2023 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD - Luxury with a touch of sport.
Some times the stars align. The week I had the Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD included a special occasion that called for a really nice vehicle. It worked out perfectly. There is nothing like taking a road trip in a well appointed, comfortable, powerful, luxurious car.
I admit I never used the 'Sport' setting on the trip; I did use it once to see what it was like and although it wasn't overly sporty (i.e. harsh) I felt comfort was a better setting for the LS.
The LS 500 used to have a V8 but no more. And I never missed it. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged, 3.4-liter V6 that felt like a big, powerful V8. There is 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque on tap. It isn't the kind of engine that slams you into your seat when you floor it, power is smooth. The lack of drama is belied by the numbers; Car and Driver's test saw 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. All of this is in conjunction with very good fuel economy - I saw 26.6 mpg of combined driving. The EPA rates it at 29 mpg highway and 22 city.
I've made my feelings of Lexus' front styling - I hate it. But it is distinctive. The rest of the LS is pleasing. It's inside where the stylists were most successful in my opinion.