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2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: December 16, 2020

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You’ll find the Lexus LS 500h as one of the distinctive looking Sedan on the streets. But, more than a sedan, the LS 500h is a hybrid car and that;s where the “h” makes the true sense. In the 500h, Lexus has replaced the heavier 5.0-liter V8 engine from LS 500 to 3.4-liter V6, along with two electric motors run by a lithium-ion battery pack. The 2021 Lexus LS 500h boasts of a good fuel economy with EPA ratings of 29 mpg in combined city-highway driving. well, with all such refinements, we are sure that the 2021 model provides a bit better ride quality than the outgoing model. Also, the well-appointed interior options and standard features make the LS 500h a wonderful hybrid car.

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Pros

Impressive mileage from a grad-touring coupe

Available with good drive modes

An array of standard features

Magnificent interior design

Cons

Limited interior storage and trunk

Touchpad-based infotainment is not user-friendly

Lesser customization options available

What's New?

Active cornering assist is available

Smartphone integration with Android Auto

Suspension tuned for better performance and smooth ride


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Colors and Styles

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid in Aluminum Silver color 2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid in Autumn Shimmer color 2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid in Caviar color 2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid in Matador Red Metallic color 2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid in Nightfall Mica color
Aluminum Silver

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.9

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Base

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$81,450 - $83,565


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $81,450 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $83,565 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


Lexus has announced its 2021 version of its luxury hybrid sedan, the 2021 Lexus LS 500h is hitting the markets soon with some little changes in the exterior styling and a facelift. This gas/electric combo sedan is very unique in its segment as it is comparatively cheaper than the other cars in the segment. This luxury sedan comes with RWD and AWD powertrain option, LS 500h is a comfortable and premium car which surely gives you an upscale feel.

Powering the Lexus LS 500h is a 3.5-liter V6 enginethat comes connected to two electric motors. There are quite a lot of drawbacks to this car, the car has not shown any innovative approach since its launch in 2018. Priced at $81,450, the Lexus 500h mainly rivals Acura RLX, BMW 745e, and Volvo S90. Let us conduct a deeper analysis of this luxury hybrid sedan from the house of Lexus.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan front view
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan rear view

8.9/10
Pricing and Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Pricing and Features

8.9/10

The Lexus LS 500h comes only with a single trim it just gives an option of powertrain i.e. LS 500h (RWD) and LS 500h (AWD).

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan front view

Each 500h model gets powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is further connected to two effective motors, propelled by a lithium-ion battery pack stored beneath the floor. The setup delivers 354 horsepower and gets mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. 

Model

LS 500h

MSRP (RWD)

$81,450

MSRP (AWD)

$83,565

Key Features

LED Headlights and DRLs

 

Cruise control

 

Lexus Safety System +

 

Heated Rear Seats

 

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking

 

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Lexus Enform Application

 

Four-zone Climate Concierge with climate-comfort front and outboard rear seats

Touring package come with various optional features such as all-Weather Package with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, Premium leather-trimmed front seats, Faux suede headliner, 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and Parking sensors.

Sport package adds other equipment like :Power-adjustable front sport seats with faux suede inserts, Glass or carbon-fiber roof, Performance brake pads, and Parking sensors.

The Dynamic Handling package comes with some notable performance upgrades like 21-inch wheels. Rear steering, Rear spoiler that automatically deploys at certain speeds, Faux suede headliner, and Carbon-fiber doorsill plates.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Lexus is famed to make reliable cars that are cheap to maintain and also provide you with the utmost luxury. Lexus LS 500h continues the legacy and provides the owner with all the convenience which Lexus claims for its car. Lexus has been awarded the most reliable brand many times and has always featured in the top 10 reliable automakers.

2021 Lexus LS 500h Reliability and Ownership Cost

Based on the previous year reports and ratings one thing is sure the 2021 version of Lexus LS 500h will definitely be a reliable choice. Although JD power has never tested LS 500 line up other reports claim good reliability score when it comes to Any LS 500 car.

After the reliability factor, we come down to another main aspect i.e. after-sales cost, Although Lexus LS 500h is a premium luxury car and with that one would think it would burn a hole in pocket with its maintenance but to your surprise, LS 500h features in the list of low maintenance/ownership cost cars. 

