The following is a list of awards won by the Lexus LS, the flagship vehicle of Lexus. These awards date back as far as 1989, when the first LS 400 sedan was introduced in the United States.
1 in Vehicle Dependability. Lexus LS, J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (1994-2007). The Lexus LS has received this award for 13 consecutive years, more than any other manufacturer. In 2005, J.D. Power's survey found just 90 problems per 100 LS 430 sedans, the first time in the survey's 16 year history for a vehicle to average less than one problem over three years. In following years, the Lexus LS repeated this feat, averaging just 88 and 94 problems per 100 vehicles in 2006 and 2007 respectively, an industry standard.
1 in Initial Quality. Lexus LS, among large premium cars, J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (1995-2006). With the fewest number of defects after 90 days of ownership, the LS has achieved the highest overall ranking in initial quality among large premium cars for 10 consecutive years, and among all cars for seven consecutive years. In 2004 and 2005, the Lexus LS 430 was second only to the Lexus SC 430, and in 2006, the LS 430 regained the overall lead.
Highest ranked vehicle in reliability. Lexus LS, Consumer Reports Annual Car Reliability Study (1997-2006). The Lexus LS has been among the most reliable vehicles in Consumer Reports surveys for over a decade. The independent publication determined that a nine-year-old Lexus LS is more dependable than a brand new Mercedes-Benz, owing to the wide disparity in reliability scores between the top-ranked LS and below-average German makes.
Best Imported Car of the Year. Lexus LS 400, United States Motoring Press Association (1989).
Winner of luxury sedan comparison test. Lexus LS 400, Automobile Magazine (November 1989). The LS 400 outscored rival models from Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Mercedes.
First Place in luxury sedan comparison test. Lexus LS 400, Car and Driver (December 1989). The Lexus flagship triumphed over competitors from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz.
Best of What's New: Best Car. Lexus LS 400, Popular Science (1989).
Car of the Year Japan. LS 400, Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) awards (1989-1990). This award was given to the UCF10 model, then sold as the Celsior in Japan.
Ten Best List. Lexus LS 400, Ten Best awards, Car and Driver (1990).
Top Ten Imports. Lexus LS 400, Motor Trend (1990). In the luxury sedan category.
Best Luxury Sedan. Lexus LS 400, Driver's Choice Awards, MotorWeek (1990).
Wheels Car of the Year. Lexus LS 400, Car of the Year awards, Wheels Magazine of Australia (1990).
Edison New Product Award. Lexus LS 400, American Marketing Association (1990).
Top Ten All-Stars. Lexus LS 400, Automobile Magazine All-Stars (1990, 1991).
Car of the Year. Lexus LS 400, Canadian Car of the Year awards, selected by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (1991). At the same awards, the LS 400 was also named "Best New Luxury Sedan."
Lowest Overall Injury Claim Rate for Luxury Cars., U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute (1991, 1992).
Top Ten Models in Initial Quality. Lexus LS 400, J.D. Power and Associates (1992, 1993, 1994).
Best Import Car of 1993. Lexus LS 400, Robb Report (1993).
Best of What's New in Automotive Technology. Lexus LS 400, Popular Science (December 1994).
Design and Engineering Award. Lexus LS, Popular Mechanics (1995, 2001).
Best in Class. Lexus LS 400, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (1993). In the "Over $30,000" category.
Most Appealing Premium Luxury Car. Lexus LS, J.D. Power and Associates (1997, 1998, 2001). From the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study.
24 Most Important Vehicles of the 20th Century. Lexus LS 400, Automobile Magazine (1996, 2005).
Ward's 10 Best Engines. LS 400 1UZ-FE V8 engine, 10 Best Engines awards, Ward's AutoWorld (1998, 1999, and 2000).
Finest Luxury Sedan In America. Lexus LS 430, Automotive Marketing Consultants, Inc. comparison test (2002). The LS 430 competed against ten other luxury models, including the Mercedes S500 and the BMW 750iL, and placed first in three out of seven categories: NVH, ergonomics, and utility. The LS 430 was also the quietest car in the comparison, with an idle reading of just 31.1 dB in the front seat.
