2020 Lexus LS 500

2020 MODEL
$75,450 - $90,960
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2020 Lexus LS 500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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The flagship sedan commands the Lexus intentions and represents everything good about the automaker. The LS 500 offers a powerful twin-turbo V6 mated with 10-speed automatic transmission. The LS 500 F SPORT rear-wheel drive is priced affordably at $81,450 (MSRP). The optional all-wheel drive is available for buyers an extra price of $3,220 who are looking to drive LS in wet or snowy conditions. The LS 500 stands tall with the plush ride and agile handling. The space and comfort on offer are enhanced with the native traditional craftsmanship of the cabin. The relentless standards and revolutionary design are what makes Lexus LS 500 worth it. 

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Pros

Plush cabin design and materials

Plentiful of standard safety and convenience features

Affordable pricing for a luxury sedan

Utmost reliability

Cons

Irking user experience with the infotainment controls

Inadequate rear headroom for taller passengers

Bouncy Ride on the soft suspension

What's New?

The infotainment system now has a standard mirroring technology which includes Apple Carplay and Amazon Alexa.

Added a new variant named Inspiration series

Lower Choices of exterior colors

A white interior available with the F Sport package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

136 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

210 cu.in.

horsepower

416 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

442 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14/14

dimensions

wheelbase

123 in.

length

206.1 in.

width

74.8 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

4707 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

17 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/30/23 mpg

highway range

651 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Styles

2020 Lexus LS 500 in Atomic Silver color 2020 Lexus LS 500 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.2

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Lexus LS 500 Base

Base

power
416 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$75,450 - $78,670


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $75,450 MSRP (19/23/30) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $78,670 MSRP (19/23/30) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Lexus LS 500 Luxury

Luxury

power
416 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$87,740 - $90,960


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $87,740 MSRP (19/23/30) 416 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $90,960 MSRP (19/23/30) 416 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The Lexus LS 500 is aptly the flagship luxury sedan from the automaker whose re-entry in 2019 created the required ripples in the large luxury sedan segment. The LS 500 is a symbol of comfort, composure, stability, and undoubted reliability. The handcrafted interiors and attention to detail exterior are the crests of luxury and appeal. The fluidic driving control added with plentiful standard features is something to look out for. The 2020 model year LS 500 is priced at $75,450. 

Somethings are too perfect to be true. The other side of the LS 500 indicates the same. With complex infotainment controls, no Android Auto and cramped rear in comparison to its German rivals, LS 500 still have reasons delimiting it rank higher in the segment. This affordable large luxury sedan still holds a high head-turning-quotient. 

2020 Lexus LS 500 front view
2020 Lexus LS 500 rear view

6.5/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.2/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Lexus LS 500 Features

6.5/10

The Lexus has embarked upon a vehicle that offers an experience that only it could create. The flagship LS 500 redefines what a flagship can be. Making an entry in 2019, the LS 500 has been a game-changer for Lexus and also for the segment which was stagnant. The LS 500 comes with a twin-turbo V6, equally powerful as it is efficient. The LS 500h offers a hybrid powertrain maximizing the fuel efficiency in similar skin. Though the transcendence of LS 500 through every standard is just the beginning. The default rear-wheel-drive driven by 10-speed automatic transmission accomplishes the purpose as intended.

Trims

LS 500

LS 500h

LS 500 F Sport

LS 500 Inspiration Series

MSRP (3.5L V6 RWD)

$75,450

$79,960

$81,450

$97,665

MSRP (3.5L V6 AWD)

$78,670

$83,180

 

$100,865

Key Features

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

416 @ 6000

Gas/Electric V-6

354 @ 6600

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

416 @ 6000

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

416 @ 6000

 

LED Headlights and DRLs

Dual electric motors and a 44-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

White interior available with the F Sport package.

Only 300 will be built

 

heated side-mirrors

Hybrid Power

RWD only 

Deep Garnet paint

 

18-inch alloy wheel

20-inch alloy wheels

20-inch alloy wheels

20-inch black chrome wheels

 

Cruise control

 

Exclusive Leather Upholstery

Inspiration Series interior

 

Heated Rear Seats

  Virtual Engine Noises

Ultra-luxe Kiriko glass trim

 

App control

 

 

White leather seats

 

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking

 

FM/AM radio


What do we recommend?

