The Lexus LS 460 is the company’s largest sedan. This competes with the top end luxury cars of Germanys top car makers. In this ultra competitive class of vehicles, excellent styling, posh interiors, and powerful engines are required for consideration. The LS series has all of these. Add to this that Lexus has always been the brand to beat on cabin quietness and the LS continues this trend.
The LS carved out a portion of this segment for itself. This starts with the fact the materials used in the car are of the highest quality. It trades some athleticism comfort and offers class leading value. For that Value you get some top tier standard features, such as a 10 speaker stereo, a 16 way adjustable driver’s seat, and heated steering wheel. Advanced parking guidance and navigation highlight the big Lexus’ technology list.
Power for this luxury machine comes from a 380 hp 4.6 liter aluminum V-8. This is mated to a 8 speed automatic transmission and delivers its power to the ground through 19″ wheels. Its air suspension system keeps body motions in check.
Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 4.6L V-8, 5.0L V-8
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 600h L
For the 2011 model LS, a 12-volt power port was added to the storage area in front of the shifter. Air suspension had been standard on all-wheel drive models; now coil suspension is standard and air is optional across the line. On hybrid models, the adaptive variable power stabilizer suspension system is no longer available. There is a new Sport Package, with sport suspension, brakes, transmission program, and styling cues.
The LS is attractive, but its looks do not make it stand out in a crowd. Standard wheelbase is 116.9 inches; long wheelbase is 121.7. The trunk can hold 18.0 cubic-feet of gear.
The LS’s cabin is whisper quiet and the leather-wrapped interior is comfortable, too, making this car a wonderful place to spend time on the road. Executive Seating adds lumbar massage, power recline, and rear-seat DVD system.
A smooth ride is the one of the strong points of the LS line. When it comes to being a driver’s car, however, that part of the experience is somewhat lacking. Testers have referred to this car as being numb and uninvolving. The LS 460 reached 60 mph in 5.8 seconds (600h L took 5.6) and brakes in 120 feet from 60 mph (122 in 600h L). Suspension is on the soft side, but handling is still respectable.
Dual front airbags, dual front side airbags, front-passenger twin-chamber airbag, side curtain airbags, and dual front knee airbags are standard across the LS lineup. So are disc brakes with four-channel ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, and stability control.
LS 460, 460 L: 16 mpg city/23-24 mpg highway
LS 600h L: 20mpg city/22mpg highway
- Spacious interior
- Smooth power
- Comfortable seats
- Huge trunk
- Understeers during hard cornering
- Intrusive stability control
- Hybrid is too expensive
It’s good—but everything else got better
- Audi A8
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- BMW 7 Series