Five-Star Rating for theft deterrence. Lexus LS 430, UK national automotive insurance research centre Thatcham (2001, 2002, and 2003). The LS 430 was the only vehicle to receive Thatcham's highest rating in 2001, and also achieved the highest rating in following years.
Highest security rating. Lexus LS 430 (perfect 100 scores), What Car? Security Supertest (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005). The LS 430 was the top-ranked vehicle in the Security Supertest in each year tested.
Best Sound System in Cars Over $30,000. LS 430 Mark Levinson premium sound system, Edmunds.com (2002, 2004, and 2005 consecutively).
Interior of the Year Award. Lexus LS 430. 2nd Annual Car & Truck Interior of the Year Awards, Auto Interiors Magazine (2001).
Most Wanted Car Award. Lexus LS 430, in the large luxury class, from Edmunds.com (2002).
Best to Hold Value Award. Lexus LS 430, Kelley Blue Book (2001, 2002, and 2003).
Best Luxury Car Over $40,000. Lexus LS 430, Automobile Magazine (2001, 2002).
Most Satisfying. Lexus LS 430, Consumer Reports (2001-2006). The LS 430 has been named as the most satisfying vehicle in the luxury car category in each year of production, and has also been named most satisfying vehicle overall.
First Place in $70,000 luxury sedan comparison test. Lexus LS 430, Car and Driver (December 2003). The LS 430 took first place ahead of competing vehicles from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, with reviewers pointing to the LS 430's superior ride quality, highway performance, interior design, and technology as winning factors.
"Best Car We Ever Tested." Lexus LS 430, Consumer Reports (2004, 2005). The Lexus LS 430 received the highest overall vehicle ratings in Consumer Reports independent testing and customer reviews.
Best Luxury Car. Lexus LS 430, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (2001-2006). The Lexus LS has received Kiplinger's "First in Class" rating for six consecutive years.
Best in Safety for Cars $40,000 and Over. Lexus LS 430, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (2005).
Best Overall Value. Lexus LS 430, in the luxury class, Intellichoice (2004, 2005).
Motorist's Choice Award. Lexus LS 430, AutoPacific and Intellichoice (2006).
Polk Automotive Loyalty Award. Lexus LS 430, in the prestige luxury car category (2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005). R. L. Polk & Co.. automotive marketing research firm, awarded the Lexus LS for its high rate of repeat customers.
Best Overall Luxury Sedan. Lexus LS 430, ConsumerSearch's review of "Best Luxury Cars" (September 2006).
Most technological features of any vehicle. Lexus LS 460, in the North American market, according to automotive research firm TRG (2006). The LS Series surpassed the newly launched Mercedes S-Class and 2006 BMW 7-Series.
Best Value in Luxury Cars. Lexus LS 460, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (2007).
Best Value in America, prestige luxury segment. Lexus LS 460 L, Vincentric, LLC (2007). Automotive data analysis firm Vincentric, LLC selected the LS in its 2007 Best Value Awards.
Best of What's New in Automotive Technology. Lexus LS 460, Popular Science (December 2006).
Automotive Excellence Award. Lexus LS 460, in the luxury category, from Popular Mechanics (2007).
Tech Car of the Year. Lexus LS 460 L, CNET Car Tech Awards (2006). Technology reviews site CNET.com recognized the Lexus LS for its sound system, navigation, NavTraffic, Bluetooth integration, and self-parking technology, naming it the most technologically advanced vehicle of the year.
Auto 1 Innovation Prize 2007. Lexus LS 460, Auto Bild "Auto 1" awards (2007). The German automotive magazine selected the LS 460's Advanced Pre-Crash Safety System for the innovation award, mentioning specifically its infrared cameras, front and rear radar sensors, and pedestrian/driver detection systems. An Auto Bild safety comparison with the rival Mercedes-Benz S-Class found the LS the overall winner.
Masuda Award for Outstanding Product. Lexus LS 460, Japan's "Best of 10 New Products Awards," Japanese manufacturing industry (2007).
Auto Color Award 2007. Lexus LS 460, Japan Fashion Color Association (JAFCA) awards (2007). The LS 460 was selected for its exterior design and paint schemes.
