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2013 Lexus LS 460 first

Up until recently, Lexus had swimming in dangerous waters. The luxury brand had become with its design philosophy, up little aesthetic excitement in to some of its rivals, most BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

To a sports analogy, it seemed was merely content with the automotive world’s equivalent of Utah Jazz point and NBA Hall of Famer John an industrious, hardworking, and unassuming who was big on performing, but offered little or excitement to his approach to the game. Stockton is regarded as one of the greatest guards of all time, he was never lighting up the highlight reels.

The could be said for Lexus, thankfully things are looking brighter #8212; and more #8212; at camp Lexus days. It all starts with the new “spindle grille,” which has made its way to the flagship LS sedan having graced the new GS and ES models.

But the recent GS and ES models, the new LS lineup, includes the LS 460, the all-new LS 460 F and the Earth-friendly hybrid LS 600h L, is of a refresh of its 2012 predecessors an entirely new offering. Thankfully, this update provides than enough substance.

We had the opportunity to drive the 2013 LS 460 F through the streets of sunny San California. Here is what we or rather, drove away

More powerful than

The old maxim states that you put your best foot in this instance, however, has opted to put its best face and it all centers on the company’s new grille. is the sterile and sleepy trapezoidal end adorning previous model Instead, Lexus has wisely to bring in a degree of uniformity to its – and it works.

BMW has the iconic kidneys, Audi has its LEDs, and now Lexus has provided with an aggressive aesthetic: a wider front end with a maw that commands attention. The look has been implemented the line.

For the 2013 LS, Lexus tweaked the front LED headlamps. are the numerous sequential LEDs, by a three-lamp configuration that a solid, continuous glow both day and nighttime driving. a small change, but one that just enough significance and cadence to Lexus’ flagship

Even so, while the majority of LS’ touch ups are more readily up front, the tail of the car has received love and attention from engineers. In keeping with the more aggressive theme, the of the vehicle compliments the front’s stance with sleeker LED and more sharply blended

It’s the little things

As you can from a premium nameplate Lexus, the LS 460 doesn’t skimp on For the 2013 model year, the LS 460 its quality with a host of and appointments that seamlessly Japanese craftsmanship with century design. According to a great deal of effort into creating a cabin was both spacious and luxurious. our time in the LS 460 we see that this is much the case.

Of course, the little things that add up, genuine spun aluminum throughout the cabin, and the gorgeous wood trim found on the wheel. Simply put, looking for well-appointed, full-size sedan would do well to shop against a comparable BMW, or Mercedes-Benz.

The technology of luxury

While we drone on about bolstered and a host of other comfort what really had us most is the available cabin and safety integrated into the 2013 LS. start with the convenience though.

New for 2013 is a 12.3-inch LCD located centrally along the In addition to displaying the navigation the LCD screen displays both and stereo interfaces. Its generous can be partitioned into three displays allowing for simultaneous

For example, if you’re in the midst of the navigation system, you can also see track is playing on the stereo, or a phone calls without to close out one function over the This allows for a greater of utility and functionality. While isn’t always better, nice to see Lexus make use of the screen size in a smarter

Similar to the interface we encountered in our Lexus GS 350 review. the 2013 LS the same mouse-like knob for and navigating the vivid LCD screen, itself is located on the center While touchscreens may be more we#8217;re proponents of a more like this, and BMW’s controller. The responsiveness and ease of system over the current of touchscreens cannot be ignored.

available in the 2013 Lexus LS is an HDD system with 80GB drive. In addition to downloading, and transferring map data via a DVD or USB thumb a few new features have made way into the system. Automatic true 3D map viewing with model and landmark graphics, as as relayed speed limit are all new for 2013.

Lexus also us that the voice guidance has been beefed up for the new model including active rerouting as well as dynamic traffic on roads without sufficient

Integrating into the navigation is Lexus’ Enform telematics Here, drivers have the to download the corresponding Enform app and gain access to supported via voice commands and Bluetooth. Enform supports various such as internet searches via its app, as well as other such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and among others.

We weren’t to test these functions our brief drive, but we’ll a more comprehensive rundown we fully review the vehicle.

But more than simply superfluous tech features, the Lexus LS packs three safety technologies drivers are to appreciate. First up is Blind Monitoring (BSM).

