2020 Lexus LS 500

What’s new

  • New Inspiration Series model, limited to 300 units in the U.S.
  • Safety System+ A package renamed Advanced Safety package
  • Part of the fifth LS generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Library-quiet at all speeds on all roads
  • Ride quality remains soft, supple and impervious to bad asphalt
  • The interior features world-class build quality and artful materials
  • Touchpad-based infotainment is clever but distracting on the road
  • In general lack of sportiness, it cedes advantage to some German rivals
  • Gas pedal doesn't feel very responsive
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2020 Lexus LS 500 Review

Two years after its comprehensive redesign the Lexus LS is still quite the head turner. But the futuristic look doesn't stop with the sculpted sheet metal. Inside, the LS pushes the luxury car boundaries with intricate wood inlays and even cut glass inserts. But don't let the futuristic look make you think this LS is anything other than a traditional Lexus: smooth, silent and exceedingly comfortable.

In addition to the myriad standard luxury features, the LS can be equipped with extras like a 24-inch head-up display, 28-way power adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof and even rear seats with 22-way adjustability with heating and ventilation. More traditional luxury car amenities, such as an excellent audio system, air suspension and all-wheel drive can also be added.

Lexus isn't the only manufacturer to take the luxury sedan seriously. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been the benchmark of the segment while BMW's legendary 7-Series offers a more modern bent and Porsche's Panamera has the performance bases covered. But while the Lexus LS doesn't offer the same power and performance options, it is unique and built to the same high quality standards.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.6 / 10
The Lexus LS continues to impress with exquisite cabin materials and world-class luxury features. It falters, though, with tight headroom and an atrocious touchpad interface. In a segment where smoothness is the name of the game, those are big missteps that buyers might not tolerate.

How does it drive?

7.0
Most will find that performance is perfectly adequate for a large luxury sedan. The chassis ably controls body roll at moderate speeds. Even with the car loaded with five passengers, acceleration is swift. Unfortunately, the transmission is slow to downshift when you want more power.

The LS 500 isn't terribly sporty, and hustling it around too many back-to-back corners can make you and your passengers queasy. Body lean manifests immediately upon entering a turn with speed, but it's not excessive for this kind of vehicle. The F Sport model might be more appropriate for spirited drivers.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
This class prioritizes comfort above all else, and the LS is no different. The outboard seats offer a wide range of adjustment, in addition to heating, ventilation and a massage function. The ride only feels floaty on undulating surfaces. Otherwise, the suspension soaks up all road imperfections.

Seven power sunshades and a multitude of vents work in concert to keep heat from radiating into the cabin. That's a good thing since the seat ventilation isn't particularly powerful. The same goes for seat and steering wheel heating. The rear seats get heated massaging elements.

How’s the interior?

7.0
There's an abundance of room for four passengers, though the low roofline gives the illusion of a tight cabin. It's easy to get into, but getting out is a little tricky. Many of the seat, climate and audio adjustments are buried within the infotainment system's complex menu structure. Remembering where basic adjustments are located is difficult enough, but the hard-to-use touchpad controller exacerbates the issue.

Thankfully, the driver's seat is highly adjustable, with multiple lumbar inflation points and side and bottom bolster modifications. It’s a shame that you have to use the touchpad to access most of them. Tall drivers can use the armrests while cruising thanks to the steering wheel's generous tilt-and-telescoping range.

How’s the tech?

7.0
The large central display screen looks gorgeous. The map is functional, though it can be cluttered and major streets aren't always labeled. Navigation directions are duplicated on the head-up display. Foul-weather warnings are frequent and excessive. The 23-speaker Mark Levinson system sounds fantastic.

There's a wealth of standard safety tech, and the optional Safety System+ A adds further semi-automated driving features. In our experience, these aids work well enough but aren't as advanced as those in competing systems from Tesla and Mercedes-Benz. Adaptive cruise is slow to identify stopped traffic.

How’s the storage?

