The 2023 Lexus LS is heading to dealerships soon, bringing a very significant update along with some detail tweaks. Headlining is the Lexus Interface infotainment system replacing the trackpad-based setup, notorious for being tedious at best. Lexus Interface is the luxury brand’s version of the Toyota Audio Multimedia system that debuted in late 2021 before moving to the nicer part of town with its arrival in the refreshed Lexus NX last year. The high-resolution 12.3-inch anti-glare touchscreen atop the dash can be woken up with voice commands such as “Hey Lexus”.
Detailed revisions include wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and more USB ports around the cabin – six in total. Sign up for a Drive Connect subscription and enjoy cloud-based navigation with anti-stress technologies like live traffic and points of interest. On its own, the LS 500h comes with Lexus Teammate, the brand’s Level 2 autonomous driving system. Teammate’s Advanced Drive component will handle steering, braking, lane changes, traffic jams and some interchanges on limited-access highways, while Advanced Park can place the sedan at a chosen location at the destination.
The engines and trims remain unchanged, but the steering, braking, 10-speed automatic and suspension have been tweaked to deliver an even more balanced and compelling ride. The suspension’s front and rear anti-roll bars are “optimized” to dampen body roll when cornering. So we guess the bars have been reinforced in some mysterious way. As for the mills, each LS 500 is driven by a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 that develops 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The LS 500h uses a 3.5-liter V6 assisted by two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, the combined power reaching 354 hp. It’s not as fast as the twin-turbo V6, but it gets about 20 percent better fuel economy. Comparing AWD models to keep them the same, the LS 500 AWD gets 17 miles per gallon city, 27 highway and 21 combined. The LS 500h AWD returns 22 miles per gallon city, 29 highway and 25 combined.
MSRPs are up a measly $285 from 2022 figures. Sticker prices for the range after the $1,150 destination fee are:
- LS500: $78,685
- LS 500 F Sport: $82,285
- LS 500 TI: $81,835
- LS 500 F Sport AWD: $85,535
- LS 500h AWD: $114,585