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2010 Lexus LS Introduction

The Lexus LS is extremely quiet and extraordinarily smooth. The LS 460 is easy to drive and operate and is less fussy than the German luxury cars. It delivers excellent performance but tilts more to the luxury side of the equation than the sporty side.

The Lexus LS is packed with luxury and bristles with technology. The LS 460 was the first car in the world with a computer-controlled eight-speed automatic transmission. The LS 460 L is a long-wheelbase version that offers reclining heated bucket seats, a cool box, dual-zone rear HVAC controls, a folding table, an ottoman, a shiatsu massager and, of course, DVD with wireless headphones. The list goes on.

The 4.6-liter V8 can propel the LS 460 from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds, according to Lexus, yet it gets an EPA-rated 24 mpg Highway. The eight-speed automatic is super smooth and plays a big role in the fuel-economy story. The electrically powered steering system adjusts according to speed. The ride quality is exemplary, and handling is perfectly capable. It doesn’t get any smoother than the Lexus LS and it meets every expectation for refinement and luxury.

The Lexus LS 600h L employs a hybrid powertrain using a 5.0-liter V8 and electric motors rated at 438 total system horsepower. The LS 600h L delivers EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/22 mpg City/Highway. The LS 600h L is certified as a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV). The LS 600h L comes with all-wheel drive and rides on the long wheelbase.

All-wheel drive is available and it features a Torsen limited-slip center differential to distribute torque between the front and rear tires. Normally, the front-to-rear torque split is set at 40:60 but it can vary between 30:70 and 50:50 depending on driving conditions. The bottom line is stable traction in any conditions.

The LS 460 was launched for the 2007 model year and the LS 600h joined the line for 2008. For 2010, the LS gets a mid-cycle update with slightly revised styling, new features, and a handling-oriented Sport Package. The new styling includes revisions to the front bumper grille, headlights, taillights, exhaust diffusers, and license plate surround, as well as new wheel designs and new side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The 2010 Lexus LS 460 Sport Package adds firmer air suspension tuning, firmer stabilizer bars and shocks, Brembo brakes, a body aero kit, perforated Black/Saddle leather upholstery with sport front seats, a unique leather-trimmed steering wheel and paddle shifters. A new Appearance Package includes the Sport Package’s aero kit and grille.

The 2010 Lexus LS gets several new safety and connectivity features. Safety Connect and Lexus Enform are new telematics systems with complimentary one-year subscriptions. Safety Connect is standard and Lexus Enform is available with a navigation system. A new Advanced Pre-Collision system uses two cameras up front, as well as radar, to detect pedestrians in the car’s path. It also employs a camera that monitors the driver. If the system detects that the car could hit the pedestrians and the driver is looking away, it will alert the driver with a warning chime and a flashing light and eventually apply the brakes. It will also make the steering ratio quicker, making it easier for drivers to react.

Other changes for 2010 include a driver’s seat with a slide-away feature to make ingress/egress easier, a new multi-information display with a center console LCD screen, Bluetooth audio streaming and phonebook download capability, and iPod connectivity. The 2010 LS 600h L gets new battery packaging that opens up two cubic feet of trunk space, and more standard equipment, including Intelligent High Beams, the Advanced Parking Guidance System, an LCD instrument cluster, and a standard Cold Weather Package with a windshield de-icer, heavy-duty battery, and a more efficient heater.

The flagship sedan that started out as the LS 400 and then grew up as the LS 430 is now the Lexus LS 460. The Lexus LS challenges all comers as the best luxury sedan in the world. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ, among others. Compared to those cars, it is more affordably priced while also offering top levels of quality, dependability and reliability. If you desire a smooth and comfortable large luxury sedan, the Lexus LS is hard to beat.

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