2013 Lexus LS 460's F Sport package includes
19-inch, 10-spoke wheels; grille inserts; and a
2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport is the best-looking and
most responsive version of Lexus’ flagship sedan yet.
Surprisingly low power and fuel economy keep it from
threatening the world’s best luxury sedans, however.
sedan showcases Lexus’ new design theme with a big
trapezoidal grille, LED running lights and elegant
lines. The attractive F-Sport package includes 19-inch,
10-spoke wheels; grille inserts; and a lowered
for the 2013 Lexus LS 460 start at $71,990 for a
rear-drive, short-wheelbase version. Non-hybrid versions
of the LS have a 386-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 engine.
The engine is detuned to 360 horsepower for all-wheel
drive models, which start at $74,935. All LS models but
the hybrid use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
LS 460 L long-wheelbase model is 5 inches longer than
the 200-inch-long base car. Prices start at $78,290 for
rear-drive and $81,775 for AWD.
hybrid LS 600h L comes with AWD, the long wheelbase,
continuously variable automatic transmission and a
5.0-liter V-8 and electric motor that produce a total of
438 horsepower. Prices start at $119,910.
tested an LS 460 AWD that cost $87,134. It had the F
Sport package, 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system,
navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth compatibility
and a big 12.3-inch screen. All prices exclude
LS 460 AWD competes with big luxury sedans like the Audi
A8 4.0T Quattro, BMW 750i xDrive, Jaguar XJ AWD,
Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic and Porsche Panamera 4S.
less expensive than comparably equipped models from BMW,
Mercedes and Porsche. The Audi and Jag cost less, though
the short-wheelbase Jag only comes with a 340-horsepower
supercharged V6 engine that’s less powerful than the
LS 460’s V-8.
the only one of the competitive engines that trails the
Lexus, however. Neither power nor fuel efficiency is the
LS 460 AWD’s strong suit.
360-horsepower V-8 trails the German competitors by 40
to 85 horsepower, and the LS uses more fuel than all the
competitors except the aged S550, which will be replaced
by a new car this fall.
LS 460 AWD’s EPA rating is an unimpressive 16 mpg
city, 23 highway and 18 combined. The combined figure is
1-3 mpg lower than the Audi, BMW, Jag and Porsche. The
LS 460 AWD’s 0-60 mph time trails the A8, 750i,
Panamera and S550.
eight-speed transmission has improved immensely from its
early days, when it hunted restlessly from one gear to
another. Shifts are now quick and nearly imperceptible.
The gearbox selects the appropriate gearing and sticks
Lexus’ handling is fine for a big, heavy car. The
steering is direct and provides some feedback in the
driver-selectable sport modes. The F Sport’s adaptive
air suspension absorbs bumps for a comfortable ride.
interior is handsome and restrained. Soft leather covers
nearly every surface. Wood and aluminum trim
attractively lightened the all-black interior of the car
I tested. The center console and doors provide plenty of
storage. The seats are supportive and comfortable.
Luggage space trumps all competitors but the hatchback
Enform connectivity system uses your smartphone for
access to Internet services like Bing, Pandora Internet
radio, Facebook Places and other services.
performs well, but you have to download an app and
register with Lexus to use the system. That’s more
than other automakers’ systems require.
LS’ voice recognition works well for phone calls and
to set destinations for the navigation system. It doesn’t
respond to the command "Cancel," however. That’s
an odd oversight.
joystick near the shifter on the center console controls
the navigation, climate, audio, systems and more. It’s
difficult and distracting to use in a moving vehicle.
Lexus would be better off using a touch screen with big
icons. Only the presence of secondary controls for some
functions saves the joystick from being a complete
that, the 2013 LS 460 AWD F-Sport is a luxurious and
accommodating sedan. While it lacks any technical or
performance advantage over its European competitors, its
looks, classy interior and reputation for service and
quality should please its owners.
LEXUS LS 460 AWD F-SPORT:
4.6-liter direct-injected DOHC variable-timing 32-valve
360 horsepower at 6,400 rpm; 347 pound-feet of torque at
fuel economy rating: 16 mpg city/23 highway/18 combined.
as tested: $87,134
Three out of four stars
to buy: Styling, interior materials, all-wheel drive,
trunk size, reputation for quality and service
Fuel economy, power, balky controls, weight
prices exclude destination charges.