AAA Magazines

Lexus LS 500: a smooth ride

Photo courtesy Lexus

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

For more reviews, go to a no-hassle experience when purchasing a new or used vehicle with AAA’s free Car Buying Service. Go to or call (800) 709-7222.

Follow us on Instagram

Follow @AAAAutoClubEnterprises for the latest on what to see and do.

Read more articles

You'll find more of the articles you love to read at AAA Insider.

Automotive offers & deals

AAA mechanic

AAA Approved Auto Repair

Search approximately 7,000 AAA Approved facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

AAA mobile battery service

AAA Mobile Battery Service

AAA provides a convenient testing and replacement service that comes to you.

NAPA Auto Parts store exterior

Automotive discounts

Use your AAA membership to unlock do-it-yourself car-care discounts.

Teen driver learning to drive

Teen driving resources

AAA cares about your teen’s safety and wants to help them develop safe driving habits.

back to top icon