Lexus LS460 test drive / car reviews

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Lexus LS460

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The Lexus LS (Luxury has long set a standard for luxury Smooth, quiet, and well-made, the LS set the auto industry on its ear, and other automakers to invest far into their vehicles.

We two LS460 models – the and the incoming. Both had exceptionally low of vibration and noise, and were designed with the buyers and cost-cutters second; both had standard features including of lights, seat belts, and handles for easier night and neither had any rough edges to of. The main differences between the two in the addition of the automated parking, and in the system.

Since automatic has gotten quite a bit of attention in the we’ll lead off with system, which can help both parallel and parking-lot

To parallel park, the driver about three feet from the parked cars, stops, goes into presses an icon on the nav screen is now showing a feed from the video camera), and recenters the as instructed. Then, after or moving the target space as a green rectangle), the driver is to press the brake to stop; and can back in, hands off the wheel.

It us a few tries to get it right, even the color instruction card, but we got the hang of it. The problems are the amount of needed (you have to further from the parked on the curb than normal, rules out parallel-parking on some and you need a larger parking than a good manual does), and the time it takes if you go too fast, and too fast isn’t at all, the system shuts and leaves you high and dry.

the gas pedal also knocks it as we discovered when trying to it in a parking lot with a minor The car ran out of steam, and if we tried to help it the system shut down.

parking is a bit easier; drive a few from the cars already in (it actually doesn’t need to see already parked, you can use it in a deserted stop by the middle of the desired turn 45 degrees away, go reverse, press the nav-screen adjust the green rectangle your destination (if needed), the wheel, and let go of the brake. As with parking, you need to keep the down, because if you go too fast it shuts off and you have to finish

In short, using the automated system is a fun gadget to impress friends and relatives, once had some practice with it; and sometimes nice in a parking lot or on a street, but it takes far too much to use in serious traffic, too much for the nasty sort of parallel where you might really to use it, doesn’t work on hills, in short, is even more of a toy it sounds like. That it is an option, and you don’t have to buy it. we have no problem with cars; eventually Lexus refine the thing and it’ll like a dream, and then lust after the gadget lets us slip into tiny space on 120th without bumping into the or aft cars and setting off their

Moving on to more important the LS460 is probably the most quietest car we’ve ever by a good margin, though it is not the expensive. With speed to that of an automatic-transmission Corvette, the never felt jerky or in acceleration, and never showed a edge or unwanted vibration. The was, indeed, so smooth the ES350 almost seemed by comparison; and the BMW 5-series isn’t in the league (but then, not really supposed to be).

The has dignified sporty-luxury-car styling is perfectly consistent with the luxury car underneath. Under the is a 4.6 liter V8 that pushes out 381 accompanied by gobs of torque, can maintain a …-silent, smooth at 600 rpm.

The engine provides power right off idle, and like a demon, but most of the it isn’t worked particularly because it’s pretty to use 380 horsepower for more than a few without hitting an obstacle or well beyond the speed Sixty miles per hour up in little over five territory not long ago reserved for cars. Yet, the drivetrain is anything more than refined.

The engine makes noise even under power, and the noise it does is appropriate to the car – deep and We were never at a loss for or acceleration – not once. The air is strong and quiet, and had no discernible on power.

Technologies used in this are far-ranging; there are four two per cylinder bank, and both and exhaust valves are computer in both timing and lift. The is of course electronically controlled, as in for torque management and to enhance the control systems. The old tuner of adding a fuel injector to the body for when extra is needed has been taken a further, as the little V8 has both the sequential fuel injection and injection, the latter to provide an burst of fuel when thrust is needed without to make any compromises with sizing at low engine speeds.

The V8 is up to a standard automatic transmission, eight forward gears. The adapts to the driver, so if you switch a driver with a very style to one with a very style or vice versa, it can some time to adapt and out the difference (Chrysler automatics long suffered from the problem). However, once it performed flawlessly, guessing with clairvoyance, and upshifting or imperceptibly most of the time.

it was sometimes hard to realize this car even had an automatic rather than a CVT, shifts were so quick and as to be hardly noticeable; one had to listen and for them, and even then the often didn’t give of a hint. Downshifts came as The one quirk came when into manumatic mode, Toyota calls sequential then the system would a gear based on speed than simply keeping the you were already in, which seem to make more

In addition to the standard setting, provided power and snow Power tended to prefer gears, as one might expect, and was a bit to upshift; we didn’t use it except to because it didn’t seem to be as and seemed to waste fuel little benefit, given how the transmission downshifted. The snow starts out in second and seems to more readily for better traction.

