2018 Lexus LS 500h
- Library-quiet at all speeds on all roads
- Ride quality remains soft, supple and impervious to bad asphalt
- Interior features world-class build quality and artful materials
- General lack of sportiness cedes some advantage to some German rivals
- Accelerates quick for its size, but pedal response feels slow, numb
- Touchpad-based infotainment is clever but distracting on the road
- Lacks plug-in charging capacity, unlike several rivals
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Which LS 500h does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The sharp edges and bold style of the 2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid obscure the quintessential Lexus qualities throughout: a pillowy and cushioned ride, a whisper-quiet interior and world-class build quality. A comprehensive redesign inside, outside and underneath once again places the LS in the same rare air as recently updated large luxury sedan designs from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Today's LS 500h goes a step further with cutting-edge tech and driver safety, and it reminds you that Europe doesn't have a lock on world-class luxury.
The new Lexus LS 500h is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, the LS 600h L, with a new coupelike profile that makes it look slimmer and more lithe — no small feat for a car that weighs more than 5,000 pounds. A new suspension design yields sportier handling, but we use that term loosely. This is, first, a luxury sedan better suited to arcing through turns than attacking them.
An all-new turbocharged V6 engine replaces the outgoing model's V8, and it pairs with dual electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. A two-stage continuously variable automatic transmission adds a four-speed gear set to effectively mimic a 10-speed automatic transmission. The net effect is less power than the last LS hybrid but improved fuel economy. It's now up to 28 mpg combined compared to the LS 600h L's 20 mpg combined rating.
Its combined rating is also 5 mpg better than the non-hybrid LS 500's. But at an additional cost of around $4,500, you'll need to consider whether the LS 500h's fuel savings will pay off in the long run. Regardless, the new LS hybrid achieves fuel economy similar to its competitors, even those that use plug-in hybrid charging. (The Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550e, for example, returns 26 mpg combined after depleting its 12 miles of electric range.)
One thing you won't need to consider is the LS 500h's long-term comfort. The new sedan's longer wheelbase, longer even than that of the previous extended model, ensures a cabin roomy enough to cosset weary leaders of industry or even just visiting in-laws, especially when you spring for the seats with up to 28 separate adjustments.
Even a base level LS 500h comes with enough appointments to satisfy most buyers, but those with a more discerning eye can opt for enhancements such as a lowering suspension to ease entry and exit, advanced driver safety aids, and an audiophile-grade sound system.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Lexus LS 500h is a full-size luxury sedan with seating for five passengers. It comes in a single, well-appointed trim level with a handful of stand-alone options and option packages. Even without a single option, the LS 500h comes loaded with the safety and comfort features you'd expect of this class.
Standard equipment on the LS 500h is extensive and begins with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower) connected to a pair of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. Total system horsepower is 354 hp, with power distributed through a continuously automatic variable transmission. Rear-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is optional.
Highlights include 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, a sunroof, a hands-free trunk, power-closing doors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heating, magnesium paddle shifters, 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and a power rear sunshade.
Technology features include a 12.3-inch color display, a navigation system, a trackpad-style interface, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lexus Enform smartphone app integration, Enform emergency and convenience services, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker audio system. Finally, standard driver aids include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers.
The LS 500h can be further tailored to your taste with a comprehensive options list. The Interior Upgrade package adds leather upholstery with quilted stitching, 28-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated rear seats, among other items. The Luxury package adds a 28-way adjustable seat for the passenger, 18-way adjustable and reclining rear seats, four-zone climate control, power rear side sunshades, an armrest-mounted touchscreen controller for climate and seat functions, and rear-seat knee airbags.
The Executive package truly transforms the LS 500h into a luxury shuttle, adding butterfly rear headrests, individual climate control settings, heated and ventilated rear seats with massaging function, and an extendable ottoman footrest for the right-side rear passenger. The cabin is further touched with hand-pleated trim and stylized glass materials.
Additional safety aids come with the Safety System+ A package, which adds adaptive cruise and automatic steering that can detect and "trace" the path of the vehicle in front for a semiautonomous driving experience. Other features include forward cross-traffic alert, road sign recognition, an enhanced head-up display, and a panoramic rearview monitor.
Notable individual options include an adaptive air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, upgraded wood trim, and a premium 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
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Features & Specs
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 semiautonomous driving.
- Lexus Safety System+
- Umbrella name for 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 a potential collision or lessen one.
2018 Lexus LS 500h for Sale
High-end resorts make it their business to indulge their clients' whims at every turn. The 2018 Lexus LS 500h is a lot like that, except on wheels.
This full-size luxury hybrid sedan pairs supreme ride comfort with a handsome cabin awash in high-quality leather, genuine wood trim and acres of passenger room. For 2018, a comprehensive redesign inside, outside and underneath once again places the LS in the same rare air as large luxury hybrid sedan designs from BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz.
The cushioned ride and whisper-quiet interior are made to pamper, and cutting-edge technology increases driver safety. Overall, the LS 500h reminds you that you don't need to look exclusively to Europe for a world-class full-size luxury sedan.
The new fifth-generation Lexus LS 500h departs from its predecessor, the LS 600h L, with a longer, wider body that sits lower to the ground. Its coupelike profile also makes it look slimmer and more lithe — no small feat for a car that weighs more than 5,000 pounds. There's even an additional amount of "sport" baked into the new LS' suspension design, although we use that term loosely. This is still a luxury sedan better suited to arcing through turns than attacking them.
A new turbocharged V6 engine replaces the older model's V8. Dual electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack add hybrid capability, while the continuously variable automatic transmission mimics a 10-speed automatic. With its hybrid configuration, the LS 500h gets 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway), which represents a significant leap from its predecessor's 20 mpg combined rating.
Not surprisingly, the LS hybrid achieves better fuel economy than the standard LS 500, but not as much as you might think. The LS 500h returns 5 mpg better than the non-hybrid, but at an additional cost of around $4,500. Most buyers will need to drive a lot of miles or hold on to the car for a long spell before achieving real fuel savings.
In any case, the new LS hybrid's fuel economy is similar to that of its competitors, even those that use plug-in hybrid charging. (The Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550e, for example, returns 26 mpg combined after depleting its 12 miles of electric range.)
One thing buyers won't need to consider is the LS 500h's long-term comfort. A longer wheelbase, longer even than the previous extended-length model, ensures an expansive cabin experience guaranteed to cosset weary passengers, especially when you spring for the seats with up to 28 separate adjustments.
A base model LS 500h comes with enough appointments to satisfy most buyers, but optional enhancements such as a lowering suspension to ease entry and exit, advanced driver safety aids, and an audiophile-grade sound system should satisfy those with a more discerning eye. An optional advanced safety system adds even more protective layers, with adaptive cruise control and steering assist that deliver a semiautonomous driving experience.
Key updates return the 2018 Lexus LS 500h to its rightful place among the world's elite luxury sedans. When it comes time to find your own world-class luxury, let Edmunds guide you to the perfect choice.
2018 Lexus LS 500h Overview
The 2018 Lexus LS 500h is offered in the following submodels: LS 500h Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Lexus LS 500h?
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus LS 500h?
2018 Lexus LS 500h 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT)
The 2018 Lexus LS 500h 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $83,975. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus LS 500h 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is trending $9,086 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Lexus LS 500h 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) is10.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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