The presence of relentless standard features and revolutionary craftmanship grants the LS 500 a unique stature in the luxury sedan segment. The sharp looks complemented by plush interiors provide the prestigious LS 500 a rippling effect. It is amazing to see the value package priced considerably lower than the other luxury sedans in the segment. However, the outdated infotainment system and a relatively small rear give further opportunity for LS 500 to improve upon.

The Lexus LS 500 for the 2020 model year offered at an MSRP of $75,450 is a hidden gem. The value, composure, comfort, and reliability is unquestionable. The only powertrain is adequately powered and efficient at the same time. The Lexus LS 500 proves to be a good choice for value on offer.

2020 Lexus LS 500 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Lexus LS 500 feels deceptively muscular with a twin-turbo V6 delivering 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The renewed commitment of Lexus to performance flashes strong with the luxury sedan showing guts in this rarified class. To be on par with its German rivals who mechanize their cars outstandingly for a neck-snapping ride, the Lexus is pushing for performance upgrades to its luxury sedans.

The 2020 Lexus LS 500 feels deceptively muscular with a twin-turbo V6 Engine

The new twin-turbo V6 engine churns out a lot of power, you won't miss the V8’s valor of the previous variant. However, there is a sense able lag between jabbing the pedal and the car’s response. Though, still, the Lexus LS 500 with its 3.5L engine is the fastest car in its lot to do 60 mph test. It crosses the 60mph mark in about 4.6 sec The LS 500 engine is mated with 10-speed automatic transmission beautifully tuned to complement the luxurious essence of the drive with its smooth and peaceful shifts.

Models

Lexus LS 500

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

MSRP

$75,450

$86,450

$83,800

$106,350

Engine

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.5 L/210

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 3.0 L/183

Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6 3.0 L/183

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.0 L/243

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (Hp @ rpm)

416 @ 6000

335 hp @ 5500

335 @ 5000

603 @ 5750

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

442 @ 6000

330 @ 1500

369 @ 1370

627 @ 2500

The Lexus LS 500 cruises with intent and much more vigor. The devilish looking Lexus LS 500 now seems to find its magic. Though the likes of BMW and Mercedes offer a V8 option which mesmerizes every time one pushes the accelerator.

Acceleration

Surely, a question to ask as it has never been a strong point for Lexus. The exceedingly plush Lexus LS stands out for its craftsmanship and attention to detail. For the 2020 model year, LS 500 comes equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission, quiet and quick. The 4.6 sec for 0-60 MPH and top track speed of 136 MPH in a rear-wheel-drive is impressive but isn’t topnotch in the segment.

The 2020 Lexus LS 500 comes equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission, quiet and quick

Also, the transmission in Lexus LS 500 is electronically controlled with the availability of paddle shifters. 

Models

Lexus LS 500

BMW 7-series

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

0-60 MPH

4.6

4.8

5.4*

5

Quarter mile

13.7

13.3

14.0*

11.1

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8

8

9.8

The rear-wheel-drive configuration adds more punch and Lexus LS 500 charges almost immediately. The standing-start performance with an RWD stands out but in wet-conditions or on an undulating track an AWD is advisable. The RWD also lowers down the torque steer.

Ride and Handling

Rather than being athletic, the LS’s cosmetics are calibrated for comfort. The cabin is practically insulated by any road noise, and the long wheelbase takes bumps with ease. Though the chassis controls body roll to a certain level, it hoists a white flag on high speeds. The steering morphs from being light on the Normal mode and gets heavier with the transition to Sport and Sport Plus modes. To an occasional driver, the LS might seem like a quick to act car but give it time you will feel the gap in acceleration.

Although it has the power and agility of a sports car, it doesn’t really fit in the sporty class. The initial lag of acceleration is there in every drive mode, the Sport and Sports Plus improves it a little but it's still traceable.

Braking 

The brakes aren’t just for stopping, especially for performance cars. The Lexus luxury sedan is equipped with 14-inch ventilated discs in front and 13.1-inches ventilated discs in the rear. The brakes feel confident without showing a selfish desire.

2020 Lexus LS 500 equipped with ventilated disc brakes

Model

Lexus LS 500

BMW 7-series

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

Brake Front(in)

14

N/A

14.8

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

13.1

N/A

13.8

14.2

Curb weight(lbs.)

