The Lexus LS embodies the kind of innovative features, impeccable build quality and attention to detail that established Lexus as a preeminent force in the luxury vehicle segment from the very beginning. Last year's comprehensive makeover helped reestablish Lexus' flagship sedan as a key player in the exclusive class of full-size luxo cruisers while delivering on its core promises of top-notch quality, exceptional reliability, and class-leading value.
Both the standard and long-wheelbase "L" versions demonstrate all the character traits you'd expect in a Lexus luxury sedan. In town, the LS floats over road imperfections while cocooning its occupants from the noisy world outside. The time-tested powertrain combination comprises a 4.6-liter V8 and a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, which entered the market in 2007 as a world's first.
For what is arguably the finest rear-seat experience this side of a Rolls Royce, there's the Lexus LS' Executive-Class Rear Seating Package. Highlights consist of heated seats flanked by a multifunctional center console in combination with power adjustment for both rear passengers. In addition, the curbside seat is replaced by a power-operated recliner with an integrated shiatsu massager. Other up-market add-ons include a 19-speaker premium sound system by Mark Levinson, a rear-seat entertainment center linked to a built-in Blu-ray player, and semi-aniline leather seats.
As it has in the past, the Lexus LS remains a value-based alternative to pricier European offerings from BMW, Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. Starting in the low-$70,000 range, the 2014 Lexus LS undercuts the competition by a few thousand dollars. Down the road, of course, the Lexus LS leads the field by a healthy margin when it comes to resale value.
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The first "four-door coupe" ever conceived, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class brings together the aggressive shape of a sport coupe with the convenience of a luxury sedan.
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