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2013 Lexus LS Review

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Lexus says that of the 6,000 parts that make up the flagship LS sedan, 3,000 have been changed for the 2013 model update. Of those many new parts arguably the most important is the spindle-shaped grille; a simple but profound addition that trumpets a newfound sense of style for the traditionally conservative LS. It may look edgier but in terms of luxury, ride and amenities the 2013 Lexus LS continues to deliver the dignified indulgence expected in an exclusive class that includes the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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It could be argued that the 2013 Lexus LS is the most boldly-styled full-size luxury car on the market. Don't let the edgy look fool you; the LS still delivers the supple ride, comfortable interior and reliability Lexus buyers demand.

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The newest Lexus LS inches the thrillometer up a notch or two, especially in F Sport trim, but ultimately it still trails such competitors as the BMW 7 Series or Audi A8 when it comes to driving fun.

What's New for 2013

A sharp-looking exterior refresh, an updated interior, some new technologies and countless less-visible tweaks help contemporize a platform carried over from the 2012 Lexus LS. One feature now missing is the LS's overly-complicated, seldom-used auto-park feature. Auto park, you will not be missed.

Driving the LS

Driving Impressions Even though the suddenly-sexy LS sedan uses the same suspension, powertrain and chassis found in the previous-generation LS, numerous structural enhancements and suspension tweaks have been incorporated to improve ride...

and handling. The payoff is a tastefully enhanced rendition of a familiar driving experience. Lexus' full-size sedan glides lightly over bumps and steers with a casual feel, all the while isolating those inside from the world outside. Meanwhile, a new feature called "Drive Mode Select" lets the driver customize steering, powertrain and suspension settings to personal preference across the sport/comfort spectrum. For a slightly more thrilling ride consider the LS 460 F Sport, which uses a sport-tuned air suspension and Brembo brakes to deliver confident deceleration and noticeably sharper handling. It's a nice effort but, with no increase in horsepower versus the standard LS 460, we doubt the F Sport package will dazzle real performance enthusiasts.

MARK LEVINSON SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
Never underestimate the power of music to brighten one's day. The optional Mark Levinson audio system uses 450 watts of power to drive 19 speakers in a 7.1 arrangement beautifully reproducing sounds from 20 to 20,000 Hertz. For absorbing the brilliance of Yes' "Owner of a Lonely Heart" we've found few better solutions.

EXECUTIVE CLASS REAR SEATING PACKAGE
Vibrating and shiatsu massage, a Blu-Ray entertainment system, wood-trimmed tables and a power recliner in the right-rear position make this a must-have package for high rollers who demand posh transportation between business dealings.

2013 Lexus LS Details
2013 Lexus LS photo Interior

With a cleanly-arranged dash, attractive interior accent lighting and a big 12.3-inch screen controlled by Lexus' easy-to-use second-generation Remote Touch interface, the interior of the Lexus LS strikes a smart balance between style and functionality. Occupants are treated to comfortably-contoured seats and, especially in the long-wheel base LS 460 L, more than adequate head- and leg room. Buyers of the standard LS 460 have their choice of five unique interior themes. Attractive bamboo trim is reserved for the LS 600h Hybrid while a sporty steering wheel, aluminum interior trim and extra-bolstered seats are found exclusively in the LS 460 F Sport.

Exterior
2013 Lexus LS photo

A bulging hood, menacing face and a contemporary rear-end treatment make the 2013 Lexus LS sedan the most radical-looking LS to date. Variations from the basic LS 460 body style include the roomier, extended wheel base LS 460 L and the LS 460 F Sport featuring aggressive front and rear fascias and a 10-millimeter-reduced ride height. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloys while the F Sport wears 19-inchers. Available as an option are special wheels featuring a hollow section that reduces tire noise through the technical wonders of science.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

No flagship would be complete without an impressive standard-equipment list. In that theme all LS trims include HID headlights, a 16-way power driver seat, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone front climate control, navigation, parking sensors, a backup camera and a 10-speaker audio system. As for safety, active front headrests, eight airbags and stability control also make the standard-equipment list.

