2021 Lexus LS 500

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2021 Lexus LS 500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 17, 2020
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The latest version of the Lexus LS 500 has brought an ideal balance among performance, styling, and luxury inside. With a smoother ride quality and advanced tech inside, the LS 500 is a luxury sedan with sharper features and oozing Japanese aesthetics. With the standard twin-turbo V6 underneath and a CVT transmission system, optimum performance is delivered by the luxury sedan at all times. The dynamic body design of the Lexus LS 500 improves agility and high-speed performance. The interior space of the LS 500 is crafted with genteel materials and a plush seating arrangement. With the latest tech amenities and infotainment range, long ride stints are no longer boring. The latest 2021 model gets advanced safety features and driver assistance to keep the occupants safe at all times.

The latest 2021 model of the Lexus LS 500 luxury sedan is expected to start at around $77,000 for the basic model and go up to $83,000 for the F Sport model. The interior of the LS 500 features a genteel cabin with plush seating and premium leather upholstery. The 2021 model is expected to share the same powertrain underpinnings and the price will stay competitive.

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Pros

Best-in-class NVH levels

Comfortable ride quality on most terrains

Top-notch build quality and upmarket materials

Cons

Lacks sportiness when compared to some rivals

Average performance

What's New?

Styling updates

Updated Infotainment System


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Lexus LS 500 Detailed Review video

Styles

2021 Lexus LS 500 in Matador Red Metallic color 2021 Lexus LS 500 in Eminent White Pearl color 2021 Lexus LS 500 in Nightfall Mica color
Matador Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.2

Competition

7.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 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 (19/23/24) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5L, 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 (19/23/24) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Lexus LS 500 Luxury

Luxury

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

$87,740


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $87,740 MSRP (19/23/24) 416 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

2021 Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series

Inspiration Series

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

$97,665 - $100,865


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $100,865 MSRP (19/23/24) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4
Inspiration Series 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $97,665 MSRP (19/23/24) 416 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


Lexus has always ensured to deliver the best-in-class reliability with advanced design concepts and exclusive material selection. Lexus is famed for its ultra-safe cars and highly reliable drive. The Japanese premium automaker has established strong research and uses cutting-edge manufacturing methods to build highly reliable performance machines. The LS 500 is no exception with impeccable craftsmanship and advanced engineering used to build the ultimate luxury sports sedan.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Front View
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.2/10
Safety

 

7.9/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Lexus LS 500 Features

8.0/10

The LS 500 is loaded with a range of latest features and top-notch performance stats. The exterior look of the car is sleeker and more aerodynamically stable. The front of the car gets the signature Lexus grilles with sharp LED headlights charming up the luxury sports vibe of the car. The latest 2021 line-up of the Lexus LS 500 is available in three trims, the basic LS 500 model, a newly developed hybrid LS 500h model, and the top-end LS 500 F Sport performance machine. Apart from minor tweaks, the underpinnings are expected to be similar to the previous year model.

Model

LS 500

LS 500h

LS 500 F Sport

MSRP(estd)

$77,000

$81,000

$83,000

Key Features

3.4 Liter twin-turbo V6

3.5 Liter V6 and two electric motors

3.4 Liter Twin-Turbo V6

 

10-speed Automatic

CVT

10-speed Automatic

 

Interior wrapped with leather and patterned fabrics

Similar interiors to the 500 model

Sportier cabin with sports trimmed seating

 

12.3-inch touchscreen display

Navigation with premium audio system

Takumi Craftsmanship with premium wood accents

 

Wi-Fi hotspot with smartphone integration

Huge alloy wheels

Exterior gets sports accents and sporty alloys

 

Lexus Safety System 2.0 suite

Gets the Lexus Safety System 2.0 with additional driver aids

Premium infotainment setup with digital cluster

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is available in three exciting trims with loads of luxurious features and staggering performance.

The standard engine for the LS 500 is the 3.4 Liter twin-turbo V6 engine clubbed with a 10-speed automatic. The accelerating abilities of this luxury sedan are overwhelming with highly agile cornering performance. Also, the latest version gets the fully-loaded Lexus Safety System 2.0 which consists of advanced safety tech and latest driver assistance systems.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The LS 500 has been in the top 10 luxury sport sedan since ages and have gained enough traction in the segment. Giving strong competition to the German rivals and constant upgradations, the LS 500 has set its mark. The latest LS 500 is equipped with advanced safety features and driver aids systems to keep the passengers safe at all times. Maintenance of the LS 500 is hassle-free with infrequent repairs and highly reliable powertrain.

