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2021 Lexus LS 500 Review - Release Date, Trims, Images, Performance, MPG, Interior, And Rivals

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R. Mehra

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November 21, 2020 at 01:08 PM

The 2021 Lexus LS500 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. With so much performance and AWD, the LS500 cracks 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. For 2021, Lexus has retuned the suspension for a more supple and planted driving experience. The interior gets extensive updates for comfort and also adds a new 12.3-inch infotainment system. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 starts with an MSRP of $76,000 and is currently On-Sale.

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The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is the Japanese manufacturer’s answer to the top dogs in the luxury segment which has long been dominated by the German Trio. Behind all this futuristic look, there is still a traditional Lexus: smooth, composed, stable, comfortable, and extremely reliable. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 gets some deep-rooted updates that include tweaks to the suspension and transmission as well and starts with an MSRP of $76,000.


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The design continues to be on the sharper side like all other offerings from Lexus but the interior has gone in for a proper revamp with redesigned seats, added upholstery options, and a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that finally gets standard Android Auto. The 2021 LS 500 continues to be powered by a peppy3.5L Twin-Turbocharged V6 that can propel this luxury ship from 0-60 mph in an impressive 4.6 seconds.

2021 Lexus LS 500

Model Specs

MSRP Range

$76,000 - $82,850

Release Date

Already On-Sale

Engine

3.5L Twin-Turbocharged V6

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

RWD / AWD

Trims

2 trims - Base /  F Sport

Colors

9 Exterior Shades - Ultra White / Iridium / Atomic Silver / Manganese Luster / Caviar / Obsidian / Matador Red Mica / Nightfall Mica / Eminent White Pearl

Changes

  • Tweaked suspension for a more planted and stern driving dynamics
  • New 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display and Standard Android Auto
  • Subtle engine and transmission tweaks for added efficiency
  • Added comfort features for a plusher driving experience, with more sound damping and tweaked seats

The gearbox gets notable tweaks to make the ride smoother and more efficient. Lexus had given us an Inspiration Series for 2020 MY but it's still unknown if we would get one in the 2021 LS 500. But the Base and F Sport trims, both provide a wide range of add-on packages and accessories to amplify the luxury and comfort appeal. The base trims get 5 packages that also include the Lexus Safety System A+ package and ranges from $3,000 -$23,580.

What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 starts with an MSRP of $76,000 and tops out at $82,850. Two standard trims are available with the 2021 LS 500, Base, and F-Sport, and then there’s the limited run Inspiration Edition that is still under wraps and we suspect it to make an appearance in the coming months with an added focus on comfort and exclusive exterior color options. The F-Sport basically adds sportier exterior elements to make the LS 500 look aggressive.

It is offered in both RWD and AWD configurations for both the trims and that helps it cater to a wider audience in terms of mechanical and feature options. The feature listing, even for the base trim is impressive for the price-point and cocoons the occupants in luxury and plush trimmings. Technology features have gained traction for 2021, with a redesigned dashboard to encase the new 12.3-inch infotainment system and added tech for a connected vibe.

Trim

Base

F Sport

MSRP (RWD)

$76,000

$79,600

MSRP (AWD)

$79,250

$82,850

Key Features

LED Headlights and DRLs

Adds to/replaces with the Base

 

19-inch wheels

Climate-comfort Front and Outboard-rear

 

Adaptive suspension

Four-zone climate concierge

 

Sunroof

Remote adjustment for a passenger seat

 

12.3-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay

Power side-window sunshade

 

Power-closing doors

Perforated leather-trimmed interior

 

Leather upholstery

Hands-free trunk operation

 

Power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats

Panoramic glass roof

The base Lexus LS 500 is the one to go for. AWD or RWD purely depends on preference. We suggest the Base variant because you save some crucial $$ for all the cool features. We’d add on the Luxury package which adds heated and cooled seats all-round, rear bucket seats, a rear center console with touchscreen controls for the audio, climate control, and seat functions. After all this, you will still save up on a few bucks as compared to the top trim.

What are the Engine and Performance Updates of the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

At the helm of the 2021 Lexus LS 500, is a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 which is good for 416 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. The engine has been super refined and doesn’t feel underpowered on the motorways. It feels powerful when pushed hard and very hush when cruising. Ever since the exit of the NA V8 unit from the LS Series, Lexus has been able to bring its luxury sedan up to the likes of its German counterparts in terms of performance.

All this power is managed by a 10-speed electronically controlled Direct-Shift automatic transmission. You do have a manual mode wherein you can utilize the paddle shifters available.  Lexus is committed to driving dynamics. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 has a sporty character to it while being uber comfortable in the city and on the motorway. In the comfort mode, it just floats over all the bumps thanks to the air suspension setup in absolute silence. 

