2013 Lexus LS review — Lexus LS 460, LS 460L, and LS 600h test drve

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LEXUS LS460/460L

A remarkable transformation

After my test drive of an LS 460, I off the big Lexus as a non-contender, and my expectations for the 2013 model weren’t high. Man, was I ever Lexus has made a series of changes that really the character of the LS. If you’re in the market for a big — or if, like me, you have dismissed the Lexus LS as irrelevant you should definitely keep


First Glance: Low expectations, big

Just about every car built owes something to the Lexus LS. When Toyota both the LS 400 and the Lexus division in ’89, they set new standards for technology, and customer service. for Lexus, most of the competition caught up, and in recent years the LS has having a hard time its head above water in a sea of S-Classes, BMW 7s, and Jaguar XJs. you buy an LS for the same reason you buy a Toyota It’s a safe bet, a rather unexciting one.

For 2013, the LS is trying to get its mojo The changes start on the outside, a more aggressive face sharper sheetmetal and the hourglass-shaped (link goes to photo) to other Lexus models. headlights feature slick running lights and (optional) LED while the revised rear end a cool 3-dimensional L theme in the It’s as if the LS has spent some in the gym, toning up just to eliminate the anonoblobby look, but subtle enough to slip cops (and thieves) who be looking for Benzos and Bimmers. As the LS is available in several versions: LS 460, long-wheelbase LS 460L, LS 600hL (long wheelbase and the brilliant new F Sport.

New dash design and top-notch put LS near the top of the class for cabin

Photo © Aaron Gold

In the Seat: Makeover does the

The LS’ cabin has received a re-do for 2013, and the gains pay off the triple crown. It starts the re-contoured and re-covered front which are plush and incredibly A new auto setting for the seat and coolers allow them to in concert with the climate system. Visibility is good, for the giant black boxes on the that house the stereo for the LS’ new (optional) collision and detection system — don’t exactly block the but they are distracting.

The dashboard has been redesigned, a new wide-screen LCD display located up, close to the windshield. Clearly-labeled controls for the stereo and A/C live on the stack, while the wide console is home to a beautiful new transmission shifter, Remote controller (which works like a computer mouse), and a few assorted dials and buttons. being a Lexus, the materials and are of the highest imaginable quality.

LEXUS LS460/460L

The LS is in short- and long-wheelbase models. have comfortable, supportive seats, with more-than-adequate for short-wheebase cars and a football for stretch models. Available include an executive interior heated, cooled, reclining and rear seats, a small table. and an electrically-actuated leg rest on the side (those over need not apply). The punch is that cars with the climate control system an abbreviated trunk (15.5 feet) just like the model. so you may need to devote of that floor space to (460-series cars without the climate control system get a 18 cubic foot trunk .)

On the Road: Serene as ever, than ever

Optional interior offers true accommodations. if you’re short

Photo © Aaron Gold

to the anonymous styling, it was the old LS’ dynamics that, in my opinion, it so dull (an issue Lexus has set out to in all of their cars, not just the The powertrain hasn’t changed it’s the same 4.6 liter V8, now the dual direct /indirect injection system found in the FR-S and tuned for 386 horsepower in cars — but only 360 in models — coupled to an automatic transmission. The LS 600h a 5-liter V8 and electric motor that delivers a combined 438 hp to all wheels. The hyrbid powertrain a tidal wave of electrically-augmented that makes it feel a big, lazy V12.

New for 2013 is the F-Sport model, gets a stiffer version of the air big Brembo brakes, unique leather instead of wood on the wheel (for better paddle shifters, and a choice of or all-wheel-drive, the former with a limited-slip differential. The last version of the LS was a joke, but this one works — it dials up the responses a couple of notches. it’s no Bimmer, but it’s better than any LS I’ve driven before — for the time, I didn’t feel as if I had a retired doctor’s car. said, it’s too bad you can’t get the model with the high-horsepower drivetrain — now that be really impressive.

LEXUS LS460/460L
LEXUS LS460/460L
LEXUS LS460/460L
LEXUS LS460/460L

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