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Eric's Autos: 2019 Lexus LS 500

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Lexus did something very daring when it redesigned the LS, its top-of-the-line (and full-size) luxury sedan.

It gave it an engine the same size as a Camry's, Toyota's midsize family sedan. And it no longer offers the LS with anything bigger than the Camry's V-6.

But sometimes, size doesn't matter. Horsepower (and torque) does. And other things, too!

What It Is

The LS 500 is Lexus' largest, most opulent and powerful sedan.

Its standard 3.5-liter V-6 is almost as strong as the optional 4-liter V-8 in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, one of its primary rivals.

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And it is much stronger than the six-cylinder engines that come standard in its two other rivals, the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.

The LS is also a deal. Lexus asks $75,300 to start for the LS 500 with rear-wheel drive and $78,520 with the optional all-wheel-drive system.

It costs $84,520 for a top-of-the-line F-Sport with AWD, which also gets an upgraded brake/wheel/tire package, 28-way power seats with pneumatic side bolsters that brace you during cornering and Naguri brushed aluminum trim upgrades.

The S-Class Benz starts at $91,250 -- without AWD (or a V-8).

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