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The Fifteen Grand Advantage: The 2023 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT

2023 Lexus LS 500 front 3/4 view

The Lexus LS made its mark in North America three decades ago by taking on the big Euro luxury sedans at a price they couldn't match.

2023 Lexus LS 500 rear 3/4 view

For the past few years, Lexus saw its own playbook used against it by another Asian upstart---Genesis, which priced its G90 sedan slightly below the base price of the LS 500. But this year, the new G90 has leapfrogged the Lexus---it's 15 grand more. Yes, that gives the LS back the price advantage, but in luxury goods, that's not always the magic bullet---in the 90s, the LS was not only less expensive, it was new. This is the sixth model year for the current-generation LS.

2023 Lexus LS 500 hood up

2023 Lexus LS 500 engine

There are two ways to power the 2023 Lexus LS---one is a hybrid (the Lexus LC 500h) and the other is the gasoline-powered LC 500. That's a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6. 416 horsepower, zero to 60 in 5.4. Ours was the all-wheel drive F SPORT, with a ten-speed automatic transmission, paddle shifters, six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers and the F SPORT-tuned adaptive variable transmission. EPA fuel economy estimate: 17 city/27 highway/21 combined.

2023 Lexus LS 500 trunk open

2023 Lexus LS 500 rear seat

2023 Lexus LS 500 front seats

2023 Lexus LS 500 front seat detail

2023 Lexus LS 500 instrument panel

The base price of the 2023 Lexus LS 500 AWD F SPORT is $84,885 including destination. And that comes with an impressive list of standard equipment---LED headlamps, taillamp and running lights, a power moonroof, a hands-free power open/close trunk, rain-sensing windshield wipers with built-in de-icers, headlamp washers, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power rear sunshade, dual-zone climate control, an F SPORT perforated leather-trimmed interior with Ultrasuede headliner and heated steering wheel, 28-way power front seats, Lexus Interface (its new infotainment system), a 12-speaker audio system and Lexus' comprehensive Safety System 2.5+ active safety suite.

2023 Lexus LS 500 steering wheel and gauge cluster

2023 Lexus LS 500 center console

2023 Lexus LS 500 center stack

That leaves very little in terms of available extra-cost options. Our car had a few---$1,220 for a head-up display, $1,940 for a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio system, $1,000 for a panoramic glass roof and $420 for a cargo net, trunk mat, wheel locks, leather key glove and rear bumper applique, bringing the number at the bottom of the window sticker to $89,465.

2023 Lexus LS 500 front view

2023 Lexus LS 500 side view

2023 Lexus LS 500 rear view

So, even with options, the 2023 Lexus LS 500 AWD F SPORT is more than ten grand below the starting price of the G90. That's an enormous advantage. And the LS, while no longer the hot new thing, has a lot of enduring values---not least of all reliability.


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