Pros: Incredibly quiet cabin; impressively smooth ride; outstanding interior trim
Cons: Handling not as sharp as class rivals, even in F Sport form; substantial price jump for hybrid model; some drivers dislike joystick interface of Lexus Remote Touch system
CG Says: After being redesigned for 2013, the 2014 Lexus LS lineup adds available Siri Eyes Free Mode for Apple iPhone users, which enables various voice-command functions. The LS excels as a quiet, composed, and refined executive sedan. Despite the company’s best efforts, this car comes up a bit short in its audio/infotainment control interface and handling prowess. These issues are not nearly enough to detract from the overall goodness of this premium-large car. The LS is exactly what it needs to be: a slick alternative to established European competitors. Anyone with the means to acquire such a car would be remiss in not putting this Lexus near the top of their shopping list.
The Lexus LS 600h L delivers most everything a buyer of a prestige luxury sedan could want. It’s quiet, refined, and can be equipped with a rear seat that’s more Gulfstream jet than car. The gas/electric hybrid drivetrain provides excellent power and surprising fuel economy; we averaged more than 20 mpg in our testing, with some highway stints that touched 25. This all comes at a cost, however. The 600h is, by far, the most expensive vehicle in the Lexus lineup, and any fuel savings from the hybrid won’t make up for the stiff price premium over non-hybrid LS models. That makes this particular car a tough sell over its conventional siblings and lower-cost hybrid and diesel cars from Lexus’ German rivals.