Lexus LS460 car reviews

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The Lexus LS Sedan) has long set a standard for cars. Smooth, quiet, and the LS set the luxury auto industry on its and forced other automakers to far more into their

We tested two LS460 models the outgoing and the incoming. Both had low levels of vibration and noise, and clearly designed with the first and cost-cutters second; had numerous standard features illumination of lights, seat and door handles for easier use, and neither had any rough to speak of. The main differences the two were in the addition of the automated and in the stereo/navigation system.

Since parking has gotten quite a bit of in the press, we’ll lead off that system, which can with both parallel and parking.

To parallel park, the cruises about three away from the parked then stops, goes Reverse, presses an icon on the nav (which is now showing a feed the rear video camera), and the wheel as instructed. Then, verifying or moving the target (shown as a green rectangle), the is instructed to press the brake to and can slowly back in, hands off the It took us a few tries to get it right, using the color instruction but then we got the hang of it. The problems are the of space needed (you to stay further from the cars on the curb than which rules out parallel-parking on streets, and you need a larger space than a good parker does), and the time it — if you go too fast, and too fast fast at all, the system down and leaves you high and Pressing the gas pedal also it out, as we discovered when to test it in a parking lot with a slope.

The car ran out of steam, and if we tried to it out, the system shut

Parking-lot parking is a bit easier; a few feet from the cars in spaces (it actually doesn’t to see cars already parked, you can use it in a area), stop by the middle of the space, turn 45 degrees go into reverse, press the icon, adjust the green showing your destination (if center the wheel, and let go of the brake. As parallel parking, you need to the speed down, because if you go too — it shuts off and you have to manually.

In short, using the parking system is a fun gadget to your friends and relatives, you’ve had some practice it; and it’s sometimes nice in a lot or on a deserted street, but it takes far too time to use in serious traffic, too space for the nasty sort of parking where you might want to use it, doesn’t work on and, in short, is even of a toy than it sounds like. said, it is an option, and you don’t to buy it. Ideologically, we have no problem self-parking cars; eventually will refine the thing and work like a dream, and we’ll lust after the that lets us slip that tiny space on Street without bumping the fore or aft cars and setting off alarms.

Moving on to more matters, the LS460 is probably the refined, quietest car we’ve driven, by a good margin, it is not the most expensive. With close to that of an automatic-transmission the LS460 never felt or choppy in acceleration, and never a rough edge or unwanted The LS460 was, indeed, so the normally-luxurious ES350 almost rough by comparison; and the BMW 5-series in the same league (but it’s not really supposed to

The LS460 has dignified sporty-luxury-car which is perfectly consistent the sporty luxury car underneath. the hood is a 4.6 liter V8 that out 381 horsepower accompanied by gobs of which can maintain a dead-silent, idle at 600 rpm. The engine good power right off and revs like a demon, but of the time it isn’t worked hard, because it’s hard to use 380 horsepower for more a few seconds without hitting an or going well beyond the limit.

Sixty miles per comes up in little over seconds, territory not long ago for sports cars. Yet, the is rarely anything more completely refined. The engine little noise even full power, and the noise it make is appropriate to the car — and muffled. We were never at a for power or acceleration — not

The air conditioning is strong and quiet, and had no effect on power.

Technologies in this engine are far-ranging; are four cams, two per cylinder and both intake and exhaust are computer controlled in both and lift. The throttle is of course controlled, as in throttle-by-wire, for torque and to enhance the stability control The old tuner trick of adding a injector to the throttle body for extra power is needed has taken a step further, as the V8 has both the standard sequential injection and port injection, the to provide an extra burst of when full thrust is without having to make any with injector sizing at low speeds.

The V8 is hooked up to a standard transmission, with eight gears. The transmission adapts to the so if you switch from a driver a very aggressive style to one a very sedate style or versa, it can take some to adapt and figure out the difference automatics have long from the same problem). once adapted, it performed guessing gears with and upshifting or downshifting imperceptibly of the time. Indeed, it was sometimes to realize that this car had an automatic transmission rather a CVT, because shifts so quick and smooth as to be hardly one had to listen and feel for them, and then the engine often give much of a hint. came as needed.


The one quirk when shifting into mode, which Toyota sequential shifting; then the would choose a gear on speed rather than keeping the gear you were in, which would seem to more sense.

