- New touchscreen software with mobile app connectivity
- No more fast touchpads, tweaked center console
- Hybrids are now cheaper than petrol alone – with prices falling and rising for 2023
The Lexus LS luxury sedan gets better tech, mobile app connectivity, and the awkward touchpad for the 2023 model year.
Interestingly, hybrid variants are now cheaper than their pure petrol-engined counterparts – from around $4000 savings for the flagship hybrid LS Sports Luxury to petrol-only F Sport and Sports Luxury for both. There is a price increase of $1240.
All models now feature the Japanese company’s latest infotainment operating system, which first debuted locally on the Lexus NX medium SUV.
It’s the same 12.3-inch unit with an analog clock as before, but with a more modern user interface, better performance, and built-in “Hey Lexus” voice control. Apple CarPlay is now wireless, but Android Auto still requires a cable to connect.
It’s now a touchscreen-only proposition, with Lexus ditching the funky touchpad on the center console to make room for seat heating/ventilation grids, a heated steering wheel and rear sunshade buttons, plus a smartphone. Adding a slot.
The standard 360-degree surround view camera now has a transparent underbody function.
Additionally, the 2023 LS gets internet-connected telematics and mobile app features, dubbed ‘Lexus Connected’. For touchscreens, it offers built-in navigation integrated with live traffic, weather, parking and map updates, as well as location search.
Meanwhile, a smartphone app allows owners to remotely start the engine, lock/unlock the doors, turn on the hazard lights and check things like tire pressure and fuel remaining.
The Japanese automaker has made its flagship luxury sedan more discreet by deleting the Lexus badge on the boot lid, while all hybrid variants get the hybrid badge on the doors, the signature blue in the Lexus logo, and the ‘500h’. ‘ Remove the model badge.
It retains the same V6 twin-turbocharged petrol and V6 hybrid powerplants, which were aligned with its face in early 2021.
2023 Lexus LS Pricing
The 2023 Lexus LS starts at $195,920 before on-road costs and is available now.
|LS500h F Sport||$195,920||-$33|
|LS500 F Sport||$197,190||+$1237|
|LS500h sports luxury||$197,190||-$3888|
|LS500 Sports Luxury||$202,320||+$1242|