2013 Lexus LS 460 first drive | Digital Trends

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2013 Lexus LS 460 first

Up until recently, Lexus had swimming in dangerous waters. The luxury brand had become with its design philosophy, up little aesthetic excitement in to some of its rivals, most BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. To a sports analogy, it seemed was merely content with the automotive world’s equivalent of Utah Jazz point and NBA Hall of Famer John an industrious, hardworking, and unassuming who was big on performing, but offered little or excitement to his approach to the game. Stockton is regarded as one of the greatest guards of all time, he was never lighting up the highlight reels.

The could be said for Lexus, thankfully things are looking brighter — and more exciting — at Lexus these days. It all with the company’s new “spindle which has finally made its way to the LS sedan after having the new GS and ES models. But unlike the recent GS and ES the new LS lineup, which includes the LS the all-new LS 460 F Sport, and the Earth-friendly LS 600h L, is more of a refresh of its predecessors than an entirely new Thankfully, though, this provides more than substance.

We recently had the opportunity to the 2013 LS 460 F Sport through the of sunny San Diego, California. is what we walked, or rather, away with.

More than polite

The old maxim that you should put your foot forward; in this however, Lexus has opted to put its face forward, and it all centers on the new grille. Gone is the sterile and trapezoidal front end adorning model years. Instead, has wisely opted to bring in a of uniformity to its models – and it works. BMW has the kidneys, Audi has its dazzling and now Lexus has provided itself an aggressive aesthetic: a bolder, front end with a gaping maw commands attention. The same has been implemented across the

For the 2013 LS, Lexus also the front LED headlamps. Gone are the sequential LEDs, replaced by a configuration that provides a continuous glow during day and nighttime driving. It’s a change, but one that provides enough significance and visual to Lexus’ flagship sedan.

so, while the majority of 2013 LS’ ups are more readily witnessed up the tail of the car has received some and attention from Lexus’ In keeping with the wider, aggressive theme, the rear of the compliments the front’s athletic with sleeker LED taillamps and sharply blended pillars.

the little things

As you can imagine a premium nameplate like the LS 460 doesn’t skimp on luxury. For the model year, the LS 460 demonstrates its with a host of features and that seamlessly blend craftsmanship with 21st design. According to Lexus, a deal of effort went creating a cabin that was spacious and luxurious. With our in the LS 460 we see that this is very the case. Of course, it’s the things that add up, like spun aluminum used the cabin, and the gorgeous Shimamoku trim found on the steering Simply put, those for well-appointed, full-size luxury would do well to cross against a comparable Audi, or Mercedes-Benz.

The technology of luxury

we could drone on about seats and a host of other details, what really had us excited is the available cabin and tech integrated into the LS. We’ll start with the aspect, though.

New for 2013 is a 12.3-inch LCD screen centrally along the dashboard. In to displaying the navigation system, the LCD displays both phone and interfaces. Its generous real-estate can be into three separate allowing for simultaneous viewing. For if you’re in the midst of using the system, you can also see what is playing on the stereo, or place a calls without having to out one function over the other. allows for a greater degree of and functionality. While bigger always better, it’s to see Lexus make use of the larger size in a smarter way.

to the interface we encountered in our 2013 GS 350 review. the 2013 LS utilizes the mouse-like knob for controlling and the vivid LCD screen, which is located on the center console. touchscreens may be more intuitive, proponents of a more tactile this, and BMW’s iDrive The responsiveness and ease of dial over the current crop of cannot be ignored.

Also in the 2013 Lexus LS is an HDD navigation with 80GB hard In addition to downloading, updating, and map data via a DVD or USB thumb drive, a few new have made their way the system. Automatic zooming, 3D map viewing with city and landmark graphics, as well as speed limit information are all new for Lexus also tells us the voice guidance system has beefed up for the new model year, active rerouting guidance as as dynamic traffic guidance on without sufficient information.

into the navigation system is Enform telematics suite. drivers have the ability to the corresponding Enform smartphone app and access to supported apps via commands and Bluetooth. Currently, supports various functions as internet searches via its Bing as well as other applications as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and OpenTable, others. We weren’t able to these functions during our drive, but we’ll have a comprehensive rundown once we review the vehicle.

