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The result of three decades of and development, the redesigned 2013 LS 460 (starting MSRP $72,140) is a in incremental improvements and attention to It’s not showy and it’s not forward-thinking. It is, however, the quintessential sedan.

I spent a week an LS 460 AWD (MSRP $82,010), and was constantly of just how much effort into designing and building car. While it’s now by nearly all its competitors on measures of tech, breathtaking style, and driving excitement, it just be the most well-crafted luxury ever made.

Consider the control panel. Lexus plucked an LCD display from the Toyota parts bin and made it Instead, there’s a unique featuring bright numbers artificially roll over in a animation when you switch say, 71 to 72 degrees.

It doesn’t stop there. surface, every moving every gap has been engineered to disquiet. It’s no secret Lexus makes a lot of hay about a fastidious engineering department, but happy to say that more twenty years since the ball bearing commercial, the is still nailing the details.

The luxury sedan?

On the road, the LS is a study in stability. There’s no or roll no matter how hard you the car. San Francisco skyscrapers more extraneous motion. The however, is a car utterly devoid of You get the sense that it’s at the extremely risk averse—or at those who prefer to take chances on a balance sheet, not on a road.

And that inability to outside of its comfort zone—and a comfortable zone it is!—is the between an exceptionally well-made car and an car, period.


Even in Sport mode, the LS massive 4.6 liter V8 isn’t for acceleration. Punch the gas and the massive doesn’t spring to life so as it resumes an inevitable forward Once again, it’s That’s acceptable for an executive with a focus on comfort, and who really want more from their LS can try out the LS 460 F Sport.

Our complaint about the powertrain—aside fuel economy in the high that the eight-speed automatic shuffled its way through gear in when pressed, such as highway passing maneuvers.

A interior

Available options rear-seat entertainment, a stretched an air suspension, upgraded upholstery, and a Concierge that automatically heated and cooled seats to an optimal temperature. Active features are bundled together in a option package, and include keep assist, dynamic control, auto-braking, pedestrian and even a system that a driver’s eyes to make he or she is awake and paying attention to the Missing is the infamous auto option. It may have debuted on the LS, but now parking is reserved for the Range

Toyota Prius V, and even a Ford Focus.

As for infotainment, the LS 460 has great Enform system on a 12.3-inch screen that enough room for a song to display next to a map. not a touchscreen, and is controlled instead by Remote Touch interface—a in the center console that haptic feedback, nudging hand to relevant on-screen It’s been a polarizing ever since its debut.

I had no problems, but wanted for a physical button and the ease of pointing at a to select a function.

Enform’s software is essentially the as Toyota’s Entune, which on your smartphone’s data to run apps tailored for in-car I had no problem pairing my iPhone (I yet upgraded to iOS 7 at the time of the test) and it useful to make dinner while on the road and take of Bing’s ability to search for

Where am I? What am I listening to?

If really stumped, Lexus you in touch with a real Destination Assist hands you off to a being with computer who can give you helpful advice distance to a destination or restaurant The agent we talked to got us the information we in short order and sent it to the nav system. It’s like a personal concierge, and could come in handy for road

The problem with the LS 460 is that well-made cars don’t cheap. There’s the inevitable of engineering, and cynics may claim makers of luxury cars up prices to match the open of price-insensitive customers. The LS starts at and can easily break $110,000 options.

And that great Enform After the first year, a $264.90 annual fee for all connectivity You can use standalone features like but apps are bundled with Connect.

Yes, it includes response and roadside assistance, but the doesn’t seem worth it for app alone.

If you’d rather not pay kind of cash for the 21st version of a private railcar, got plenty of competitors to choose at your Audi, Jaguar, BMW and dealers. If bargains are your consider the Hyundai Equus. It may the final polish of the LS 460, but 95 percent of the way there for more a $20,000 discount.

If you’re to suffer the indignity of a visible in your dashboard trim or vents shared with an it’s a great way to enjoy the of an LS for less.

Keith Barry

Keith is the in Chief of Reviewed.com s appliance and sites. His work has appeared in such as Wired and Car Driver. spent most of his honeymoon in checking out 24 washing machines and Lancias.

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