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Genesis G90

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 BMW 7-Series

MSRP

$75,450

$72,200

$85,200

$86,450

Engine

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

4.4L Twin Turbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

416 hp @ 6,000 rpm

420 hp @ 6,000 rpm

453 hp @ 5,500 rpm

523 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque 

442 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

487 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm

553 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

The chassis on the LS 500 is stiff, balanced, and cohesive and provides a very good ride quality. The chassis handles the corners really well for a car this size. The Lexus LS 500’s is the least powerful of the lot and is the only one with a 10-speed automatic. The most powerful is the BMW 7-series and needless to say, it has the most torque but this face-off isn't just about sheer performance, ain't it?! Still, Pricing-wise, the Lexus has an upper hand.

How fast is the 2021 Lexus LS500 in terms of 0-60 mph and Quarter-Mile runs?

Sprinting from a standpoint has never been a strong point to any of the Lexus cars but the LS 500 carries its weight well. The twin-turbo V6 on this Japanese ship is quick and takes just 4.6 seconds to cross the 60 mph mark which is quite impressive for a full-sized luxury sedan that weighs in at almost 5,000 pounds. Be noted that this figure is for the AWD layout, and the RWD will reach 60 mph marginally lower, at 4.4 seconds.

It completes the quarter-mile run in 13.7 seconds and goes on to hit a top whack of 137 miles an hour which still is in the "adrenaline-pumping territory. Get yourself the more sporty looking 2021 Lexus LS 500 F Sport and that would give you the added leverage of feeling the sprint. It also comes with 2 sport modes - Sport and Sport +, which allows for a more spirited driving experience with stiffer suspension and responsive steering.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Genesis G90

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 BMW 7-Series

0-60 mph

4.6 secs

5.4 secs

5.4 secs

4.8 secs

Quarter mile 

13.7 secs

13.9 secs

14.0 secs

13.3 secs

Top Speed

137 mph

155 mph

130 mph

136 mph

The Lexus accelerates the hardest when it comes to 0-60 MPH. Both the Genesis G90 and the Audi A8 share similar 0-60 sprints and quarter-mile times. But because of the BMW 7-Series that gets most of its beef in the mid-range, the quarter-mile run is clearly in its favor. Genesis G90 obliterates the rest in top speed run, thanks to more powerful and naturally aspirated engines that love to rev highly.


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What are the MPG Figures of the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

The twin-turbo V6 on the 2021 Lexus LS 500 is one of the more frugal options available in the market today. It returns 18 miles per gallon in the city, 27 out on the motorway, and a combined figure of 21 miles per gallon. These figures will now be retained even under spirited driving conditions, as Lexus has tweaked the transmission which was known to be a bit unrefined earlier.

When swapped with the RWD layout the 2021 Lexus LS 500 returns marginally better figures with 18 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and a combined 22 MPG. It is impressive of Lexus to keep both the drivetrain options close to each other without disrupting the driving dynamics or efficiency. The drive modes on offer, Chung away more fuel as the options are confined to Sport and Sport+ only.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Genesis G90

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 BMW 7-Series

MPG (City)

17

17

17

22

MPG (Highway)

27

25

26

29

MPG (Combined)

21

20

21

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21.7

21.9

21.7

20.6

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

390.6/ 585.9/ 455.7

372.3/ 547.5/ 438.0

368.9/ 564.2/ 455.7

453.2/ 597.4/ 494.4

Despite having the smallest fuel tank of all, the BMW 7-Series provides the most range and fuel efficiency of the lot. Genesis G90 has the biggest fuel tank but it is not as frugal as the BMW 7-Series. The Lexus LS 500 has a good range too, better than the Genesis G90 and the Audi A8 which makes it an all-rounder here.

What are the updates for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 Interior?

The Lexus LS 500’s cabin has opulence written all over it. There’s a sign of pure craftsmanship and plushness everywhere in the cabin. The base trims are very soft-touch and comfortable starting from the doors to the seats and the dashboard. You also get to see Takumi craftsmanship all around the interior from all the premium art wood trims to the Kiriko Glass trim inside.

The dashboard is a multi-level one with an all-leather finish to it. There is the same stitching pattern on the dash as are on the doors. The design of the door aligns with the design on the dashboard and provides a seamless look to the interior. The most notable change is the redesigned seats that are now more comfortable and hug you well for the occasional sporty drives.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Genesis G90

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 BMW 7-Series

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

37.3/ 58.8/ 41.0

41.1/ 59.1/ 46.3

38.3/ 59.1/ 41.5

39.9/ 59.2/ 41.4

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

37.3/ 56.4/ 38.9

38/ 57.9/ 37.8

38.5/ 57.6/ 44.3

38.9/ 57.7/ 44.4

Trunk Capacity (cu. ft.)

16.9

15.7

12.5

18.2

The seating comfort on the LS 500 is top-notch with the front seats having heating and cooling functions with ventilation and massaging. You also get a memory function in the seats that remember your ideal seating position. The support and bolstering on the front seats are good and support very well during cornering. Various Interior features of the 2021 Lexus LS 500 are:

  • New Palomino Leather interior will be available, while new interior ornamentation options include Black Laser Special and Open Pore Black
  • Four-zone climate concierge
  • Semi-aniline perforated leather-trimmed interior
  • 28-way power front seats with multifunction massage
  • Wood and leather-trimmed rear-center console

What are the Infotainment features of the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

There’s a 12.3-inch infotainment screen as standard on all the LS models. You can have multiple views on the main screen at a time which means that you can view the map and control the climate control at the same time. The graphics might feel dated but the icons are clear and responsive to the inputs.