But much more than offering superfluous tech the 2013 Lexus LS packs impressive safety technologies are sure to appreciate. First up is Spot Monitoring (BSM). driving, this tech alert you tif a vehicle is operating your blind spot It uses two radars, which are at both the left and right quarters of the vehicle. If you try to shift when they detect a present, it will will a mirror indicator to notify you of the hazard. If you happen to not being attention to the initial warning, BSM it a step further by emitting a indicator on the side mirror engaging your turn while a car is drifting in your spot.

The 2013 LS also what Lexus calls its Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). the LS is equipped with a rear camera that allows you to see is directly behind you, makes use of small microwaves to approaching vehicles to either of you while parked.

Finally, and the most impressive safety implementation, and one we are more than to have but hope to never to use, is Lexus’ Advanced System (A-PCS). Working in with millimeter-wave radar, near infrared projectors, and a stereo camera, the A-PCS is to detect both vehicles and and, you guessed it, avoid into them. A-PCS in conjunction with the vehicle’s obstacle detection system and an innovative way of avoiding low-speed the key word here being At speeds of less than 24 per hour, and in the event of a potential A-PCS will assess the of a collision. If the system anticipates a collision is indeed imminent, it seek to warn the driver by both a visual and audible At the same time, A-PCS automatically engage a number of measures, including emergency assist, giving the steering a response to the driver’s input; up the air suspension system for greater controls. Last but not least, the will apply a Pre-Collision Assist system (PBA) to aid in breaking force.

If all else fails, you fail to the appropriate counter measures, and if traveling 24 mph or less, the A-PCS automatically engage its breaking providing approximately 1G of stopping Lexus tells us the system still kick into even when traveling at speeds, in order to mitigate harm and damage.

Rounding out the tech in the 2013 Lexus LS is a Radar Cruse Control as well as an active lane system.

Lexus LS 460

Powertrain: Same, but

Powertrain options across the LS remain relatively simple as not has changed from last models. That means we see the 4.6-liter V8 — only this Lexus has manage to squeeze out six horsepower, bringing the total to 386 hp and 367 pound-feet of torque to the rear via an eight speed automatic We see those numbers dip in the all-wheel-drive due to a different exhaust setup, the 2013 LS produces 359 horsepower and 347 of torque.

For drivers just as concerned style and luxury as they are helping the environment, Lexus to offer its LS 600h L for 2013 year. Its hybrid drivetrain a 5.0-liter V8, two electric motors, and a hydride battery pack.

As far as efficiency is concerned, the 2WD LS should net 16 mpg in the 24 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined, while the AWD LS is to achieve 16/23/19. (Both based on using premium This is by no means stellar, but not the fuel economy numbers we seen in this class.

it comes to performance, Lexus is to kick the LS into high Lexus claims the 2013 LS can from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 with an electronically limited top of 130 mph. While we were to generate a proper 0-60 during our ride and drive, clear the latest LS lineup added energy under the

Of course, for those looking for an livelier experience, Lexus has the LS F Sport to its 2013 LS lineup. like the GS F Sport, this version of the LS is gifted a veritable of tweaks and enhancements such as a limited-slip differential, Brembo calipers, 19-inch alloy and a 10 millimeter lowered adjustable air among others.

Overall, we enjoyed our time with the AWD of the F sport. The tightened air suspension comfortable and poised throughout our and the added handling dynamics the F package provides delivered truly solid road Even though the LS features driving settings to choose (Eco, Comfort, Normal, and Sport+) we never felt of a difference outside of Eco and Comfort. not to say the LS wasn’t fast or fun, but it felt as confident or enthralling as we Still, if you prefer poise power, the LS delivers without any

With the LS 460 starting at $71,990, and our LS F north of that figure at Lexus’ flagship lineup exactly cheap. But when to full-size luxury sedans rivals BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and which can easily run upwards of it almost seems a bargain…

The pursuit of perfection continues

If you already gathered, there is a lot to about the 2013 LS. The 2013 LS F package we spent time in evidence that Lexus is of doing away with – if just partially — its stiff and injecting a little more and personality into its vehicles. We still like to see Lexus the LS in a more radical way, but a design perspective, the new spindle is a fine start. Likewise, as well as gearheads will the robust amount of advanced this lux sedan is carrying.

still like to see a little dynamism under the hood, but for now willing to settle for what the LS has to a buttery smooth ride a competent, if not a tiny bit underwhelming

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