Lexus posts a mph time of 5.4 seconds for the LS460 an incredible number for such a quiet sedan, and it is somewhat that the average driver achieve it without practice and an setting, but it’s an indication of the power of the engine and speed of the Muscle lovers might be a bit though; the LS is a luxury car, not a car, and the feel of speed is down by the smoothness of the powertrain, so it doesn’t feel nearly as as it is. That is also praise for it takes considerable work to 381 horsepower feel gentle, or for matter to make an eight-speed invisible.

Long highway at normal/fast speeds averaged mpg; however, heavy around town could mileage down below 14 The beauty of the valve timing is giving the driver what want – power or The EPA rated the 2007 LS460 at 19 27 highway.

Braking is excellent, 235/50R18 V-rated tires traction and oversized, ventilated brakes clamping down on the at all four wheels; braking is electronically to prevent slip at any in conjunction with other and stability-control systems. An emergency system detects unusually hits to the brake and slams on full for a moment, after found that most in accidents never hit the brakes all the way (we activated the system, and it gave a jolt beyond our brake-tapping The spare tire, incidentially, is on a full-sized 18 inch aluminum just like the other

Other safety systems many airbags – a front passenger airbag, a one for the driver, front seat airbags, knee airbags, and and rear side curtain There are also pretensioners force limiters for the seat front and rear; and a sensor-activated system which, among things, moves the headrests to a position and pretightens the seat Accident avoidance systems the usually stability control, brakes, and traction control, to higher levels with sophistication and more monitoring unusual.

Controls were and familiar, with an oversized and tachometer flanked by heat and gas The speedometer went to 160 mph, given the aerodynamics and power of the would be possible, had Lexus not put in a limiter which slows the at 130 mph! (Lexus claims the LS460 without the speed would go 170 mph, which is given its power and aerodynamics.) The went 1,000 rpm past to 8,000 rpm, a bit pointless the engine is electronically rev-limited just can’t go beyond

The displays were backlit, with a thin gauge around the two main dials, in a color. Between the gauges as the indicator, showing either D or S and the (Reverse was shown in amber as a above that was a status which after a while us to change the oil (or, in its words, Oil Required); and below was the odometer/trip status display.

The upper was shown in full color providing the startup display, and showed outside temperature and heading. When a maintenance came up (e.g. the need for an oil as controlled through the navigation an orange triangle appeared with the service needed.

The control on our test car was the same unit used on Toyota and for that matter Chrysler PT the floating-stalk variety that is to learn and operate; however, laser-guided cruise control is available, letting drivers a bit more as the cruise automatically a safe distance from the car in We tested this long ago on the and found it quite handy.

The wheel itself is tilted or with a simple four-way it can be set to retract itself when the is shut for ease of entry. other features can be enabled or by a Lexus dealer; a full of settings is in the owner’s manual, in a convenient table.

The center included the usual suspects, air, sound, and optional nav The climate control was of course and showed the outside temperature with the settings for driver and if you order the navigation system, the have to be set through that rather than through buttons or knobs, which what should be a thoughtless without any need to see what doing into somewhat of an ordeal, first pressing then finding and pressing the control – fan speed or selection.

The auto button is as is the Off button and temperature controls. buttons are front defroster, defroster, and fast filter, puts the fan on high and routes air a special filter to quickly out all air in the car.

The stereo on our test car was by the nav system; the modes were by actual buttons, as were and disc changing; and there knobs for tuning and volume. and sound distribution had to be set by pressing then the virtual Sound then pressing virtual on the nav system screen. It’s complicated and awkward.

The LS comes a standard ten-speaker sound with a digital sound automatic levelizer, and six-disc with an auxiliary jack in the console (next to a power for iPods or other portable (as though a Lexus buyer get a cheap MP3 player!). Our first car, which came a navigation system, included a sound processor (DSP) allowed us to optimize the sound for the seat, passenger seat, seats, rear seats, or the car; it made a real in the music quality and we sorely it in the second car, where the DSP was to surround-sound.

One clever feature on our car was a 30 GB hard-drive based stereo similar in operation to the Chrysler setup, that provides a iPod type system, about 10,000 minutes of to be recorded from CDs or DVDs; it at four times actual on average, and uses Gracenote to the song titles and artist (this usually works on CDs and DVDs). The system seemed and easy to operate; indeed, all it was a single button press to from a CD or DVD, and it even to finish recording when we off the car before it was done.

