2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS
2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 30 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 416 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 Lexus LS

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Emergency Sos
    • Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
    • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
    • Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision
    • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Real-Time Traffic Display
    • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Streaming Audio
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • Regular Amplifier
    • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Pioneer DVD Audio System w/Navigation -inc: 12 speakers
  • Exterior Features
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Chrome Bodyside Insert
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Body-Colored Front Windshield Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Power Open And Close Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Door Auto-Latch
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents w/Locks
    • Tires: P245/50RF19 AS
    • Wheels: 19" Cast Aluminum Resonator
  • Interior Features
    • Heated/Cooled Front Bucket Seats -inc: power front headrests
    • Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material and Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
    • 20-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Cushion Extension, Seatback Side Bolster Support, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt, Articulating Upper Backrest, Power 4-Way Lumbar Support and Power Cushion Side Bolster Support
    • 12-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • Heated Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert and Aluminum/Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Smooth Leather Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual w/Tilt Rear Head Restraints
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Trip Computer
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Systems Monitor
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Enform Safety Connect Tracker System
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver And Passenger Seats, Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel and Head Restraints
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Cargo Net
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Carpet Floor Trim, Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim and Carpet Mat
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve Twin Turbo -inc: aluminum block and cylinder heads, Variable Valve Timing - intelligent by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on intake, Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i) on exhaust, Electrical Fuel Injection (EFI) and Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior version w/Turbo (D-4ST)
    • Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 5920# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 21.7 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Multi-Link Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 17
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/3444
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 416 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 442 @ 1600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 123
    • Length, Overall (in) - 206.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21.7
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 99.4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 97.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 36.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.8
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.9
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 55.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 30
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 18.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lexus LS
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/50VR19
    • Front Tire Size - P245/45VR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/50VR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/45VR20
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 10
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.92
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.15
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.35
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.88
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.46
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.19
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 5.17
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.79
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Large Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4707
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4751
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Front Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum

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All new for 2018, Lexus LS has been totally redesigned. The new Lexus LS 500 is related to the recently launched LC coupe. Stressing unabashed luxury, the all-new Lexus LS echoes the model that first challenged German automakers with a top-level luxury car from a Japanese marque.

Lexus fills its top sedan with opulent details, such as crystal trim, while edging into fresh design territory. Rather than near-silence, LS buyers can opt for simulated engine sounds. A new 10-speed automatic transmission goes into the gas-engine LS 500, while the LS 500h hybrid gets an ingenious CVT/4-speed transmission.

Built upon a stretched version of the LC coupe platform, the LS 500 is slightly longer than its predecessor, more tapered, with broader glass area. Fractionally lower, it promises improved weight distribution. It is not intended to be as sporty as the LC, focusing instead on luxury.

A short-wheelbase model is no longer part of the LS picture. Also gone is the previous V8 engine, thrust aside by a new twin turbocharged V6.

Three versions are available: LS 500 with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; LS 500 F Sport; and LS 500h hybrid.

The new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 generates 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, working with the new 10-speed.

The LS 500h hybrid mates a 3.5-liter V6 mates with two electric motors, for total combined output of 354 horsepower. A uniquely developed 4-speed transmission blends with a continuously variable unit. One electric motor propels the sedan at low speeds. A second motor adds power at higher speeds. Paddle shifters are included, and the 4-speed/CVT provides 10 forward speeds.

Located beneath the back seat, the 44-kWh lithium-ion battery pack generates 1.1 kilowatt-hours of power. The LS 500h can operate on battery power, but for no more than a couple of miles. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 5.1 seconds with rear-drive.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the LS sedan.

A group of valuable safety features is standard, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The driver can set lane- and speed-control, then remove hands from the steering wheel for 5 seconds.

An optional Advanced Safety package adds pedestrian detection with active steering and front cross-traffic alert.


The 2018 Lexus LS 500 ($75,000) comes with rear-wheel drive, leather upholstery, navigation, 12-speaker audio with Bluetooth streaming, active noise cancellation, and 19-inch wheels. It comes with the twin-turbocharged V6 engine and 10-speed automatic. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

LS 500 AWD ($79,215) adds all-wheel drive.

LS 500h ($79,510) is similar to LS 500, but with hybrid powertrain. It’s also available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive ($82,730).

LS 500 F Sport ($81,000) gets distinctive exterior trim, special 20-inch wheels, firmly padded 28-way power seats, suede headliner, and aluminum pedals. A movable gauge reveals additional performance data. It comes with the twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive ($84,220)


Boldly compelling styling of the 2018 LS 500 makes a clean break from the staid past. Lexus has borrowed some luscious design cues from its new LC 500 coupe, sailing past customary boundaries in the process.

While the coupe is suggestive of Aston Martin flair, the LS sedan conveys a more elegant character, topped by a long, tapered roofline. Teardrop-shaped side windows sit behind the rear doors.

Z-shaped headlights flank a huge hourglass-shaped grille, similar to other Lexus models. Each LS version gets a different grille texture, featuring hundreds of gleaming facets. LED taillights mark the tall rear end.


Extravagance is a byword for the asymmetric LS cabin, from ambient lighting to dark hardwoods and aluminum trim, even cut glass and quilted fabrics. Door panels feature curved stitching, complemented by free-floating door handles and armrests.

An air suspension can ease entry/exit, raising the car more than an inch. Heated/cooled front seats can move 28 ways, and provide massage functions. In the F Sport, heavily sculptured seats might be snug for wider physiques.

Even in standard form, rear-seat space is abundant for three riders. An optional Executive package, targeting the chauffeur-driven market, provides even greater stretch-out space for two occupants. Extras include four-zone climate control, 22-way heated/cooled rear seats, and a right-side seat with a raised ottoman, backrest recline, and easy-access mode.

A touchpad controls audio and climate functions on the low-sitting, slightly off-balance dashboard, with its narrow cluster of gauges. All LS sedans come with a 12.3-inch display screen, but the infotainment system is among the clumsiest. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable.

Trunk space is good, measuring 17 cubic feet for the LS 500 and 15.2 cubic feet for the hybrid. Plenty of rear glass and a low beltline help provide good visibility.

Driving Impressions

Ride control is especially good in the F Sport’s continuously adaptive setup, permitting little body lean when cornering. Run-flat tires on the F Sport results in a rumbling ride and bounding over some bumps. Through long undulations, in contrast, the air springs yield pleasurable softness. The steering lacks precision as well as feel and weightiness. However, road manners are excellent, overall, with the adaptive setup.

Rear-wheel steering on the F Sport reduces the turning circle, easing maneuverability. The driver can select Eco, Normal, Comfort, Custom, Sport, or Sport+ mode. When in Sport or Sport+ mode, amplified engine sounds are pumped into the cabin.

Acceleration to 60 mph in an LS 500 takes just 4.6 seconds. Lexus claims the 10-speed transmission shifts as promptly as a dual-clutch unit.

The hybrid performs nearly as well as the gas-engine model and handling differences between the LS 500 and LS 500h are barely discernible. The amplified engine noise is more bothersome in the LS 500h, however.

Because LS sedans are heavyweights, gas mileage inevitably suffers, but the hybrid should be quite thrifty. The EPA has not yet issued fuel-economy estimates. Lexus predicts the rear-drive LS 500h hybrid will earn about 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving. For the standard LS 500, Lexus predicts 23 mpg combined.


With its more opulent cabin and greater interior space, the latest LS transcends its predecessors. In addition to outstanding fit and finish, the LS 500 line promises fine seat comfort front and rear, plenty of storage space, lots of luxury, and a sizable helping of current technology.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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