2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport review notes — Autoweek

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2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport notes

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EDITOR WES RAYNAL: an as-tested price of $89,310, 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport is in Mercedes-Benz S-class and Audi A8 Weirdly, if you get all-wheel drive on LS, horsepower is cut from 386 to 360. why that is.

This Lexus is a car and is flawlessly built. The seats are wonderful — arguably the part of the car. I’m rather to Lexus’ center-console-mounted mouse nearly everything you need, radio, heat/vent, and the like.

also a center-console-mounted knob on model, with eco, normal, sport, sport and who knows what else. those different modes make a difference in the way the car drives. labeled appropriately: Eco does you’d expect, as does and sport firms things up, and No surprises.

Speaking of no surprises, most Lexus vehicles LS 460 F Sport is comfortable, super and offends not at all. It drives as one would think with an combo that’s smooth as There’s an overall softness to the and handling, the car can be a little floaty, when you’re not in one of the two sport Sometimes it almost feels an old sedan that needs new I’m exaggerating, but only a little and is where the car distances itself from the Germans. At moderate it’s mostly fine. mode firms things up and helps the steering.

The LS is not the most engaging/fun big luxury you can get, but it’s probably the and quietest one available, plus is a lot of stuff to play with I’ll also bet it’d be reliable over the long When something did go wrong, legendary customer service kick in. For plenty of shoppers, all might be enough.

DIGITAL ANDREW STOY: Comfortable, quiet…sounds like a nice doesn’t it? And back in the days Opel infiltrated the Tri-Shield, the LS 460 have been an outstanding As a BMW and Benz fighter, though, it too far toward the soft-n-pillowy side of the curve.

I give major points for the though: Lexus has combined of the best seats ever a tasteful, elegant dash Little touches — the control temperature readouts like an old analog scale, for — show tremendous in all aspects of the layout. Check the before you buy, though: surprisingly small in there due to hefty wheelarch intrusion.

As for the selector knob to which Wes I found it adjusted the dynamics than I expected. I drove for time in each of the modes, and sport+ to be the only setting came close to my preferred of response and firmness. I’d have a few more levels had Lexus offered them too — the LS went from downright to merely floaty.

It ain’t fast either. a luxury sedan isn’t a racer, but the recent trend turbo V8s in the German competition a ton of torque when it’s Not so with the LS’s naturally engine. A telling moment in the LS 460 occurred as I was taking my 6-year-old to school. I had an opening that me to accelerate “briskly,” shall we so I asked her to hold on (the was both safe and legal, so get your knickers in a twist). We off and merged, at which point she “is that it?” I laughed it was — that was all the Lexus

Granted, this young has been shuttled to school in from a Chevrolet Spark to an Martin Vantage, but like me, I her frame of reference for the big Lexus was the lines of a BMW 750i or Audi A8, and the LS in the same league.


Is the experience a function of the smoothness and designed into the LS? Perhaps. And I’m it appeals to a certain type of it’s unquestionably luxurious, but not at all engaging. For $89k, you can bet I’d shop for a car delivers both.

EXECUTIVE BOB GRITZINGER: This is one of those where you can argue that are better, but it seems only overall, especially if you keep mode dialed up. And this car or beats the other big boys on two that matter to most — the interior comfort, styling and the quiet ride. huge navigation screen sets a standard for the class and highly visible and readable in light or darkness. As noted, the analog display for cabin is exquisite — a perfect for this kind of car. And the of sensible knobs helps most systems. I’m not terribly with Lexus’ controller but I can see where the tactile response in guiding your hand.

While this isn’t the that an Audi S8 is, I didn’t the power underwhelming — there is some serious dйtente built into gas pedal linkage. Once you through it to the floor, it seems a pretty strong powertrain. The responses of everything from to suspension to steering in sport+ encourage driving hard, is all one can ask for in a car that is equally at home into soft, floaty mode.

Once last Lexus engineers, or whoever working with, have an admirable job with this active cruise control. the class-leading Mercedes-Benz Distronic this system can haul the car down to a stop, and only a little nudge of the gas pedal to get again from a full It still leaves a larger gap I’d like in traffic, and I dislike the to only use the system on the freeway, but it’s a huge leap for

2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport

Base Price: $75,830

Price: $89,310

Drivetrain: V8; AWD, eight-speed automatic

360 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 347 lb-ft @ rpm

Curb Weight: 4,717 lb

Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: mpg

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