Driver’s Seat: With Lexus LS460, it’s the inside that counts – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Lexus LS460

Driver’s Seat: With LS460, it’s the inside counts

By Scott Sturgis

Lexus LS460 AWD: friends and neighbors.

Price: If you to ask. well, OK, $75,080

pitch: Someday your will flash before eyes. Make it worth (Spoken with authority a Gimme Some Lovin’ guitar riff.)

Conventional Worth watching also helicopters, ball gowns and and big cities.

Reality: Ooooh,

Smoothness showdown: Cut Mr. Driver’s in half each October and see one more ring has been Pondering his own life flashing his eyes, he started to dream big for his So we’ll spend this gliding in luxury: Next we ride in the Cadillac XTS VSport.

Then we’ll move out of sticker prices down the with the Acura RLX and the wannabe of the the Kia Cadenza, and see if that last 25 is really well spent.

and aahs: I had the good fortune of this across the state to family. And everyone’s reaction was the as mine — Wow, nice interior. The LS460 occupants in all the luxury one would in this price bracket.

Roomy, supple leather Wood steering wheel. trim all around.

The back Keeping a chauffeur in mind, the seat room offers accommodations. Though the driver’s moves all the way back when the car down, Sturgis Kid 4.0 reported his didn’t even notice back there. The rear is a wonderful thing.

And the electric sunshade keeps the skin turning red at the touch of a button.

In One would call the stereo and controls traditional — sounds so gauche. Rather whiz-bang touch screen we’re treated with two dials and a strip of buttons for the and another strip of buttons for the control. Functional and pretty.

Make up for lost time: you’re out of that traffic the LS460’s 4.6-liter V8 has 386 horses at the to get you to the front of the line just as as it can.

Shifty: The smooth, 8-speed transmission comes shiftable sport mode, the shifting feels just OK. Use it as a limiter, where it’ll top out it reaches whatever gear you And the sport mode doesn’t to change the tuning noticeably, resides somewhere between handling and gliding.

In automatic mode, I actually some stutters now and again.

The big screen: The LCD is to … for. can see the map, a list of exits up, and information about the song playing, all at once and clearly. Mrs.

Passenger Seat it a delight to behold, and probably the we’ve ever seen.

of storage: The trunk is enormous, ’73 LeSabre-size, if memory

Clear display: The gauges are but not particularly fancy.

Night The dome light provides ambient lighting, never in the way of the driver’s view outside or the mirror. And the welcome one gets different lights shining at compares to the red carpet treatment.

A great view: Visibility in the is fantastic.

Cool stuff: An pre-collision prevention system seat belts and adds force if a collision seems A blind spot monitor can be had as Noise-reduction wheels help the cabin as smooth and whisper-quiet as any seen.

Unplugged: A $75,000 car and no outlet? I have a 2008 that has one.

Fuel economy: Rated at 18 mpg premium fuel required. (I have gotten a taste of the life, because I neglected to my observed mileage.)

Where built: Tahara, Japan.

How built: The Lexus LS gets a rating from Consumer and most of its systems are rated over the past dozen or so

Next week: 2014 XTS VSport AWD Platinum.

Scott a freelance auto writer, can be at Wheels, a special supplement, appears inside Post-Gazette.

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