4707

4244

4751

4515

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The BRAKING SYSTEM of Lexus LS 500 comprises of following:

  • Four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with Electronic Controlled Braking (ECB)
  • Four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist

2020 Lexus LS 500 Fuel Economy

8.4/10

The Lexus LS makes use of forced induction and hybrid technology to be fuel-efficient. The LS 500 luxury-sedan scores 19 cities, 30 highway, and 23 combined mpg for rear-wheel-drive models, while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers to 18/27/22.5 mpg.

Model

Lexus LS 500

BMW 7-series

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

MPG (city)

18

22

19

15

MPG (highway)

27

29

27

23

MPG (combined)

22.5

N/A

21.7

21.1

The 10-speed automatic transmission creates a right balance between the power and efficiency of the mighty engine. Despite the engine producing 416 hp, the gear ratios make way for a fuel-efficient Lexus LS 500.

2020 Lexus LS 500 Interior

7.0/10

Before you look at the future, you analyze the past. The previous generation Lexus LS stood true to its Luxury Sedan nomenclature, enjoyed a well-crafted and plush cabin. The Lexus has redefined what luxury stands for. The amalgamation of the traditional native principle of “Omotenashi” with modern technology results in a beautiful fusion that Lexus LS 500 is.

2020 Lexus LS 500 Seating and Comfort

The delicately handcrafted Kiriko glass interior door trim and art wood organic trim created by a traditional Takumi craftsman enhances the vibrancy of the LS cabin. The driver-centric interior of Lexus LS has been exemplified by the precision-crafted steering wheel along with adaptive variable air suspension allowing for easy entry-exit and low center-of-gravity.

Model

Lexus LS 500

BMW 7-series

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

99.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.3/58.8/41

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

37.9/57.8/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.3/56.4/38.9

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

38.2/56.9/35.8

Key Interior Features

  • Four-zone climate concierge
  • Responsive Seating
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Semi-aniline perforated leather-trimmed interior
  • Executive-class seating
  • 28-way power front seats with multifunction massage
  • Wood and leather-trimmed rear-center console
  • Power open/close trunk with kick sensor
  • Lexus memory system
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

Infotainment-

Every coin has two sides. The Lexus LS 500 comes with a car-load of technology features but the finicky infotainment controls aren’t engaging. The good part about LS 500 technology and infotainment includes a standard navigation system with a 12.3-inch high-definition display. The high-resolution split-screen multimedia display provides simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems. The voice-activated navigation system and language options of English, French, and Spanish complement it.

The 2020 Lexus LS 500 comes with a car-load of technology features

The irking behavior of the infotainment touchpad diverts the driver’s attention while on the road. Also, the complexity to learn “how to use the multimedia” may take some time. The Lexus LS brings in more features but lacks the precise usability where it allows its rivals to take the lead.

Key Infotainment Features

  • 23-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System
  • Lexus Enform app suite 2.0
  • Apple car play and Amazon Alexa integration
  • 12.3-inch infotainment screen
  • Drive mode select
  • Remote Touchpad

Cargo Capacity

The flagship LS 500 prioritizes the passenger comfort over utility, the average cargo size signifies the same. The trunk opens wide with hands-free trunk access activated by waving your foot under the bumper apart from a button on the key fob, on the trunk lid and next to the steering wheel. The convenience is amplified by the low lift-height which enables easy trunk access for a bulkier load.

Model

Lexus LS 500

BMW 7-series

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

16.9

18.2

12.5

13.1

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

However, the trunk goes narrow towards the rear seat and the back seat doesn’t fold down to offer extra space.

2020 Lexus LS 500 Interior
2020 Lexus LS 500 front seat
2020 Lexus LS 500 center console
2020 Lexus LS 500 rear seat
2020 Lexus LS 500

2020 Lexus LS 500 Exterior

8.0/10

The Japanese built LS is built on the same platform as the high-performance LC coupe. The striking features create a balance between sophistication and safety highlighted by a triple-beam LED headlamps and “spindle” shape grille. With sleek-coupe like profile and available Art-Wood trim showcases the unconventional engineering taking LS to the pinnacle of distinctive design

2020 Lexus LS 500 Exterior Design

The Lexus LS F Sport features a distinguished appearance with exclusive sport design elements and F sport badging. Though the Lexus LS 500h is not much separated from its non-hybrid counterpart aside from the badge on the trunk.

