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 either. Granted, a luxury isn’t a drag racer, but the trend toward turbo V8s in the competition yields a ton of torque it’s needed. Not so with the naturally aspirated engine. A moment in the Lexus LS 460 occurred as I was my 6-year-old daughter to school. I had an that required me to accelerate shall we say, so I asked her to on (the maneuver was both and legal, so don’t get your in a twist). We took off and merged, at point she asked, “is that I laughed because it was — was all the Lexus had.

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.

this isn’t the rocketship an Audi S8 is, I didn’t find the underwhelming — though is some serious fuel-economy built into that gas linkage. Once you punch it to the floor, it seems like a strong powertrain. The tightened of everything from engine to to steering in sport+ mode driving hard, which is all one can ask for in a car is equally at home settling soft, floaty comfort

Once last note: engineers, or whoever they’re with, have done an job with this car’s cruise control. Like the Mercedes-Benz Distronic Plus, system can haul the car right to a stop, and only requires a nudge of the gas pedal to get rolling from a full stop. It leaves a larger gap than I’d in traffic, and I dislike the warning to use the system on the freeway, but otherwise, a huge leap for Lexus.

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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