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2013 Lexus LS 460: Changes Make it World Class

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Lexus LS 460


The Lexus LS 460 is probably the luxury automaker's boldest step yet toward making a true competitor to the big, performance-oriented sedans produced by its German rivals.
Previously, the LS was always a pleasant car, but it really didn't turn any heads with its exterior design and getting behind the wheel was an exercise in ho-humness.
Then, thanks to a notable redesign for the 2013 model year, some re-engineering and the introduction of an F Sport trim level, this former large sedan wallflower suddenly stood up at the party ready to boogie.
The exterior styling was given more dramatic, sweeping lines and a more athletic body.
There was more detail added to the sides and the front.
And on the F Sport trim, you get honest to goodness sports car touches like big air opening in the front and a mesh grille.
Mechanically, Lexus engineers beefed up the LS's suspension and added new shocks, producing a much tighter ride. And on the F Sport model, those engineers really showed off, adding a limited slip differential to the rear wheel drive models, a lowered air suspension and Brembo brakes.
The LS is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 386 horsepower and 367 pounds-feet of torque in the rear-wheel drive models or 360 ponies and 347 pounds feet in all-wheel drives.
That engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city, 24 highway with real-wheel drive or 16 and 23 with AWD.
So how does it drive now?
Much better than before, that's for sure. The power is impressive and the ride retains a refined quality at higher speeds. Handling has been improved too, but you might still detect a hint of body roll around sharper curves.
But for those who want a large sedan and still consider themselves to be mild driving enthusiasts, the LS is now a solid choice. Before, if you had any driving enthusiast DNA in you, this would have been a car to avoid.
The LS's interior remains as pleasant as ever.
Standard cool stuff includes the Enform Apps suite, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio and dual-zone climate control. Optional cool stuff includes power rear sunshade, Blu-ray backseat entertainment system and Mark Levinson premium stereo system.
If you really want to live large, the LS 460 L is the limousine-like version of the sedan, with a five inch longer overall body. Its cool stuff features a rear passenger-side seat that reclines and has an ottoman and can provide massages, a drink cooler and a center console with a tray table.
Grey Poupon is optional and available at your local supermarket.
Pricing of the LS starts at about $73,000 and ranges just shy of $90,000.
The LS 460 is now a worthy competitor in looks, technology and ride to other large luxury sedans.



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