Seems like they use cheaper materials on it than they did on the CTS

    • Liam Paul

      I would be surprised if that car does not crack most mirrors

  • Liam Paul

    ugly so no they havent

  • Jason Panamera

    I like the fact that’s pretty different from our German friends. Dunno what to think about touchpad controller, never used. Overall I’d pick that over new A8 or bigger 5 series( i mean 7 series).

  • FoxJ30

    It doesn’t seem like serious competition for the big three Germans, especially not the mighty S class. But it might be ‘best of the rest,’ meaning it should be better than the (old) Jaguar XJ, (ancient) Infiniti M70L, and (underperforming) Maserati Quattroporte.

    And I’m glad they redid it, but it seems like the Germans have gone through two generations in the same time it took Lexus to go through one (2007-2017 model years? do I have that right?).

  • Emoto

    I know that Lexus has a following. I know that they are nice cars. But… I just can’t ever get past the looks. Where do the people who style these things come from? Is it on Earth? I would like to see other things that they consider nice looking.

  • Ben

    One word: ugly. This car is unbelievably ugly — it will die a fast death in the US luxury market. The car it looks most like? A Honda Civic that’s been stung by bees. Not exactly the look that the luxury market is going for.

  • nauticalone Ed

    Beautiful interior design. Terrible exterior design!

  • PK

    but compare to the germans? no just no.

  • Astonman

    That interior is real nice. The back seat is where I’d want to be at. Their design is vastly different than the others. Has more curves and less clutter. They took more chances in it’s design and didn’t do what others are doing. It would be interesting to sit back to back to back with the other manufactures to see the difference. I compared it to the Cadillac CT6 available at the Pebble Beach Concourse and it blew the Cadillac away by a far margin.

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