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2008 Lexus LS

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2008 Lexus LS Review

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The 2008 Lexus LS 460 and its long-wheelbase LS 460 L variant represent new benchmarks in both technical sophistication and passenger pampering. The fourth generation of the flagship LS luxury sedan line embodies the kind of innovative features, impeccable build quality and attention to detail that have helped established Lexus as a preeminent power in the premium vehicle segment. In the case of the LS 460 L, additional rear-seat room and an even more compelling selection of standard and optional equipment put it squarely in contention with European prestige sedans, such as the Audi A8L, BMW 750 Li, Jaguar XJ8L and long-wheelbase-only Mercedes-Benz S550.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a world-class luxury sedan that bristles with technology and delivers a smooth, quiet, comfortable, safe and reliable ride, the 2008 Lexus LS 460 should be on your must-drive list. If you have a chauffeur or just want to further pamper your rear-seat passengers, you'll be better served by the even-more spacious and opulently-appointed LS 460 L.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Should your tastes run towards a more aggressive sense of style and overtly sporty handling characteristics, any number of European competitors could well prove a more rewarding choice than either the LS 460 or LS 460 L.

What's Significant About This Car?

Completely redesigned for the 2007 model year, the Lexus LS lineup features no significant changes for 2008.

Driving the LS

Driving Impressions Both LS 460 variants embody all of the character traits you'd expect in a Lexus luxury sedan. Each excels in smooth, quiet and effortless cruising with little meaningful performance variation...

to differentiate between standard and stretched models. We noted an occasional bout of tire thump over rough pavement and slight wind whisper at freeway speeds, but overall cabin isolation is outstanding. The engine and transmission pairing also merits high operational marks for responsiveness and the confident feeling that there's always plenty in reserve for freeway passing or emergency maneuvers. While the suspension is far better suited to long-distance cruising than to attacking twisty back roads, it, too, places a premium on keeping things under control, ably assisted by the LS 460's well-sorted Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system.

Eight-speed Automatic Transmission
Fully integrated with the engine's computer controls, this transmission features an exceptionally wide ratio spread that enhances mileage and performance. It delivers quick, seamless upshifts and downshifts both in full automatic mode and when using the manual sport shift feature.

Outstanding Seating
All LS 460s pamper their passengers with superbly supportive and exceptionally adjustable front buckets, plus a roomy, comfortable rear bench. Among the numerous upgrades offered are full climate controls for the front seats, heat and power-recline features for the rear and the four-place LS 460 L-only Executive Class variation that brings a leg rest and built-in back massager.

2008 Lexus LS Details
2008 Lexus LS photo Interior

Refined, comfortable and decently roomy even in standard-wheelbase form, the LS boasts a passenger cabin that makes excellent use of polished wood, brushed aluminum and perforated leather upholstery to create a high-end ambiance. A comprehensive array of power assists, 10-speaker premium audio system with six-disc CD-changer, signature Optitron electroluminescent gauges, legible displays and intuitive control layouts makes for a uniquely enjoyable driving experience. Complementing its additional 4.8 inches of rear legroom, the LS 460 L brings an even richer standard feature set and offers unique options that include executive-style power reclining and massaging rear seat configurations, a rear DVD entertainment system and a dedicated air conditioning package.

Exterior

The bodywork of the latest LS Series still has a conservative, albeit contemporary, appearance. Both models share a long-hood and short-deck design, with the LS 460 L's 4.8-inch wheelbase stretch most directly reflected in its longer rear doors, portals that conveniently open extra-wide to permit easier access. The projector-beam headlamps—which Lexus says are inspired by Baccarat crystal—and wraparound taillights meld smoothly into the mix. Equally notable are the heated outside mirrors, large enough to compensate for sightlines that are mildly compromised by prominent C-pillars, which automatically fold in when you shift into Park. While its trunk appears modest from outside, there's a generous 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space in all but the LS 460 L with optional Rear-Seat Upgrade or Executive-Class Seating packages, where a separate rear-seat air conditioning system trims that figure to a still-usable 12.0 cubic feet.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Highlighting the 2008 Lexus LS 460's extensive standard equipment list are orthopedically-designed power front bucket seats—with 16-way driver and 12-way passenger adjustability, plus an integrated memory function—dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, keyless remote entry and startup, eight airbags, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system that includes traction and stability control, anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Controlled Braking functions and high-intensity discharge headlamps with a corner-following adaptive feature. The LS 460 L adds a host of items that are LS 460 extras, including a voice-activated navigation system, rear-view backup camera, climate-controlled front and heated rear seats and a power rear sunshade.

