2012 Lexus LS 460L: Video Road Test and Review
The Lexus LS 460 is the Japanese luxury brand's flagship sedan, a full-size premium vehicle that represents the fine point of technology, comfort and opulence for the automaker. The Lexus LS 460 is also more affordable than many of its European competitors and can be had in both regular and long-wheelbase editions. From a safety perspective, the LS 460 features the full range of airbags that one would expect in a high end vehicle (front, front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and knee airbags for forward occupants) along with a pre-collision system, electronic stability control and traction control.
The Lexus LS 460 is motivated by a 380 horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine. Also capable of generating 367 lb-ft of torque, this unit is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends output to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive can be ordered as an option with the LS 460 and fuel economy is rated at 16-mpg in city driving and 24-mpg on the highway.
The base Lexus LS 460 retails for an MSRP of $67,630. Standard gear includes adaptive HID headlights, a sunroof, dual automatic climate control, heated leather seats with power adjustments for those riding up front, wood trim, the Safety Connect telematics system, cruise control, and a heated steering wheel (if all-wheel drive is selected). The long-wheelbase L model (MSRP $73,175) adds features such as parking sensors all around, power door and trunk closing, heated rear seats, and a ventilation feature for the front seats.
Lexus offers a number of options packages to improve the refinement and tech content of the LS 460. The Comfort package adds much of the L edition's equipment to the base model while the Comfort Plus package includes nicer leather, power rear seats (with ventilation), power adjustable headrests, and side airbags for those sitting out back. The L edition's Luxury package installs higher quality upholstery and a suede headliner, while the Rear Seat Upgrade does exactly what it says it will do: provides backseat passengers with their own dual climate controls, a fridge, side airbags, and power seats with a massage feature. All of these items are also available with the Executive-Class Seating package, which throws in a center console, a DVD player, a special reclining seat for the right side position, and a retractable table.
The Lexus LS 460 can also see its performance improved via the Sport package, which grafts Brembo brakes, an air suspension system, grippier rubber, a body kit, paddle shifters (and rev matching on downshifts) for the automatic transmission, and sport seats to rear-wheel drive editions of the car. Those who want the look of the Sport package but not the go-fast bits can achieve the same makeover via the Appearance package.
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