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est. from $90,000-plus

late 2017 Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the Lexus mar­que nearly three decades ago, the LS has been the brand’s flag­ship sedan, con­sis­tently set­ting bench­marks for smooth per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity. This year the ven­er­a­ble name­plate has been trans­formed onto a longer wheel­base, while the out­go­ing model’s V-8 has been re­placed by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated at 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.

In ad­di­tion, there’s also a hy­brid vari­ant avail­able. The LS comes with its well-heeled rear-wheel drive stan­dard, but look for an all-wheel op­tion soon.

In the cabin, Lexus re­tains look and feel of Omote­nashi, the en­dear­ing con­cept of Japanese hos­pi­tal­ity. That means the LS 500 takes at­ten­tive care of the driver and pas­sen­gers with a bevy of new tech fea­tures in­clud­ing an up­dated mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem, heated, ven­ti­lated and mas­sag­ing seats front and rear, and a nim­ble pedes­trian de­tec­tion sys­tem. BT

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