Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h AWD

  • 25/08/2019
Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h AWD

LS 2019 has a unique but polarized appearance. Most of the front is engaged by the automaker's spindle grill, which I have actually heated in recent years.

Opening driver's door, you will find the best attribute of LS: the cab. The layout is appealing and fresh with a flowing dash and a floating view of the armrests on the doors. Front and back passengers will not press charges because of the room, as the LS provides a ton of space for all passengers.

Like any good premium luxury sedan, the line of active safety technologies is impressive in size, with adaptive cruise monitoring, lane departure warning, lane tracking assistance, blind spot monitoring with rear intersection warning, and assistance system at road signs and automatic high beam equipped on every LS hybrid.

Besides, customers have an opportunity to add a direct collision warning with automatic braking, pedestrian detection, a front cross warning, a massive 24-inch heading indicator and a lane change assistant as options.

The LS hybrid powertrain connects the Atkinson Cycle 3.5-liter V6 motor with two electric engines, delivering a net system power of 354 horsepower.

Lexus claims the 5,100-pound sedan can speed to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, making it a little slower than the BMW 745e, which does the exact sprint in 4.9 seconds.

If you release the gas, EV mode is able to make the electrified LS move at slower accelerations without the use of gasoline. But the minute you dig the right pedal, the V6 wakes up and provides soft surge of strength.

But this is not all wonderful. The transmission is a continuously changeable gearbox coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission, which together do their best to simulate a 10-speed gearbox. When the LS is in normal mode, the throttle response slows down and gear changes are slow, and it is often difficult for the transmission to decide what to do.

Fuel economy, of course, is an advantage for working with the more hybrid LS Hybrid transmission. A conventional LS four-wheel-drive gasoline returns an EPA rated at 18 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The hybrid does a little better, with a 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway ratings.

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