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2007 Lexus LS

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2007 Lexus LS Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


Few flagship sedans match the technology and customization on the new Lexus LS460 L. The long-wheelbase limo-length luxury four-door is filled with a vast array of automotive technology to satisfy almost every personal preference. The result is exceptional performance, the last word in comfort and access to the latest safety, handling and entertainment systems. Sister to the standard LS460, a top-ten finalist on Kelley Blue Book's 2007 Best Redesigned Vehicle list, the brand-new L model is 4.8 inches longer, providing one of the most spacious rear seats and smoothest rides available.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car if the latest gadgetry and dozens of control buttons, double-layered on the steering wheel, turn you on. The available pre-collision system, radar cruise control and 11 airbags can engender trust.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like this car if you can't shake the habit of using a key to start the engine instead of a dashboard button. Otherwise, except for the price, what's not to like?

What's New for 2007

In addition to boasting the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual sequential shift teamed with a new 4.6-liter V8, the LS460 L is Lexus' first long-wheelbase model, boosting the line into the heady stratosphere of an exclusive club that includes the BMW 750 Li, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar XJ8 and Audi A8 L.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Despite a weight of 4,332 pounds, reaching cruising speed in the LS460 L is swift and effortless. The manual sequential shift responds instantly, engine and wind noise are negligible, the navigation system is an encyclopedia of possibilities and the Mark Levinson audio system is superb. The LS460 L delivers some of the most carefree driving experiences you can reasonably expect in such a large car, hard cornering and steep hills barely challenge its power, performance and stability and the sense of secureness and safety is enhanced by its sheer size. Once you learn how everything functions, the LS460 L is a joy to drive.

Favorite Features

Rearview Cameras
Tracking your rear view on the car's central screen makes backing out of a parking spot less of a hazard. As soon as you shift into reverse the screen instantly shows a wide-angle view of what's happening behind the car.

Display
Not a new or innovative feature, but great for long trips, the small area between the tachometer and speedometer has a display for the driving range of the remaining fuel in the tank, current fuel consumption, average speed since you started the car, outside temperature and elapsed time of the current trip.

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Lexus' skill for building prestigious sedans is never more evident than with the LS460 L. With an interior design targeted at the CEO or the retired executive and friends, the five-seater LS460 L also suits the long-distance commuter who requires all the trappings of comfort, calm, safety, performance and surround-sound. The wood trim, perforated leather orthopedic seats and function buttons near your fingertips combine to provide a sumptuous and spacious interior. Although wide C-pillars tend to obstruct vision to the rear corners, activating the back-up camera gives a clear view.

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Finessing the exterior lines of a full-size long wheelbase sedan without sacrificing gracefulness is accomplished with artistry on the LS460 L. With the long-hood, short-deck theme already seen on the IS, GS and ES models, the LS460 L, while breaking no new ground, features a bold hoodline that sweeps back to the curving roof, which then flows sleekly into the trunk lid. Rounded grille and headlamps and corner taillights meld smoothly into the overall design, presenting a modern, contemporary look. The rear doors open extra wide, the trunk seems large enough for a hot tub and heated outside mirrors fold in automatically when the car is parked.

Notable Standard Equipment

The lengthy list of standard equipment includes a front seat that reclines to almost bed-level, a tri-lingual navigation system, Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio and back-up cameras. The engine utilizes VVT-iE, which monitors engine behavior as speeds increase or decrease, maximizing fuel efficiency and improving performance, and the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system ensures that braking, steering and acceleration are in sync for stability and traction control.

Notable Optional Equipment

Options include Advanced Parking Guidance, which directs parallel parking by controlling the steering wheel while the driver controls the brake, a Pre-Collision system and Dynamic Cruise Control. The Executive Package includes the world's first ceiling outlets for air and heat, a rear entertainment system and a fold-out wooden table for working road warriors. Rear riders can relax on a 45-degree recliner with leg rest and multi-function massage.

Under the Hood

An eight-speed automatic transmission, one-upping Mercedes-Benz's seven-speed, with a manual sequential shift, mates with a 4.6-liter V8 engine of 380 horsepower and 370 pounds-feet of torque which, despite the car's weight, manages a reasonable 18/27 mpg city/highway fuel economy. The braking is sure and stable in almost any traction condition, and the variable air suspension continuously adjusts the shock absorber damping force to provide the best balance of ride comfort and handling response.

4.6-liter V8
380 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
367 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

Pricing Notes

The "base" version of the LS460 L has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $71,715, but the one we drove was loaded and, as such, had a price of $78,295. Fair Purchase Prices that represent prices consumers are actually paying can differ substantially, so click on New Car Book Values to compare.

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