There are three LS models to choose from: the LS 500, LS 500 F Sport, and the hybrid LS 500h. The hybrid model uses a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine and two electric motors to produce 354 hp. Gas models use a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 producing 416 hp. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, but all-wheel-drive is available on all models. Only the hybrid has AWD by default.
In terms of features, every LS comes as standard with power-adjustable heated and ventilated seats, a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation. The F Sport gets LFA-inspired dials and sportier interior trim. The 500h adds a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and 20-inch noise-reduction wheels.
On the safety side, all models get forward collision detection with auto braking, blind-spot monitoring, low-light pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, all-speed adaptive cruise control, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist.
For the new model year, Lexus has streamlined the LS lineup in the USA. It now consists of the LS 500, LS 500 F Sport, and LS 500h. The gas models models are RWD as standard, while AWD adds $3,250 to the price. The price of a Lexus LS in 2022 looks as follows: The base LS 500 has an MSRP of $76,100, increasing to $79,700 for the F Sport. The price jump from the F Sport to the 500h hybrid is significant, with the latter costing $112,000. These prices exclude the destination charge of $1,075 and other miscellaneous fees.
Each LS comes with a long list of standard features, which we think is plenty. But if you have money to splurge and you want even more, there are a host of optional features available, although most are for the base model. The Interior Upgrade Package ($3,530) includes quilted-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather interior trim, a 28-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated rear seats, an Ultrasuede headliner, power front seatbelt buckles, and a wood- and semi-aniline trimmed center console. On the downside, this package requires further extras that raise the price by at least $4,980 in total.
The $11,935 Luxury Package adds power side-window sunshades, 18-way power-adjustable rear outboard seats with a reclining function, a seven-inch rear-seat touchscreen interface, and the contents of the Interior Upgrade package mentioned above. Unfortunately, the Luxury Package also requires numerous other extras that will raise the overall price of the car by a minimum of $17,000. This package isn't available to the F Sport.
At $16,855, the Executive Package is also available to the LS 500, aimed at rear-seat comfort and adding to the contents of the first two packages with a rear-seat ottoman, 22-way power-adjustable rear seats with seat heating and a massage function, and butterfly power-retractable headrests. Yet again, other compulsory extras must be bundled with this package - most notably the adaptive variable air suspension - increasing the price by over $25,000 in total. Exclusive to the base LS 500, the Executive Package with the stunning Kiriko Glass interior trim will set you back $22,855 on its own, minus other required extras.
For the F Sport, there's the $7,800 Dynamic Handling Package for RWD trims only, and adds variable gear-ratio steering, active stabilizers, and active rear steering. Other compulsory extras add up to a total cost of $10,000.
There are a few standalone options available, including the $1,220 24-inch color head-up display, the $1,940 Mark Levinson sound system, an $800 surround-view camera, and a panorama glass roof for $1,000.
The hybrid powertrain is unrefined, which rules it out for us. The F Sport model's firm ride spoils the LS's overall luxury feel, which leaves just the base model. That's fine by us. With prices starting at $76,100, you can splurge on quite a few big options before you get close to base S-Class money ($111,100). We'd add the Executive Package with Kiriko Glass inserts, which automatically adds the adaptive variable air suspension with rapid height function and a slew of luxury features. The total comes to $106,775 including the destination charge. That's still less than a base S-Class, but also a lot more car for the money.