The LS 500 rides on a stretched version of the LC 500 coupe’s platform. It’s a long car, stretching about 206 inches long overall, and its 123-inch wheelbase is about an inch longer than the long-wheelbase version of the previous LS.
You wouldn’t know it, though, from sitting in the backseat. While there’s adequate space for adults and the sleeker roofline doesn’t encroach unreasonably on your headroom, it doesn’t have the expansive, spacious feel that you get sitting in the back of the BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The rear seat cushions are surprisingly low to the floor, too, which creates an undesirable knees-up seating position.
When it first debuted as a 1990 model, the LS was an alternative to established full-size luxury sedans but one that closely followed their lead when it came to design.
It’s been a conservatively styled sedan since then, but that’s about to change in a big way. Whether Lexus buyers are ready for that remains to be seen.