Lexus LS

The 2017 Lexus LS 460 is powered by a 4.6L V8 engine making 386 horsepower. Output is sent to either the rear or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic. The LS is available in three basic trim levels: the standard LS 460, the long-wheelbase LS 460 L and the performance-oriented LS 460 F Sport.

The base LS 460 and LS460 L are well-equipped and come packed full of goodies and outright refinement. Features include 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, a premium navigation system, Lexus' Enform system, a 12.3-inch digital display on the center console, Bluetooth technology, a 10-speaker premium sound system, a backup camera, a 16-way power driver's seat and 12-way power front passenger seat, a power moonroof and automatic dual-zone climate control. The seating surfaces are all leather, while the steering wheel is part leather and part wood, beautifully crafted through an extensive 38-day process.

The LS 460 F Sport includes the luxury items found above, plus more aggressive styling and performance amenities including a limited-slip differential on RWD models, Brembo brakes, a unique sports suspension, sports seats and more.

Option packages on the LS include an Ultra Luxury Package and an Executive-Class Seating package, both of which pour on the technology to make riding in the back seat of the LS an experience in and of its self. An Advanced Pre-Collision Package and an All Weather package are also offered and obviously address more utilitarian concerns. Standalone options include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, heated steering wheel, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

Safety is, as expected, top notch with a car in this price range. All of the regular electronic systems are in place, including anti-lock brakes and stability control. Airbags are plentiful and the LS features whiplash lessening front seats as well as a tire pressure monitor. Buyers opting for the Advanced Pre-Collision package will also get a driver attention monitor which can detect drowsy drivers, an adaptive cruise control with pre-collision system and a lane keep assist system to keep drivers in their lane.

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Editors' First Take

The Lexus LS gets a whole bunch of updates for 2021. Most are minor -- added seat padding here, revised damper settings there -- and none of them really change the LS' positioning as a comfy-as-heck cruiser. Other changes, however, make a much bigger impact. And if there's one thing to truly celebrate, it's the addition of a touchscreen.

Let me put this into perspective: The major Achilles' heel in most new Lexus vehicles is its Remote Touchpad interface. It's meant to function like the trackpad on your laptop but its super sensitive to inputs making it a real pain in the ass to use while driving. On top of that, Lexus' Enform multimedia tech isn't intuitively arranged. Put it all together and you've got what is arguably the worst infotainment system from a mainstream automaker. Yes, really.

For 2021, the LS' 12.3-inch display adds touch capabilities and it's positioned closer to the edge of the dash, making it easier to reach. You'll still find Remote Touchpad hardware on the center console, because some people are masochists, I guess, but aside from the main menu hard button, you can leave this disaster alone.

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