8.0
At 17 cubic feet, the LS 500's trunk is one of the largest in the class. It's easy to load items into the cargo area thanks to the wide, tall opening. The sides taper inward as you get closer to the rear seatback, so consider the odd shape before you pack too much. With bins under the armrests and cutouts in each door, there are plenty of places for small items inside.

Each of the outboard seats has two easy-access LATCH anchors hidden behind a piece of padding attached via Velcro. Three upper tethers are more difficult to reach since they are set far back on the rear deck, and there's not much clearance between the roof and the top of the headrest. Reaching the upper tethers for car seats can be tricky.

How economical is it?

7.0
The rear-wheel-drive LS 500 is rated at 23 mpg combined (19 city/30 highway). This is about average for an executive sedan with a boosted V6. Our all-wheel-drive tester achieved 21.9 mpg on our highway-heavy evaluation loop, just above its 21 mpg combined estimate.

Is it a good value?

8.0
As in many top-tier executive sedans, the interior is immaculately trimmed. The cabin features supple leather upholstery and dash coverings, wood trim and a minimal amount of plastic. The LS isn't as wondrous as a Mercedes S-Class, but it's nicer than budget-friendly large sedans such as the Lincoln Continental.

With a starting price of $76,475, the LS is pricier than the Genesis G90, about the same as the Jaguar XJ and much less than German rivals. Our tester rang in at $106,695, much of it attributable to the uber-luxe Executive package. If you want the best in rear-seat comfort, don't skip it.

Wildcard

8.5
From the challenging exterior to the surprisingly daring cabin design, the LS does a good job of differentiating itself from the competition. It represents a huge leap forward from the old model. We wish Lexus had replaced the clumsy trackpad controller or modified the restrictive infotainment system. This alone could be a deal-breaker for many buyers.

Which LS 500 does Edmunds recommend?

The Lexus LS comes in one fairly well-equipped trim level but various option packages can be added to suit your budget or luxury requirements. We consider the upgraded Mark Levinson audio system to be a must-have as well as the air suspension and the Safety System+ A for its stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and front cross-traffic alert.

Lexus LS 500 models

The 2020 Lexus LS is offered in only one trim but offers a bevy of stand-alone options as well as option packages that allow buyers a fair amount of customization. But only one engine and transmission combo is available with the LS 500, a twin-turbocharged V6 engine (416 horsepower, 442 lb-ft of torque) mated to a 10-speed automatic. The LS can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Standard feature highlights include 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, a sunroof, hands-free trunk operation, power-closing doors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and a power rear sunshade.

Technology features include a 12.3-inch central display, a navigation system, a trackpad-style interface, Apple CarPlay and a 12-speaker audio system. Finally, standard driver aids include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

Singular options include air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, a powerful audio system, and a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel. Option packages range from the Safety System+ A package, which includes driver aids such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, up through the Luxury and Executive packages that add upscale touches for both front and rear passengers as well as an assortment of interior trim materials and designs.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Lexus LS 500.

5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 16%
2 star reviews: 18%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 3.8 stars based on 6 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • interior
  • transmission
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • sound system
  • value
  • infotainment system

Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, Dream Drive and Dependibility
Linda J,
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

Have had both BMW and Mercedes and both were mechanically horrible, and certainly not comfortable. These are strictly performance cars living on that reputation. If you are looking for true LUXURY then you need to look elsewhere. My definition of luxury is comfort, soft leather, 28 way adjustable seats, easy entrance and exit, beautiful exterior and interior, and knowing I'll be able to drive this car for years and years without having my 2year old car's air conditioning go out on a summer vacation. Just bought a Lexus LS 500 and love, love, love it. Had an ES 350 for 4 years before that and it was the most carefree, comfortable car we ever owned

5 out of 5 stars, Life ain’t a trial run.. go for it
Pursuit of Excellence ,
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

Ok. The touch pad is a little tricky. The rest of it hits the mark..I just traded the Mercedes S class for the LS and granted they are different machines but Luxury is Luxury..Absolutely no buyers remorse and driving the Lexus still makes me feel like a unadulterated spoiled brat...it all works for me..

