Not the best at parking, but a phenomenal driver

#Lexus, #M45
2007 Lexus Ls460l

It may not be the best at self-parking, but wow, is;the Lexus LS460L;a great road trip car.

I recently had the opportunity to put 500 miles on a pre-production 2007 Lexus LS460L.; Those miles included a 120-mph desert highway jaunt, a 3-hour Los Angeles traffic jam, and everything in between. Regardless of where I was, though, the LS460 was a fantastic and willing accomplice.

I had previously thought of the Bose stereo in our Four Seasons Infiniti M45 as just about the best-sounding audio system on the market. All that has changed.; Granted, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to listen to them back-to-back, but to my ears, when I got in the M45 a few days later, I thought I was listening to an AM radio.; The Lexus’ Mark Levinson system is;that good.

Here are a few notes from my trip:

* The LS is geared far too long to take advantage its 8 gears: First is good for 40 mph, and stoplight getaways can feel a bit sluggish. Third gear gets you to 95 mph – do you really need 5 more gears after that? With that said, the LS bangs off barely perceptible 8th-to-3rd-gear downshifts that is the stuff of engineers' dreams.

* The microphone for the Bluetooth cell phone integration is right in the path of one of the HVAC vents when it’s aimed upward, prompting callers to repeatedly ask me to close my windows. It took a while to figure out what was going on, and once I re-aimed the vent, sound quality was excellent.

* Pulling out of a gas station, I almost crashed when I look down and saw that the computer was predicting a 777-mile range. It wasn’t lying, this LS has a cruising range that rivals some jets.

* The LS prefers its steak medium-well, apparently. Or at least it liked my right leg;prepared that way;– the center tunnel gave off enough heat while sitting in traffic to broil a steak.

* My rear seat passengers refused to get out. The seats were apparently more comfortable than their living room couches, and had more legroom. Oh, and two people fit comfortably in the trunk; we tried it.

* If you choose (wisely) not to use the Lexus’ self-parking system, the back-up camera has a very handy marking to show you where the curb is in relation to your right rear wheel. It makes parking close to the curb—without damaging a wheel—a piece of cake.

* The Lexus is smooth and quiet, but dynamically, it’s not a 1970’s Cadillac.; It generates a decent amount of grip on sweeping exit ramps, and keeps body motions fairly well controlled. On the other hand, the ride isn’t quite as smooth as its ultralong wheelbase would suggest, and, to my ears, there is lots more;road noise than in, say, a Mercedes S-Class.

* Visibility is fantastic all around. I cut and diced my way through Los Angeles traffic like I was in a subcompact.

For more information on the Lexus self-parking system, see my previous blog by clicking here.;This was the third LS I've driven, and I reiterate my previous comments about the self-park system. It works occasionally, much to the fascination of onlookers. But with the backup camera's help, you can park it much more quickly and easily yourself.

Rocky
In the colpmicaetd world we live in, it's good to find simple solutions.
ultraautopro
gillian,Your comments are totally inaccurate.The LS430's HP ratings changed with all MFG's because the ratings system was changed that year,so for every car and truck model sold in the U.S. HP ratings were reduced.Naturally no refunds or apologies were needed.As for 0-60 times every test is going to be different depending on temp.,alt.,driver etc.so to say the MFG.ratings are wrong is not accurate either.So ABC always be careful of nutcases giving bad information on the internet.Lexus is the best Luxury car MFG on the planet.
gillian
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.....
kevin689
im sorry Erik, i wasnt sure who was the other person in the car and then i remembered...which is weird because my favorite part is "will you turn this ****in music off, seriously!" haha it was priceless!
kevin689
this seems to be an awesome car, and the way you described it i guess you must agree! I also watched the video...i dont know if it was the same car or not...with you,sam smith and someone else in the parking lot attempting to park with the screen, i thought that was so funny!

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