Many moons ago, Cadillac was often referred to as the benchmark sedan for ride quality. It wasn’t uncommon to hear “It rides like a Cadillac.” Well that referral was taken over by Lexus’ LS 400 sedan back in 1989. And today, that still holds true for those in the know, with one exception. The former LS 450 is now the LS 460 for 2013, and it’s been significantly redesigned. In the process, the 460 full-size sedan still maintains its cushion of air ride ability, quality and dependability.
As Lexus’ flagship luxury sedan, the 460 has taken on a bolder, more stylish look. And with the addition of the LS F Sport package, Lexus now has a sporty version to go up against its rivals at BMW and Benz.
The LS comes in base, the 460L (extended length) and LS 600h (hybrid). Tested was the AWD (it’s also offered in RWD) LS 460 F Sport with its 19-inch tires, famed Brembo brakes, sport tuned air suspension, shift paddles, special interior details and trim.
Powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that generates 360-hp and 347 lb/ft of torque (RWD versions produce 386-hp and 360 lb/ft of torque), power is sent to the wheels through a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The combination has been timed at 5.9 seconds for 0-60, and a trite quicker, 5.4, for RWD. It also garnered EPA mileage estimates of 16 city, 23-highway mpg.
Despite its 4,717-pound curb weight, the 4.6L V8 exudes gobs of power from a standing stop, to highway passing maneuvers. There’s certainly no want for power. And the engine is barely audible, which helps make for a super quiet interior, an inborn Lexus trait.
LS’ interior is a work of art. The black perforated leather seat inserts have white showing through the tiny holes for a unique, dazzle the eyes look.
The heated/cooled front seats are supportive but not confining. The rears are sofa soft with loads of leg and headroom for two adults plus a child as the tall transaxle hump would not be conducive to a third adult passenger. The rear seats are heated as well and there are two ceiling mounted vanity mirrors. With spacious accommodations, the LS could serve as a limo, more so with the “L” version.
The LS dash has a clean arrangement of controls and a console mouse that operates almost all audio, GPS and Bluetooth functions. The large (11 3/4x4 inch) LCD displays in a split screen mode in that two nav views are presented; a wide angle and close up of the streets or highways. There’s a control pad on the console to select the various driver modes including height control.
Back in the spacious trunk, it can hold two large roll-a-longs or two golf bags. Unfortunately, the rear seatbacks don’t fold but there is a pass-through for carrying long items.
Operationally, the LS handles nicely and parks relatively easy as it has a turning circle of 37.4 feet. With the F Sport package, driver’s can dial in comfort or sport modes, the latter tightens the suspension and enhances throttle and steering response. And with the air suspension, it automatically balances the load and maintains extra control in tight sharp turns taken at speed.
Niceties abound. When pressing the keyfob to lock/unlock the doors, the outside mirrors fold in/out. That, and the trunk lid opens at the touch of a button and power closes as well.
Endowed with all the latest safety features like Smart Stop technology, blind-spot warning, rear-cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise that includes a pre-collision system and as an option, an Advanced Pre-Collision system that can automatically take evasive action if the driver doesn’t.
For all these goodies and more, the LS 460 base priced at $74,935. But after adding the F Sport package ($7,860), F Sport Comfort Package ($2,090), LED Intelligent headlights ($1,450), Mark Levinson 19 speaker audio ($1,580) and delivery ($895), the LS bottom-lined at $89,560. A premium price for an exceptionally luxurious, full-size sedan.
To check out an LS 460 stop by Lexus of Lehigh Valley off Tilghman Street in Cetronia. And to automatically receive auto news and reviews, click on the “Subscribe” notation on this page