The perennial leader in 5-Year Cost to Own among high-end luxury cars is the Lexus LS sedan, which for the 2016 model year returns essentially unchanged over the previous model year, save for some tweaks to the center screen and infotainment system. There's not much to change in this winning formula that underpins a complete line of luxury 4-door sedans ranging from a standard-wheelbase LS 460 up through a long-wheelbase LS 600h L hybrid.
While criticized by some for bland styling, the 2016 Lexus LS sports the division's spindle-shaped grille, which does give it a distinct personality. Inside, the level of luxury and convenience items is world class as is the build quality, use of high-end materials and advanced technology. On the latter score, Lexus is touting its suite of safety and driver assists that run the gamut from adaptive cruise control to a system that alerts a driver whose attention has wandered.
Another notable option on the LS is the executive rear seat package that boasts a reclining right-side passenger seat featuring several massage modes and a wood-trimmed console table. There's plenty of underhood might to go with that luxury, with a base 4.6-liter V8 making 386 horsepower in rear-drive models, 360 horsepower in all-wheel-drive models and 438 combined horsepower in the hybrid, which teams a 5.0-liter V8 with an electric motor. For those seeking a bit of edge to go with the smooth ride and quiet cabin, Lexus offers an F Sport trim level that brings a tauter suspension, sportier rubber and enhanced brakes.
Contributing factors to its top rating in 5-Year Cost to Own includes a sticker that's generally less than similarly equipped German counterparts like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Toyota's luxury division has an unrivaled reputation for high quality and durability, which translates into great resale values, which also contributes greatly to its lower cost of ownership versus its rivals.