Sedan: 2014 Lexus LS

Full-sized luxury sedan with available hybrid drivetrain; new Siri-based voice command system for navigation and audio controls

Redesigned last year with an aggressive new face, the Lexus LS once again takes the fight to the best big sedans from the German marques with a blend of impeccable craftsmanship and luxurious features. Along with subtle touches like sequentially fading LED interior lighting, the major upgrade for this year’s car is its new on-board Siri system. Using the same tech that Apple’s spent millions on to perfect its iPhone voice-command artificial intelligence, the flagship Lexus can respond to your commands without having to work through a fiddly voice-command flow chart. Available in long-wheelbase and with either a smooth standard V8 or optional hybrid powertrain with even more punch and all-wheel-drive, the LS is good enough that its German rivals should be very worried.

Spec box
Type Four-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / optional all-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 4.6L V8 (360 hp, 386 hp)
Optional engine(s) (hp) 5.0L V8 hybrid (438 hp)
Transmission(s) Eight-speed automatic
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 12.9/8.2
Basic Warranty 48 months/80,000 km

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