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The Lexus LS is a superb luxury car. Extremely quiet and extraordinarily smooth underway, it is easy to drive and operate. It’s less fussy than the German luxury cars. Equipped with a powerful V8 engine and 8-speed automatic, the Lexus LS 460 delivers excellent performance. While not squishy, the LS tilts more to the luxury side of the equation than the sporty side, favoring a nice, smooth ride over a firm suspension with sharp handling.
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 8-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 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 8-speed automatic is super smooth and plays a big role in the fuel-economy story. The electrically powered steering system adjusts according to speed. 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 19/23 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 on the non-hybrid models, also, 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 rear-wheel-drive Lexus LS 460 offers a Sport Package that adds air suspension, firmer stabilizer bars and shocks, 245/45R19 all-season tires on 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a body aero kit, perforated Black/Saddle leather upholstery with sport front seats, a unique leather-trimmed steering wheel and paddle shifters. An Appearance Package consists of just the Sport Package’s aero kit and grille.
The current-generation LS 460 was launched for the 2007 model year; the LS 600h joined the line for 2008. The 2010 model year brought significant styling revisions and technology upgrades.
For 2011, an adaptive air suspension is available for rear-wheel-drive models. All 2011 Lexus vehicles come with Smart Stop Technology, which automatically reduces engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions.
The Lexus LS challenges the best luxury sedans 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.