Model

Lexus LS 500

BMW 7-series

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz AMG E-class

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4707

4244

4751

4515

Length(in)

206.1

207.4

208.7

196.4

Width(in)

74.8

74.9

76.6

75.1

Height(in)

57.5

58.2

58.5

56.6

Ground clearance(in)

N/A

5.3*

4.8*

4.5

Wheelbase(in)

123

126.4

123.1

115.7

Track width(in) F/R

64.2/64.4

N/A

64.7/64.3

64.9/62.8

Speaking of the wheelbase, this Lexus gets a wheelbase of 123 inches, which is not the best in its class but fair enough to make the car stable at high speeds. The Audi A8 is the biggest car compared to all the rivals. The A8 has a length of 207.3 inches, a width of 76.7 inches and a height of 57.9 inches, the Beemer has a wheelbase of 126.4 inches and it’s the longest among all its rivals. Overall, the LS is well built and qualifies the luxury sedan market.

Exterior Features-

  • Panorama Glass Roof
  • LED Headlamps W/Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Door Edge Film By 3M
  • 20" Split 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels W/Vapor Chrome Finish
  • F SPORT Rear Bumper Applique
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • 20" Split 5-Spoke Forged Alloy Wheels W/Polished Finish
  • 19" Split 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels W/High Gloss Finish
  • Premium Paint
2020 Lexus LS 500
Lexus LS 500
2020 Lexus LS 500 side view
2020 Lexus LS 500 headlight
2020 Lexus LS 500 Badge

2020 Lexus LS 500 Safety

9.2/10

The Lexus flagship LS awakens the peace of mind with its Lexus Safety Sense 2.0 system, a class-leading suite that offers standard active-safety equipment. The standard active safety features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert with steering assist and road sign assist. An advanced Safety package is available that can steer the car around obstacles automatically at low speeds and is worth considering if you live in an urban environment.

This standard system is highly intelligent and manages the car speed around the curves’ to handle turns with added confidence. The Lexus vision of an accident-free world is complemented with its advanced technology upgrades. Neither the National highway traffic safety authority nor the insurance institute of highway safety has crash-tested the LS 500 and the trend continues for other performance-oriented luxury sedans as well. 

Key Safety Features:

  • Lexus Safety Sense 2.0
  • A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic braking
  • Lexus Safety System+ A
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active lane control
  • High-beam assist
  • Road sign detection

2020 Lexus LS 500 Competition

7.0/10

Lexus LS 500 Sedan Vs BMW 7 series

This bout of Lexus LS 500 and BMW 7 series is won by BMW 7-series with a narrow margin but with a financial implication. With the higher price of BMW 7-series comes the car-load of upgrades as compared with Lexus Ls 500. The bimmer offers top-notch performance with more than 500 hp combined with a serene ride and desired handling. The bimmer also surpasses the LS 500 in terms of rear passenger space and added cargo space. Both the luxury sedans are great buys but if the budget isn’t the issue, BMW 7-series will the first choice.

2020 BMW 7 series

Lexus LS 500 Sedan Vs Audi A8

The Lexus Ls comes neck-and-neck with the A8. With a price advantage for Lexus LS 500, it has a capable handling, handcrafted interiors and plentiful of safety and technological upgrades. The Audi A8 share the availability of plush interiors and agile handling but might feel sluggish with a 335 hp power option. However, the Audi A8 offers roomier rear cabin along with an infotainment system which is easier to control. In terms of reliability, Lexus is un-beatable. So, picking between the vehicles is a matter of preference.

2020 Audi A8

Lexus LS 500 Sedan Vs Mercedes AMG E-class

The Lexus LS 500 offers elegance and exquisite room for added comfort, surely diminishing the Mercedes in terms of space. The AMG E-class offers additional power but isn’t quick from start-stop. With smaller trunk, AMG also lags on the utility. Though, both cars share the driving dynamics, with AMG slightly better at maneuverability through the city or on the highway. Looking at the pricing, The Lexus LS 500 will be the first choice.

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E-Class

 

2020 Lexus LS 500 Final Verdict

The 2020 model year Lexus LS 500 with its affordable pricing for a luxury sedan offers a value package and practicality. For the extraordinary build quality, ample power, top-notch reliability, attention to detail, safety and convenience features, comfort, low depreciation value, and relatively reasonable pricing leads the pros more than the cons. The not-so-good features are the lack of engagement in the drive and frustrating infotainment controls. The pros, however, outweigh the cons. If budget isn’t a matter of concern the LS is a no brainer.

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