2007 Lexus LS 460 – Wheels.ca

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First on opening the door of Lexus#039;s luxury sedan, the LS 460? someone had loaded up a shotgun metallic-finish plastic Chiclets and it at the dashboard.

First impressions for a lot with a car, particularly a car. First impression on the door of Lexus#039;s biggest sedan, the LS 460? That had loaded up a shotgun with plastic Chiclets and fired it at the

Yes, there are a lot of buttons in the LS. much of its German competition, has resisted the urge to integrate all of the LS electronic functions into one with a central control

Instead, aside from the and navigation controls that the large touch screen on the every system has its own set of switches or

On the one hand, this reduces the curve for drivers just into the car: you don#039;t to dig through a series of menus to the settings you want.

On the other it turns the dashboard (not to the centre console and the rear into a cluttered, inelegant with more than 100 for everything from the automatic brake to the temperature control to a that controls whether the automatically fold or not.

The wheel is loaded with too. In addition to audio, are switches to operate the phone and buttons dedicated to the operation of the cruise control, allowing you to the distance the car maintains to the car in front. even a redundant switch for the brake.

Add more options to the LS – my didn#039;t have the self-parking the rear-seat ottoman or other – and you get even more buttons.

In these technology-addled times, worth noting that the LS Bluetooth functionality is not the best. other cars give you access to your phone#039;s book once connected, you to manually download contacts your phone into the car in meaning that if you change information on your phone, the aren#039;t reflected in the car.

does earn points, for the super-bright screen and the navigation instant response time. The hard drive that the navigation information can also be to record songs from a CD for playback.

Get past all these and more – there are even controls in the back for the seats, and sunshade – and you find a cabin manages to feel spacious and at the same time.

Even though my tester was a version (the 2008 LS is the Lexus to come in two lengths), was enough room in the back for passengers to fully stretch legs while reclining the Up front, the seats have a range of adjustment and are comfortable for a range of physiques, thanks to the to adjust the length of the seats#039; cushions.

Where the feeling of comes from is the warmth of the used and the quality and solidity of assembly. Leather is draped in curves over the top of the door and across the armrests; indeed, you touch with any part of body has a welcoming plushness to it, it#039;s the seat backs or the knob.

Wood and metal are into complex shapes, the centre console a feel of cabinetry. The plastics are of exceptional and fit together well; there are no and rattles, which is a rarity for class, given how many pieces make up the typical Lexus has even managed to the colour grey a warmth and that it usually lacks.

Lexus LS460

Though styling is ultimately a of personal taste, I think Lexus#039;s new L-Finesse design works best on its largest With a gorgeous hand-rubbed finish and intriguing details out the hefty door handles or the exhaust pipes), the Lexus is and purposeful without resorting to gimmicks, like the Mercedes cycle fenders or the BMW 7 Series#039; trunk lid.

Conversely, not a car that gets noticed as as those German cars, despite playing in roughly the price range. While the LS starts at under $87,000, buyers will opt for one of several packages and roll out the door spent upwards of $100,000.

This is definitely a car built for The plush seats and serene quality make it a great cruiser; at speed, wind is nonexistent and road noise is a murmur beneath the floor.

The 380 hp V8 is nearly silent, except hard acceleration, when you the faint sound of silk ripped. The eight-speed automatic world#039;s first) shifts quickly and seamlessly.

Start to a bit harder and you discover that has engineered more fun into the than the previous LS.

The steering has an sporty weight to it once on the move and it guides the front with accuracy. The brakes, can feel touchy and inconsistent you#039;re puttering around have huge stopping and fine pedal feel. And the offers up more cornering than expected of such a car on all-season tires.

It#039;s still a long way off a or an A8 for pure driving pleasure, but the LS is involving than it used to be and refined than either of cars when cruising.

also one that proved to be more fuel efficient any big V8-powered German; in mostly conditions, I managed less 12 L/100 km – a Mercedes S-Class I averaged about 14.

What the new car though, is the intelligence of LS ownership with the indulgences that the word luxury: a plush (with oh so many gadgets!), an driving experience and an original all its own.

Lexus LS460
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