Flagship luxury sedans, like the 2018 Lexus LS 500, aren’t as popular as they used to be. The fancy full-size sedan market has taken a backseat to the popularity of fancy SUVs, and luxury auto brands have answered the call, creating sport utilities in a seemingly endless variety of sizes, seating capacities, and price points.
Lexus was way ahead of this curve. Its RX, now offered in both five and seven-passenger versions, has been a longtime sales leader in the luxury suv market. Meanwhile, its largest luxury sedan, the LS, had fallen behind its German rivals. But Lexus is gunning for the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Audi A8 once again, and its all-new 2018 LS 500 is sexier and more fun-to-drive to drive than the Japanese brand’s previous efforts in this class.