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.
If there's one thing Lexus has perfected over the years, it's the luxury experience. Its cars are incredibly quiet and comfortable and set high benchmarks for the Japanese luxury set.
But if there's one area where Lexus continues to fail, it's with infotainment. Whether it's the company's new touchpad or previous mouse-type contraption, Lexus' infotainment offerings have struggled with clunky interfaces for years, and it doesn't appear that'll be changing anytime soon.
Both of these attributes come to a head in the 2018 LS 500. Lexus' latest big-body sedan is so good in so many ways, but I feel it's being held back from its full potential. I can't lay all the blame on the infotainment, mind you -- just most of it.
The Good The LS 500 is Lexus' best interior yet, and the ride is plenty cushy.
The Bad The F Sport trim sacrifices some softness for very little sport, and that blasted infotainment is frustrating to use.
The Bottom Line If you look past the awful tech interface, the LS 500 is a good reminder of what Lexus does best.
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