Lexus LS460 AWD, a car for all seasons and reasons Mountain Democrat

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Lexus LS 460 AWD

Lexus LS460 AWD, a car for all and reasons

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Now in its third year, the design of the fourth generation remains virtually unchanged. And is good because itÕs a looking vehicle with proportions, a beautiful window and an almost perfect combination of and muscle to qualify as a true ride. In addition, the LS460 has technology than the space such as a pre-collision system senses an accident before it It activated perfectly during a

However, the biggest change year is the addition of optional drive to both the standard LS460 and the 4.8-inch stretched L. With the AWD system Lexus a Torsen (for those of you thatÕs the inventorÕs name, it It is a made up word combining the half of the words ÒtorqueÓ and limited slip center It is similar to the Audi Quattro speed system and is used in other high-end AWD luxury It automatically sends power to the with the most grip and the (vehicle dynamics integrated system and traction control on individual wheel slippage and needs.

Remarkable workmanship goes every LS460, from the six axis buffers that its paint incredibly smooth to the lens used in the HID headlights to the parallel parking system, will literally park the car There is no question that the LS is a de forceÓ of useful techno Co-efficient of drag remains an low 0.26, which is Prius

Although considered a large the Lexus is small with a overall length than a Chevy at 198 inches, but its wheelbase is two longer at 116.9 inches. is about perfect at 73.8 and it stands 58.1 inches This is not a huge vehicle.

the hood is the familiar Lexus ultra smooth and efficient cranking out 357 hp at 6,400 rpm and 344 pounds of at 4,100 rpm. These are down from the RWD versionÕs 380 hp and 367 of twist at the same rpms. appears to be no internal differences, compression ratio. There however, differences in exhaust and the computer system (ECU) controls the engine. The fuel is an advanced system that a combination of port and the expensive fuel injection. This for ultra high compression for better performance and fuel

This LS460 is even remarkable when you consider the AWD which includes air suspension, 380 pounds more than the RWD LS at pounds. You would think less hp, more weight and eight-speed automatic, the AWD version be down on performance. Well, again. The performance is almost and the proof is in the numbers. Part of may be due to a shorter rear axle of about 6 percent, which the drop in horsepower, but the weight is only seen on an uphill

Scampering from zero to 60 mph is in a world class 5.45 Passing times are also class, with a 50-70 mph run on ground taking an average of 2.81 seconds and the same run up a grade slows that to 3.71 seconds. The times for the drive LS460 are 5.36, and 3.28 seconds with the marked difference being the grade pass of about 0.4 which is where the weight combined with gravity slightly in performance. But this is an performing automobile and it goes its business effortlessly.

Amazingly this 4,700-pound returns good fuel about equal to the hybrid EPA rates the LS460 at 16/23 mpg (the RWD model is 16/24 mpg and the hybrid is 20/22 mpg). In the AWD LS460 averages 19 mpg in mixed with little time on the Once on the highway you can expect 28-29 mpg at legal speeds, is about one to two mpg less than the RWD but two mpg better than the hybrid, the hybrid returned about one to two mpg in mixed driving.

It was interesting to that upon delivery the AWD trip computer was averaging mpg, which was exactly the for the RWD unit when it was delivered. Any way you it, the LS460 is an economical automobile, its size, weight and performance Ñ a engineering marvel.

Ride is sublime in comfort and still in normal or sport mode. A switch on the console allows you to a choice and the settings are discernible the drive. Comfort is soft, but not normal is less soft, but is still some body when pushed hard and (my preferred setting which is more connected) tightens up the to a more European feel and handling and limits body With the engine turning 1,600 rpm at 70 mph, the Lexus is vault-like in quiet and structure.

Handling in all modes is quite but sport mode is the most which provides oodles of and cornering power with body roll. Standard is 235/50X18 V (good for 149 mph for 24 hours) radials (yet top speed is to 130 mph, the maximum for H-rated on 18X7.5-inch alloys. Nineteen-inch package tires and wheels are not an with the AWD system. Electric and pinion power steering is the only ÒcomplaintÓ if you could it that. While accurate, it is a numb or disconnected when it to feel. But most drivers welcome its relative ease and

Braking from large ventilated discs with acronym is excellent, stopping the big in 40 feet from 40 mph. The pedal was hard, almost to application. Perhaps that was the pre collision system which in the panic stop by immediate up the seat belts, making tight against your so if there was a collision, you would not in your seat, limiting the of striking something in the vehicle. As as the vehicle stopped and it was put in park, all the belts relaxed. Amazing HID AFS headlights are also amazing.

Inside are sublime leathers, touch materials and an instrument that provides a wonderful of simplicity and sophistication. The instrument provides a large tach and and superb instrument lighting. The stack is easy to use and intuitive. the only thing I donÕt is after the audio screen is up for a few it automatically defaults to the GPS map. If you are a surfer like me, that activating another button to get the panel back up. Picky,

Front seats do about but the laundry and equal if not exceed the of my best chair, sofa or Hey, they are good, good. Rear seating is and if you opt for the long wheelbase with extra inches of legroom, as big as some limos. Trunk is a humongous 18 cubic feet and this vehicle is less 200 inches long.

Pricing is the most competitive in the industry a base LS 460 stickering for $64,500 $825 for the boat from The AWD model will add $3,525 to price. Everything you need is If you want a NAV system with the Levinson sound system it add $5,645. The pre collision system is $2,850 and if you want power seats that are heated and and intuitive parking assist you have to pony up another (it is discounted from $4,155). I live without all that Everything including HID AFS headlights is including heated steering However, heated front will be optional. There is no automobile for the money.


Price $61,000 to $75,000


4.6L 32-valve V-8 380 hp @ 6,400 rpm

367 lbs.-ft. of @ 4,100 rpm

Lexus LS 460 AWD
Lexus LS 460 AWD
Lexus LS 460 AWD
Lexus LS 460 AWD

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