2020 Lexus LS 500h

What’s new

  • The LS 500h carries over essentially unchanged
  • Part of the fifth LS generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Library-quiet at all speeds and on all roads
  • Ride quality is supple and impervious to poor road surfaces
  • Interior design, materials and construction are world-class
  • Touchpad infotainment controller is an ergonomic fumble
  • General lack of sportiness gives advantage to some German rivals
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2020 Lexus LS 500h Review

Some of Lexus' best traits are on display in the hybrid version of its flagship sedan, the LS 500h. For starters, it offers a stunningly crafted and artfully finished interior with a suitably big rear seat. The LS also hovers down the road with a ride so smooth that it can feel like it's riding on clouds.

The LS comes with most of the in-car technology we expect in a premium luxury sedan. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is standard, as is a Lexus+Alexa app that delivers the voice-activated features of Amazon's Alexa into the LS 500h. Lexus' infotainment interface, however, is problematic. Many of the car's controls are buried within the infotainment system's complex menu structure, and the touchpad controller is hard to use while driving.

The LS 500h has one of the most complex transmissions sold today, and its occasionally ill-timed shifts aren't befitting of a luxury car. We prefer the regular LS 500 in this regard. Overall, though, the LS 500h is worth checking out if you want a smooth-riding luxury sedan that also gets high fuel economy.

Which LS 500h does Edmunds recommend?

The LS 500h comes with most of the standard equipment we expect in a flagship sedan. Several packages are offered to add to its amenities, however. If the LS' 16-way power-adjustable front seats aren't enough for you, then the 28-way seats offered with any of the three primary option packages should suffice. We also recommend getting the Safety System+ A package for its enhanced adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking systems.

Lexus LS 500h models

As Lexus' flagship sedan, the 2020 LS 500h comes loaded with a variety of luxury, technology and safety features. Several option packages are available to further add to the LS experience.

Available in a single trim level, the LS 500h combines a 3.5-liter gas V6 with two electric motors to produce a combined output of 354 horsepower. Power is routed through a unique transmission that combines a continuously variable automatic and a conventional four-speed automatic into a single unit. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

An impressive array of tech is deployed on every LS 500h, including a 12.3-inch infotainment screen that includes navigation. All seating surfaces are leather-covered. A variety of interior wood trims are available, including a herringbone pattern and Agathis wood, as is Kiriko glass, which is an etched pattern glass used in the LS' door trim.

A range of packages are available to push the LS from luxurious to opulent. The Luxury package, for instance, adds an adaptive air suspension, upgraded front seats with quilted leather upholstery, power-reclining rear seats and more. There's also the Safety System+ A package that equips the LS 500h with enhanced driver safety systems.

Consumer reviews

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    4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    4dr Sedan AWD
    3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
    MPG 23 city / 31 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower354 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    4dr Sedan
    3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT
    MPG 25 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionElectrically variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower354 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite LS 500h 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 2.0
    Groups together a suite of features that includes lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more.
    Active Steering Assist
    Applies corrective steering action to avoid or minimize an imminent forward collision if the driver doesn't react in time.

    Lexus LS 500h vs. the competition

    Lexus LS 500h vs. BMW 7 Series

    Because it's a plug-in hybrid and has a much larger battery capacity than the LS 500h, the BMW 745e xDrive is capable of all-electric operation for up to 16 miles, according to the EPA. The BMW can be expected to provide better fuel economy, but you'll need to plug it in nearly every time it's driven to achieve it.

    Compare Lexus LS 500h & BMW 7 Series features

    Lexus LS 500h vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    The S-Class is one of the most indulgent large sedans available today. It's not available as a hybrid, however, so its fuel economy isn't as good as the LS 500h's. Though it's due for a redesign soon, the S Class is worth a look for its ultra-smooth ride, hushed interior and variety of engine choices.

    Compare Lexus LS 500h & Mercedes-Benz S-Class features

    Lexus LS 500h vs. Audi A8

    The LS 500h will get you superior fuel economy compared to the Audi, but that's about where the Lexus' advantages end. The A8, which comes standard with all-wheel drive, is a fantastically modern large sedan. As the newest of the LS' German competitors, it has the most updated driver-assist and infotainment features. Don't overlook this titan of tech.

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    Is the Lexus LS 500h a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 LS 500h both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Lexus LS 500h fuel economy, so it's important to know that the LS 500h gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 28 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 500h has 15.2 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 500h. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Lexus LS 500h?

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

    • The LS 500h carries over essentially unchanged
    • Part of the fifth LS generation introduced for 2018
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    Is the Lexus LS 500h reliable?
    To determine whether the Lexus LS 500h is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the LS 500h. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the LS 500h's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Lexus LS 500h a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus LS 500h is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 LS 500h is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus LS 500h?

    The least-expensive 2020 Lexus LS 500h is the 2020 Lexus LS 500h 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $80,010.

    Other versions include:

    • 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $83,230
    • 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $80,010
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    What are the different models of Lexus LS 500h?
    If you're interested in the Lexus LS 500h, the next question is, which LS 500h model is right for you? LS 500h variants include 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). For a full list of LS 500h models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Lexus LS 500h

    2020 Lexus LS 500h Overview

    The 2020 Lexus LS 500h is offered in the following submodels: LS 500h Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT).

    What do people think of the 2020 Lexus LS 500h?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus LS 500h and all its trim types. 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 500h.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    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.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Lexus LS 500h?

    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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