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Lexus LS 460 Review

By Jay Shoemaker on 13, 2006

Driving a Mercedes E63 AMG prior to testing the Lexus LS 460 was a big The German and Japanese machines the opposite poles of the luxury spectrum. The E63 is for driving enthusiasts. The LS 460 is for who hate cars.

At first the LS 460 has finally stopped cribbing its cues from Mercedes– and cribbing from the BMW 7 Series. In the it’s clear that has turned inwards for inspiration. As I my dealer’s lot to scan color I couldn’t distinguish an ES from an LS. In the Japanese brand’s “L-finesse” philosophy Lacks-finesse across the model range. There are no character lines worth I like the way the LS’ exhaust integrate into the rear And, um that’s it.

This deeply conservative to say bland) approach carries into the interior, which carefully designed to avoid While you can’t fault the LS ergonomics or the luster of its wood the $61k-and-up car’s cabin off just a little bit, cheap. The buttons are made plastic that Audi use for the A8’s trunk release. And can buff that leather as as it wants; it still feels it came out of a Camry. Of course, the LS 460 I mean boasts every car toy on earth, including intuitive assist (Danger Will and power everything you can imagine much you can’t or wouldn’t).

The LS’ optional beat box is the highlight. Mark Levinson’s ICE 19 speakers and 15 bridged amplifier running 450 watts of power average power, all channels at 0.1% THD; 20 – 20,000 Hz, in you thought that was a bit woosy). The can play Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD MP3 and WMA files. An eight gigabyte drive automatically records up to 2k as you play them. The only missing are internet access and a Play Station 3, which are no available in Japan. And the sound– you blow $100k on a home that doesn’t sound as good.

Firing-up the LS’ V8 is about as aurally exciting as on a pool heater– which is enough. The driving experience is a bit swimming in warm water. the LS, I thought I’d become an quadriplegic; my mind was operating the rather than my extremities. I had no whatsoever from the steering throttle or brakes. Every involved with the vehicle’s lay just within the range of perception.

The LS 460’s electronic brakes designed for women wearing heels; the slightest touch of a brings the car to a complete stop. feel isn’t. There’s one way to know the slushbox is changing watch the tacho needle gently up and down. Unless you the throttle at 45mph. Then an unacceptable hesitation as the transmission through a few gear changes finding the meaty part of the torque range. Remind me why Lexus needs an eight transmission? Oh yes; Mercedes has a speed.

The LS 460’s handling reminded me of a old Golden Retriever puppy: but clumsy. Turn-in is irrelevant. You feel the car settling into a and you only realize that you are the vehicle’s limits when the angle of attack relative to the exceeds 15 degrees, and the traction wrests control (you I was driving?) away from the

Lexus claims the LS 460 wafts zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds. Given 380 and 367 lb. ft. of torque in a 4244 pound that sounds about But it felt a lot slower. It could be the lack of sensual feedback or the of that pesky E63 again. the LS 460 desperately needs a sport Alas, none is available. I Lexus knows its target will be more impressed (though not concerned about) the extraordinary 21 city and 27 highway per gallon.


I last drove an LS in 1990. to the competition over at Mercedes and the LS was a breath of fresh air: and elegantly engineered. I almost one. OK, I’m trying to you with my open-mindedness. And it’s I can see the virtue of a machine that without any apparent effort man or machine. But I struggled not to giggle at the LS “Luxury Car for Dummies” perfection. If added an in-dash popcorn I’d find more to buy this mobile entertainment But nowhere near enough.

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