A cushy sense of isolation from the outside world is great when driving the 2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport, but it won't change anyone's opinion about the flagship sedan's excitement factor, Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says. It's as if that insular existence prevented Lexus from staying current with the advancements of European luxury competitors in technology and overall je ne sais quoi. More aggressive styling is unlikely to elicit double takes, while six adjustable driving modes — including two "sport" settings — are subtle shades of the smooth sailing Lexus lovers expect. It may be comforting, but that doesn't make it exciting.
On the inside, some new technology is added as optional, including a pedestrian avoidance system, which applies the brakes if you’re approaching a passer-by too quickly, and a driver alertness warning system that monitors a driver’s face for signs of sleepiness.
Pricing and on sale date will be announced tomorrow. For now check out more photos below.
Lexus has issued a recall for 214,500 GS, IS and LS vehicles from model years 2006-08, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall is due to corrosion in fuel pipes that can lead to a leak.
Lexus has found that certain ethanol fuels with low moisture content can cause the pipes to rust. This may cause the dashboard indicator lamp to signal a malfunction, but that won't happen in every case, which is why it’s important to have your vehicle checked out. Lexus has contacted owners by email and will replace the affected parts free of charge at its dealerships.
For more information, you can contact Lexus at 800-255-3987 or the NHTSA hotline at 888-327-4236.
Who said we don’t share the wealth around the Cars.com offices? This time out Amanda and Beth took on Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS 460L. There could be worse ways to spend a week of commuting. With a sticker price near $80,000, it is by far the most expensive car the two have tested and they seemed to like it despite its overall size.
Beth: There was something very poetic about driving Lexus’ flagship sedan over Thanksgiving weekend. That’s because the only thing I can think of that’s more indulgent than sitting down to a perfectly roasted turkey, surrounded by heaps of rich, carb-loaded side dishes, is driving the LS 460. This is a car so indulgent it’s not content with trivialities like a heated steering wheel or auto-closing trunk, it ups the ante all the way to a brake-hold button that rids drivers of the indignity of keeping their foot on the brake at stoplights. Why don’t you just throw an extra jar of corn syrup and some crème fraiche into the pecan pie while you’re at it?
We talked about Lexus adding all-wheel drive to its flagship LS sedan the other day. Today, Lexus announced pricing for its entire 2009 lineup, including the LS. The rear-wheel-drive version gets a 1.2% price increase, to $63,675, with the LS 460L coming in at $73,585. The AWD versions of those two are $67,200 and $77,110.
The other big changes to the Lexus lineup — and “big” is subjective — revolve around the IS sport sedan, which gets revised suspension and steering, which we’re interested to check out. Prices change only slightly, up $300 each, to $31,155 for the IS 250 manual, $32,325 for the IS 250 automatic and $34,785 for the IS 250 AWD. The IS 350 will start at $36,605. More pricing is below.
The 2009 Lexus LS 460 and 460 L will both offer all-wheel drive for 2009 for the first time. Buyers can opt for either the standard rear-wheel-drive setup or all-wheel drive starting in October.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the 2009 models, but the 2008 rear-wheel-drive LS 460 and LS 460 L went for $62,900 and $72,900, respectively. Expect those base prices to be somewhat higher for 2009 and the AWD versions to be at least $2,000 more than that, if they follow Lexus’ pricing of other AWD models.
The AWD models might cost significantly more than that, though, because they come with more standard features, like an adaptive air suspension, 18-inch wheels, all-season tires and a heated steering wheel.
Besides the addition of AWD, there are no other significant changes for the 2009 LS.
For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports has named Honda the automaker selling the best vehicles in the U.S., based on factors ranging from reliability to vehicle comfort.
Toyota and Subaru ranked second and third, followed by BMW, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen. No domestic nameplate appeared on the list.
We’ve tested the new LS 460’s automated parking system before, but now Mike Hanley gives a full report on the latest luxury cruiser from Lexus. Does it retain the “cloud on wheels” designation of its predecessor? Is it worth the extra ducats over the past model? We’re not going to tell you here; check out Mike’s full review.
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