2013 Lexus LS460 F-Sport AWD Review — Autoblog

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Lexus LS 460 AWD

2013 Lexus LS460 AWD

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There’s a guy that to my gym who can’t get enough of the Lexus LS call him Gary. Gary’s the guy probably got one at your gym, or shop, or some other but quasi-social location who talks to he meets. Sit next to him on the rowing or run by him on the track, and he’s almost going to bend your ear for a or 20. Gary is in his mid-60s, a business and the super-proud owner of a 2013 LS .

I had a twenty-something woman tell me the car struck her as old-fashioned. Let your own be your guide.

In terms of beauty, Gary’s appreciation for the LS well-founded. After being totally refreshed for the 2013 year, the LS460 is at least as to my eyes as the competitive set. I accept arguments that luxury cars like the A8 and the Jaguar XJ are sleeker, certainly. But from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and all offer imposing styles are neither much cleaner nor complex than this LS and its version of the spindle grille. is ever in the eye of the beholder, of course, and I found the revised headlights and taillights to be pretty cool, I had a woman tell me that the car her as old-fashioned. Let your own eyes be guide.

Less subjective is the that the new bodywork has had on the coefficient of (0.27) for the LS, and the attendant noise in the cabin at speed. One of Lexus’ hallmarks has always been a ride, and this LS does not on that front. Be it on an open at 80 miles per hour, or chugging stop and go traffic, the sedan itself well-isolated from wind and engine noise, as as from the bustle of the outside The hushed environs make for a commuter vessel, or a fantastic to listen to the 19-speaker Mark audio system, which has been one of my favorites.

Aside from the good staging, I found the refreshed LS to be less filled with and delight than some of its competition. While you can feel commonality with the new Lexus IS for instance, the LS460 has a less system of controls, clad in that strikes me as being compared with the rest of the A 12.3-inch display is new for 2013, and is to read, but navigating its systems by way of the joystick can be a chore. It’s because in iterations past loved this system, but in the version of the software, movement of the via the joystick is jumpy, and the whole feels slow to react to In a world of lightning fast the LS media hub seems behind the Worse, according to Gary’s it might be mostly ignored by altogether. Since the LS offers physical controls for basic and climate control functions, my is that a lot of LS drivers get by with interactions with the jerky I know I did towards the end of my test.

In a world of lightning fast the LS media hub seems behind the

My week with the LS460 up weather that was appropriate for the F-Sport package and the optional system. The early Michigan week started dry, and up quite snowy.

Once you the cosmetic portion of the LS F-Sport the changes versus the base car are wider, lower profile on bigger wheels, bigger brakes (14.8-inch versus vented discs) and an adjustable with air springs and electronically shock absorbers and stabilizer And, naturally, the always-on AWD with its limited-slip center The net effect of all of that for me, driving aggressively than my gut tells me would, is a big sedan that’s planted and rigid when with multiple corners on a road. Movement through the is minimal under cornering without compromising much quality over small and potholes. Smooth even at is a pretty good way to describe it.

The value of the LS has always been not excitement.

And yet, there’s about the experience that pushing the LS harder, or even with a lot of passion to begin One of the things that has fascinated me the Jaguar XJ and BMW 750i is that big sedans feel very when driven quickly, to relatively responsive steering and play from the rear of the The AWD Lexus offers none of response to steering inputs is but devoid of road feel or and the chassis feels dedicated to understeering through every hot it encounters.

That last part is as the core value of the LS to my way of thinking has been comfort, not excitement. I’m happy to report while the F-Sport package add a lot of joy to my back-road bombing, the AWD setup did fine in response to snowy On all-season rubber, and having to with the streets in my neighborhood always are the last to get plowed, the LS through six-plus inches of with little drama. I ask Gary if his LS was of the all-wheel or rear-wheel and I feel I don’t have to. A man with his head as firmly down to his shoulders as ol’ isn’t going to leave stranded when the plows are a late bet on it.

Lexus LS 460 AWD

One downside to selecting the AWD LS is the same 4.6L V8 engine is at 360 hp and 347 lb-ft, instead of 386 hp and 367 lb-ft.

One downside to selecting the AWD LS over the is that it means the same V8 engine is rated at 360 horsepower and 347 of torque, instead of 386 hp and 367 lb-ft. A restrictive exhaust system in the AWD car is the Lexus tells us that the system had to be reconfigured to fit in the engine because of the extra room up by the all-wheel driveline. The reduction of combined with some 300 pounds of curb weight, that the LS AWD takes about a second more to sprint to 60 and loses one mpg in the EPA’s city and ratings. Those facts be a little bit irksome, but they don’t impact the driving of the LS too much. Acceleration in the car feels and unstressed (the engine hardly ever rises to a pitch in-cabin), both a standing start and when on the highway. In fact, the car’s and super-stable ride makes it freight train-like at high with 80 and 90 mph repeatedly coming up my really noticing.

When it was all said and done, the LS handed back over to and another media vehicle its place in my driveway, I found hard pressed to disagree Gary’s emphatic assessment of the flagship sedan. It’s (in a lot of ways) and good looking and to live with, sure. with my experience driving cars in the segment just a bit significant than my gym buddy’s I’m not sure that I plunk my money down on the LS all the rest.

Looking at all-wheel-drive versions the closest possible powertrains under 400-hp are starting to get in this part of the automotive the strongest case for the LS seems to be of ownership. Starting at around if you exclude the F-Sport trimming and destination and delivery, the LS460 AWD is a few cheaper than the supercharged V6 of the XJ AWD or 740i xDrive. It’s of thousands of dollars less than any all-wheel-drive version of the too. Of course, all of those offer more power and driving dynamics, and both the BMW and the have much slicker technology. To a certain extent, you get you pay for here.

But I think the best set for the LS includes the cars that the Leuxs in terms of price: the A8 and Cadillac XTS. The new Caddy is hoping to eat the Lexus’ lunch, a similar fuss-free driving very similar interior front and back, but with a suite of technology and amenities. might not love CUE. but clear at least that the XTS is with much newer There’s less shove on tap the Cadillac V6 than you’ll in the Lexus V8, it’s true, but comparative shoppers mind the bottom line means out $10k or $15k less for the The A8 is tougher challenge yet, prices just a few thousand than the LS, power levels to equal from its supercharged V6, sheet metal, a jaw-dropping and brand cachet for Audi than ever.

The real equalizer here, and the truly demonstrated with purchase, is that Lexus has an impeccable reputation for quality and luxury that keeps from straying from the Car writers like me, and armchair everywhere will be able to apart the LS until it is fully in the next couple of years in front of the technology cycle more), but Lexus will selling this 2013 in the meantime, rest assured.


Engine: 4.6L V8 360 HP / 347 LB-FT Transmission: 8-Speed 0-60 Time: 6.0 Seconds Top 130 MPH (limited) Drivetrain: All-Wheel Curb Weight: 4,674 LBS 2+3 Cargo: 18.0 CU-FT 16 City / 23 HWY Base Price: As-Tested Price: $88,029

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


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