This is than the computer-oriented MyGIG and those who prefer using iPods can still attach via an auxiliary input jack control isn’t transferred to the system). Recalling recorded is also easy, with by artist or album.

The hard supplemented the normal six-disc changer, which seemed to quicker than most. The Levinson stereo – of the parking system package! had excellent sound, especially the surround feature on, though could get a bit boomy with radio. The XM satellite radio provided a good variety of programming and fewer commercials FM or AM radio; the Lexus’ system is for not dropping out, despite tree coverage, with a very brief dropout in our 300 mile trip.

The navigation in our second LS was fully featured new gadgetry; both had an optional warning system, using XM Radio (installed in both our The traffic warning system was accurate on our vehicle, but didn’t us about one accident we went by, and did us about two more than out not to exist; the system holds for the future, but doesn’t seem enough to be useful at the moment, perhaps in certain cities traffic reports are noted by There, monitored roads can be status lines in green, and red to show how each direction is

The system provided such as allowing detours at a moment’s to route around sudden blockages, providing dual-screen (so you can see a big version and a small version at a touch screen to easily between North-up and direction-up or to zoom in and out, breadcrumbs, and all the features. Distance to the next was provided in large, clear with a picture of the turn and when coming up on an exit, the showed a picture of a highway arrows pointing in the right usually getting the number of and exiting lanes right in a of detail that suggests hours of research. The system was to use, allowing selection of by phone number (not a very complete list), of interest by category or name, and address entry, being enough to select towns by down to towns with street addresses.

Almost among all the other devices and and systems is the brake hold which might be handy at but was annoying in stop and go traffic. a button on the wheel and the green lamp appears in the instrument then after pressing the for a few moments, a yellow HOLD appears next to it, and the car will the brakes for you for three minutes, which it’ll set the emergency Tapping the gas releases it.

Behind the in our test car was the traction control and behind that the heated control. Unlike many, it a knob, which allows for settings (and setting the without looking at the button), also providing finer The LS460 went beyond the heat control and added cooling, very welcome in the and on long drives, and obtained by moving the knob counter-clockwise.

The appeared to work by gently air conditioning through the holes in the A plain venting setting was provided.

Other controls in the block were the rear fan a button to set the rear seats, have recline and fore/aft to their base setting, also lowered the rear for better visibility; and the control for the rear sunshade. This also available on Toyota is a dandy invention which reduces heat from the sun and rear passengers from sunlight; it automatically lowered when the transmission was put into and raised itself back when going into

Not to be forgotten is that most and handy device for those who kids or carpools, the rear heater. It’s only when the driver can heat or his or her seat to let the people in the back theirs as well; and rear got the same handy knobs as passengers. Rear passengers got both heat and air conditioning – large ones to air quickly and efficiently throughout the

Again, when the driver powerful, fast-acting air conditioning, only fair to spread the

The trip computer, controlled two steering wheel buttons, through gas mileage since range, distance since gas mileage since the last fillup, and instant gas mileage, all legibly on a high-resolution backlit LCD

More pointless displays of include the electrically operated brake, which can either be manually (by pushing a lever or forth) or automatically – when switching into and releasing when switching from Park. The control for is on the right side of the wheel; on the side are a number of buttons the trunk and gas cap release, and the mirror

Both are worth special The trunk release slowly or lowers the trunk, rather just popping it open or it from the last inch or so. The control can be used to automatically the mirrors fold in when the car is

Needless to say, the mirrors automatically dim – sharing with the main rear-view – and are heated along the rear window.

The LS460 now a standard keyless ignition which eliminates the key for a big black key The doors instantly unlock you touch the door handle, and when you press a button on every door; the car starts when you press the Engine button (no need to hold it the engine catches). If the battery you can open the door using a mechanical key, and start the car by the fob against the start button.

In a rare failure of ergonomics, no shelf or ledge to hold the key in sight if you don’t happen to it in your pocket or purse.

On the in front of the unusually large was a console with the front light, two LED spotlights, the dome controls (on/off/door-controlled), the sunroof, and Link, otherwise known as The technology is the same, but Lexus a different group of people to their call center. The is easy to use and has an emergency call that uses red lettering to itself obvious.