Optional Equipment

For those unmoved by the Lexus LS's standard features there are numerous high-end options from which to choose. Highlights include: Heated and cooled seats front and rear, four-zone climate control, an upgraded leather and Alcantara package, rear audio controls and rear side airbags. Among the higher-tech add-ons are automatic high beams, dynamic radar-based cruise control, lane-departure mitigation and a pre-collision detection system that warns of impending crashes, applying the brakes if necessary to minimize impact severity.

Under the Hood

Other than a modest bump in horsepower for the standard 4.6-liter V8 very little has changed under the hood of the Lexus LS for the 2013 model year. Conventional gasoline-powered models are available with rear or all-wheel drive and shifting duties are still handled by an 8-speed automatic transmission. In the LS 600h L, propulsion is generated by the combined efforts of a 5.0-liter V8, a pair of electric motor/generators, a nickel-metal hydride battery, a continuously-variable transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. All that technology allows the hybrid LS to accelerate as quickly as its non-hybrid counterparts while giving it a 3-mpg advantage in city driving.

4.6-liter V8 (rear-wheel drive)
386 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
367 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg

4.6-liter V8 (all-wheel drive)
360 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
347 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

5.0-liter V8 Hybrid
389 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
385 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Total power: 438 horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/23 mpg

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2013 Lexus LS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 13 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.5/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

4th LS

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "It delivers best value in lux sedan"

Cons: "floaty ride. cooled seats dont cool."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 4th LS. One complaint: Cooled seats don't cool.I know the different as Lincoln does cool. This has been the same thru several models. I would have thought Lexus, above all, would have gotten it right by now. Ride's a bit floaty. I hear the 2017 will be sportier but I'll probably have tried something different by then."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Intuitive electronics, incredible comfort and ride

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Just get in and drive... comfortable and luxurious"

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

"If you want a sports car... this isn't for you. This is my 7th LS purchase. Lexus has never let me down. Yea, I know... I'm older than the guy who wants to drive the new Mustang, but I go for luxury and comfort. After a long drive, it's a car that makes you feel you have been driving in your easy chair. The electronics are advanced, but easy to use. I call it, "my Sony on wheels". I average 17.7 mpg... for a luxury car... not bad."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Quite smooth ride, very comfortable

By on Sunday, November 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfortable drive, good quality build"

Cons: "Mouse controller is slower to use"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The car performs as expected, very smooth comfortable ride, with good acceleration. Cabin in very quite and well done. Mileage has averaged about 18 City/highway. I would say the EPA estimates for city are accurate, but highway mileage is much better. Bluetooth and electronics perform well. The mouse button structure for the various screen functions is more time consuming to use than a touch screen. While it doesn't have the engaging drive of a Audi A8 or a sports type coupe, it provides a very comfortable driving experience."

23 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Smooth Ride performs as expected

By on Saturday, November 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable and quite ride, good acceleration."

Cons: "Mouse Controller"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Ride is very smooth and quite. Plenty of pick-up and acceleration from the V8. I have the AWD and the traction and cornering is very good, even for this large of a car. Interior space is on par with the prior version, and interior is very well done. The Bluetooth and electronics work well, however, the mouse controller can be somewhat more time consuming to use than a touch screen set-up. I suppose Lexus had to go with the controller setup due to the placement of the screen so high up on the dash. Voice commands do have helpful screen prompts. Mileage is so/so with average of 19 city/highway. Blind spot monitor is helpful, and the hold function when sitting at a long stop is also a nice touch. One item noted, was that the paint protection option offered by the dealer did make a difference in the appearance of the car. Car is black and it was sitting next to another black car that didn't have the paint protection added. The black on the car with the paint protection added had a deeper and shinier finish than the car without. Both were new. Overall, very satisfied with the car."

17 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great ca4

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Not the car the earlier models were. Lots of plastic; prior cars, same models, had metal. Wheel covers are crummy. Car doesn't handle like older Lexus. Single disc CD, which is crummy. Complete joy to drive on highway. Difficult to stay within legal speed limits"

21 people out of 34 found this review helpful

disappointment vs prior LS models

By on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "attractive exterior"

Cons: "poor mpg; buggy electronics"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Compared to prior LS models, there is less driver and passenger room. Enform app system is too unreliable and buggy. Navigation and other electrical systems also have been consistently unreliable, with car in for service five times in first 1,000 miles. Finally, realized mpg are well short of advertised levels."

19 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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