2020 Lexus LS 500 Review by Mark Fulmer
by Mark Fulmer
The Auto Channel
The 2020 Lexus LS 500 has the soul of a luxury liner. Everything elegant and smooth.
Elegant. A yawning spindle grille, LED headlights with sharply angled LED daytime running lights and LED combination taillights with signature 'L' design elements, dual chrome tailpipes, a power sunroof with the option to go panoramic. A buyer could add Shiatsu massage to the seating, adding up to 28 ways of adjustment in the process and rear seats are also electronically adjustable. When it comes to comfort, the choices are meriad and include innovative options like a power-adjustable ottoman for rear-seat passengers. Equally impressive are the possibilities of colors and trims.
Smooth. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with twin of turbochargers the 5000 pound vehicle has 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, and drives a ten-speed automatic gearbox. With steering that has immediate response and an adaptive variable air suspension, the silky smooth ride glides over our neglected infrastructure like a effortless albatross. Should you live in climates that get icey, there is all wheel drive available.
The touchscreen infotainment interface has numerous detractors to which I say two things: (1) Use it when not moving to set up the deeply adjustable perameters of this deeply adjustable vehicle, and (2) when driving, use voice commands, even though learning them may mean putting aside your "I don't need no instructions" attitude.
What with the Lexus Safety System+A package, as well as Lexus proven reliability, this personal luxury liner is well worth consideration by deep-pocketed buyers.