In addition to the setting, Lexus provided and snow settings. Power to prefer lower gears, as one expect, and was a bit reluctant to upshift; we use it except to experiment, because it seem to be as smooth and seemed to fuel with little given how quickly the transmission The snow setting starts out in and seems to upshift more for better snow traction.

posts a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 for the LS460 — an incredible for such a big, quiet and it is somewhat unlikely that the driver could achieve it practice and an ideal setting, but an indication of the sheer power of the and speed of the automatic. Muscle might be a bit disappointed, though; the LS is a car, not a muscle car, and the of speed is damped down by the of the powertrain, so that it doesn’t nearly as fast as it is. That is praise indeed, for it takes work to make 381 horsepower gentle, or for that matter to an eight-speed automatic invisible.

highway trips at normal/fast averaged 25-26 mpg; heavy acceleration around could bring mileage below 14 mpg. The beauty of the timing systems is giving the what they want power or economy. The EPA rated the LS460 at 19 city, 27 highway.

is excellent, with 235/50R18 tires providing traction and ventilated disc brakes down on the rotors at all four braking is controlled electronically to slip at any wheel, in conjunction other traction and stability-control An emergency braking system unusually fast hits to the and slams them on full for a after studies found most drivers in accidents hit the brakes all the way (we accidentally activated the and it gave a momentary jolt our brake-tapping desires). The spare incidentially, is mounted on a full-sized 18 aluminum rim, just the other tires.

Other systems include many — a twin-chamber front airbag, a standard one for the driver, seat side airbags, airbags, and front and rear curtain airbags. There are pretensioners with force for the seat belts, front and and a sensor-activated pre-crash system among other things, the headrests to a better position and the seat belts. Accident systems include the usually control, antilock brakes, and control, taken to higher with more sophistication and monitoring than unusual.

were conventional and familiar, an oversized speedometer and tachometer by heat and gas gauges. The speedometer to 160 mph, which, given the and power of the LS460, would be had Lexus not put in a speed limiter slows the engine at 130 mph! claims that the LS460 the speed limiter would go 170 which is reasonable given its and aerodynamics.) The tachometer went rpm past redline to 8,000 a bit pointless since the engine is rev-limited (you just go beyond redline).

The displays were backlit, with a thin gauge around the two main dials, in a color. Between the gauges as the indicator, showing either D or S and the (Reverse was shown in amber as a above that was a status which after a while us to change the oil (or, in its words, Oil Required); and below was the odometer/trip status display. The upper was shown in full color providing the startup display, and showed outside temperature and heading.

When a maintenance came up (e.g. the need for an oil as controlled through the navigation an orange triangle appeared with the service needed.

The control on our test car was the same unit used on Toyota and for that matter Chrysler PT the floating-stalk variety that is to learn and operate; however, laser-guided cruise control is available, letting drivers a bit more as the cruise automatically a safe distance from the car in We tested this long ago on the and found it quite handy. The wheel itself is tilted or with a simple four-way it can be set to retract itself when the is shut for ease of entry.

other features can be enabled or by a Lexus dealer; a full of settings is in the owner’s manual, in a convenient table.

The center included the usual suspects, air, sound, and optional nav The climate control was of course and showed the outside temperature with the settings for driver and if you order the navigation system, the have to be set through that rather than through buttons or knobs, which what should be a thoughtless without any need to see what doing into somewhat of an ordeal, first pressing then finding and pressing the control — fan speed or selection. The auto button is as is the Off button and temperature controls.

buttons are front defroster, defroster, and fast filter, puts the fan on high and routes air a special filter to quickly out all air in the car.

The stereo on our test car was by the nav system; the modes were by actual buttons, as were and disc changing; and there knobs for tuning and volume. and sound distribution had to be set by pressing then the virtual Sound then pressing virtual on the nav system screen. It’s complicated and awkward. The LS comes a standard ten-speaker sound with a digital sound automatic levelizer, and six-disc with an auxiliary jack in the console (next to a power for iPods or other portable (as though a Lexus buyer get a cheap MP3 player!).

Our first car, which came a navigation system, included a sound processor (DSP) allowed us to optimize the sound for the seat, passenger seat, seats, rear seats, or the car; it made a real in the music quality and we sorely it in the second car, where the DSP was to surround-sound.

