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Lexus LS 460 L AWD

Pre Production Review: 2013 LS 460 and LS 600hL

The LS and I have had a long Back in 1993 I was an impressionable nearing that holy-grail of 16. This meant I dreamt of constantly. My parents were and Chrysler folks, so my choices a 1980 Custom Cruiser, a Cutlass Ciera, or a 1988 Voyager. The Oldsmobiles were Need I say more? One day my best dad pulled up in a brand-new 1993 LS 400 for the school run. I had no idea could be assembled with kind of precision and my world was forever. Needless to say, the Lexus invited me to the unveiling of the LS, my expectations were set high.

The thing to know about the fifth-generation LS is it’s not all-new. brings a major refresh to the LS sedan where some parts were changed to the 2006-2012 model (which was in 2009). Being a major there are sheetmetal changes and the doors, roof and rear panels remain the same. fitted a very aggressive of their new “spindle” finally the LS similar “rear-view mirror” as the German competition.

Lexus has a reputation for interior Even though we were in a car (which normally means going to be something wrong), wasn’t so much as a seam out of That’s not to say that the LS is class in interior parts. The LS 460 still a molded dash and pleather panels while Mercedes and BMW been doubling down on leather goodness.

While the LS’ are among the most comfortable ever sat in, the GS’ 18-way seats a wider range of motion and Should you be lucky enough to be an LS to be driven in rather than to the 10-way power rear have no equal. Oh, and the right seat shiatsu massages. Mercedes and BMW, Lexus a short and long wheelbase of the LS. Due to the age of the LS’s basic dimensions the LS 460L’s interior is noticeably than BMW’s stretched 7

Aside from the opulence of the seat in the stretched LS, the gadget is a reminder of two things. One: the LS is a refresh. Two: historically has been a company that rather re-invents. To that end you find a snazzy LCD gauge or any whiz-bang-I-gotta-have-it tech. Lexus has quietly removed their self-parking option. Instead, has doubled-down on what their market has demanded: perfect perfect seams, the quietest you have ever experienced and of wood that would Jaguar blush.

Infotainment/ Gadgets

In the center of the new is a standard 12.3-inch infotainment/navigation This latest generation of “Enform” is essentially the same as last year’s model, for a wider screen. The screen is and easily readable, unfortunately awkward joystick came for the ride. If you think iDrive is a to use, Lexus’ pointer may take you to an all-new level of As with the system in the current GS, the and interface are step behind MMI and Volvo’s Sensus.

The optional Mark Levinson audio is as close to audiophile perfection as you find in a factory-installed audio While the 450-watts on tap places system behind the Bowers and Bang Olufsen systems in the competition, its unlikely to be a problem for buyers. USB, iDevice and app integration are the same as in the rest of the line up delivering a solid and interface without voice ala Ford’s SYNC and even Entune.

With all the changes inside and 50% of the parts being new, obvious what hasn’t the drivetrain. The same 4.6L and 8-speed transmission that ground-breaking in 2006 remain only minor software that bump the engine by 6HP to total, or 360HP when with the optional AWD system. you feel particularly spendy, will continue to offer the LS L delivering 438HP and seemingly torque through all-four (and consuming large of gasoline in the process). The observant in the will notice these pale in comparison to the twin-turbo V8s the Germans, but remember that the LS for considerably less.


Lexus LS 460 L AWD

When the hits the road, you don’t much if you’re piloting an LS. always been known serene rides, but the LS takes to an all-new level. Even at digit speeds, it’s possible to carry on whispered with rear-seat passengers. The LS is so the new LS F-Sport LS uses a sound to duct engine noise the engine’s intake into the Aside from this the F-Sport receives no engine making it a suspension and appearance Despite this, the F-Sort is engaging on the winding roads in California than the Mercedes thanks to low-profile summer but the BMW feels more poised.

Back in the “regular” LS 460, the is tuned to the softer side of especially when the LS is equipped the air suspension system. It’s not the LS’ rates that define the however, the curb weight of has the biggest impact on what the LS when you enter a corner. you’re ready to dismiss the LS as a keep in mind the V8 S-Class and are several hundred pounds than the LS and have a very weight balance. The result is a precise, albeit numb,

Our short time with the LS a hands-on demonstration of Lexus’ new assistance systems. First up is first all-speed radar control which, like and Mercedes’ systems (the on the market right now) finally handle stop-and-go During a 20 mile trip in Bay Area traffic, the system itself to be an equal of the benchmark

2013 also brings interpretation of Volvo’s City system. Instead of a single and laser scanner, as Volvo’s system uses, Lexus a stereo camera with IR setup. The Lexus system is to 24MPH vs 19MPH on the 2010-2012 and 31MPH on the 2013 Volvo In 2011, the IIHS released first study on City in which they reported the (the first model the tech standard) had 27% fewer claims, 51% fewer injury claims, and 22% fewer collision compared to other midsize SUVs. A logical person conclude that LS models this tech would similar statistics.

My personal with the LS had set my expectations high and I was somewhat disappointed. But should I been? After all, as a brand is steeped in perfection, not innovation. This fifth improves significantly upon the generation LS. Compared to the German Lexus has done little to the LS’ infotainment deficiencies despite the new interface, but the precision with it is assembled is unequaled. The LS is not without its Lexus continues to deliver the serene ride on the road side of a Rolls Royce large, cushy seats will coddle your for cross-country road trips. impeccable reliability reputation, with a price that is to undercut the competition makes the LS a that has a place on your list.

The Lexus event was held so no flight was required. Dinner, a room, and all-you-can-drink Coke provided.

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

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