2007 Lexus LS460 Review

Lexus Ls460

Lexus’ newest flagship doesn’t set hearts racing. Which is exactly what the doctor ordered.

;The 2007 LS460 is the fourth generation of Lexus top-of-the-line sedan, and like every one of its predecessors, it doesn’t do much for me. From its debut in 1989, when short-sighted critics said that nobody would buy a Japanese luxury car, the LS has offered tremendous value, incomparable build quality and a void where the character ought to be. Unlike the big sedans from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Jaguar, the Lexus has always been a bland commodity – the greatest car ever built for people who don’t care about cars. The LS460 follows squarely in this tradition, and I couldn’t imagine why a car enthusiast would buy one – until a car enthusiast got in the car with me.

;Scott Shelton is a hard-core car guy who’s driven a slew of exotics and recently finished second in a Mazda RX-8 Touring 3 race car at the SCCA Runoffs. As soon as he climbed into the Lexus, he was all over the incredibly luscious leather and other uniformly soft surfaces of the interior, which he described as “like butter.” The ride, which I found floaty, he described as plush. He loved the eight-speed transmission, which seems to have been developed mostly to tweak the noses of the folks over at Mercedes, which had recently unveiled a seven-speed tranny to much fanfare. And, of course, both of us were amped about the 380-horsepower engine, which gave the two-ton sedan the get up and go of a car half its heft.

;My biggest gripe about the LS is that the car is so quiet – you almost seem to be hermetically sealed in the cockpit – that there’s no sense of connection to the driving experience. But Scott disagreed with my contention that the Lexus was designed for people who don’t care about cars. On the contrary, he said it was perfect for somebody who satisfied his car jones in other ways – by racing, maybe, or with a Lotus Elise or an M3 or whatever. His point was that, at $70,000, the LS probably wouldn’t be the only car in the owner’s stable. And after spending a few hours pounding around a track or carving mountain curves in a stiffly sprung thoroughbred with a rock-hard seat, an obnoxiously loud exhaust and all the creature comforts of a lock-down cell in supermax prison, then a few days cocooned in the luxo-Lexus would seem like a pretty sweet deal.

;I guess I know what the guys racing Toyotas in Nextel Cup next season will be driving between races.

andy21
engine noise!anyone having the same issue i am having? in park, idling, i hear a light tapping, not the perfct, barely audible (if at all) purring of my 2002 LS 430. i'm getting the run around from dealership. sometimes i am told it is normal; sometimes told that it doesn't exist; sometimes told that it is the new fuel injection system in the 2007, which was the first engine change in 17 years.any suggesions????? help! thanks.
gilliang
Lexus ALWAYS understates their 0 - 60 times by at least .5 seconds. Here are the results of the 5 Top Luxury Cars in this test which was reported in the January Issue of Car and Driver. Please note these tests were all done on the same day at about the same time and at the same altitude. The results reflect the average of 3 runs and all cars are the 2007 vintage.Mercedes S550 5.6, 0 - 60 quarter mile in 14.1 BMW 750iL 5.7, 0 - 60 quarter mile in 14.2Jag XJ Super 6.0 0 - 60 quarter mile 14.5Lexus LS460L 6.2 0 - 60 quarter mile 14.6Audi A8 6.8 0 - 60 quarter mile 15.2Note that Lexus, as usual, is more than the 5.4 the manufacturer CLAIMS to get by .8 seconds.Also note the LS430 (prior model the LS460 replaced) was rated at 295 HP and was actually 278 when Lexus corrected their rating. And there were no refunds or apologies from the so-called "quality" car company. ABC - Always Be Careful what you buy from the Lexus people.....
gilliang
Lexus ALWAYS understates their 0 - 60 times by at least .5 seconds. Here are the results of the 5 Top Luxury Cars in this test which was reported in the January Issue of Car and Driver. Please note these tests were all done on the same day at about the same time and at the same altitude. The results reflect the average of 3 runs and all cars are the 2007 vintage.Mercedes S550 5.6, 0 - 60 quarter mile in 14.1 BMW 750iL 5.7, 0 - 60 quarter mile in 14.2Jag XJ Super 6.0 0 - 60 quarter mile 14.5Lexus LS460L 6.2 0 - 60 quarter mile 14.6Audi A8 6.8 0 - 60 quarter mile 15.2Note that Lexus, as usual, is more than the 5.4 the manufacturer CLAIMS to get by .8 seconds.Also note the LS430 (prior model the LS460 replaced) was rated at 295 HP and was actually 278 when Lexus corrected their rating. And there were no refunds or apologies from the so-called "quality" car company. ABC - Always Be Careful what you buy from the Lexus people.....
fungotalkingtomartian
I am waitin for the 08 Hybrid to come out. I love this car.

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