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Lexus LS 460 AWD

Mark Phelan: 2013 LS 460 lags in power but not style

The * * * Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport is the best-looking and responsive version of Lexus’ sedan yet. Surprisingly low and fuel economy keep it threatening the world’s best sedans, however.

The sedan Lexus’ new design theme a big trapezoidal grille, LED running and elegant lines. The attractive package includes 19-inch, wheels; grille inserts, and a suspension.

Prices for the 2013 LS 460 start at $71,990 for a rear-drive, version. Non-hybrid versions of the LS a 386-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine. The is detuned to 360 horsepower for all-wheel models, which start at All LS models but the hybrid use an eight-speed transmission.

The LS 460 L long-wheelbase model is 5 longer than the 200-inch-long car. Prices start at for rear-drive and $81,775 for AWD.

The LS 600h L comes with the long wheelbase, continuously automatic transmission and a 5.0-liter V8 and motor that produce a of 438 horsepower. Prices start at

I tested an LS460 AWD that $87,134. It had the F Sport package, Mark Levinson audio navigation, voice recognition, compatibility and a big 12.3-inch screen. All exclude destination charges.

The LS 460 AWD with big luxury sedans the Audi A8 4.0T Quattro, BMW xDrive, Jaguar XJ AWD, S550 4Matic and Porsche 4S.

It’s less expensive comparably equipped models BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. The and Jag cost less, though the Jag only comes with a supercharged V6 engine that’s powerful than the LS 406’s V8.

the only one of the competitive engines trails the Lexus, however. power nor fuel efficiency is the LS 460 strong suit.

The 360-horsepower V8 the German competitors by 40 to 85 horsepower, and the LS more fuel than all the except the aged S550, will be replaced by a new car this

The LS 460 AWD’s EPA rating is an unimpressive 16 city, 23 highway and 18 combined. The figure is 1-3 m.p.g. lower the Audi, BMW, Jag and Porsche. The LS 460 0-60 m.p.h. time the A8, 750i, Panamera and S550.

eight-speed transmission has improved from its early days, it hunted restlessly from one to another. Shifts are now quick and imperceptible. The gearbox selects the gearing and sticks with it.

The handling is fine for a big, car. The steering is direct and some feedback in the driver-selectable modes. The F Sport’s adaptive air absorbs bumps for a comfortable

The interior is handsome and restrained. leather covers nearly surface. Wood and aluminum attractively lightened the all-black of the car I tested. The center console and provide plenty of storage. The are supportive and comfortable. Luggage trumps all competitors but the hatchback

Lexus’ Enform connectivity uses your smartphone for to Internet services like Pandora Internet radio, Places and other services.

It performs well, but you have to an app and register with Lexus to use the That’s more than automakers’ systems require.

The voice recognition works for phone calls and to set destinations for the system. It doesn’t respond to the Cancel, however. That’s an odd

A joystick near the shifter on the console controls the navigation, audio, systems and more. difficult and distracting to use in a moving Lexus would be better off a touch screen with big Only the presence of secondary for some functions saves the from being a complete

Despite that, the 2013 LS 460 AWD is a luxurious and accommodating sedan. it lacks any technical or performance over its European competitors, its classy interior and reputation for and quality should please its

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More Details: Lexus LS 460 AWD F-sport

All-wheel five-passenger luxury sedan

as tested: $87,134 (excluding charge)

Rating: * * * (out of four

Reasons to buy: Styling, materials, all-wheel drive, size, reputation for quality and

Shortcomings: Fuel economy, balky controls, weight

EPA fuel economy ratings

LS 460 AWD . 16 m.p.g. city/23 m.p.g. m.p.g. combined. Premium

Audi A8 4.0T Quattro . 17 city/28 m.p.g. highway/21 combined. Premium fuel.

BMW xDrive . 16 m.p.g. city/24 highway/19 m.p.g. combined. fuel.

Jaguar XJ AWD . 16 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/19 m.p.g. Premium fuel.

Lexus LS 460 AWD

Mercedes-Benz 4Matic . 15 m.p.g. city/24 highway/18 m.p.g. combined. fuel.

Porsche Panamera 4S . 16 city/24 m.p.g. highway/19 combined. Premium fuel.

Lexus LS 460 at a glance

Vehicle Rear- or all-wheel drive luxury sedan. Long-wheelbase and models available.

Power: 4.6-liter V8 (360 with drive); hybrid 438-horsepower from 5.0-liter V8 and electric

Transmission: Eight-speed or continuously automatic

Price range . (excluding options and destination

Key features on vehicle tested

Standard equipment . Antilock electronic brake force brake assist; stability curtain air bags; front knee air bag; high-intensity headlights; active head automatic collision notification; center differential; navigation 12.3-inch display; joystick-style Enform with apps for Pandora, etc.; voice Bluetooth phone and music park assist; automatic closer; LED interior lights; interior; adjustable power seats; memory for driver and passenger settings; power locks and mirrors; pushbutton power tilt and telescoping column; wood and aluminum trim; GPS-linked analog power sunroof; floor cruise control.

Options . spot and cross-traffic alert; and cooled front seats; power sunshade; heated rear seats; 19-inch alloy wheels; F Sport lowered adaptive air suspension, and stabilizer bars; Brembo calipers and 14.8-inch ventilated disc brakes; F Sport front seats; Alcantara paddle shifters; F Sport bumper, upper and lower inserts; LED fog lights; Mark 19-speaker sound system; compatible; USB input; AM/FM/CD/DVD; satellite radio; heated F leather steering wheel; net; trunk mat.

2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD

All-wheel five-passenger luxury sedan

price . $74,935

Price as . $87,134 (excluding destination

Safety equipment . Standard Antilock brakes; electronic force distribution; brake stability control; curtain air front passenger knee air high-intensity bi-xenon headlights; head rests; automatic notification.

Specifications as tested

. 4.6-liter direct-injected DOHC 32-valve V8.

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