2010 Lexus LS460

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8

2010 lexus ls460 Reviews and News

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Two decades of impeccably mature behavior have earned the Lexus LS platinum status with the AARP. But with the LFA supercar arriving later this year and IS-Fs hassling BMW 3-series mavens, perhaps the moment is right for a Lexus flagship that doesn't act its age. Enter the LS460 Sport, a senior Lexus that drives like the Viagra just kicked in.

Ground-grazing skirts and paddle shifters seemed out of place on this sedate sedan until a quick blast through upscale San Diego neighborhoods convinced us that this personality adjustment was long overdue. Available only on the standard-wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive LS, the Sport package adds $6185 to the $65,555 base price (it also requires opting for the $2080 luxury value package, which includes navigation, a nineteen-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and XM satellite radio).

All LS sedans were freshened for 2010 with subtle changes to their headlamps, grille, taillamps, bumper fascias, and wheels. The Sport model has its own aggressively textured grille, lower body kit, and nineteen-inch forged-aluminum wheels. Brembo opposed-piston brakes peer menacingly through the twenty-spoke rims. Thankfully, we've been spared the sport badge and rear spoiler clichés.

Inside, a new telematics system available on navigation-equipped LS's provides routing assistance, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery, and XM reception. All LS cabins are blessed with new metallic accents on the center stack, more neatly integrated audio controls, active front-seat headrests, and an ECO lamp to encourage parsimonious driving.

We never saw the ECO light flash during our test run, because the eight-speed automatic with Sports Direct Shift Control, transplanted from the IS-F, is so adept at keeping the vitality bubbling. As usual, clicking the right paddle cues upshifts, and the left tab activates downshifts. The transmission waits patiently for the driver's prompt even with the engine knocking on its 6600-rpm redline. Gear changes are quick and decisive, and the throttle is judiciously blipped to harmonize downshifts.

The hyperactive transmission allows the LS's carryover 380-hp V-8 to sing melodies we never knew were in its repertoire. Locked in lower gears, this engine clears its throat and belts out high notes like Roy Orbison at his rockabilly best.

The LS's 4.6-liter engine uses both port and direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and an 11.8:1 compression ratio to achieve 16 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway, thereby skirting the EPA's gas-guzzler wrath. Appropriate clicking of the shifters delivers 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, according to Lexus, on the way to a governed 130-mph top speed.

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To teach the LS a few contemporary dance steps, engineers recalibrated the air springs, tightened the dampers, and stiffened the antiroll bars. Give its leather steering wheel a smart yank and the LS Sport makes surprisingly athletic moves. The 45-series tires sink rubber teeth into the pavement, and both ends move as a coordinated whole, without a hint of tail wag. Body wallow and roll are gone, although the electric power steering remains mushy to the touch. The same gripe applies to the brake pedal, but at least there's surplus stopping power now that the Brembos are on duty.

In contrast to the boy-racer exterior, the LS460 Sport's interior shows exquisite taste and tailoring. The firmly bolstered front buckets and the comfortable rear seats are trimmed with delicious black and tan perforated leather. In place of the glossy varnish coating the LS kin's paneling, the Sport edition's dark ash burl has a tasteful matte finish.

We're hoping that this LS460 Sport is a preview of coming attractions. The feature entertainment we'd love to see is a Lexus LS-F powered by a tuned version of the 600hL's 5.0-liter V-8 and programmed to hound the haughty German sport sedans.