One clever feature on our car was a 30 GB hard-drive based stereo similar in operation to the Chrysler setup, that provides a iPod type system, about 10,000 minutes of to be recorded from CDs or DVDs; it at four times actual on average, and uses Gracenote to the song titles and artist (this usually works on CDs and DVDs). The system seemed and easy to operate; indeed, all it was a single button press to from a CD or DVD, and it even to finish recording when we off the car before it was done. This is than the computer-oriented MyGIG and those who prefer using iPods can still attach via an auxiliary input jack control isn’t transferred to the system).

Recalling recorded is also easy, with by artist or album.

The hard supplemented the normal six-disc changer, which seemed to quicker than most. The Levinson stereo — of the parking system package! had excellent sound, especially the surround feature on, though could get a bit boomy with radio. The XM satellite radio provided a good variety of programming and fewer commercials FM or AM radio; the Lexus’ system is for not dropping out, despite tree coverage, with a very brief dropout in our 300 mile trip.

The navigation in our second LS was fully featured new gadgetry; both had an optional warning system, using XM Radio (installed in both our The traffic warning system was accurate on our vehicle, but didn’t us about one accident we went by, and did us about two more than out not to exist; the system holds for the future, but doesn’t seem enough to be useful at the moment, perhaps in certain cities traffic reports are noted by There, monitored roads can be status lines in green, and red to show how each direction is

The system provided such as allowing detours at a moment’s to route around sudden blockages, providing dual-screen (so you can see a big version and a small version at a touch screen to easily between North-up and direction-up or to zoom in and out, breadcrumbs, and all the features. Distance to the next was provided in large, clear with a picture of the turn and when coming up on an exit, the showed a picture of a highway arrows pointing in the right usually getting the number of and exiting lanes right in a of detail that suggests hours of research. The system was to use, allowing selection of by phone number (not a very complete list), of interest by category or name, and address entry, being enough to select towns by down to towns with street addresses.

Almost among all the other devices and and systems is the brake hold which might be handy at but was annoying in stop and go traffic. a button on the wheel and the green lamp appears in the instrument then after pressing the for a few moments, a yellow HOLD appears next to it, and the car will the brakes for you for three minutes, which it’ll set the emergency Tapping the gas releases it.

Behind the in our test car was the traction control and behind that the heated control. Unlike many, it a knob, which allows for settings (and setting the without looking at the button), also providing finer The LS460 went beyond the heat control and added cooling, very welcome in the and on long drives, and obtained by moving the knob counter-clockwise. The appeared to work by gently air conditioning through the holes in the

A plain venting setting was provided.

Other controls in the block were the rear fan a button to set the rear seats, have recline and fore/aft to their base setting, also lowered the rear for better visibility; and the control for the rear sunshade. This also available on Toyota is a dandy invention which reduces heat from the sun and rear passengers from sunlight; it automatically lowered when the transmission was put into and raised itself back when going into Not to be forgotten is that most and handy device for those who kids or carpools, the rear heater. It’s only when the driver can heat or his or her seat to let the people in the back theirs as well; and rear got the same handy knobs as passengers.

Rear passengers got both heat and air conditioning — large ones to air quickly and efficiently throughout the Again, when the driver powerful, fast-acting air conditioning, only fair to spread the

The trip computer, controlled two steering wheel buttons, through gas mileage since range, distance since gas mileage since the last fillup, and instant gas mileage, all legibly on a high-resolution backlit LCD

More pointless displays of include the electrically operated brake, which can either be manually (by pushing a lever or forth) or automatically — when switching into and releasing when switching from Park. The control for is on the right side of the wheel; on the side are a number of buttons the trunk and gas cap release, and the mirror Both are worth special The trunk release slowly or lowers the trunk, rather just popping it open or it from the last inch or so. The control can be used to automatically the mirrors fold in when the car is

Needless to say, the mirrors automatically dim — sharing with the main rear-view — and are heated along the rear window.

The LS460 now a standard keyless ignition which eliminates the key for a big black key The doors instantly unlock you touch the door handle, and when you press a button on every door; the car starts when you press the Engine button (no need to hold it the engine catches). If the battery you can open the door using a mechanical key, and start the car by the fob against the start button.

In a rare failure of ergonomics, no shelf or ledge to hold the key in sight if you don’t happen to it in your pocket or purse.

On the in front of the unusually large was a console with the front light, two LED spotlights, the dome controls (on/off/door-controlled), the sunroof, and Link, otherwise known as The technology is the same, but Lexus a different group of people to their call center. The is easy to use and has an emergency call that uses red lettering to itself obvious.

