The flagship legend more than holds its ground.
The latest generation Lexus LS arrived for the 2017 model year and received a mild facelift in 2021. That hasn't stopped the Japanese luxury brand from updating its flagship sedan once again. The 2022 LS has arrived with several updates, none of which are visible from the outside. The LS is not a sports sedan but that doesn't mean it can't be fun to drive.
That's why Lexus has re-tuned the suspension and chassis with revised spring and damper rates. The front and rear anti-roll bars have also been optimized. Engineers adjusted the Adaptive Variable Suspension with revised linear solenoids and control valves. Also, the available ride-height-adjustable air suspension has received a few tweaks.
Equally important, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 now comes standard on all trims. This safety suite consists of advanced systems like pre-collision, automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beams, and road sign assist. Buyers will appreciate the fact that the 23-speaker Mark Levinson Audio System is now optional on the base model; they'll no longer have to purposely go up the trim ladder just to get the system.
For models equipped with the Luxury or Executive packages, there's a new hand-applied Haku door trim. Haku foil is an ultra-thin piece of metal whose construction technique dates back over 400 years to ancient Japan.
There are no changes under the hood for 2022, meaning the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque remains. The 10-speed automatic transmission has been re-calibrated for improved power band response. A hybrid powertrain is optional as well. A total of nine exterior colors are on offer, including Ultra White, Eminent White Pearl, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, and Nightfall Mica.
Pricing begins at $76,000 for the LS 500 RWD and ranges up to $82,850 for the F Sport AWD. There's also a $1,075 destination fee. Sales are expected to get underway shortly, if not already.