To get a price estimate of the LS 500 we can have the numbers from the previous year. The price of the 2021 model is expected to marginally increase but will still be competitive to the segment. The starting price will be around $77,000 and the top-end model will go up to $83,000. Regions including Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes. The estimated price for few regions is mentioned below.

Washington

$79,000

Florida

$77,000

California

$77,000

New Jersey

$79,000

Arizona

$77,000

The new Lexus LS 500 is a balanced package with both luxury and performance components in ideal proportions. The car has got loads of latest tech and safety features. The LS 500 offers true value for money with the best-in-class built quality, modern design approach, and hassle-free servicing.

In terms of ownership costs, the new Lexus LS 500 will want you to shell out around $77,000 for the entry-level model in 5 years which is pretty reasonable for the luxury package.

The Lexus LS 500 is no cheap car to own or maintain by any standards, however, considering the segment it is placed in, the 5-year ownership cost is not very high by class standards. Currently, there are no safety recalls or customer complaints reported by the NHTSA which showcases its quality standards. However, as the Lexus LS 500 is a sophisticated machine the repair costs could be high. On the other hand, the good part is its bulletproof reliability which the LS 500 is known for.

Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Insurance

$1,237

$1,280

$1,325

$1,371

$1,419

$6,632

Maintenance

$214

$1,054

$683

$3,006

$3,444

$8,401

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$398

$609

$1,007

Taxes & Fees

$4,240

$111

$111

$111

$111

$4,684

Financing

$4,664

$3,751

$2,776

$1,737

$628

$13,556

Depreciation

$22,691

$7,641

$6,242

$6,996

$6,113

$49,683

Fuel

$1,813

$1,867

$1,923

$1,981

$2,040

$9,624

Real Cost to Own

$34,859

$15,704

$13,060

$15,600

$14,364

$93,587

In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $93,587 in 5 years when you buy a brand new Lexus LS 500. This is at par with its rivals with some of the Europea competitors costing far more to maintain in a long run than the LS 500.

Warranty

Lexus offers a long-term warranty period for its fleet. The Japanese Automaker assures hassle-free servicing and assures infrequent repairs. The new Lexus LS 500 luxury performance sedan offers a four-year Limited warranty or 50,000 miles cover along with complimentary servicing for the first year.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Complimentary scheduled maintenance

1 year/ 10,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Competitive warranty along with best-in-class reliability is offered in the latest line-up of the Lexus LS 500. A first-year complimentary servicing is also provided with the package. In comparison to its rivals, the LS 500 offers quite a lucrative warranty package. 

Miles per Dollar

One of the best fuel economies is delivered by the new Lexus LS 500. The best-in-class highway economy of 30 MPG is delivered by the sedan despite housing a massive 3.5 Liter Twin-Turbo V6 engine. The per-mile cost is about $0.10 (w.r.t current gas price).

2021 Lexus LS 500 Buying Advice

If you are looking for a balanced package with thrilling performance and luxury elements, the new Lexus LS 500 sits on the sweet spot. With competitive pricing, premium package offerings, loads of tech inside, plush seating, and awestruck exterior design makes the LS 500 one of the most popular luxury sedans. The car has been built with a forward-thinking mindset that gives the LS 500 a modern look.

The car has been one of the top 10 luxury sport sedans in the states with regular upgrades and refined powertrain. Packed with the Lexus Safety System 2.0 package consisting of advanced driver aids. The car has been highly acclaimed by top rating agencies including IIHS, NHTSA, and JD Power report.

Is buying a used Lexus LS 500 a good idea?

Lexus has kept similar powertrain underpinnings for the LS 500 with minor tweaks. The new LS 500h, a hybrid version is a new add-on to the line-up. If your main concern is to experience the performance and luxury inside the Lexus LS 500, a used one can save you big money. Though, the infotainment range is constantly improving with the latest tech and smoother interface.

The car depreciates around 10% to 12% for the first year and the total fitness of the LS 500 is estimated for 10-12 years. The 2021 model will get refined performance with the same underpinnings along with few exterior and interior tweaks.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The latest Lexus LS 500 houses a massive 3.5 Liter Twin-Turbo V6 engine mated with a highly efficient 10-speed Automatic transmission. The duo churns around 416 horses and 442 lb-ft. of torque output. With a sleeker body design, high-speed stability, as well as the performance of the car, is improved. The F Sport package includes exterior fittings and better refinement. Cornering performance of the car is pretty impressive with high agility and god control. The LS 500’s engine feels more than adequate for daily use but is quite capable on the track too. Even, though the car is not very sporty behind the wheel, it offers good grunt under the hood.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Engine

Be it ambling around in the city or overtaking on the highways, the engine ensures you get all the power you need at all times. The refinement levels are also quite the best in its class and the LS 500 goes about doing its job while you enjoy the ride in silence inside its cabin. 

