When the Lexus brand debuted a quarter-century ago, the full-size LS sedan was the first model. Today’s Lexus LS 460 stays true to the formula that’s kept the brand viable. LS is a quiet, competent luxury sedan that’s meant to minimize the stress of driving, while providing a sumptuous cocoon for five occupants. In addition to coupe-inspired design and strong V8 power, the LS 460 has the option of an F Sport package that can yield what Lexus calls “a more engaging driving experience.”
What's New for 2016
The multimedia system has been enhanced, so drivers can now display the navigation map across the entire 12.3-inch screen. Menu shortcuts have been added to the side of the screen, and voice recognition capability has been enhanced. The Remote Touch interface adds “enter” and “back” buttons. Structurally, body adhesive goes into more areas to improve rigidity. Lexus Enform Service Connect is new for 2016.
Choosing Your Lexus LS 460
The Lexus LS 460 is available in six configurations, and can be fitted with various option packages. Most buyers will choose a base sedan, but Lexus also offers a more aggressive F Sport package with 19-inch wheels, a revised suspension, and larger brakes. All versions feature a 4.6-liter V8 engine that develops up to 386 horsepower, driving an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option. Long-wheelbase “L” models have five additional inches of space for rear-seat passengers.
Fuel economy with rear-wheel drive is estimated at 16 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway (19 mpg in combined driving). The highway-driving estimate dips slightly, to 23 mpg (18 mpg combined), with all-wheel drive or the extended wheelbase.
Despite costing almost $10,000 extra, the F Sport package doesn't turn the LS into a luxury sport sedan akin to a Jaguar XJR or Maserati Quattroporte. May as well stick with the standard suspension, to preserve the isolation that the Lexus does best. Options, unfortunately, are lumped into expensive packages. Lexus calls its AWD system “all-weather drive,” emphasizing the fact that it’s intended solely to improve foul-weather traction.