The 2015 Lexus LS is the latest in a long line of high-end sedans from the Japanese manufacturer and a perennial favorite when it comes to Cost to Own. The big Lexus comes in two sizes -- standard and long-wheelbase -- and with either the standard 4.6-liter V8 engine or a power-enhancing hybrid that combines a 5.0-liter V8 and electric motor. Inside you'll find all the luxury amenities you could think of like 16-way power seats, a 10-speaker audio system, and navigation with integrated smartphone apps.
Outside, the biggest Lexus has the most subtle interpretation of the now-standard Lexus "spindle" grille treatment. If that's not enough, touches like an Alcantara headliner, soft semi-aniline leather, wood trim, an adaptive air suspension, and driver assistance technology like pedestrian detection and pre-collision braking are all available.
The 2015 Lexus LS has a starting price that's lower than many of its full-size competitors, a key factor to its low cost-to-own. The big Lexus shows its Toyota roots in the best ways, with low maintenance and repair requirements that help keep the long-term costs low.
Even if the Lexus LS wasn't a cost-to-own leader, it still boasts a long list of qualities that make it desirable in its own right. For example, we're particularly taken with the Executive Class package for the LS. As we noted in our Expert Review, "If you think European manufacturers have an edge in luxury, you've never seen the Executive Class package for the Lexus LS. The right-rear seat reclines, there's vibrating and shiatsu massage, a Blu-ray entertainment system and wood-trimmed tables, making it as luxurious as anything you'd find in a European sedan."
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