2021 Lexus LS 500

MSRP range: $76,000 - $82,850
5 out of 5 stars(1)
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2021 Lexus LS 500 videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm standing next to the all new Lexus LS 500. This is the fifth generation LS. Now, this all started in 1989 when Lexus set the automotive world on its head with the first LS. It was groundbreaking. No one really had the audacity to think that a Japanese company could, number one, create a luxury brand. And number two, create something that was so good. Now, this one isn't nearly as groundbreaking. It's more an evolution. But there are some really good bits about this. And there's a few that I could do without as well. So let's go take a look. To be perfectly honest, I haven't been a big fan of the Lexus spindle grill. However, on this new LS, it does seem to work much better. I like the sculpting. I like all the bevelling. It's aggressive. It's slightly sporty. It's not trying too hard in some ways. Maybe the grill is a little too horsey still. But there is a lot of detail there. And there's a certain elegance to it as well. Like a lot of luxury vehicles out there, you have a power trunk lid. And it's hands free, as long as you have the key in your pocket. Now, the trunk, it's not as big as some of the luxury flagship sedans I've seen out there. But it will certainly hold all your stuff. There are some nice cutouts behind the wheel arches that will definitely get two full sized golf bags in. Now, you also have the button up here, like you normally do with all power trunk lifts to close it. But it's the same operation. That's convenient. So the interior of the LS 500 is really well done. The design has a lot of organic flowing shapes. But it's not overly done. Materials' quality throughout is really quite good as well. So as you'd expect from a flagship luxury sedan, the ride quality is really nice and compliant and smooth. It's fairly quiet. I do hear some road noise. But it's not that big of a problem. And you have the selector up here for the different normal sport modes and custom modes, rather than down here. So you could just kind of adjust it on the fly, rather than having to look down and get distracted that way. The one bummer though is they're still using this trace pad. Now, they're using the latest version of the trace pad, that they have in the LC 500, but even that, it's probably one of the worst systems, quite honestly, to use for infotainment. It's fine if you're parked. But when you're moving, it just takes a lot of effort to make sure you're on the right hotspot here and they're just kind of bouncing all over the place. Really, truly I wish they would just go to a regular touch screen, or even the knob that all the Germans are using. As far as seat comfort is concerned, they're pretty firmly padded. They're not too cushiony and pillowy. So it feels a little bit like an Audi in that way. There's not a lot of side bolstering. But one cool thing about the side bolstering is, when you put it in park, it sort of dips down, so you don't have to climb over it. So I'm on this curving valley road here. I can feel a little bit of body roll, but it's kind of what you'd expect from any luxury sedan. Throw it in sport plus mode and it dials way way back. But then, it also starts stiffening up the ride. And the steering also wakes up in the sport modes. You have manual control over the transmission, if you need it. But as I was driving this tight, twisty road in, I was surprised, and impressed, by how smartly it was downshifting as I was hitting the brakes and going into a turn. I had the opportunity open a few times and kind of carve through a few fun turns. And I can say, yes, this is actually kind of fun to drive. I'm not a fan of the engine noise. My guess is that it's being piped in through the speakers. I'll have to verify that. But it's a little too loud for my taste, especially for such a big luxury sedan. Earlier, I drove the hybrid LS 500H. and I was actually quite impressed by it. It was responsive and it had plenty of passing power. The brakes also felt like a typical car, not so much a hybrid, where you get a little softness and a little lack of feel and response. It was just fine. So because of that, I wouldn't be too surprised to see the hybrid lead for sales. In front of me, I have a really, really big head up display. I've got navigation. I've got some of the safety features, as well as the driver assistance in the middle. It's tack sharp. And visually, it looks like it's half a foot in from of the nose of the car. So focus wise, it's really easy to read and the alerts will pop up right in your vision. Easily one of the better head up displays. So here I am in the backseat of the LS 500. And this one is optioned with the executive rear seat, so a lot more comfort to be had back here. However, much like the infotainment system up front, the one back here is about as easy to use, which is not quite a good thing. In any case, just demonstrate for you right now, that you can fold the front seat all the way forward, the headrest tucks in, and it all starts moving forward like that. And you just have a ton of leg room. You have this ottoman that will come out, nice little leg rest. So really and truly, you have a level of luxury back here that would be akin to, let's say, business class before they went to the fold flat sleeper beds. Now, you can still recline quite a bit. It'd be pretty easy to doze off back here like this. So you do have all the climate control stuff back here, ventilated seats, heated seats, a full body massage, full body refresh. Now, it's not like an aggressive shiatsu massage or anything. It's a nice rolling action. And you have the same functions in the front seats. There's the rear sunshade. There's my sunshade. Under here, two USB ports. That's pretty good. Decent size cup holders. And materials' quality, it's just like the front, impeccable. So with Mark Levinson surround sound system option, you even have some speakers up in the headliner. And these speakers are just kind of everywhere. It's an all enveloping system. And it sounds amazing. If you're an audiofile, in my opinion, this is one of the better ones. So those are my initial impressions of the all new Lexus LS 500. In terms of price, it sits just above the new offerings from Genesis, especially the G90. However, it's quite a bit less than the typical German flagships, like the Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class, and BMW 7 series. It is a marked improvement when it does come to performance. This thing is actually quite fun to drive. My recommendation is the hybrid. You get better fuel economy, obviously, and very little sacrifice as a result. For more information on the Lexus LS 500, as well as all of its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. 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2018 Lexus LS 500 Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Lexus LS 500, but since the 2021 Lexus LS 500 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Is the Lexus LS 500 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 LS 500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus LS 500 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the LS 500 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the LS 500 has 17.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus LS 500. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lexus LS 500:

  • Retuned suspension improves ride comfort and refinement
  • Small engine tweaks increase efficiency
  • Minor interior changes, including extra seat padding, and revised controls
  • Part of the fifth LS generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Lexus LS 500 reliable?

To determine whether the Lexus LS 500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the LS 500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the LS 500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Lexus LS 500 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lexus LS 500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 LS 500 and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 LS 500 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Lexus LS 500?

The least-expensive 2021 Lexus LS 500 is the 2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $76,000.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $76,000
  • F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $79,600
  • 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $79,250
  • F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $82,850
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What are the different models of Lexus LS 500?

If you're interested in the Lexus LS 500, the next question is, which LS 500 model is right for you? LS 500 variants include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of LS 500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Lexus LS 500 Overview

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is offered in the following submodels: LS 500 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). Lexus LS 500 models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 416 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 10-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 LS 500 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 LS 500.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 LS 500 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Lexus LS 500?

2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $83,725. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $877 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $877 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $82,848.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 1% below the MSRP.

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2021 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

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We are showing 1 2021 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Lexus LS 500s are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Lexus LS 500?

2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 10-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2021 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 10-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2021 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 10-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
21 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/27 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG22
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume116.4 cu.ft.
Wheelbase123.0 in.
Length206.1 in.
Height57.0 in.
Curb Weight4696 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Lexus LS 500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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