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2010 Lexus LS 460 Sport
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Base Price: $65,555
Base 460 Sport: $71,755
As-Tested: $74,000 (estimated)
Powertrain
Engine: 4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8
Horsepower: 380 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 367 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Measurements:
LxWxH: 199.2 x 73.8 x 57.5 in.
Legroom F/R: 43.7/35.8 in.
Headroom F/R: 38.0/38.0 in
Cargo capacity: 18.0 cu ft
Curb weight: 4350 lbs
EPA Rating (city/highway): 16/24 mpg
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This edition of recall news includes the Lexus LS, Ford Ranger, and most of the Nissan truck and SUV lineup.
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Given the LS has always been the ultimate Lexus, I've come to expect nothing less than the utmost in luxury, refinement, and technology at a reasonable price tag. I didn't, however, expect it to be a relentless force in deep snow.
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Like most performance snobs, I tend to turn up my nose at any attempt to numb the driving experience. And yet, I very much like and respect the Lexus LS. In a day when we have 5000-pound crossovers that claim to be sport coupes and Cadillac sedans lapping the Nürburgring, the LS demonstrates a refreshing purity of purpose and a near obsessive commitment to proper execution. Every aspect of this vehicle, from the one-finger effort steering to the smooth-as-glass eight-speed transmission is finessed to be as unobtrusive as possible. One gets the sense that even the V-8 power is there simply to make pulling away from a light more convenient. For me, all this makes for a rather uneventful commute home. But for the wealthy buyer who views driving not as pleasure to be enhanced or a way to make a fashion statement but rather, as a task to be facilitated, the LS is very close to perfection.
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Like other large luxury sedans with price tags approaching six figures, the LS460L provides effortless acceleration, blissful quiet, a cosseting ride (provided you haven't switched the dampers to Sport), plentiful space, and an aromatic leather-lined cabin. But perhaps, even with these things, you've thought that the luxury-car experience was somehow incomplete. You also want the car to tell you a story. Now the LS can do that too.
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Check out that $13,200 Executive Class Seating Package, wouldya?!? Wow, the array of controls available to rear-seat passengers in the flip-down center armrest rivals the instrument panel in the original Lexus LS from twenty years ago. And it's certainly a wonderful place to ride, the equal or better of the rear seats from the obvious competitors: Mercedes-Benz S-class, BMW 7-series, Audi A8, and the new Jaguar XJ. If the Lexus doesn't offer quite as keen a driving experience as the aforementioned sedans from Europe, that's okay; the LS remains the purest expression of the Lexus philosophy and is just as appealing today as it was back in 1990.
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2010 Lexus LS460L 4DR Sedan
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Lexus has updated its LS 460 and 460L for 2010. The revisions consist of a freshened face and an optional sport package for rear-wheel drive 460 variants.

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2010 Lexus LS460 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
4.6L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
Horsepower:
380 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque:
367 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 LEXUS LS460 AND LS600 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 20, 2009 THROUGH MAY 13, 2010. A PROGRAMMING CHANGE OF THE STEERING CONTROL ECU FOR THE VARIABLE GEAR RATIO STEERING (VGRS) SYSTEM CAN CAUSE IMPROPER ACTIVATION OF THE STEERING SYSTEM PROTECTION LOGIC DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE SYSTEM WHEN LARGER THAN NORMAL STEERING INPUTS ARE APPLIED AT A FULLY TURNED POSITION.
Consequences
IMPROPER ACTIVATION OF THE STEERING SYSTEM PROTECTION LOGIC CAN CAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL TO BECOME OFF-CENTERED UP TO 90 DEGREES. THIS MAY OCCUR AFTER THE DRIVER HAS FULLY TURNED THE STEERING WHEEL IN ONE DIRECTION THEN QUICKLY ATTEMPTS TO TURN IT BACK TO THE CENTER POSITION. SHOULD THIS OCCUR WHILE DRIVING, THE RISK OF A CRASH IS INCREASED.
Remedy
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND LEXUS DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STEERING CONTROL ECU FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 12, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
3,800
Notes
TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Lexus LS vehicles manufactured May 9, 2006, to July 20, 2010, 2006-2011 Lexus GS vehicles manufactured January 6, 2005, to September 10, 2010, and 2006-2011 Lexus IS vehicles manufactured August 30, 2005, to September 10, 2010. Due to anti-corrosion plating remnants, fuel may leak from where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe.
Consequences
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will clean and reseal the fuel pressure sensor mounting area, free of charge. The recall began March 3, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
422,509
Notes
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rollover
No Test Planned
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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