2019 Lexus LS 500h Sedan

What’s new

  • New Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functions
  • Adds semi-automated lane-change feature to optional 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
  • General lack of sportiness cedes advantage to some German rivals
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Which LS 500h does Edmunds recommend?

The LS is available in just one very well-appointed trim level, so you choose only which extras you want. The 28-way adjustable seats and adjustable air suspension are nice, but make sure to get the spectacular audio system upgrade and the Safety System+ A package. The former delivers a rich audio experience, while the latter adds a host of useful driver assistance features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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Look past its bold and angular style and you'll find that the 2019 Lexus LS 500h hybrid has all of the quintessential Lexus qualities that make it one of the world's elite luxury sedans: a pillowy and cushioned ride, a whisper-quiet interior and world-class build quality.

Last year's overhaul didn't leave much to be improved on today's model, but for 2019, the LS 500h offers more connected and safety tech and a handful of new style options. Apple CarPlay is finally available for iPhone users (Android Auto is still curiously absent) and Amazon Alexa functionality allows the virtual assistant to start the LS, lock and unlock its doors, and check its fuel level.

They're small changes but worthy refinements for the car's latest generation, which features a coupe-like profile, a new suspension design, and an elongated chassis with more passenger room than its predecessor.

Whether the LS hybrid makes financial sense is another story. Rated at 28 mpg combined, the 500h returns just 5 mpg more than its standard gasoline-powered counterpart but costs several thousand dollars more. If you're counting on fuel savings to justify the hybrid's additional cost, you could be waiting a while.

In truth, the best reason to buy this hybrid is for the instant womp of power delivered by its dual electric motors. And with its whisper-quiet interior, cushioned ride and cutting-edge safety tech, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h proves that Europeans aren't the only ones who can build world-class luxury.

2019 Lexus LS 500h models

The 2019 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 options 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 heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-way 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, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lexus Enform services, Apple CarPlay, 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 automatic 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 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 embellished with hand-pleated trim and stylized glass materials.

Additional safety aids come with the Safety System+ A package, which among other safety-related features, adds adaptive cruise and automatic steering that can detect and "trace" the path of the vehicle in front.

Notable individual options include an adaptive air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, upgraded wood trim, a 24-inch head-up display and a premium 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the Lexus LS 500 (turbo 3.5L V6 | 10-speed automatic | AWD). While the hybrid's performance character will vary from the non-hybrid LS 500, our impressions on comfort, interior and technology will also apply to the hybrid.


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We found the non-hybrid V6 engine was slow to respond to pedal pressure, but the hybrid's electrical assist at low speeds may alleviate that condition. Handling is stable — neither sporty nor floppy.


The LS traditionally prioritizes comfort over performance, and the 2018 model is no different. The seats offer a dizzying array of adjustments, with heating, cooling and massage functions. The suspension shrugs off rough roads, and the cabin is as quiet as a tomb.


The low roofline gives the illusion of a smaller car, but there's ample room for four passengers. Taller rear passengers will find the headroom tight, though reclining seats help reclaim some sense of space. The rear middle seat is too narrow for a fifth adult; this is really a four-passenger sedan. Many vehicle settings are located in virtual menus, and the infotainment controller is frustratingly difficult to use.


It offers a large trunk (15.2 cubic feet), with a wide opening for easy cargo loading, although the shape narrows near the rear seatbacks. The ample small-item storage inside makes it ideal for longer journeys.


The LS offers a comprehensive set of driver aids, but the adaptive cruise is not as smooth as rival systems. The large central display screen is beautiful, and the optional Mark Levinson premium sound system is worth the cost.

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    4dr Sedan features & specs
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    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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    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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    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+
    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 or minimize a potential collision.

    Lexus LS 500h vs. the competition

    Lexus LS 500h vs. BMW 7 Series

    You can expect world-class craftsmanship in both the BMW and Lexus, so if comfort and luxury are your first priorities, you won't go wrong with either. It's in the details where the two cars diverge. The LS comes loaded with just about everything you'll want (and what it doesn't have, you can order from the options menu). But you'll often need to pony up extra for similar features on the BMW. The BMW also comes with a significantly higher price tag, although its handling performance will appeal to more sport-minded drivers.

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    Lexus LS 500h vs. Audi A8

    The Audi is not technically a hybrid in the same way as the LS 500h. Instead of electric motors and a separate battery pack, the A8, which has been redesigned for 2019, uses an upgraded 48-volt electrical system and a hybrid starter-generator to boost the power and efficiency of its standard V6. The A8 doesn't conserve fuel as well as the Lexus, but the A8 does offer more agile handling and performance while matching the Lexus on just about every measure of comfort and cabin serenity.

    Compare Lexus LS 500h & Audi A8 features

    Lexus LS 500h vs. Volvo S90

    With a powertrain that includes both a supercharger and turbocharger, the S90 T8 hybrid is a power machine. It makes 400 horsepower and a whomping 472 pound-feet of torque. Standard all-wheel drive gives the S90 an advantage in wet weather compared to the Lexus, where AWD is optional. Even with all that power, the S90 is more fuel-efficient than the LS 500h; it returns a rated 29 mpg combined.

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    Is the Lexus LS 500h a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 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 2019 Lexus LS 500h?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h:

    • New Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functions
    • Adds semi-automated lane-change feature to optional safety package
    • 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 2019 Lexus LS 500h a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 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 2019 Lexus LS 500h?

    The least-expensive 2019 Lexus LS 500h is the 2019 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 $79,960.

    Other versions include:

    • 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $79,960
    • 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT) which starts at $83,180
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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 (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT), and 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid EVT). For a full list of LS 500h models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2019 Lexus LS 500h Sedan Overview

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500h Sedan is offered in the following styles: 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 2019 Lexus LS 500h Sedan?

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