Yes! The annual maintenance cost of this luxurious Lexus sedan is less than $500, such low maintenance cost is one of the prime reasons for Lexus’s increasing sales. Apart from maintenance, the LS 500h starts from nearly $82k which is a reasonable price for a car belonging to such a segment.

State

Price*

Washington

$81,995

Florida

$82,115

California

$82,105

New Jersey

$81,955

Arizona

$81,905

* Prices are indicative and may vary

The LS 500h is considered a worry-free travel companion that has no safety recalls reported by the NHTSA and such has been the case since its introduction. Although you have to take your vehicle to the dealer for complimentary scheduled maintenance to get the best out of it, repairs are usually infrequent and not particularly serious or costly. As Lexus is a subsidiary of Toyota has a wide and efficient network that makes the sourcing of parts and assistance easily available.

Warranty Coverage

Lexus offers an 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty on its hybrid cars which is a good coverage covering hybrid control module, converter, inverter, and other manufacturing defects. The Lexus hybrid Battery comes with exceptional 10 years or 150,000 miles, Lexus also offers a warranty on parts which lasts for 12 months with no limitations on distance traversed by the car.

Warranty

Duration

Hybrid System Warranty

8 years or 100,000 miles (whichever occurs earlier)

Powertrain warranty

6 years or 70,000 miles (whichever occurs earlier)

Parts Warranty

12 months with no restriction on miles

Corrosion Perforation Warranty

6 years with no restriction on miles

Lexus Hybrid Battery

10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever occurs earlier)

The corrosion perforation warranty of 6 years seems low when compared to BMW and Mercedes who offer 12 years of warranty on the same and this creates doubts on the make of the car although there have been no complaints on the quality of the sheet metal used by Lexus and withstands all conditions for a long duration but let’s wait for few more years so as to get a better knowledge about the durability of the metal used by Lexus.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Buying Advice

The best setup for the Lexus LS 500h is to opt with the Touring package. This package is the jack of all trades and offers premium features like heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed front seats, a faux suede headliner and a stellar 13-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system. It also gets you the Park Assist that helps you park easily by detecting obstacles using various sensors. 

Is buying a used Lexus LS 500h a good idea?

Lexus cars are average in holding their value and honestly, you can’t assume its price because lots of variations have been observed in recent times making it unpredictable stuff. It is always advisable to buy a new one if you are opting for Lexus. But if you still persist on buying the used Lexus LS 500h make sure you pay 20% less than the new one if it’s the 2020 model and skip the 2019 model as it misses out many features.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The LS 500h is a hybrid car and houses a gas/electric combo powerhouse, which is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and two useless electric motors, and this all stuff gives a combined output of just 354hp and 257 lb-ft of torque, this is less than the normal LS 500. Notably, the regular LS 500 model comes powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine.

The hybrid engine is mated with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) which is the worst CVT you would see ever as it fails to deliver optimum power to the wheels and it really gets to nerves while climbing a hill or even a normal over the bridge. The connection between the engine and transmission is completely lost and in cases like this, you can’t expect an engaging drive.

Models

2021 Lexus LS 500h

2021 BMW 745e

2021 Audi A8 L 60

2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

MSRP

$80,010*

$95,550*

$96,900*

$96,200*

Engine

3.5L Gas/Electric V6

3.0L Inline 6

4.0 L Hybrid V8

3.0 L turbo Inline 6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

8 Speed Shiftable Automatic

8 Speed Shiftable Automatic

9 Speed Shiftable Automatic

Horsepower 

354 hp @ 6,600 rpm

335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

453 hp @ 5,500 rpm

429 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque 

 

257 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

487 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 2,100 rpm

With the comparison chart, you can easily point out that LS 500h has the most underpowered engine even with high cubic capacity and electric motor whereas the Audi counterpart manages to fabricate the highest power and torque figures and this is the definition of a good engine. The engine of LS 500h is not efficient at all and the electric motors are not having any impact on increasing the performance of the engine, they are just dead weights and nothing else.

2021 Lexus LS 500h Acceleration and Braking Performance

While we know the engine and transmission of the car are not efficient and calibrated, it is obvious that the car will suffer from performance figures. The Lexus 500h takes 5.3 ticks to touch the 60 mph mark from ideal and it does standing quarter-mile in 14.0 seconds. 

