2022 Lexus LS Adds Hybrid Lexus LS 500h and New Technology to the Model Lineup
What Are the 2022 Lexus LS 500h Features and Specs?
mThe 2021 Lexus LS is a world-class entry in the brand’s lineup that promises a perfect blend of power, performance, comfort, luxury and technology. The Lexus LS promises to be even more impressive with the addition of the 2022 Lexus LS 500h Hybrid. Phoenix-area drivers interested in a combination of power and fuel economy want to know – what are the 2022 Lexus LS 500h features and specs? Learn more with this in-depth overview created by Earnhardt Lexus!
When Will the 2022 Lexus LS 500h Be Available in Phoenix AZ?
Phoenix-area drivers interested in the brand-new Lexus LS Hybrid can expect to see the 2022 Lexus LS 500h at Earnhardt Lexus in Fall 2021. When it arrives at dealerships, it will feature next-generation technology and a world-class powertrain. Highlights of the Lexus LS 500h equipment list include Lexus Teammate®, Advanced Drive and Advanced Park technology.
Guide to 2022 Lexus LS 500h Features and Engine Options
The 2022 Lexus LS 500h relies on a power-packed 354-horsepower 3.5-liter Lexus Multistage Hybrid Drive V-6 engine that is married to a Continuously Variable Transmission with paddle shifters. Rear-wheel drive variants are expected to make 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Armed with an intelligent AWD system, the Lexus LS 500h will earn 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Technology is what will set the 2022 Lexus LS 500h apart from its predecessor. Lexus Teammate® is a brand-new Level 2 Driver Assistance System that provides drivers with limited hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation with Advanced Drive and Advanced Park functionality. Lexus Advanced Drive is a key component that will detect driving conditions and is capable of acceleration, steering and braking. Lexus Advanced Park employs a 360-degree sensor system to provide automatic, hands-free parking.
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What are the 2022 Lexus LS 500h features and specs? Learn more about the latest addition to the Lexus LS lineup with this overview by Earnhardt Lexus and schedule a test drive in your dream car today!
Lexus LS 500h MPG & CO2 emissions
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The Lexus LS 500h is available with rear or four-wheel-drive. The entry-level LS is rear-drive only, the Premium Pack can be had with either, the F-Sport is rear-drive only and the Takumi is four-wheel-drive only. This choice has a bearing on the car's fuel economy and CO2 emissions numbers.
Lexus LS 500h MPG & CO2
The rear-wheel-drive version of the LS is claimed to achieve 36-37mpg fuel economy, with CO2 emissions of 182g/km in entry-level form or 184g/k as a Premium Pack or F Sport.
The heavier four-wheel-drive version emits 214g/km of CO2 in Premium Pack spec and 215g/km in Takumi guise, while official fuel economy here is just 31mpg, although real-world economy in mixed driving is quite likely to be in the 20s.
Those figures make the Lexus LS 500h one of the least fuel-efficient executive cars you can buy, but they are still better than petrol-powered rivals with similar performance. Even so, this isn't a car that you buy for its efficiency (despite the hybrid powertrain), so much as for its luxury, refinement and style.
The formula for making a luxury hybrid vehicle generally entails taking a model's most powerful gas engine and adding even more power via an electric motor or two. Voila, there's your brand's flagship. Volvo knows what we're talking about. So does Lincoln. You want the top-spec Porsche Panamera? That'll be the 677-hp Turbo S E-Hybrid.
HIGHS: Improved fuel economy, impeccable Lexus LS build quality, hybrid badge.
The Lexus LS takes a different approach. Instead of hybridizing the LS500's standard 416-hp twin-turbo V-6, Lexus swapped in a 295-hp Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V-6. Even with the help of two motor-generators, the total system output is a pedestrian 354 horsepower. Which means that tacking an "h" to the badge of a LS500 results in a car that's heavier, nearly a half-second slower to 60 mph, and $4560 more expensive than the conventional model. Last year, only 187 customers opted for the hybrid, proving that Lexus LS buyers are nothing if not rational actors.
It would be one thing if the hybrid LS delivered Toyota Prius-like fuel efficiency, but even the Atkinson-cycle diet isn't going to squeeze great fuel economy out of a two-and-a-half-ton sedan. In fact, the base rear-drive LS500 comes within 1 mpg of the all-wheel-drive LS500h's 31-mpg EPA highway estimate. A similar 2019 LS500h with optional all-wheel drive that we previously tested averaged 19 mpg. During our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test we averaged 30 mpg, or 1 mpg shy of the EPA's estimate. Sure, that's better than the 17- and 26-mpg returns we saw from an all-wheel-drive LS500 F Sport, but that's not the kind of difference that'll change many minds.
LOWS: Uncouth drivetrain, down on power, fuel economy still not that great.
It may be on-brand for Lexus to offer a hybrid version of its flagship sedan, but the LS500h's driving experience doesn't comport with the silken power delivery that's defined the model ever since the first 1989 LS400. Toyota's hybrid systems employ a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but Lexus decided that a CVT isn't refined enough for the latest LS. So, it bolted a four-speed transmission to the back of the CVT, then programmed the two gearboxes to work in concert to emulate a 10-speed automatic. Under full throttle, the complex multi-stage hybrid drivetrain does provide the impression of a conventional automatic, but under less frenetic driving conditions it gets wacky.
