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Lexus LS 5 (XF50)

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Product Overview

Lexus LS Mark V (chassis code XF50) is a full-size luxury sedan in production from 2017 to 2020, whereupon it received a facelift. It was available with two V6 engines that displaced 3.5 liters.
Unlike previous LS vehicles, the Gen5 Lexus LS is only available in what would be LWB. It lost the long-line of naturally-aspirated V8 engines that made the LS the pride of the Japanese automotive industry. Instead, Lexus used the first twin-turbo V6 from Toyota, the V35A-FTS. While the engine has more power and torque than the V8 in the LS 460, many find this substitute unacceptable for a flagship sedan. The V6TT is paired to an all-new 10-speed Aisin AWR10L65 automatic transmission.
An alternative powertrain uses a 3.5L naturally-aspirated V6 in a hybrid setup. This time, however, instead of a simple e-CVT that Toyota has been known for, a more complex system is employed that couples the e-CVT with essentially a separate 4-speed automatic transmission to simulate 10 gears.
Lexus has made a good effort in aerodynamics, with a decent 0.28 coefficient of drag to show for it. Multi-link suspension is standard all around.
Unfortunately, the Gen5 LS has a completely different styling than its predecessors. Only time will tell whether this design ages well.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 68%
Pros
  • Comfortable yet good-handling multi-link suspensions all-around
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Imposing styling
Cons
  • No SWB vehicle
  • No V8
  • Hybrid transmission became too complex
  • Arguably too many gears

What external reviewers found

External score 67%
Pros
  • Good infotainment system
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Comfortable ride
  • Sleek, premium interior
Cons
  • Lack of driver assists
  • Lack of tech upgrades
  • Disappointing fuel economy
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • Laggy gearbox

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Specifications

LS 500LS 500 AWDLS 500h

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External Reviews

cnet[1]

Reviewer score 55%
Reviewers from cnet have found:
The LS 500h packs good power, but transmission performance is disappointing. The cabin is supremely comfortable and trimmed in top-notch materials. For maximum ride comfort, the $1,500 air suspension is a must-have. For 2019, Amazon Alexa integration and Apple CarPlay are added to its capabilities list.
Pros
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent infotainment
Cons
  • Laggy gearbox
  • Disappointing fuel economy

digitaltrends[2]

Reviewer score 68%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found:
The 2020 Lexus LS 500 has a powerful turbocharged engine and well-designed interior. The car never stopped feeling like the big, heavy sedan it was, but the F Sport suspension made it reasonably agile in corners. Lexus needs to get rid of the clunky trackpad interface and upgrade the driver aids.
Pros
  • Powerful turbo six-cylinder engine
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Good infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of tech upgrades

pcmag[3]

Reviewer score 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
Lexus has moved on from its staid box design to bolder exteriors. The interior is filled with flowing lines, real wood trim, tastefully pleated door panel fabric. While competitors may outperform it in categories such as driving dynamics, Lexus' flagship hybrid sedan delivers a ride that is quiet and smooth.
Pros
  • Sleek, premium interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent infotainment
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • Lack of driver assists

References

  1. ^ 2019 Lexus LS 500h AWD review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs. [cnet].
  2. ^ 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD review: Comfy chair. [digitaltrends].
  3. ^ 2020 Lexus LS 500h Review. [pcmag].

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