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. Simply put, the LS is a quiet, competent luxury sedan that promises 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 has called “a more engaging driving experience.”
What's New for 2017
A Luxury Special Edition has joined the lineup, featuring a Nightfall Mica exterior, Dark Brown interior with Ecru stitching, wood trim, a black/gold metallic grille insert, 19-inch wheels, and black Alcantara headliner. In spring 2017, an F Sport Special Edition will be added.
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 the base sedan, but Lexus also offers the 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 and 367 pound-feet of torque, 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). With all-wheel drive, the highway-driving estimate dips slightly, to 23 mpg (18 mpg combined).
Despite an additional cost as high as $8,350, the F Sport package doesn't turn the LS into a luxury sport sedan comparable to a Jaguar XJR or Maserati Quattroporte. We’d stick with the standard suspension to preserve the isolated feeling LS is known for. 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. In snowbelt regions, especially, that can be a big plus.