There was a sunglass holder in the overhead unlike most, it kept the separate from the drop-down making it easier to use.

of lights, both front and had dome lights and LED-type lights; the rear dome were activated by the rear the front lights by the front instead of having both go on at in a pointless display of technology. rear passengers had pull-down with their own lights; the and front passengers also had mirrors in the sun visors, with It should be mentioned that not did every switch and button its own backlight, but seat belts did as — so you could easily them at night — as did the and the door handles, a soft, backlight that subtly people to the right place.

was clearly a car where ease of use over build costs.

The seat on our test car had numerous with the base of the seat separately from the back; the going up and down electrically; and the up-down, fore-aft, and lumbar (with a total of 16 adjustments, told). It would have hard not to find a comfortable, position with all the options we given; and the seat held us in place around sharp The front passenger had most of the options other than base/back controls, with 12 in

The driver had three memorized settings; rear seats had one seat setting; the passenger seat, none.

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Depending on the rear seats can recline to a degree, and move fore and there are two recline controls, one for the seat back, and the other for the top third of the seat back. functions are controlled by buttons in the between the rear seats, and be disabled from up front, a shortfall for people with between the ages of four and There are a variety of different for seats, with fixed seats available — on extended wheelbase models, as well.

Another lockout concerns the rather clever on the side of the front passenger designed to allow rear to move the front seat if nobody is in it. The problem is that the lockout was not working in our test it’s supposed to disable the if someone is sitting up there, and it did Also, speaking of lockouts, the window lockout not only passengers from raising or windows; it also stopped the from doing it, which only seen before on cars.

Storage spaces a small pullout drawer on the side of the wheel, foldout map in all four doors, and a glove with two shelves, one for the owner’s and small objects (the manual, incidentally, had over 650 including color pictures maintenance procedures and a troubleshooting and did not include instructions for the navigation The center console/armrest cover up and then slid back; was a shallow shelf and then a storage area, and the shelf also slid up and back a to put larger items into the area. The rear seat also had a covered storage with two pushout cupholders.

All compartments opened easily, dampened motions, as befits a luxury sedan.

Visibility was good, with standard discharge headlights and auto-levelling powerful window defrosters for front and side windows, and a small blind spot, designers did not cut costs by putting a panel where a window be (and was). The side were, as noted earlier, and had automatic dimmers; their were, along with and steering wheel positions, in the driver memory system. An front lighting system extra illumination around without blinding other as the Lincoln system did, daytime running lights are but could be shut off at the dealer system sensibly used the lights at a high intensity, than wasting power and traffic with the high

Rain-sensing variable intermittent were also standard, and did a job of clearing the windshield only needed, and at an appropriate intensity, into high gear the rain came pummeling

The interior was bright and airy; our LS was a rich-looking beige with trim, and our second was a more austere brownish light with gray-died wood We preferred the first, but we realize are those who think wood is too and prefer the high contrast, look of the second. Overall, the looked quite upscale but not Lexus was generous with the though we have to wonder why went through the expense of real wood for gray

The wood and leather steering was standard, unlike some which require a luxury for these amenities. Our particular did have a heated steering as part of the comfort plus the button was clear, but we didn’t use it, tested in summer.

With all the gadgets, it’s easy to the Lexus’ most important aside from its remarkable First is the sound insulation; the is almost too quiet, with no indication of running at idle or at highway speeds, and without noise at, say, 4,000 either. The outside world is insulated through heavy glass; bumps and jars no noise inside the rarified of the LS460.

This car upholds reputation for the relentless pursuit of even the turn signals are an artificial noise so drivers hear them. The stereo has a easier job than in most without having to fight noises. Some wind and road noise intrude, but not and not to an unpleasant degree.

Interior and motors are also quiet, windows silently rising up fully automatic, with open and close, and jam controls to injury), and seats quietly forward or backward at the touch of a

Second, the ride is quite with nasty, bumpy toned down to a high of civility; the ride is a bit floaty in but up front it has just the right mix of and road-insulation. It’s not hard to owners of Cadillacs from the prime getting into Lexus and feeling some What’s more, there is an air suspension that provides a of sport and comfort modes, the sport mode reportedly superb cornering.

If you don’t get the air Lexus doesn’t just a plastic panel over the where the switch would be; provide a different trim to cover up even the idea you’re missing a switch.

the cornering is excellent. Steering was not sport-tuned but it was sporty enough; the wheel and the car goes where you it to. The electric steering took some of the mechanical feel helps to make a “driver’s but a standard power steering comes with the air or touring Swerving rapidly or pounding on the gas turning brought a little squeal, a characteristic of the Potenza rather than the vehicle but control remained with the and the vehicle’s many stability and control systems.

