2012 Lexus LS 460: Review
The LS series has been the flagship car in Lexus garage since the brand’s launch in 1989. Its refinement, reliability and technology made up for what all it lacked in sport. The latest generation of the car, its fourth, was first launched in 2007.
The car comes in four variants – LS 460, LS 460 Sport, LS 460 L and LS 600 L hybrid model. The L adds 4.8 inches to the wheelbase and overall length of the car. All variations of the LS 460 feature very recent exterior styling which includes a revised front fascia, headlamps and taillamps. The headlights are high intensity discharge with dynamic auto leveling. Also the standard wheels have been upgraded to a new 18-inch chrome 10-spokes design.
The interiors have been extensively worked on and have undergone some major changes. Trims are very impressive even when compared with those in top Mercedes and BMW flagships, and the leather used in the interiors is top notch aniline which is supple and delicate compared to what you get in other Lexus models. In extended versions, there’s a standout ottoman-style seating option with built-in massage features and the top-of-the line models have power adjustability.
Bluetooth and iPod connectivity are standard on all LS models, along with Bluetooth audio streaming. The Mark Levinson entertainment system offers 19 speakers, 19 audio channels, 450 watts of power and 8GB of hard drive space for music and offers pure music bliss. Other options include a navigation system with real-time traffic and dynamic rerouting, heated and cooled rear seats, a backup camera, ventilated seats, a DVD entertainment system, fold down wooden trays and rear cooler box. If you’re more often chauffeured, add the Executive Class Seating Package, and you’ll practically have a Rolls-Royce-caliber space back there.
The Lexus LS 460 lineup includes a 380-horsepower, 4.6 liter V8 engine mated to an industry leading and world’s first eight speed automatic transmission, with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With so much power under its hood, it reaches 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds. The engine is rated at 380 horsepower at 6400rpm along with 367lb-ft of torque at 4100rpm in 2WD form and it drops to 357 horsepower and 344lb-ft of torque with AWD.
The LS 460 Sport variation comes equipped with a sport tuned air suspension, Brembo brakes, 19-inch forged wheels and aero body design elements.
Traction and Stability control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and 10 airbags are of course standard. It also had an advanced Parking Guidance System that will parallel park or back the car into a spot with user required to do as much as pressing the brake pedal.
It gives fuel efficiency of 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway in 2WD, and retains 16 mpg in the city and just a single digit drop to 23 mpg on the highway in AWD. The engine is one of the few V8s that qualify the LS as a ULEV II Vehicle.
The Lexus LS 460 sedans have an exquisite and very luxurious cabin which is very hushed. The acceleration is quite impressive and powerful which can push the customer into the back of their seats and you can hardly even hear it. The ride quality is extremely pleasurable and the rear seats are ultra-luxurious in the L models. Although what I don’t like about the car is that the styling is very conservative and seems very dull. Also the front seats could use little bit more support as it can get tiring if you drive the car for a long duration. The transmission is also very indecisive as the gearbox is not perfectly tuned with the engine. In a nutshell, the 2012 Lexus LS sedans combine executive class interior appointments and long haul comforts with noteworthy tech features, but the driving pleasure is missing from the car.