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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.
With earthquakes followed by a tsunami in 2011, it's understandable that Toyota and Lexus may have been focused elsewhere. To that end, there's a new color, Nebula Gray Pearl, replacing Smoky Granite Mica. This is the sixth year for this LS, the fourth generation.
For 2010, Lexus introduces Lexus Enform with Safety Connect telematics as standard equipment; also new is an updated navigation system featuring casual language recognition software. Revisions to the LS 600h's grille, front bumper and tail lights mark the exterior changes, while a reconfigured hybrid battery pack creates a more accommodating trunk.
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.
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.