The 2021 Lexus LS 500 F Sport includes a unique grille and 20-inch wheels. (Manufacturer photo)

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 F Sport includes a unique grille and 20-inch wheels. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Lexus LS 500 luxury sedan is a godsend in a heat wave

The brand’s flagship is updated with enhanced ride quality, more comfort and a new infotainment system.

Gaze upon the Lexus LS 500, a full-size luxury sedan befitting a big-city corporate executive, approximately the complete opposite of what I am.

The four-door five-passenger LS 500 is the company’s flagship. The original Lexus LS launched the brand in 1989 and the current LS 500 version was introduced three years ago.

For 2021, suspension and chassis modifications have been done to enhance ride quality, cabin comfort and quietness, handling stability and performance. Front and rear exterior styling has been freshened and a new 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard on all models.

Available in LS 500 and LS 500 F Sport trim levels, with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive choices for both, 2021 pricing starts at $77,025 including destination charge ($1,025) for an LS 500 RWD. The F Sport RWD comes in at $80,625. All-wheel drive adds an extra $3,250 to both trims.

The standard powertrain is a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 engine joined to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Its output of 416 horsepower is delivered seamlessly. With rear-wheel drive, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph can transpire within 4.6 seconds.

EPA fuel economy ratings with RWD configuration are 18 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. The numbers for AWD are 17/27/21 mpg.

Looking for large-style Lexus luxury with better fuel economy? There’s an LS 500h hybrid for that. It delivers 25/33/28 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 23/31/26 mpg with all-wheel drive.

A new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all 2021 Lexus LS 500 models. The F Sport interior is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

A new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all 2021 Lexus LS 500 models. The F Sport interior is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

The LS 500 F Sport model has an assortment of elements jazzing up the sedan including unique grille styling, 20-inch alloy wheels with sportier tires, specially tuned suspension, and upgraded interior features.

Three pricey options on my F Sport test car were a 24-inch head-up display, 23-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, and a panoramic glass roof.

The F Sport’s interior styling gets an A-plus for artfulness. Designers obviously wanted to make a statement and they pulled it off, using a perforated-grill pattern on seating surfaces and Naguri aluminum trim accents, along with the already splendid look of the standard interior.

Changing the LS 500 infotainment system for 2021 to make the display a touchscreen was a good move by Lexus. Ideally they would have obliterated my mortal enemy, the touchpad controller, but at least the new touchscreen provides an intuitive and easy to use alternative. The two-in-one control knob for tuning and volume adjustment is brilliant and also helps assuage the touchpad.

Any great thing to be said about the 2021 Lexus LS 500 pales compared to its godsend of a climate control system. You might have noticed the little heat wave we had last week? After sitting in full sun in 110-degree heat with soul-crushing humidity, the LS 500 air conditioning vents were blowing fully cold air less than one minute after pushing the engine start button.

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 has five-passenger seating and a 17 cubic-feet trunk. The F Sport model is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 has five-passenger seating and a 17 cubic-feet trunk. The F Sport model is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 LEXUS LS 500 F SPORT AWD

Base price, including destination charge: $81,650

Price as driven: $88,885

Talk to us

More in Life

Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dude, you’re knitting some bodacious ‘Big Lebowski’ sweaters

Jacob Akers, 29, a Costco shelf stocker, knits cardigans made famous by the 1998 cult classic guy flick.

Bill Howell, a plant pathologist from Prosser, created the Lucy Rose apple variety as a cross between the Honeycrisp and an Airlie Red variety. They are notable for their red centers.(Jennifer Bardsley)
Sweet treats for the holiday season direct from Washington growers

Washington State farmers survived a difficult year. The fruits of their labor deserve admiration.

Roger Fisher pauses while jamming in the garden at his Monroe home.
Monroe resident Roger Fisher reflects on his time with Heart

He was a co-founder of the Seattle group that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. He left the band when his romance with Nancy Wilson went south.

This Jewish chef puts a Mexican twist on her latkes

Patti Jinich serves them with a crunchy, citrusy Mexican crema made with fresh squeezed lime juice and zest and finely diced fennel.

The Pacific Ice rink under construction at Port of Everett on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Port of Everett unveils seasonal ice rink on the waterfront

The outdoor rink will be open through the end of January. The port plans for it to return annually.

The 2022 Mini Cooper is available in two-door or four-door hardtop models. A two-door soft-top convertible model is also offered. (Manufacturer photo)
2022 Mini Cooper reinforces the brand’s reputation for fun

An exterior freshening, new 8.8-inch touchscreen and value-driven Oxford Edition model are highlights.

Don Sarver, left, and Kyle James, right, snowshoe on the Skyline Lake Trail on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 in Leavenworth, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Don Sarver, left, and Kyle James, right, snowshoe on the Skyline Lake Trail on Jan. 26, 2019, in Leavenworth. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)
Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

The listings include Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest updates and REI Lynnwood workshops.

Baden-Baden: Getting naked with strangers

Relaxing at the spa resort of Baden-Baden in southern Germany’s Black Forest,… Continue reading

Where have all the workers gone?

Many of us wonder why there are so many vacancies in so… Continue reading

Most Read