4 out of 5 stars, Awesome
Lbcappy,
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

Have driven this 2020 model for about a month now ... The only drawback is the infotainment system as others have said but I am getting used to it and its not too bad actually.. The car is a dream to drive and especially fun in sport plus mode. Gas mileage in town with AC = 18.5 avg. The car is quiet and comfortable especially the seats... Love it

5 out of 5 stars, Look no Further
S,
Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

I was a long term Lexus driver with my last car being the LS460L which I had for 9 years and would have been happy to drive it another 9 except for the jackass that did a 4 lane swerve on the freeway without looking. I had to wait for the 500 to get delivered to western Canada and it was worth the wait. The touchpad was tricky but you get used to it. It has more than enough power and you cant feel it shifting gears. The interior is pure luxury and the sound system is second to none. One surprise is the run flat tires so no spare. They are pricey so if I had a complaint that would be it. Best bang for your buck and years of care free driving. An extremely reliable car

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Features & Specs

4dr Sedan features & specs
4dr Sedan
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$75,450
MPG 19 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower416 hp @ 6000 rpm
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4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
4dr Sedan AWD
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$78,670
MPG 18 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower416 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan features & specs
Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$97,665
MPG 19 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower416 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$100,865
MPG 18 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower416 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite LS 500 safety features:

Lane Trace Assist
Works with adaptive cruise control to detect and follow the path of the car in front for semi-automated driving.
Lexus Safety System+ A
Umbrella name for a features suite that includes lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more.
Active Steering Assist
In conjunction with pre-collision warning, the system can take corrective steering action to avoid or minimize a collision.

Lexus LS 500 vs. the competition

Lexus LS 500 vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The long-running benchmark of the luxury sedan class, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class is difficult to fault. But if keeping your luxury sedan under six figures is a priority, that might prove difficult with the big Benz. And while the Mercedes does offer a range of engine options and a thoroughly modern interior, the interior of the Lexus still makes quite a statement.

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Lexus LS 500 vs. Audi A8

Just a decade ago, comparing the Audi A8 to the Lexus would have been a bit of a mismatch in favor of the Audi. But times have changed. As Audi struggles to merge cutting-edge technology with elegant performance, Lexus has focused solely on luxury and style and now offers a truly premium experience. Interestingly, both vehicles suffer from frustrating infotainment systems.

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Lexus LS 500 vs. Genesis G90

The Genesis G90 is a bit of a bargain in the full-size luxury sedan segment. It undercuts most of its rivals in price yet still offers an excellent ride and well-isolated cabin. It also comes with an optional V8 engine, which is something the Lexus LS does not offer. But the interior is nowhere near as special as it needs to be, lacking style and proper luxury trimmings.

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FAQ

Is the Lexus LS 500 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 LS 500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 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 23 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 2020 Lexus LS 500?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lexus LS 500:

  • New Inspiration Series model, limited to 300 units in the U.S.
  • Safety System+ A package renamed Advanced Safety package
  • 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 2020 Lexus LS 500 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus LS 500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 LS 500 and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 LS 500 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus LS 500?

The least-expensive 2020 Lexus LS 500 is the 2020 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 $75,450.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $75,450
  • 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $78,670
  • Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $97,665
  • Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $100,865
  • F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $84,670
  • F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $81,450
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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), 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and Inspiration Series 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 2020 Lexus LS 500

2020 Lexus LS 500 Overview

The 2020 Lexus LS 500 is offered in the following submodels: LS 500 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A).

What do people think of the 2020 Lexus LS 500?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus LS 500 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 LS 500 3.8 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 2020 LS 500.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Lexus LS 500 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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.

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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 2020 Lexus LS 500?

2020 Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $107,840. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $11,328 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,328 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $96,512.

The average savings for the 2020 Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 10.5% below the MSRP.

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2020 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $79,695. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $8,946 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,946 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $70,749.

The average savings for the 2020 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 11.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Lexus LS 500 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Lexus LS 500s are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Lexus LS 500?

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