Optional Equipment

Key extras for the 2008 Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L include a 450-watt/19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the Intuitive Park Assist that can detect objects in proximity to the car and the Advanced Parking Guidance System with rear-view camera that aids in parallel and back-in parking. While LS 460 buyers can add Comfort and Comfort Plus Packages with supplemental climate controls for the front and rear seats, the LS 460 L offers a similar Luxury Package, a Rear Seat Upgrade (with separate rear-seat air conditioning system), a four-seat Executive Class Seating Package and an Air Suspension Package that includes 19-inch wheels and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Lexus LS 460 is fitted with a 4.6-liter V-8 that features variable electronic control of its intake valves and hydraulic control of its exhaust valves to help improve overall efficiency while meeting stringent ULEV II (Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle) standards. While it makes 380 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, the engine earns very impressive 17/25 mpg city/highway EPA fuel economy numbers when backed by the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, these two smooth operators can send either LS variant from a stop to freeway cruising speed in about six seconds.

4.6-liter V8
380 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
367 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (460), 16/24 (460 L)

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2008 Lexus LS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 149 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Good value

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Low engine noise"

Cons: "High wind noise, high speed braking vibrations"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Good value. Problems included wind noise is excessive and was only partly fixable, chronic problems with vibration during high speed braking, factory tires only good for 20K miles."

The best car made today for the money!

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is a 10/10 in every category! It was and is a CPO Lexus and, in addition, is has a 3 year extended Lexus warranty, although I have never used the extended warranty. Having owned 3 M/B's, 2 Jags, multiple Lincolns, multiple Corvettes, and Cadillacs, I know quality cars when I see them: this is the best car for the money made today. It has all the bells and goodies one would ever need, the build quality is perfect, it's fast, comfortable, quiet, and the service is exceptional. If properly serviced, it will last a lifetime. Only a fool would pay more to get less."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love This Car, Hate I Can't Keep it Forever

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, truly a luxury vehicle"

Cons: "Price, Service issues, light interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

Rimmed up!

"I previously owned a LS 460 and decided to trade up. While the 460 was very nice, my 600hL Pebble Beach edition is luxury and performance at it's finest. Driving this car has been a pleasure. I love being to press a button to activate super charged power for navigating through slow traffic situations. The all wheel drive helps this car handle like no other. Although I hardly ever get to enjoy my back seat, the few times I have, the ride is superbly comfortable and enjoyable with the rear passenger amenities. For a larger V8 sedan, the gas mileage is actually not bad. I've also previously owned a Range Rover and the mileage on my 600hL is the absolute best compared to it. While this is not a flashy vehicle for the price point, it's comfortable and stylish. I'm a Realtor and my clients absolutely love going out to tour homes in it. Trading out of it will be difficult, not sure what else I could get without feeling as though I'm losing."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Rimmed up!

Predictable, reliable, comfortable but uninspiring

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfortable"

Cons: "occasional wind buffet noise driver's side"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"occasional wind buffet noise from driver's side mirror area is most annoying. Substandard bluetooth phone. Other than that, a comfortable and reliable ride."

3 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car for money in the world. Owned for six years and get back over one third of my money on trade and got to drive show stopper car for all of those years. Never once back to dealer for something wrong. 10 out of 10 from me."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

You get what you pay for...

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Super nice car with all bells and whistles."

Cons: "none that I recognize."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car two years ago with less than 40K on the odo. I have loved it ever since. It has exactly what you want from a lux highway car...quiet, powerful, comfortable, reliable, etc. As a bonus, it gets super good highway gas mileage. At 75 to 80 mph with the cruise set, I get 28 or 29 mpg. I will definitely get another when the time comes to get a new(er) car."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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