Ward's Interior Awards - Best Overall Comfort. Lexus LS 460 L, Interior of the Year Awards, Ward's AutoWorld (2007). Ward's editors evaluated 34 nominated vehicles for general and special achievement categories, including Best Overall Comfort, during a two-month process.
Best in Show - Interior of the Year Awards. Lexus LS 460 L, 8th Annual Auto Interiors Show 2007, sponsored by Ward's AutoWorld (2007). At the Auto Interiors Show 2007, held on June 6-7 in Detroit, Michigan, attendees voted the Lexus LS 460 L as having the best vehicle interior out of all automobiles displayed on the show floor.
Best Interior Styling. Lexus, luxury sedan category, Kelley Blue Book (2007). Following the introduction of the Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L, results from Kelley Blue Book's Brand Watch 'Interior Styling' study indicated that new car buyers regarded Lexus as having the best interior styling among luxury sedans.
World's Most Beautiful Automobile Awards. Lexus LS 600h, Limousine category, L’Automobile più Bella del Mondo (2007). At the 15th Annual L’Automobile più Bella del Mondo (World's Most Beautiful Automobile) awards, held at Sforzesco Castle in Milan, the LS 600h and LS 460 scored the first and second spots, respectively, in juried competition.
Highest-Rated Sound System. Lexus LS 460, MSN Autos (2007). Among a field of stock audio offerings from Acura, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Lexus, and Mitsubishi, the Lexus LS received the highest scores overall, with its Mark Levinson system rated best for both sound quality and ergonomics.
Best Luxury Car Premium Stereo. Lexus LS 460 L, Car Audio & Electronics (2007). The automotive audio and technology magazine conducted a three-way comparison of Audi's Bang & Olufsen, Lexus' Mark Levinson, and Acura's ELS Surround sound systems. The Lexus Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System received the highest scores in each category, including audio quality, ergonomics, and navigation.
Best Luxury Sedan. Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L, Driver's Choice Awards, MotorWeek (2007). The automotive television program selected the LS over its German competitors for its integration of advanced technology and driving qualities, with special mention of the long wheelbase and hybrid models.
Motorist's Choice Award - Premium Luxury Car. Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L, AutoPacific and Intellichoice (2007). The Lexus LS was also named the top overall winner of the Motorist's Choice Awards, out of the 25 categories of vehicles selected for recognition.
Premium Luxury Car, Vehicle Satisfaction Award. Lexus LS 460, AutoPacific (2007). In the survey firm's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, the LS 460 tied for first place in the Premium Luxury Car category, as rated by luxury car owners.
Most Wanted Sedan Over $60,000. Lexus LS 460, Consumers Most Wanted Awards, Edmunds.com (2007).
Car of the Year Japan. Lexus LS 460, Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) awards (2006-2007). The fourth generation LS took the prestigious top prize among 10 finalists in a competition juried by Japan's top automotive journalists.
Limo of the Year. Lexus LS 600h, Top Gear's Car of the Year awards (2006).
Winner of Ultra-Lux comparison test. Lexus LS 460 L, Consumer Reports (2007). In the consumer affairs magazine's Ultra-Luxe Faceoff, the Lexus LS 460 L bested the rival Mercedes-Benz S550, achieving a 99-point overall test score out of a possible 100 points.
Winner of $1 million luxury sedan comparison test. Lexus LS 460, Drive (2007). The LS 460 was named the best luxury car over competitors from Audi, BMW, Holden, and Mercedes-Benz, with reviewers noting the LS 460's quality, equipment, drivetrain, and technology as strong points.
Best Luxury Car. Lexus LS 460, Fleet World Honours (2007). Presented at the Royal Automobile Club in London in May 2007.
Most Respected - Luxury Car of the Year. Lexus LS 460, International Car of the Year awards (2007). The LS 460 outranked all same-class competitors.
Best Engineered Vehicle. Lexus LS 460, from the official journal of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Automotive Engineering International (2007).
International Car of the Year. Lexus LS 460, International Car of the Year (ICOTY) awards (2007). The LS 460 outranked all competition to be crowned 2007 Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in January 2007.
World Car of the Year. Lexus LS 460, World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards, New York International Auto Show (2007). The jurors found the LS to be the embodiment of the Lexus "pursuit of perfection."