What is luxury? Which is the better luxury sedan? Is it the venerable Lexus LS, or the challenger – 2015 Kia K900?
The 2014 Lexus LS starts at $71,400 and can be configured in a myriad of ways. The test LS was a regular wheelbase AWD model. The smooth 4.6L V8 makes 360 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque and send the power to the ground via an 8-speed automatic. It is EPA rated at 17 MPG city and 23 MPG highway. It also has a large 18 cu-ft trunk. The as tested price came close to $90,000 for the LS AWD.
The 2015 Kia K900 starts at $59,500 and comes only in the longer wheelbase and rear-wheel-drive configuration. Under the hood of the tester is a 5.0L V8, good for 420 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Not to be outdone, the K900 also uses an 8-speed automatic. It is EPA rated at 15 MPG city and 23 MPG highway. The Kia’s trunk is smaller, providing 15.9 cu-ft of volume. The as tested price for the K900 was $66,000.
However, the statistics and numbers do not provide enough detail for comparing these two luxury cruisers. These cars are all about the ambiance of the interior and the experience of the drive.
Watch this fun and informative TFLcar video as Roman and Nathan are exploring the differences and similarities between the 2015 K900 and the Lexus LS.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.