As of this review being written, Lexus has not debuted the 2022 version of the LS 500h in the United States. Which means the car is not “buildable” on this website’s Find The Best Deal too. If this is a car you’re interested in, please check back every week or so.
The following information comes from Lexus press releases.
The Lexus LS 500h luxury sedan was refreshed for 2021, so customers can expect the 2022 model will remain unchanged for the most part. There will be one significant addition: the 2022 model will come with a Next-Gen semi-autonomous drive system. Called Lexus Teammate, the Level 2 system will permit drivers to take their hands of the sheel in certain situations. During its activation, Lexus Teammate can steer, accelerate and brake without driver participation.
Says Lexus: “Drivers must remain alert when the Lexus Teammate is activated; Built-in cameras monitor body posture, head direction, and distractions. However, if all parameters are met, drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel and let the car handle many of the basic driving tasks. After debuting in the 2022 LS500h, it is hoped that the Lexus Teammate will be offered on more Lexus models in the coming years.”
Only one engine and transmission combo will be available with the LS 500; a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine and two electric motors, generating a combined output of 354 horsepower. The LS 500h has the only four-speed automatic gearbox combined with a CVT in the industry. Lexus claims the RWD LS 500h accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds – an excellent time for a full-size luxury sedan.
The car uses an improved adaptive variable suspension which Lexus says offers improved dampening and an optimized performance when running on run-flat tires.
Standard features will include 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlamps, a sunroof, hands-free trunk operation, power closing doors, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustment, LED Headlights with DRLs, Cruise control, Lexus Safety System +, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lexus Enform Application, Four-zone Climate Concierge with climate-comfort front and outboard rear seats, and a tough rear glass guard.
The hybrid comes compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. The infotainment system is comprised of a 12.3-inch center screen, navigation system, trackpad-style interface, and a 12-speaker audio system. The center screen has been repositioned to be closer to the driver for easier touch interfaces.
The rear-wheel-drive LS500h gets an EPA-Estimated 26/34/29 City/Highway/Combined.
Says crhp.com reviewer Nathan Dyer: “If you are an owner of a multi-million dollar company, you might be a spendthrift when it comes to your ride. Surely your choice would be a sumptuous ultra-luxury sedan with enough horses to drive effortlessly, a beautiful cabin (especially the back seats), layers of high-quality materials, and a badge that eyes can recognize in a simple glimpse. The 2022 Lexus LS 500h is one such sedan that lives up to its name and offers significant in-demand features in the class.”
The 2022 model has a 21 gallon tank which allows a range of around 600 hybrid miles. Not bad for a luxury sedan.
The LS 500h MSRP will be somewhere around $90,000. The Lexus hybrid competes with the 2022 BMW 745e xDrive (MSRP approx: $95,000), the 2022 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e Quattro (MSRP approx: $97,000), and the 2022 Mercedes Benz S580e (MSRP approx: $96,000).
The hybrid comes standard with Rear Wheel Drive. Converting to All Wheel Drive adds around $3,500.
Every LS 500h is equipped with LEXUS SAFETY SYSTEM+ 2.5, which includes low-light pedestrian detection and daytime bicyclist detection technology and a built-in camera that helps provide road sign information. The suite of class-leading standard active safety equipment is the most comprehensive standard safety system ever included in the LS.
The LS features 10 standard airbags in the cabin. Available knee airbags are innovatively designed to help protect second-row passengers in the event of a collision.
Additional safety features include:
Lexus Safety System+ 2.5: Lane Tracing Assist
Lexus Safety System+ 2.5: Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Lexus Safety System+ 2.5: Road Sign Assist
Lexus Safety System+ 2.5: All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Lexus Safety System+ 2.5: Intelligent High Beams
Lexus Enform Service Connect – Included for the first 10 years of ownership.
Lexus Enform Safety Connect – Included for the first three years of ownership.
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Vehicle Stability Control
Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System
Traction Control (TRAC) System
Smart Stop technology
Anti-lock Braking System
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system
Rear-seat knee airbags
Panoramic View Monitor
Lexus Safety System+ A: All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Change Assist
Lexus Safety System+ A: Pre-Collision System with Intersection Support
and Head-Up Display integration
Lexus Safety System+ A: Pedestrian Alert
Lexus Safety System+ A: Front Cross-Traffic Alert
Says kkb.com reviewer Colin Ryan: “The 2022 Lexus LS large luxury sedan has a fine and well-deserved reputation for quality and reliability. Every Lexus is more affordable than rivals from Germany, holds its value better, and the customer service from Lexus dealers is usually exemplary Apart from how quiet, luxurious, and well-assembled the cabin of the 2022 LS is, adding Japanese artisanal features — like the new Haku metal trim and Kiriko hand-cut glass — really gives the car a character that’s distinct from its German rivals.”
WRITTEN DECEMBER 2021
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