Impressing the Grandkids
2020 Lexus LS 500h
By: Cathy Droz – HER Certified
When the 2020 Lexus LS500h was delivered I decided to treat three of the grandchildren to a luxury drive where they could experience what a limousine would feel like. I thought for sure they would appreciate the fine craftsmanship, the quiet ride over the country roads, the plush beauty inside and out, as well as the rear seats that reclined to an almost slumber position. I know at their age I was impressed when my parents got FM radio in their cars.
The drive to Carefree took twenty minutes and during that time the two older girls had touched every button on the rear console, played with the TV controls, put the window shades up and down ten times and begged to fill the multiple cup holders with multiple drinks. At one point I told them to read my book and please be quiet… to this I heard, “I’m car sick, can you pull over so I can throw up.”
I switched gears the next day and got the younger sister who I asked to please wear red high heels for a few of the photo shots. As you can see in the video the heels were tough on her to wear, but her red boots up against the driver’s seat seemed more her style. I tried to give her a tour of the vehicle but playing on her (my) phone was her idea of luxurious. There were very few smiles and excitement until I said we’re all done.
NOW ABOUT ME – Besides the fact it did not fit length wise in my garage it looks like a limousine out of the Godfather Movie. The technology upgrades include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.
The hybrid (should you choose to not only own a Flagship Vehicle but also show that you are looking out for the environment) starts at $81,035 which is a tad more than its gas fueled sister.
Lexus has been producing more and more performance cars of late, with the LS sedan aimed at buyers seeking super comfortable commutes and highway cruising. I could see having a personal driver as well. The seats recline in the second row with individual controls for everything including a massage. There is a TV on each side and a center console to do work or play.
The constant complaint I hear regarding Lexus is their complex infotainment system. I am getting used to it but truthfully, I don’t see what business it has in this luxury vehicle. A touchscreen would be perfect for the woman or man who has everything including this $116,000 vehicle.
This Lexus may not have impressed a ten, eight and six-year-old but it did impress me. For more information go to www.lexus.com and visit my website www.hercertified.com as well as my videos on YouTube.
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Here are a few of the Outstanding features of the 2020 LS 500h Sedan
- Lexus Safety System2.0: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Road Sign Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High Beams.
- Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking
- Power rear sunshade
- 19 Inch Alloy Wheels with Run Flat Tires
- 5 Liter V8 with Lexus Multistage Hybrid System
- Multistage Electronically Controlled CVY Transmission with Auto Tran.
- 24” Head Up Display
- Illuminated Door Sills
- Quilted-Stitch Perforated Leather Interior Trim, 28-Way power driver’s seat with multifunction massage, Ultrasuede Headliner, Power Front Seat Buckles and Heated Rear Seats, Power reclining outboard rear seats, Four-zone Climate Concierge, Power Side-Window Sunshades
- Panoramic View Monitor
- Adaptive Variable Air Suspension with Rapid Height
MPG: CITY 25 Highway 33
MSRP AS TESTED: $116,495