SGN Page 15 — Zero to 60: 2009 Lexus LS 460 AWD — Friday, May 8, 2009…

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Lexus LS 460 AWD

by J.T. Hills —

elegant styling

Powerful yet V-8

Impressive safety features

enough, choppy freeway

Looking for rear legroom? the “L” extended wheelbase

Pairing cell phone to should be a less complicated

Toyota first introduced the line in 1990 with the LS 400 as its The third-generation LS 430 debuted as a 2001 with new safety technology, performance, and one of the first gas-powered V-8 to receive an Ultra-Low Emissions certification. Replacing the LS 430 in 2007, the LS 460 is built on a sophisticated platform maintains a balance between comfort and responsive handling. In to a long wheelbase model, the LS 460 L is featuring 4.8 inches of additional For 2009, the Lexus LS 460 is available full-time all-wheel drive. spending a week with the Lexus LS 460, I’ve corrugated, encapsulated, conjugated, and my own observations, and here they

For those not affected by the recession, are you

The Lexus LS 460 features a 4.6-liter V-8 an eight-speed automatic transmission, and for the time, all-wheel drive. The V-8 in the drive model features 357 hp 344 lb.-ft of torque with a acceleration of 5.9 seconds while achieving an EPA estimated 16mpg and 23mpg highway.

Such beg for a road trip. Lucky for me, I had in Eastern Washington to attend to. The 500 miles is like a great date; I was quite smitten the horsepower, air-suspension with settings, the super smooth transmission, Vehicle Dynamic Management system (it makes steering adjustments to improve during challenging road The second 500 miles is the afterglow you get over driving an $80k car and get to the and bolts of what’s great, and not so great.

With the LS 460, there’s a lot it that’s really, really For one, it’s just an beautiful car, inside and The horsepower is delivered seamlessly in a refined manner. For a car of its size, it surprisingly nimbly both on the and in in-city driving. The technology in the LS is awe-inspiring and intuitive to use. you’re not using a valet and why you; it’s worth the the car parallel parks itself.

spending hours in the car, are options that you find you can’t live without if you the money. For me, it was the Dynamic Radar control with pre-collision You don’t really realize how you’re constantly resetting the control because someone’s 5 mph under the speed limit in the lane. The Dynamic Radar control automatically applies when coming up on a car that’s slower than you, and resumes your set speed they return to the lane should’ve been driving in in the place. You can also pace behind state patrol and let them choose the speed they’re in a high-speed chase.

Another great option is the Mark Levinson Surround package. Cher never so fabulous!

On the downside, for all its sophisticated pairing up your phone to the is way too complicated. If you’re a tall, statuesque driver like the rear legroom is surprisingly for a car of its size (although there is an wheelbase version available). mile 750, you realize is a bit off it’s minor, but still The car rides a little choppy on the no matter what mode you set the Oh, and lastly, the navigation system got me Great for interstates (like it find Spokane), not so great in the

Okay, for an MSRP of $79,414, do you get?

The 2009 Lexus LS460 with just about option you can think of with a sticker MSRP of $67,200, but it or not, you can add on more. Get out the checkbook; worth it. Here are some of my

Technical Features:

357hp Four Cam 32-valve V-8 engine electronic valve timing

fuel injection system

sequential automatic transmission

AWD Torsen Limited Slip differential

Adaptive variable air

Variable gear ratio power steering system

disc brakes with calipers

18” aluminum wheels with V-rated and full-size spare tire


Driver and front advanced airbag system front passenger twin-chamber front seat side driver’s and front passenger’s airbag, front and rear curtain airbags

Electronic controlled braking, dynamic integrated management, control, anti-lock braking electronic brakeforce distribution and assist

High intensity (HID) headlamps with auto leveling and integrated

Lexus LS 460 AWD

Adaptive front lighting

Rain-sensing variable intermittent

Interior Features

Leather seats with Lexus seats

Genuine wood trim

Heated wood and steering wheel with controls

One-touch open/close tilt-and-slide moonroof

Lexus premium sound system digital sound processor, sound levelizer, in-dash six-disc CD changer

Dual-zone control

Power rear

Lexus personalized settings


Navigation/ Mark package with reference sound, 19 speakers, DVD audio and DVD playback, voice activated disc drive navigation backup camera, Bluetooth, XM radio and NavTraffic with traffic capability ($5,645)

pre-collision system and dynamic cruise control ($2,850)

Luxury Value Edition with Comfort Plus package with power seats with memory, seat side airbags, comfort front and rear seats, headlamp washers and parking assist, one-touch power door closers

Destination and delivery ($825)

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


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