There was a sunglass holder in the overhead unlike most, it kept the separate from the drop-down making it easier to use.

of lights, both front and had dome lights and LED-type lights; the rear dome were activated by the rear the front lights by the front instead of having both go on at in a pointless display of technology. rear passengers had pull-down with their own lights; the and front passengers also had mirrors in the sun visors, with

It should be mentioned that not did every switch and button its own backlight, but seat belts did as – so you could easily them at night – as did the and the door handles, a soft, backlight that subtly people to the right place. was clearly a car where ease of use over build costs.

The seat on our test car had numerous with the base of the seat separately from the back; the going up and down electrically; and the up-down, fore-aft, and lumbar (with a total of 16 adjustments, told). It would have hard not to find a comfortable, position with all the options we given; and the seat held us in place around sharp

The front passenger had most of the options other than base/back controls, with 12 in The driver had three memorized settings; rear seats had one seat setting; the passenger seat, none.

Depending on the rear seats can recline to a degree, and move fore and there are two recline controls, one for the seat back, and the other for the top third of the seat back. functions are controlled by buttons in the between the rear seats, and be disabled from up front, a shortfall for people with between the ages of four and There are a variety of different for seats, with fixed seats available – on extended wheelbase models, as well.

Another lockout concerns the rather clever on the side of the front passenger designed to allow rear to move the front seat if nobody is in it. The problem is that the lockout was not working in our test it’s supposed to disable the if someone is sitting up there, and it did Also, speaking of lockouts, the window lockout not only passengers from raising or windows; it also stopped the from doing it, which only seen before on cars.

Storage spaces a small pullout drawer on the side of the wheel, foldout map in all four doors, and a glove with two shelves, one for the owner’s and small objects (the manual, incidentally, had over 650 including color pictures maintenance procedures and a troubleshooting and did not include instructions for the navigation The center console/armrest cover up and then slid back; was a shallow shelf and then a storage area, and the shelf also slid up and back a to put larger items into the area.

The rear seat also had a covered storage with two pushout cupholders. All compartments opened easily, dampened motions, as befits a luxury sedan.

Visibility was good, with standard discharge headlights and auto-levelling powerful window defrosters for front and side windows, and a small blind spot, designers did not cut costs by putting a panel where a window be (and was). The side were, as noted earlier, and had automatic dimmers; their were, along with and steering wheel positions, in the driver memory system.

An adaptive front lighting provided extra illumination turns without blinding drivers as the Lincoln system while daytime running are standard but could be shut off at the (this system sensibly the amber lights at a high rather than wasting and blinding traffic with the beams). Rain-sensing variable wipers were also and did a good job of clearing the windshield when needed, and at an appropriate going into high when the rain came down.

The interior was bright and our first LS was a rich-looking beige natural-wood trim, and our second was a modern, austere brownish gray with gray-died trim. We preferred the first, but we there are those who think is too old-fashioned, and prefer the high techno look of the second. the interior looked quite but not overdone.

Lexus was generous the wood, though we have to why they went through the of using real wood for panels. The wood and leather wheel was standard, unlike competitors which require a package for these amenities. Our vehicle did have a heated wheel as part of the comfort package; the button was clear, but we use it, having tested in summer.

all the many gadgets, it’s to forget the Lexus’ most features, aside from its powertrain. First is the sound the engine is almost too quiet, practically no indication of running at or even at highway speeds, and much noise at, say, rpm, either. The outside is thickly insulated through window glass; bumps and make no noise inside the cabin of the LS460.

This car Lexus’ reputation for the relentless of perfection; even the turn are given an artificial noise so will hear them. The has a much easier job than in cars, without having to other noises. Some noise and road noise but not much, and not to an unpleasant degree.

switches and motors are also with windows silently up (all fully automatic, one-touch open and close, and jam to prevent injury), and seats moving forward or backward at the of a button.

Second, the ride is smooth, with nasty, roads toned down to a level of civility; the ride is a bit in back, but up front it has just the mix of road-feel and road-insulation. It’s not to envision owners of Cadillacs the company’s prime getting this Lexus and feeling envy. What’s more, is an optional air suspension that a choice of sport and comfort with the sport mode providing superb cornering.

If you get the air suspension, Lexus doesn’t slap a plastic panel the hole where the switch be; they provide a different plate to cover up even the that you’re missing a

Third, the cornering is excellent. feel was not sport-tuned but it was sporty point the wheel and the car goes you want it to. The electric steering away some of the mechanical which helps to make a car,” but a standard power system comes with the air or suspension.