Models

2021 Lexus LS 500 (expected)

2020 Mercedes AMG S63

2020 Audi A8

2020 Genesis G90T

MSRP

$77,000

$153,000

$87,495

$75,695

Engine

3.5 Liter Twin-Turbo V6

4.0 Liter Twin-Turbo V8

3.0 Liter Turbo V6

3.3L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power 

416 @ 6000

603 @ 5500

335 @ 5000

365 @ 6000

Torque 

442 @ 1600

664 @ 2750

369 @ 1370

376 @ 1300

We can clearly interpret the high-performance numbers of the Lexus LS 500, generating around 416 hp and come with an RWD configuration. An optional AWD system is also offered for better traction and cornering performance. Competitors like the Audi A8 and Genesis G90 get comparatively smaller engines and make subtle power numbers.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Acceleration and Braking Performance

Enthralling acceleration abilities are showcased by the new Lexus LS 500 performance sedan. With a massive 3.5 Liter, Twin-Turbo V6 engine underneath clubbed with a 10-speed Automatic, ample power is generated to make the car sprint at booming speeds. The LS 500 ticks a 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds which is pretty impressive. Consistent performance is delivered by the new LS 500 with a quarter-mile cover in 13.7 seconds, a fast sedan indeed.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 4.6 sec

The braking performance of the car is also impressive with high-performance 4-wheel Disc brakes and ABS control. The latest model is sleeker and more dynamically stable and provides more agility to the car.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Brake

Models

2021 Lexus LS 500 (expected)

2020 Mercedes AMG S63

2020 Audi A8

2020 Genesis G90T

0-60 MPH

4.6

3.8

5.6

5.3

Quarter Mile

13.7

12.1

14.7

13.9

Top Speed

168

190

150

155

60-0 MPH

NA

NA

157

NA

The segment is packed with a plethora of high-performance sedans showing breath-taking accelerating abilities. The Lexus LS 500 is one of the fastest in the lot followed by German rivals like Audi A8 and Mercedes AMG S63. The braking performance of the LS 500 is top-notch but the stopping distance is not known.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Fuel Economy

8.4/10

With one of the most powerful engines in the segment under the hood, the LS 500 is definitely a performance sedan. Despite housing a massive 3.5 Liter V6 engine, the car delivers an astounding fuel economy as well. The combined economy delivered by the Lexus LS 500 is around 23 MPG. It also gets a high capacity fuel tank to boost up the range of the car, making it an ideal choice for long-weekend getaways.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500 (expected)

2020 Mercedes AMG S63

2020 Audi A8

2020 Genesis G90T

MPG (City)

19

17

17

17

MPG (Highway)

30

26

26

25

MPG (Combined)

23

20

21

20

Fuel Capacity 

21.7

24.3

21.7

21.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

412.3/651/499.1

413/631.8/486

368.9/564.2/455.7

372.30/547.5/438.0

The best-in-class fuel economy is delivered by the new Lexus LS 500 with over 30 MPG highway rating and the best range. Close competition is given by Mercedes AMG S63 which offers a lower fuel economy but gets a massive 24.3-gallon tank. Audi A8 and Genesis G90 also delivers a satisfactory economy and can be used for both city travel as well as long ride stints.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Interior

8.1/10

The interior space of the Lexus LS 500 oozes luxury and comfort from every corner. Packed with a plush seating arrangement wrapped in leather and come with 24-way power adjustments, Takumi Craftsmanship with exotic wood trims lights up the cabin to its full glory, extended supports provide extra comfort during long rides, and multiple small-item storage spaces take care of easy accessibility and an organized ride. Ample space is provided for both front and rear passengers. Overall, the cabin of the Lexus LS looks elegant with a subtle dashboard crafted with soft-touch material.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Cockpit Area

The top-end F Sport trim of the LS 500 gets sportier accents and sports trimmed seating. You also get a plethora of personalization options to make the LS 500 truly yours.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500 (expected)

2020 Mercedes AMG S63

2020 Audi A8

2020 Genesis G90T

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/58.8/41

42.1/59.7/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

41.1/59.1/46.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/56.4/38.9

39.2/59.1/43

38.5/57.6/44.3

38/57.9/37.8

The cabin of the Lexus LS 500 is very spacious with ample legroom, headroom, and shoulder room for both front and rear occupants. The seating capacity of the car is five. Competitors including Mercedes S63 and Genesis G90T also offer a plush cabin with sufficient space and loads of supports. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is expected to get minor upgrades and is an ideal choice for long weekend getaways.