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan accelerate 0-60 mph in 5.3 sec

The reason behind such quarter-mile figures is its sluggish transmission which fails to deliver the power when needed resulting in such slow performance. The data is self-explanatory, LS 500h has performed worst in all four aspects. It has the highest timing in the 0-60 mph and standing quarter-mile test, the top speed is the lowest and the braking distance is the highest.

Models

2021 Lexus LS 500h

2021 BMW 745e

2021 Audi A8 L 60

2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

0-60 MPH 

5.3 seconds

4.8 seconds

5.1 seconds

5.2 seconds

Quarter Mile 

14.0 seconds

13.2 seconds

13.0 seconds

13.5 seconds

Top Speed 

140 MPH

155 MPH

154 MPH

150 MPH

60-0 MPH

110 ft.

101 ft.

103 ft.

107 ft.

Lexus LS series have had braking issues for a long time now and Lexus should look into it deeply as they are not efficient and reliable as they should be. LS 500h has totally failed to deliver performance and this is all because of its so-called Hybrid engine and latest continuously variable transmission (CVT).

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Fuel Economy

8.5/10

Before moving further with the fuel economy of LS 500h you should be aware that LS 500h compulsory requires Premium unleaded gasoline. Now coming to the mileage, the underpowered engine of LS 500h manages to offer 25 mpg while zipping through cities and 33 mpg while sprinting on highways combining it to 28 mpg.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500h

2021 BMW 745e

2021 Audi A8 L 60

2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

MPG (City)

25 mpg

19 mpg

17 mpg

17 mpg

MPG (Highway)

33 mpg

25 mpg

26 mpg

26 mpg

MPG (Combined)

28 mpg

22 mpg

22 mpg

22 mpg

Fuel Capacity 

22.2 gallons

12.1 gallons

21.7 gallons

21.1 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

555/733/621 miles

229.9/302.5/266.2 miles

368.9/564.2/477.4 miles

358.7/548.6//464.2 miles

Here, the LS 500h performs well with excellent mileage and obviously ranges due to the provision of a 22.2-gallon big tank. Amongst the competition, the LS 500h comes out to be the most efficient luxury sedan reducing its running cost.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Interior

8.0/10

Well, the interior of the 2021 Lexus LS 500h is a combination of the traditional principles of “Omotenashi” and modern techniques which has resulted in one of the best interiors in the automobile industry. 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. This luxury sedan has premium leather upholstery the same as the non-hybrid version, both front and rear row has heated and ventilated seats. 

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan front seats

The cabin of LS 500h consist of minimal plastic as it is leather or wood, the Takumi craftsman has shown their talent with high quality and high precision work which has enhanced the beauty of the cabin. Apart from the interior designing and looks, the cabin is full of space for occupant’s convenience as it has lots of storage space like side pockets, bottle holders, cup holders, glove boxes, and many more for your belongings. Overall the cabin is silent, fell premium, and fully comfortable as it is a luxury choice.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500h

2021 BMW 745e

2021 Audi A8 L 60

2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.3/59.8/41.5 inches

39.9/59.2/41.4 inches

38.5/58.9/41.9 inches

39.3/58.5/42.0 inches

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

38.3/57.4/40.9 inches

38.9/57.7/44.4 inches

37.5/58.1/42.8 inches

37.9/58.4/43.4 inches

The 2021 version is more spacious and comfortable than the previous one and this is one among the few changes in the 2021 LS 500h. Compared to rivals, the LS 500h comes out to be the most spacious of all although BMW counterpart has wider figures when experienced practically LS 500h is a more comfortable choice. Mercedes with its redesigned interior in the S 500 makes it more appealing than the Lexus counterpart and possesses strong competition on the aspect where Lexus is the best.

How good is the infotainment system of Lexus LS 500h?

The infotainment system of LS 500h has played the role of Cardamom in Biryani. It is totally outdated and limited, not user-friendly at all. The 12.3-inch big touchscreen just looks good but doesn’t work as smoothly as it should and is even worse when you use it with voice commands. It supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay but will take ages to connect your phone.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan cockpit

It does not have a wireless charging facility and Internet connection as of 2020 and there is no confirmation for the 2021 version. The system though touchscreen has physical buttons/knobs like on/off, volume, and mode selection. It is equipped with navigation. The best part of the infotainment system is the 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, you can just imagine 23 speakers in that much size of the cabin, sounds crazy, isn’t it?

