Just as much of a challenge today as it was when the LS first rolled onto the scene, but the Lexus charms with its Japanese aesthetic and standout design. A twin-turbo V-6 is standard, but those concerned with fuel efficiency can upgrade to a hybrid powertrain—although its lumpy power delivery isn’t particularly luxurious. The same could be said of the LS’s driving experience: It lacks the athleticism we’ve come to appreciate in several of its competitors. But the LS’s interior is every bit as quiet and nearly as comfortable as those of its German rivals, and you’ll still look like a boss when you pull up to the valet stand.
We’d stick with the standard twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and rear-wheel drive, if only to reserve funds for optioning the LS’s coolest features. The optional adjustable air suspension, 20-inch wheels, a 360-degree camera system, real wood interior trim, and a wood- and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel are all required to add the Luxury package.