A special suspension includes a conventional power steering system, replaces the electric steering on our and provides a more BMW-like of sportiness. Braking is also — not only stopping but thanks to various computer stopping straight, and doing so on dirty or wet roads, within the of traction.

Fourth, the LS is spacious though reasonably sized there was plenty of room in front and rear, with headroom in all four seats, and an 18 foot trunk whose lid up and down smoothly and silently. The seats didn’t fold in our test car, but there was a trunk passthrough for skis or long objects. Those who more room can get the LS 460 L, the long version, which has an optional cool box, more and more vent ducts, rear heat/air controls, massager, and nine-inch roof-mounted DVD a unique setup for a standard vehicle.

Fifth, the LS clearly was with the customer first and the second. Every button is the seat belts and door are illuminated, and items that got out of normal cars are still in the LS. Nobody sells a car based on the seat belts are easy to see at that’s an after-sale amenity, not a or sales item.

It bodes for owners that Lexus to such details, which are for bottom-line-minded managers to wipe out as for sales.

The 2007 Lexus retails for $61,715. That the V8 and eight-speed automatic, all the safety we spoke of, high intensity headlights, auto-levelling foglights, wipers, tool kit and first aid leather, seat memory, front seats, wood cruise, folding mirrors, moonroof, ten-speaker stereo, automatic climate control smog sensor and air filter, door opener, personalized car and floor mats.

Our test car ran to a somewhat higher the difference being large to buy one of those new Chinese cars soon. The major cost was the advanced parking guidance the self-parking feature, which the Mark Levinson 19-speaker stereo with 30 GB hard as well as the navigation system, wireless cellphone system, XM radio with traffic and the invaluable life-saving backup — all of which sold for a price of $6,345. Those less demanding parking desires could settle for the sensors on the front and rear which only ran to $500.

We had the Comfort Plus package, added many of the gadgets our drove us crazy with; for one gets power rear witih memory, rear side airbags, the heated wheel, front and rear and cooled seats, power sunshade, and headlight washers. there was the single-touch trunk and door closers — a button and they slowly themselves, stopping at the slightest for safety’s sake — at The Lexus Link system to OnStar) was $900, and provides a staffed with Lexus instead of those lower-class GM

Finally, there was a surprising of $227 for items we thought be standard on a car of this caliber, given its other gratuitous trunk mat, cargo and wheel locks. The cargo net was two cargo nets, one stretched the floor and the other in its traditional by the trunk opening, while the locks are practically mandatory on a with eighteen-inch alloy

The Lexus LS460 is unquestionable an vehicle, even considering its price tag. The drag is 0.26, low even for a sports and tied for first place four-door sedans; yet it looks what it is, a luxury car. The is capable of good mileage, the vehicle weighs 4,400 — just a little than its predecessor, the LS430 yet it yields 381 horsepower — yet it is silent, and idles at a low 600 rpm.

The sells for less than equipped Mercedes models, but to be far more reliable and durable, and the Mercedes goes through a inspection by humans — it’s to find and eliminate any noise or sounds that have gotten into a vehicle, rather than to “building them right the time.” The Lexus is fairly inside, but seems small and for all its power and cornering, safety was a concern, with eight airbags, a precollision system, and accident avoidance systems. the long wheelbase model, it can be out to provide the pointless luxury of a Maybach, again, without the reliability issues of that vehicle.

Those who like cars luxurious need no further than the LS series. who really prefer a more sedan may prefer the BMW lineup, trades off smoothness for aggressive and provides a more direct experience. Taking off the rough enhances luxury, but it does much of the driving enjoyment comes of feeling the engine and the and revelling in the feel of acceleration. the more luxurious the car, the acceleration is felt, as transitions are out; so that we’ve some people with sport sedans to go out in their Neons for a quick fun drive, their vibration, harshness, and 0-60 times.

A car like the Charger R/T is considerably slower the LS, but feels faster as the transmission changes gears and the engine picks up in its peak torque the LS transmission is rarely felt under hard acceleration, and the variable valve timing, cams, and dual fuel system keep the engine hard throughout its range.

But for the in luxury — where is defined as not only having but also rarely having to sit in a tow — we don’t think you can the Lexus LS460. except the LS 460 L, the long wheelbase version of the car.

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