KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/21/2013
An enviable reputation for world-class comfort, impeccable construction and class-leading value have established the Lexus LS as a prominent player in the world of large luxury sedans for over two decades. As a brand flagship, 2014's Lexus LS 460 is chock-full of the latest and greatest safety, comfort and multimedia technologies available. Last year's revamp infused a new sense of style and dynamism into the LS lineup, as evidenced in the sportier F-Sport variant and performance-oriented LS 600h L hybrid. Although it maintains the lowest ownership costs in the category, the Lexus LS is every bit the equal of pricier European rivals like the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera and the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2014 LS delivers the dignified indulgence expected of a full-size luxury sedan while carrying on the traditional Lexus brand pillars of quality, reliability and value.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the LS can go toe-to-toe with the segment's best when it comes to refinement and in-vehicle technology, the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera offer considerably more in the way of all-out performance and driver involvement.
What's New for 2014
After undergoing a moderate refresh for 2013, the 2014 Lexus lineup carries over unchanged.
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 improve ride and handling. 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 feature called "Drive Mode Select" lets the driver customize steering, powertrain and suspension settings to personal preference. 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. Likewise, the slightly more powerful LS 600h L provides a slight uptick in straight-line acceleration, but feels rather lethargic in corners on account of its portly 5,159-pound curb weight.
REMOTE TOUCH INTERFACE
Much like a keyboard mouse, this system, operated by a controller mounted adjacent to the driver's seat, allows for the movement of a cursor across the dash-mounted LCD display, providing sensory feedback when the cursor passes over a clickable icon. The sensation is analogous to rolling a marble over a small indentation.
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.
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