How’s the 2021 Lexus LS 500 infotainment system?

Now long rides are no longer boring with the LS 500 featuring a range of connectivity and infotainment options. The new Lexus LS 500h sedan is packed with a plethora of entertainment options and the latest tech amenities. Starting from a redesigned user interface system complemented by an interactive touchscreen display to the latest smartphone integration feature, the LS 500 has got it all. Streaming applications like Apple CarPlay and smart Bluetooth options help you stream your favorite track anytime without any hassles. Dual USB ports help in charging your device or connect your smartphone to the on-board system. A premium surround sound setup by Mark Levinson levels up the infotainment game in the new LS 500h.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan Infotainment System

Driver eccentric interior design with steering mounted controls further eases out accessibility.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan

2021 Lexus LS 500 Exterior

8.0/10

The overall exterior appeal of the Lexus LS 500 is quite intriguing with sporty inlays, signature front grille with sharper LED headlights, sleeker sides, and massive alloy wheels. The front and rear bumper are new and get a level-up with the new lighting design. The new 2021 LS 500 is expected to get a lengthier body and sleeker structure to gain aerodynamic leverage at high speeds. The width of the car is also more to boost cornering stability and control. With the F Sport package, sportier accents can be witnessed with massive alloy wheels and chrome finishing.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan

Overall the car, looks stunning from every angle and manages to stand out in its segment with its sharp design and upmarket looks.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500 (expected)

2020 Mercedes AMG S63

2020 Audi A8

2020 Genesis G90T

Curb Weight 

4740

4564

4773

4806

Length 

206.1

208.5

208.7

204.9

Width 

74.8

74.8

76.6

75.4

Height 

57.5

59

58.5

58.9

Ground Clearance 

NA

NA

NA

5.1

Wheelbase 

123

124.6

123.1

124.4

The new Lexus LS 500 is one of the heaviest in the segment but that does not mean a compromise in performance. New design concepts and sleeker structure give the LS 500 more agility and high-speed stability. Competitors like the Audi A8 and Genesis G90T also showcases appealing design.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500 Sedan

2021 Lexus LS 500 Safety

9.2/10

The latest 2021 model of the LS 500 is expected to get the fully-loaded Lexus Safety System 2.0 which packs a range of advanced safety features and driver assistance. Few highlighted features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning system with lane-keeping assist, and Adaptive Cruise control with a lane-centering assist. The LS 500 gets a complete airbag package that ensures the complete safety of the passengers. A more advanced semi-autonomous driving mode is also available as an option.

2021 Lexus LS 500 Competition

7.9/10

2021 Lexus LS 500 vs Audi A8

In terms of performance, the Lexus LS 500 gets a headstart with a massive 3.5 Liter Twin-turbo V6 making around 414 hp. On the other hand, the A8 gets a 3.0 Liter Turbo V6 which churns around 335 hp. The exterior look of the LS 500 is more intriguing with the signature chrome finished grille and sleeker body structure. The interior of the Audi A8 is more lavish with a plethora of latest tech and connectivity features.

Audi A8

2021 Lexus LS 500 vs Genesis G90T

Close competition is faced by these two luxury sedans in terms of overall performance and interior features. The exterior of both cars displays a balanced look between luxury and sporty vibes. In terms of safety options, the LS 500 gets the latest Safety System 2.0 package which features the latest driver aids and advanced safety features.

genesis G90T

 

2021 Lexus LS 500 Final Verdict

If you are looking for a luxury sedan with equal sporty vibes and high-performance abilities, the new Lexus LS 500 can be a good choice. The new luxury sports sedan gets a massive 3.5 Liter Twin-Turbo V6 along with a 10-speed Automatic transmission. With options for AWD configuration, optimum drive performance and stability is ensured. The interior space is crafted with impeccable attention to detail with Takumi Craftsmanship and plush seating. The exterior look of the car is sleeker and sportier with massive alloys and modern design. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 gets the latest safety features and advanced driver aids with the Safety System 2.0 package inside. You get a range of personalization options as well to make the LS 500 truly yours. Overall, the LS 500 showcases a good blend of performance, luxury, and style.

Used Lexus LS 500 for Sale


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