Lexus LS

2016 Lexus LS

The Lexus LS serves up comfort, technology, and elegance as if each were the primary goal. Add to that its exceptional build quality and effortless operation, and its easy to see why the LS has become a benchmark of luxury travel. The flagship of the brand since day one, the Lexus LS has faithfully delivered what buyers desire most in a luxury sedan for nearly 30 years.

Improvements for 2016 include a more convenient infotainment interface and remote access to vehicle operation reports. The current generation of the LS was introduced as a 2013 model.

The Lexus LS moves with sheer serenity, so free of noise and vibration that youll wonder whether its actually running. The ride is plush. There are three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport) that tweak the cars performance to your taste, but the differences are subtle so as not to interfere with the LSs luxury mission.

The Lexus LS 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 with 386 horsepower, matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Takeoffs are smooth and swift, with the LS 460 reaching 60 mph in a luxuriously quick 5.4 seconds.

Even more power lies under the hood of the LS 600h L, namely a 5-liter V8 and pair of electric motors that together produce 438 horsepower for more powerful acceleration performance. The hybrid system uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and delivers an EPA-estimated 20 mpg Combined city and highway. Trunk space suffers.

The L models benefit from five additional inches of wheelbase for sprawl-out freedom in the back, and can be equipped with first-class passenger amenities.

Most drivers will revel in the big sedans silky drivability, but for those with sporting bones Lexus offers the LS 460 F Sport.

The Lexus LS competes with the BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.


2013 Lexus LS

The Lexus LS lineup has been completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. The all-new 2013 Lexus LS uses the same powertrain that its been using since 2006, a sweet and silky all-aluminum 4.6-liter V8 now making 386 horsepower, mated to the worlds first (in 2007) 8-speed automatic transmission. Lexus calls it VVT-iE, for Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Electronically controlled intake. The LS 460 gets an EPA-estimated 16/24 mpg City/Highway.

Also redesigned is the 2013 Lexus LS 600hL hybrid, a long-wheelbase model that uses a 5.0-liter V8 mated to a pair of electric motors and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. We found it incredibly smooth and, with its huge electric torque, it will accelerate nearly as fast as the new 2013 LS 460, even though the hybrid is a lot heavier. The hybrid is considerably more expensive, however, and it gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg City, so dont buy it for the gas mileage. The hybrid is very clean, though, earning a ULEVII emissions rating from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Lexus claims 15 technology firsts for the 2013 LS, with 50 percent of its parts being totally changed from the previous model. Styling-wise, the new spindle grille is striking, like stacked trapezoids, and with the F Sport model the grille looks hot with black mesh. The hood carries a bold narrow bulge, and the front lights are available with LED bulbs that change the cars character at night. Air intakes in the low front fascia are aggressive on the F Sport.

LS 460 buyers who want a serious luxury car will need to pay extra for the optional air suspension with variable gear ratio steering. The LS 460 didnt feel like a serious luxury car to us without this option.

The LS 460 is 7.2 inches longer than the BMW 640i, on a wheelbase thats 4.5 inches longer, but doesnt look it or feel it; the BMW looks longer because it has a longer hood and sleeker roofline thats about 6 inches lower. The Lexus does have a shapely roofline, sweeping to the rear deck, under which there are twin trapezoidal pipes that suggest power. The trim on all models of the LS 460 is chrome, from rockers to door handles and beyond, and we wish it werent so, we wish body color trim was available.

The LS 460L is five inches longer than the standard LS 460, although you can scarcely tell, until you look closely at the rear doors. We found the back seat of the LS 460L much roomier than that of the standard model, much more so than the specifications suggest.

The seats are substantially improved over those in the previous version, and the climate control is more sophisticated to a fault. A broad selection of wood interior trim or aluminum trim is available. The steering wheel is nice and thick and the instruments are clean and beautiful. A super-wide display screen is mounted high on the dash near eye level for controlling navigation, audio, phone, entertainment and its easy to read, even in bright sunlight. The Remote Touch Interface, like a computer mouse, controls things quickly and intuitively. The aluminum knobs are clean, simple, easy to reach and easy to operate. The ambient interior lighting is totally adjustable. There are great soft spots for both elbows for the driver. The knees also contact soft places, by careful design.

The LS460 F Sport model has the best comfort, speed, handling, looks and fun. Besides more seat bolstering and a black spindle grille, it comes with more powerful six-piston Brembo brakes, but engine power is the same.

The LS 460 AWD all-wheel-drive model is slower, being 418 pounds heavier and having 26 less horsepower thanks to a different exhaust system. Its all-season tires dont grip in the summer like the summer tires on the LS 460 or F Sport do.

We found the LS delivered a superb ride and impeccable silence. Advancements in sound isolation minimize wind noise while other innovations reduce road noise.

Five dynamic modes are available to adjust ride and handling and other dynamics. The 8-speed automatic doesnt perform as sharply as the transmission in the German cars do, however.

Dazzling electronic features, some of them optional, include Night Vision that can spot a pedestrian (but not a deer) beyond the range of the headlights, and apply the brakes automatically and stop the car in time if the speed is 25 mph or below.


 

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