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Lexus LS 500: a smooth ride

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The luxurious Lexus LS 500 offers a smooth ride.

When the lottery jackpot soars, everyone starts daydreaming about what they’d do with that much dough. If your fantasy includes a swanky new ride, consider the Lexus LS 500.

Once regarded as a bit stodgy looking, this now-svelte sedan’s adaptive suspension delivers a smooth ride and confident handling. Acceleration is brisk, with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 showing V8-like spunk.

Inside, you’ll find an uncommonly hushed ambience. The front seats adjust 28 ways and feature heating, cooling, and massage. Our test car sported soft, quilted leather upholstery and genuine wood trim, and came equipped with the optional Executive Package, which features power-reclining rear seats with shiatsu massage and a pop-up ottoman.

The LS 500’s complexity notwithstanding, everything works in a straightforward manner. The exception is the console-mounted touch-pad interface, which enables you to select different items on the large, 12.3-inch center screen but requires taking your eyes off the road for longer than is probably prudent. 

Vehicle layout: Twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (416 hp), 10-speed automatic, RWD
MSRP, base model: $77,025; (as tested: $107,465)
MPG, city/highway/combined: 19/30/23
Safety ratings: NHTSA: not yet rated; IIHS: not yet rated
Spare tire: Compact spare
Final Assembly: Tahara, Aichi, Japan
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles

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