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2018 Lexus LS 500h Car Review

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2018 Lexus LS 500h Car Review

ATTENTION- At the 7 min mark I misspoke and say “twin turbo V8”. It’s a twin turbo V6.

The fifth generation Lexus LS is headed to showrooms in early 2018. The V8 is gone, replaced with a twin-turbo V6. Tom Voelk travels to San Francisco to give you an early look. Will it stem the flow of buyers moving to luxury SUVs? Can it take on BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S Class? Tom drives the 2018 Lexus LS 500h in this first look review.

Tom attended this event courtesy of Lexus. It contains a few pieces of video provided by Lexus.



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  1. Solomon walcot

    September 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    The ball is now in Cadillacs court

  2. Jamel Moore

    September 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Good to see another large luxury sedan that isn't from Germany and is actually competitive!

  3. LeadHammer

    September 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

    1:52 – unless this is the autopilot mode, you are giving bad example to the big wigs who will be buying this car. 2:00, 2:10, 2:30 – could have easily avoided the manufacturer's shots, which are jerky even for 24fps, seems that something went wrong while conforming them to 60p. A smartly matched shot at 2:20. Thanks for mentioning the interior shots at 5:40 and beauty shots at 7:00. The departure of the V8 is a shame, likewise the absence of CarPlay and Android Auto. The super-detailed grille looks great on the LS (I hate it on the RX), but the back looks to me like a much cheaper Altima. I think the interior design is for the owner, the exterior design is for the people whom this car will be passing. A car should not just match the environment but uplift it, improve it with its style. This one – not so much from the back, all the expense went into the front.

  4. dschonsie

    September 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    the front looks like the car has bitten in a very sour lemon.

  5. Phil Turner

    September 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    The interior is hideous, the exterior is really nice… Except the strange head/taillights. I'm not dropping $100K on a car that doesn't have Carplay though.

  6. Frank Tian

    September 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    i choose S class


    September 30, 2017 at 2:10 am


  8. Nike Air

    September 30, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Eww!!! All that plastic under the hood

  9. Viktor Karamazov

    September 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    hehe 0:40 MotoManTv πŸ™‚

  10. R Oz

    September 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Lucas Valley Rd to Nicaso to Point Reyes Petaluma Rd is a great drive. Driven it often. Condolences on having to drive through downtown SF and South of Market. I avoid driving in those areas. It's a challenge to say the least. Nice review and the camera work was top notch as always.

  11. whiteliketar

    October 1, 2017 at 2:04 am

    looks stunning in red.

  12. Femi Ogunsola

    October 1, 2017 at 3:45 am

    The front is "ugly as included at no extra cost"

  13. Jaro S

    October 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

    V8 twin-turbo?

  14. blacknester

    October 5, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Why would it have CVT qualities when it does not have a CVT. No belts or pulleys in any hybrid Toyota, including Prius.

  15. Karun Chendrimada

    October 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    it looks like the new camry from the back. Just ugly

  16. Benjamin Burkhardt

    October 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Tom packs light.

  17. Anu Ra

    October 8, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    in all Japanese cars you cant put the address while driving,its a deal braker for me

  18. rgcjr60

    October 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Do you buy all that toilet paper for each test and return it or do you have your own stash? Maybe they let you borrow it for the shot?

  19. sstudio

    October 12, 2017 at 1:10 am

    hondas new infotainment system blows all luxury away

  20. dirtycuntrag

    October 12, 2017 at 1:49 am

    It's a shame that it doesn't support Android auto or Apple car play 😩

  21. Swole Team 6

    October 15, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Beautiful car! My only gripe is that shift lever…they should've put a real shift lever and not a leather covered tennis ball

  22. sportsMike87

    October 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Big grills are the norm now

  23. κΉ€μ€€μ˜

    October 19, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Too exaggerated design for its grade in market. But cause I'm a young man, love this design.

  24. Hockey Nutt

    October 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Very nice car but the head/speedo unit looks very small. Did you find that?

  25. Eli C

    October 21, 2017 at 4:43 am

    anyone else hear that high pitched sound?

  26. TruAgape1234

    October 21, 2017 at 9:57 am

    1:55 uhh if the hybrid system can be heard then THE INTERIOR IS NOT SO QUIET!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t patronize your audience!!!!!!

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