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Lexus LS 460 AWD

Test Drive: 2014 LS 460

2014 Lexus LS 460 AWD

Dates . 1/20/2014-2/03/2014

Miles driven . 585

fuel economy . 15.8 mpg

mix . 55% city/45% highway

Base . $75,085 (not including destination charge)

Options on car . Adaptive suspension ($2,120), monitor ($500), LED headlamps Upgrade leather ($550), Levinson audio ($1580), system ($1500), Ultra Package ($6870)

Price as . $90,675

The great . Luxurious impressive standard-equipment list

The . Plenty of power, silky transmission

The not so good . Old-school economy

The 2014 Lexus with full-time all-wheel makes for a darned nice environment. It had better when you can run it up to $90,000, as the one we tested recently out at.

The LS460 showed itself as a performer with decent room, excellent appointments, and a level of standard conveniences—with more available to those to spend a bit more. But there are elements that don’t to deliver the difference you might they would.

Our test LS 460 applause for its classy, understated The “haptic-response” controller to the right of the works just like a and eliminates the need for a touch

Being an AWD model, the 4.6-liter V8 in the car we drove was rated at 360 horsepower, is 26 fewer ponies than in the under the hood of the rear-drive Still, this quiet and powerplant impressed by pulling up to near its redline when we to enter the highway in a hurry. You forget that the 8-speed transmission is there. The only is at the pump. After 259.4 54 percent of them under conditions, this tester had a “meh”-inducing 15.78 mpg.

Our LS460 came with an adaptive variable air suspension, can be set from a console dial “Comfort,” “Sport,” or “Sport+” in place of the default “Normal” Ride was soft, almost in Comfort—but that didn’t appreciably different from the sportier settings. (Steering are supposed to vary with the as well.) The option costs that could be spent on nice nights on the town in spiffy new Lexus instead. being in the midst of a pretty winter, we encountered only stretches of snowy streets in the AWD but never experienced a wobble or on them.

Spacious and comfortable up front, also generous room in the back of the quiet cabin. a tall driveline hump rules out carrying a middle Rear head room is a “close.”

A huge 12.3-inch screen displays readouts the standard audio, climate, and systems. A “mouse” on the center allows the driver to work these systems. The console is to let the right hand rest over the mouse, but the device can be and quick to jump away the spot where you want to on a setting selection. Getting to the desired spot on the screen can driver attention.

The trunk is but not overly long, so luggage is acceptable but not exceptional. Similarly, storage is OK. Covered cup holders are far forward in the console, but it doesn’t to hamper their accessibility.

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There’s an embarrassment of riches, including a limited-slip differential, adaptive front park-assist, Lexus Enform app Bluetooth connectivity, a 10-speaker system, wood-and-leather-trimmed steering with multifunction thumb wood and aluminum interior memory seats for driver and passenger, and a one-touch power Plenty more is available, For instance, aside from the air-suspension option, Consumer ® ’s test LS460 was also with an extra-cost blind-spot and cross-traffic monitor; LED headlamps “intelligent” high beams and upgraded leather upholstery and headliner; 19-speaker premium a precollision-detection system with cruise control; a heated wheel; and a $6870 “Ultra Package” with, among things, 4-zone climate (rear riders get to select own individual levels of heating or too) and power adjustable seats with memory

Lexus made its mark in country as a premium-brand bargain rivaled established German for luxury, but far undercut them on

Lexus LS 460 AWD

That’s not so much the case For while the LS 460 AWD we tested fared enough on the “luxury” front, it really strike me as a “bargain.”

As mentioned, the LS 460 AWD is a nice ride: smooth, powerful enough. And it was with lots of luxury and outfitted with fine (if a bit materials. But it also exhibited of what I would consider than a car in this price should.

First, the console used to control infotainment and functions. I’m not a fan. It’s on numerous Lexus products driven, but I’ve never up to it. For one thing, it’s very in operation, which, combined slow response to movement, it too easy to “overshoot” whatever icon you’re trying to That means getting it to the spot takes time and attention. Furthermore, what be simple adjustments almost take too many steps to and I’ve had trouble with navigation functions. Some of is merely aggravating, but some into the realm of safety.

In AWD LS models such as our test the silky 4.6-liter V8 is good for a 360 horsepower. Rear-drive LS models this engine enjoy 26 horses.

Same for the rather roof pillars. I’ll you that – along with the control strategy – this is a pet of mine, but visibility really what it could be.

While the big V8 plenty of power, it often a while to arrive. After the throttle at speed, there is a rather long delay the transmission hunts for the proper You can hear the engine revs up as the trans is downshifting, but actual movement is a heartbeat or two away.

quality is good enough in the and Comfort settings, if just a bit over smaller pavement But like John, I question the of the optional (at $2120) adjustable Granted, we had no opportunity to drive an LS it, but past experience indicates whatever the base setup is rides as well or better. makes this one an advantage if you frequently use the Sport settings to down a twisting road.

But that’s really about it in the way of Interior storage (another I hold dear) is quite the glovebox is only of moderate but the 2-tier center console box is and it’s augmented by a small tray left of the steering and expandable map pockets in the doors, with the expected covered cupholders. If turned on, both the seats and heated steering return to on when you restart the something I really appreciate – and too don’t do.

The LS has built up such a over the past 24 years it really should be considered by shopping in this league. And in all many of my complaints about it apply – to some extent or – to most of its luxury competitors. But its claim to fame used to be a car for an almost unbelievably low price, not really its calling card it’s more of a really car at a competitive price.

If I had never driven a Mercedes-Benz I might call the LS 460 the best-riding car in the This big Lexus scores from me mostly for not pretending to be It’s fast, rides well, coddles without and is something of a bargain in the class. also seriously quiet

I also appreciate the stealthy made somewhat less this year by the more-aggressive treatment.

My only real is with our observed fuel It’s not terrible, but the other in this class are thriftier.

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


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