Key Infotainment Features:

  • 23-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System
  • Lexus Enform app suite 2.0
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • 12.3-inch infotainment screen
  • Drive mode select
  • Remote Touchpad
  • In-built navigation
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Exterior

9.0/10

This is the major change you will see between the 2020 version of LS 500h and the 2021 version of LS 500h as the upcoming has got a facelift which has increased the height ground clearance of the car and made it more appealing. Apart from the facelift, LS 500h has got a few more tweaks which have resulted in better looks than the previous one.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan right side view

The front signature chrome grille looks awesome on the car and is enough to attract eyeballs while moving on the streets. The Lexus LS 500h is not much separated from its non-hybrid counterpart aside from the badge on the trunk.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500h

2021 BMW 745e

2021 Audi A8 L 60

2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

Curb Weight (lbs)

4850 lbs

4848 lbs

4780 lbs

4863 lbs

Length (inches)

206.1 inches

207.4 inches

204.9 inches

205.3 inches

Width (inches)

74.8 inches

74.9 inches

74.3 inches

74.5 inches

Height (inches)

57.5 inches

58.2 inches

57.5 inches

57.3 inches

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.6 inches

5.3 inches

5.1 inches

5.0 inches

Wheelbase (inches)

123.0 inches

126.4 inches

122.9 inches

123.5 inches

Looks are always personal but no one can ignore the elegance of the Lexus LS 500h and it will surely drag your attention with its sleek design. Talking about measurements LS 500h is Longer, wider and higher, and this is why it provides an ample amount of space inside.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan
2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Sedan

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Safety

9.0/10

The Lexus LS 500h 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

Neither the National highway traffic safety authority nor the insurance institute of highway safety have crash-tested the LS 500 series so providing a rating is not possible but through the safety features and its build quality, we can speculate about its safety and moreover Lexus and even Toyota are well known for making safe vehicles.

Key Safety Features:

  • Lexus Safety Sense 2.0
  • A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic braking
  • Lexus Safety System+ A
  • 10 Airbags

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Competition

2021 Lexus LS 500h VS 2021 BMW 745e

2021 BMW 745e

When we compare these two cars it is clear that Lexus LS 500h will not take advantage over BMW 745e on any aspect, either LS 500h would equalize with BMW 745e or get beaten by BMW 745e. Both the cars have good interior, exterior, and safety features while the performance of the BMW 745e is obviously way better than the LS 500h. The BMW 7-series comes with strong engine options including a plug-in hybrid and a turbo V12, giving ample options for buyers as per the requirement which is not in the case with the LS 500h. So it is clear BMW 745e is a go and the LS 500h should be skipped.

2021 Lexus LS 500h VS 2021 Audi A8 L 60

2021 Audi A8 L

Both the cars are equally good and both have pros and cons over each other. Lexus LS 500h is better when it comes to pricing, interior, and mileage whereas Audi is unbeatable when it comes to performance, power, and features. Audi A8 has a better infotainment system and other tech features than the LS 500h. LS costs $12k-$15k less than the Audi which is a huge difference but if you are a performance freak and prefer better ride quality over mileage and interior designing than Audi A8 is the one which will match your taste.

2021 Lexus LS 500h VS 2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

2021 Mercedes Benz S 500

With the launch of Mercedes Benz S 500, Lexus has started to lose ground on the interior aspect where Lexus LS 500h is claimed to be the best. Mercedes Benz though costly provides you with better performance, luxury, and features. Lexus is not less than the Mercedes counterpart when it comes to cabin ergonomics and luxury. If you are ready to pay more than, the 2021 Mercedes Benz S 500 is the car that you should opt for.

2021 Lexus LS 500h hybrid Final Verdict

If you have a budget cap then go for Lexus LS 500 the non-hybrid version provides the same comfort and luxury with better performance moreover it also makes your car lighter with that all electrical stuff being absent from the car. With the recent improvements in the LS 500h, Lexus has doe a terrific job in maintaining the reputation of this hybrid car in the market.

Used Lexus LS 500h hybrid for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2019 Lexus LS 500h hybrid 0 $69,995 2 Listings
2019 Lexus LS 500h hybrid 0 $106,018 1 Listings
2019 Lexus LS 500h hybrid 0 $71,449 2 Listings
2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid 0 $59,900 8 Listings
2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid 0 $58,995 2 Listings
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