The LS, or Luxury Sedan, lineup debuted in late 1989 as a 1990 model year in the LS 400 form. After many years of growth in the market, the LS series grew to become the LS 460, beginning in the 2007 model year. The LS 460 enters the 2013 model year with a new body in hopes to better compete with its European rivals.
For the 2013 model year, the LS 460 features Lexus’ signature spindle grille and a more aggressively styled body, making look the part of a modern luxury sedan. On the inside, the driver gets a new instrument panel and a high-resolution 12.3-inch navigation screen to better see where he is heading. Under the hood, the LS 460 carries over the same 4.6-liter V-8 engine from the 2012 model year, but added a little extra power. This engine now puts down 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque in rear-wheel-drive models. In all-wheel-drive models, the engine is detuned to 360 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque.
The Base model LS 460 is unlike most base model sedans a buyer would come to expect. It comes filled to the brim with features that would satisfy even the most discerning buyer. On the outside, the LS 460 Base comes standard with 18-by-7.5-inch five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in P235/50R18 tires, Drive Mode Select with “Eco,” “Normal” and “Sport” modes to allow the driver to choose between a gas-saving mode drive and a sportier feel, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic-controlled braking, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Intuative Park Assist, vehicle stability control, rain-sensing wipers, traction control, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights for added safety, LED taillights, and power mirrors with auto-fold and turn signals. Inside the cabin, the LS 460 Base features navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather, Lexus Enform, Bluetooth connectivity with audio-streaming capabilities, 12.3-inch LCD display, 10-speaker Lexus sound system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM/HD radio capabilities and iPod connectivity, backup camera, electroluminescent gauges, steering-wheel-mounted audio and brake hold controls, TFT multi-information display that shows the trip-meter and other important messages, HomeLink universal home remote, 16-way power driver seat and 12-way power passenger seat, wood trimming, wood- and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather interior, power tilting and telescoping wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power moonroof, windows and door locks, dual-zone climate control, memory for power mirrors and seats.
On the outside, the L trim level is identical to the Base with two exceptions. The L model has a 4.8-inch-longer wheelbase than the Base model and overall, the L is 5 inches longer than the Base. Inside the cabin, the 460 L carries over all of the Base’s trimmings, but adds in: heated and cooled front seats, power rear sunshade, automatic front climate control, and power opening and closing trunk lid. One final difference on the inside of the L model is that the longer wheelbase nets the rear passengers an extra 0.9 inches of legroom.
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