For instance, heading downhill under braking—where you'd expect a hybrid to stay in EV mode and simply harvest energy—the V-6 sometimes burps to life, and the transmission gears down like a Freightliner cresting the Kancamagus Pass. The driver has no say in this matter, since mashing the EV-mode button often returns the message that EV mode is unavailable, for inscrutable computer reasons. With only 1.1 kWh of capacity from the lithium-ion battery, the LS500h's EV mode might get you from the golf course's front gate to the clubhouse, but only if you maintain a Club Car pace. On the plus side, the LS remains all-wheel drive even in EV mode.
Just as a thought experiment, let's imagine that we added the LS500h's electric motors and their 59 net horsepower to the LS500's standard twin-turbo V-6. Then you'd have a 475-hp hybrid that would likely return sub-five-second zero-to-60-mph times. Maybe it would get better fuel economy than the standard car. Maybe not. But anyone who really cares about that is buying a Tesla anyway.
But that car doesn't exist. Which means that our ideal Lexus LS is also the simplest: rear-wheel drive, non-hybrid, steel springs instead of air springs—and a $76,475 base price instead of our all-wheel-drive LS500h's near-$100K as-tested sticker. Rational actors, cast your votes.
2020 Lexus LS500h AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED
$98,935 (base price: $84,255)
DOHC 24-valve Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V-6, 295 hp, 258 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors, 177 hp, 221 lb-ft; combined output, 354 hp; 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
continuously variable automatic with four fixed ratios
Wheelbase: 123.0 in
Length: 206.1 in
Width: 74.8 in
Height: 57.5 in
Passenger volume: 99 ft3
Trunk volume: 15 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 5100 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 5.3 sec
100 mph: 14.3 sec
¼-mile: 14.0 sec
Top speed: 140 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 26/23/31 mpg
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For years, the Lexus LS reigned supreme with its robust engine, smooth ride, and posh interior. For buyers who want better fuel economy from their luxury sedan, Lexus offers a hybrid version, the LS500h. Does this model provide both the performance and the improved gas mileage that makes it worth the significantly higher price tag?
CarandDriver.com explores whether the Lexus LS500h is worth the money, and we come along for the ride.
A big-ticket luxury hybrid sedan
It would seem logical that Lexus would use the LS500’s standard 416-hp twin-turbo V6 and mate it to an electric motor to power the LS500h. Instead, the automaker reinvents the wheel and equips this luxury hybrid with an Atkinson-cycle V6 that makes just 295 hp.
This engine is more efficient than a conventional engine, and Lexus has thrown in two motor-generators for good measure. Still, the total output for the LS500h is a mere 354 hp.
As a result, the hybrid version is over 300 pounds heavier and a half-second slower in the 0-to-60-mph heat. Lexus’ engine choice seems counterintuitive compared to other automakers. For example, the Volvo S90 T8’s supercharged four-cylinder engine makes 400 hp. Or, there’s the Mercedes-Benz S560e’s 3.0-liter V6 that churns out 469 hp.
Better fuel economy should be a no-brainer for a hybrid sedan, even a full-size luxury one. But the Lexus LS500h AWD model wrings out only 31 mpg— just 1 mpg more than the standard rear-wheel-drive LS500. The biggest advantage of this underperforming hybrid is that it has a solid range of 510 miles city and 688 miles highway.
But when it comes down to it, adding an “h” to the LS500 adds $4,650 to the standard LS500’s starting price of $76,475 and not too much more. What happens when C&D ups the ante and tests the much more expensive AWD version of this Lexus hybrid?
All-wheel drive makes the LS500h pricier, but not much better
Car and Driver testers were looking for the polished performance that the Lexus LS has built its reputation on for the last three decades. Unfortunately, the testers didn’t find it in the LS500h.
Toyota’s hybrid systems that used a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Lexus took a different tack and attached a four-speed automatic transmission to the back of the CVT. Then it engineered a way to get the two gearboxes to work in concert so that it mimics a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Lexus LS500h’s multi-stage hybrid system is efficient and it plays nicely under full throttle. But C&D’s testers describe the LS500h’s V6 kicking in during braking on a downhill stretch. In a situation like this, a hybrid’s regenerative braking should be functioning and accumulating energy.
Testers tried to pull the LS500h out of gas engine mode by pressing the EV mode button but to no avail. The car simply sent back a message that the EV mode wasn’t available.
Besides this Lexus’ clumsy powertrain, its lithium-ion battery pack is limited to a paltry 1.1 kWh capacity. If we compare this capacity to the battery pack of the much lighter Nissan Leaf‘s 30 kWh, it’s pretty meager. C&D notes that this amount of power on its own would only yield a few miles for a car with a curb weight of 5,100 pounds.
Is the higher price worth it?
It’s fun to speculate—as the testers at Car and Driver did—about the Lexus LS500h’s electric motors matched with the LS500’s twin-turbo V6. The horsepower produced by this combination would be around 475 hp and yield a 0-to-60 mph time of under 5.0 seconds. The fuel economy in this scenario might even be improved. And then maybe the LS500h would finally be up to par with other hybrid luxury sedans.
But $98,935 is too steep a price to the all-wheel-drive version of the 2020 Lexus LS500h with its efficient yet inconsistent powertrain. It costs almost $30,000 more but offers much less power and less-than-impressive fuel economy than the base LS500. If buyers want performance in an electric luxury sedan, why would they choose this EV and not the lightning-fast Tesla Model S for thousands of dollars less? The choice is obvious.
Mpg lexus ls500h
Lexus > LS 500h Automatic (359 hp) WLTP, MPG, Fuel consumption
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