While its German competitors continue to err on the side of conservative design, Lexus continues to double down on its love-it-or-hate-it approach. The 2018 LS 500 has a front end that’s mostly grille, the back end is mostly creases and the sides are all wavy-gravy lines. If you want a large car with character, the expressive design will work in your favor.
But the properly good stuff lies inside. The LS 500’s interior is the best of any Lexus yet. Fresh style abounds, from the quasi-floating armrests and the layering on the door panels to the way every line on the dashboard heads somewhere with purpose. I don’t even mind the weird little art installation thing going on in front of the passenger seat, even if it feels a little chintzy when you touch it. The F Sport trim brings a unique type of seat, one that I find to be endlessly comfortable and supportive.
A wide variety of materials are on offer in a few different colors, and I especially enjoy the brown-leather getup with herringbone wood trim — something you can’t get on F Sport models. The Kiriko glass trim option, which adds perhaps the most visually impressive trim of any car on the market, requires a $23,000 option package that includes an executive rear seat setup.