You get only Apple CarPlay with the 2021 Lexus LS 500. No Android Auto here, sadly. You have your audio controls too which also shows Bluetooth connectivity. You get surround sound to get the best audio experience that Lexus has to offer. You get a touchpad in the center console as an alternative for the touchscreen. Notable infotainment features are:

  • New 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa
  • 23-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System
  • Lexus Enform app suite 2.0
  • Next-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI)
  • Available Lexus Enform Wi-Fi (4GB/3-month trial), Lexus Enform Service Connect (10-year trial)

What are the changes for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 Exterior?

Although built on the same platform as the Lexus LC coupe, the exterior on the Lexus LS 500 is not as loud as the other Lexus cars. It sure continues forth with the sharp form factor that is a key design cue for all Lexus offerings, but the LS Series is a bit more subtle than the other futuristic offerings in the portfolio

Sure, there are sharp triangles in its headlight and the ‘spindle’ shaped grille looks very different but they have a charisma of their own. The overall design is very elegant and pleasing to the eye. The F Sport trim adds a notable amount of sportiness to this plus sedan with blacked-out elements, aggressive add-on elements on the front and rear bumpers, and two exclusive colors that adds to the "go-fast" appeal.

Model

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Genesis G90

2021 Audi A8 L

2021 BMW 7-Series

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,938

4,960

4,905

4,244

Length (in.)

206.1

204.9

208.7

207.4

Width (in.)

74.8

75.4

76.6

74.9

Height (in.)

57.9

58.9

58.5

58.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

5.1

4.8

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

123.0

124.4

123.1

126.4

The Lexus has the shortest wheelbase of all, which explains its handling. It is also the least wide and with the lowest height. The Genesis G90 has the highest ground clearance and stands as the heaviest in the group and also has a very bold front fascia that is its highlighting point. The Bimmer also gets a larger than life kidney-grille but it still has the essence of a true blue BMW. Notable exterior features of the 2021 Lexus LS 500 are:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive headlights
  • New 3-projector LED headlamps features a vertically stacked layout
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • New exterior shade - Iridium

What are the Safety Features of the 2021 Lexus LS 500? 

Every 2021 Lexus LS 500 is equipped with Lexus Safety System 2.0+ as standard which uses enhanced radar and camera capabilities placed around the car. This helps in efficient pedestrian detection, even in low-light conditions. You also get lane assistance including lane departure alert and steering assistance.

There’s a lane tracing assist which integrates the radar cruise control to keep the LS centered in a lane. Lexus offers a myriad of safety features both, active and passive, to ensure the safety of its occupants. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested an LS 500 yet. Notable safety features of the 2021 Lexus LS 500 are:

  •  Pre-Collision System (PCS) included with LSS+ 2.0 employs both a millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor system
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic braking
  • Lexus Safety System+ A
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Active Steering Assist (ASA)
  • Available Lexus Enform Safety Connect (3-year trial included), Enform Remote (3-year trial)

Should you buy the 2021 Lexus LS500?

The Lexus LS 500 is a bang for the buck luxury car which has a lot of standard equipment and looks very elegant. There’s the extraordinary build quality that you get with the LS 500 with all the craftsmanship inside. You can opt for better and more beautiful interior options using packages.

All the things considered, we can safely say that the Lexus LS 500 is the perfect buy for someone who wants a practical, reliable, comfortable, and elegant looking sedan which can be driven daily! And with the newly added and improved features that go skin-deep, Lexus has refreshed its luxury sedan well to take on the 2021 wave of competitors and its aggressive pricing remains one of the key winning points.


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2021 Lexus LS 500 FAQs

Is the 2021 Lexus LS 500 AWD?

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is offered in both RWD and AWD configurations.

Does the 2021 Lexus LS 500 share its underpinnings with the LC Coupe?

Yes, the 2021 Lexus LS 500 shares its underpinnings with the sporty Lexus LC Coupe but gets extended for more comfort.

Does the 2021 Lexus LS 500 come in Inspiration Series?

No details on the Inspiration series is confirmed for 2021, but as the trend goes, expect the 2021 Lexus LS 500 Inspiration Series to break cover by mid-2021.

Does the 2021 Lexus LS 500 come with Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Lexus LS 500 comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

What is the warranty on the 2021 Lexus LS 500?

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 is backed with a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • Basic Warranty:- 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty:- 7 years or 70,000 miles
  • Corrosion Perforation Warranty:- 6 years and unlimited miles
  • Parts Warranty:- 1 year or unlimited miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance:- 1 year or 10,000 miles
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