Lexus is one of the most popular luxury car brands on the market and for good reasons. Indeed, due to their great reliability, a used Lexus is almost as good as a brand-new one. With that being said, not all used Lexus are great, and one that consumers should avoid is the 2018 Lexus LS.
The 2018 Lexus LS is the ugly duckling
Toyota and Lexus fans should already be well-aware of why Lexus is such a great car brand. A Toyota is generally a very reliable, but boring car, while a Lexus is generally a very reliable, but more luxurious car. Thanks to how reliable they are, a used Lexus is typically an affordable way for Toyota fans to buy a luxury car without breaking the bank.
Most used Lexus models are like that, however, according to Consumer Reports, that’s not true for the 2018 LS. Of the over 100 used cars that Consumer Reports said had a spotty reliability rating, only one Lexus showed up on that list. And of course, that car was the 2018 LS. No Toyotas showed up on that list either, so the 2018 LS was the only car from Toyota’s family to make it on that list.
Why the 2018 Lexus LS is not good
In Consumer Reports’ full review of the 2018 LS, it’s pretty clear why that particular Lexus made the list. Off the bat, while the 2018 LS is significantly more affordable than the latest model year of the car, it’s still a pretty expensive sedan. The 2021 LS starts at about $76,000, while the 2018 LS will probably cost at least $55,000.
That $21,000 discount isn’t paying for a particularly great car, either. Consumer Reports gave the 2018 LS low scores in terms of its reliability and its owner satisfaction. In both metrics, the 2018 LS only got a score of one out of five. In terms of its reliability, the 2018 LS had major reliability issues in multiple important areas.
For example, Consumer Reports wrote that the 2018 LS had major engine issues, issues with its brakes, issues with its body integrity, and issues with its in-car electronics, just to name a few. These reliability issues go against Lexus’ reputation of making reliable cars, and that undoubtedly hurt its owner satisfaction rating. Indeed, Consumer Reports said that only 46 percent of owners would buy the 2018 LS again, and that’s significantly worse than what owners of other luxury cars said.
Not that good of a car elsewhere either
To be completely fair to the 2018 Lexus LS, it wasn’t a complete disaster as, like Consumer Reports said, it did do better in other categories. For instance, owners gave it an 81 out of 100 for its comfort quality, and in terms of styling, owners gave it a 75 out of 100. However, it fell short in other areas, as it only received a score of about 69 out of 100 for its driving experience.
That, combined with its reliability issues, meant that owners simply weren’t satisfied with what they got. In fact, in terms of its value score, Consumer Reports said that owners gave the 2018 LS a mere 34 out of 100. On top of all that, the 2018 LS suffered from similar issues that many of its competitors do.
While it has plenty of infotainment features, its controls were hard to use, according to Consumer Reports. Furthermore, despite generally having comfortable seats, the 2018 LS isn’t as spacious in other areas. For instance, Consumer Reports said that there simply wasn’t much trunk space available. Due to all of those issues, it’s unsurprising that Consumer Reports recommended avoiding buying a used 2018 Lexus LS.