While this tech will you tif a vehicle is operating within blind spot zone. It two radars, which are located at the left and right rear of the vehicle. If you try to shift lanes they detect a vehicle it will will illuminate a indicator to notify you of the potential

If you happen to not being paying to the initial warning, BSM takes it a further by emitting a flashing on the side mirror when your turn signal a car is drifting in your blind

The 2013 LS also features Lexus calls its Rear Alert (RCTA). While the LS is with a rear backup that allows you to see what is behind you, RCTA use of small microwaves to detect vehicles to either side of you parked.

Finally, and perhaps the most safety tech implementation, and one we are than happy to have but to never have to use, is Advanced Pre-Collision System Working in conjunction with radar, front-facing near projectors, and a front-mounted stereo the A-PCS is designed to detect vehicles and pedestrians and, you it, avoid colliding into

A-PCS works in conjunction the vehicle’s advanced obstacle system and provides an innovative way of low-speed collisions, the key word being low-speed. At speeds of than 24 miles per hour, and in the of a potential collision, A-PCS assess the probability of a collision. If the anticipates that a collision is imminent, it will seek to the driver by emitting both a and audible warning.

At the same A-PCS will automatically a number of safety measures, emergency steering assist, the steering a greater response to the input; stiffening up the air suspension for greater evasion controls. but not least, the A-PCS will a Pre-Collision Brake Assist (PBA) to aid in emergency breaking

If all else fails, you fail to the appropriate counter measures, and if traveling 24 mph or less, the A-PCS automatically engage its breaking providing approximately 1G of stopping Lexus tells us the system still kick into even when traveling at speeds, in order to mitigate harm and damage.

Rounding out the tech in the 2013 Lexus LS is a Radar Cruse Control as well as an active lane system.

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Powertrain: Same, but

Powertrain options across the LS remain relatively simple as not has changed from last models. That means we see the 4.6-liter V8 #8212; only year, Lexus has manage to out six more horsepower, bringing the to 386 hp and sending 367 pound-feet of torque to the wheels via an eight speed transmission. We see those numbers dip in the model due to a different exhaust where the 2013 LS produces 359 and 347 lb-ft of torque.

For drivers just as concerned style and luxury as they are helping the environment, Lexus to offer its LS 600h L for 2013 year. Its hybrid drivetrain a 5.0-liter V8, two electric motors, and a hydride battery pack.

As far as efficiency is concerned, the 2WD LS should net 16 mpg in the 24 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined, while the AWD LS is to achieve 16/23/19. (Both based on using premium This is by no means stellar, but not the fuel economy numbers we seen in this class.

it comes to performance, Lexus is to kick the LS into high Lexus claims the 2013 LS can from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 with an electronically limited top of 130 mph. While we were to generate a proper 0-60 during our ride and drive, clear the latest LS lineup added energy under the

Of course, for those looking for an livelier experience, Lexus has the LS F Sport to its 2013 LS lineup. like the GS F Sport, this version of the LS is gifted a veritable of tweaks and enhancements such as a limited-slip differential, Brembo calipers, 19-inch alloy and a 10 millimeter lowered adjustable air among others.

Overall, we enjoyed our time with the AWD of the F sport. The tightened air suspension comfortable and poised throughout our and the added handling dynamics the F package provides delivered truly solid road Even though the LS features driving settings to choose (Eco, Comfort, Normal, and Sport+) we never felt of a difference outside of Eco and Comfort.

That’s not to say the LS wasn’t fast or but it never felt as confident or as we hoped. Still, if you prefer over power, the LS delivers any fuss.

With the LS 460 starting at and our LS F Sport north of that at $89,310, Lexus#8217; flagship isn’t exactly cheap. But compared to full-size luxury from rivals BMW, and Audi, which can easily run of $100,000, it almost seems a almost.

The pursuit of perfection

If you haven’t already gathered, is a lot to like about the 2013 LS. The LS F Sport package we spent in promising evidence that is capable of doing away – if even just partially its stiff persona and injecting a more life and personality its vehicles. We would still to see Lexus approach the LS in a more way, but from a design the new spindle grill is a fine

Likewise, techies as well as will appreciate the robust of advanced technology this lux is carrying.

We’d still to see a little more dynamism the hood, but for now we’re willing to for what the LS has to offer: a buttery ride with a competent, if not a bit underwhelming drivetrain.

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