Swerving rapidly or on the gas while turning brought a tire squeal, a characteristic of the radials rather than the itself, but control remained the driver and the vehicle’s many and traction control systems. A touring suspension includes a variable-ratio power steering which replaces the electric on our vehicles and provides a more level of sportiness. Braking is excellent – not only short, but thanks to various systems, stopping straight, and so even on dirty or wet roads, the limits of traction.

Fourth, the LS is inside, though reasonably outside; there was plenty of in both front and rear, good headroom in all four and an 18 cubic foot trunk lid moved up and down smoothly and The rear seats didn’t forward in our test car, but was a small trunk passthrough for or other long objects. who need more room can get the LS 460 L, the wheelbase version, which has an ottoman, cool box, sunshades and more vent dual-zone rear heat/air shiatsu massager, and nine-inch DVD screen, a unique setup for a production vehicle.

Fifth, the LS was designed with the customer and the cost-accountants second. Every is illuminated, the seat belts and handles are illuminated, and items got cost-accounted out of normal cars are present in the LS. Nobody sells a car on whether the seat belts are to see at night; that’s an after-sale not a marketing or sales item.

It bodes well for owners Lexus attended to such which are easy for bottom-line-minded to wipe out as unnecessary for sales.

The Lexus LS460 retails for That includes the V8 and eight-speed all the safety systems we spoke of, intensity discharge headlights, foglights, rain-sensing wipers, kit and first aid kit, leather, memory, power front wood trim, cruise, mirrors, single-touch moonroof, stereo, dual-zone automatic control with smog and air filter, garage door personalized car settings, and floor

Our test car ran to a somewhat higher the difference being large to buy one of those new Chinese cars soon. The major cost was the advanced parking guidance the self-parking feature, which the Mark Levinson 19-speaker stereo with 30 GB hard as well as the navigation system, wireless cellphone system, XM radio with traffic and the invaluable life-saving backup – all of which sold for a price of $6,345. Those less demanding parking desires could settle for the sensors on the front and rear which only ran to $500.

We had the Comfort Plus package, added many of the gadgets our drove us crazy with; for one gets power rear witih memory, rear side airbags, the heated wheel, front and rear and cooled seats, power sunshade, and headlight washers. there was the single-touch trunk and door closers – a button and they slowly themselves, stopping at the slightest for safety’s sake – at

The Lexus Link system to OnStar) was $900, and provides a staffed with Lexus instead of those lower-class GM Finally, there was a surprising of $227 for items we thought be standard on a car of this caliber, given its other gratuitous trunk mat, cargo and wheel locks. The cargo net was two cargo nets, one stretched the floor and the other in its traditional by the trunk opening, while the locks are practically mandatory on a with eighteen-inch alloy

The Lexus LS460 is unquestionable an vehicle, even considering its price tag. The drag is 0.26, low even for a sports and tied for first place four-door sedans; yet it looks what it is, a luxury car. The is capable of good mileage, the vehicle weighs 4,400 – just a little than its predecessor, the LS430 yet it yields 381 horsepower – yet it is silent, and idles at a low 600 rpm.

The sells for less than equipped Mercedes models, but to be far more reliable and durable, and the Mercedes goes through a inspection by humans – it’s to find and eliminate any noise or sounds that have gotten into a vehicle, rather than to “building them right the time.” The Lexus is fairly inside, but seems small and for all its power and cornering, safety was a concern, with eight airbags, a precollision system, and accident avoidance systems. the long wheelbase model, it can be out to provide the pointless luxury of a Maybach, again, without the reliability issues of that vehicle.

Those who like cars luxurious need no further than the LS series. who really prefer a more sedan may prefer the BMW lineup, trades off smoothness for aggressive and provides a more direct experience. Taking off the rough enhances luxury, but it does much of the driving enjoyment comes of feeling the engine and the and revelling in the feel of acceleration.

the more luxurious the car, the acceleration is felt, as transitions are out; so that we’ve some people with sport sedans to go out in their Neons for a quick fun drive, their vibration, harshness, and 0-60 times. A car like the Charger R/T is considerably slower the LS, but feels faster as the transmission changes gears and the engine picks up in its peak torque the LS transmission is rarely felt under hard acceleration, and the variable valve timing, cams, and dual fuel system keep the engine hard throughout its range.

But for the in luxury – where is defined as not only having but also rarely having to sit in a tow – we don’t think you can the Lexus LS460. except the LS 460 L, the long wheelbase version of the car.

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