Redesigned last year, the 2014 Lexus LS showcases the brand's unquestionable progress in the realm of uber-luxury sedans. In this case, you can see all of that progress up front, and inside.
Lexus's signature 'spindle' grille has found its way to each Lexus model that has been redesigned in the past few years. It's a piece of a design language that works well on all shapes and sizes, ranging from the RX crossover to the ultra-luxe LS sedan. Thanks to its hourglass grille, the LS looks significantly less anonymous than past models, though the brand's old 'L-finesse' design language is still present through the sedan's profile and rear. The old and new designs work well together, but we're still looking forward to seeing how the new theme will look as it creeps across the rest of the sedan's sheetmetal over the next few years.
Dramatic is a good word for the reinvented cockpit. It's another iteration of the horizontally themed cabin that works so well in the GS, retrimmed in a higher grade of wood and metallic finishes and surrounded by leather. A larger, 12.3-inch-wide LCD screen dominates the center of the dash, and Lexus' vividly bright gauges get their own information display, an almost six-inch screen implanted in their midst. Aluminum is used for some of the controls, and on the F Sport, it makes up the pedals and other interior trim. Standard versions wear walnut, maple, or a "shimamoku" processed wood stained a very dark grey; Hybrids have attractive bamboo trim we wish could be ordered elsewhere. All versions offer a choice of handsome leather trim, with a new saddle color; F Sports have their own leather selection and a black Alcantara headliner.