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2009 Lexus GS460 Review
A great selection as a luxury sport sedan.
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Seeking out a sport sedan in the luxury class with a decent amount of performance used to be limited. When it came to finding a car like that, it was hard to beat the look and drivability of German vehicles. The always popular German car manufacturers created a very short list from which to choose. However, things changed in the 1990s when other offerings were brought into the exclusive market.
Lexus became one of the first automobile manufacturers to challenge the established standards with the creation of the Lexus GS in the midsize sedan category. Even though it lacked the overall handling and performance of its European counterparts, Lexus finally made a name for itself. The company became the creator of luxury cars in the United States that rivaled German options; this persona has not changed. The 2009 Lexus GS 460 still upholds the mission of the company.
The 2009 model of the GS is one of the best choices for a luxury sport sedan. The power and handling combine to make a car with plenty of acceleration wrapped in a beautiful body. Several modern additions made the overall ride and drivability even better than the European racing machines.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: eight-speed automatic
The classic and always stylish Lexus GS 460 rarely needs to undergo massive modifications. Since the establishment of the classic exterior style and the recent addition of the techno-savvy features, changes between yearly models have been few. The 2009 GS 460 is one of the models which carry over from the previous year without any alterations. No new elements were added and nothing was removed.
One of the primary selling points of the 2009 Lexus GS 460 is the very stylish and sleek exterior appearance. Even from the beginning, this vehicle has set itself apart with impressive body design and luxury finish. The 2009 model is no different, and strongly embraces the prestige laid down by its predecessors in terms of looks. The midsize luxury sedan has a very aerodynamic shape. Curves integrate the exterior through a swept-back look that begins with the long, but moderately thin, headlights to the rounded tail. The smooth body rests on 18-inch alloy wheels that are designed to continue the luxurious exterior to the bottom of the car.
The interior of the 2009 GS 460 is expertly assembled. Like all Lexus vehicles, an impeccable design is matched with the highest quality materials. The genuine wood, in addition to the aluminum trim, make the cabin of the GS 460 as luxurious as possible. Yet there are a few issues with the actual functionality of the interior. The midsize sedan technically has five seats, but the available space restricted the seating to only four adult passengers. Overall headroom in both the front and back seats is limited; tall individuals will certainly find it confining. High-tech features are still very nice. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, as well as heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats. Optional elements are very elegant, such as rear parking assist, navigation, rearview camera, and a fabulous 14-speaker Mark Levinson DVD surround-sound system.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Lexus GS 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 engine, which can produce 342 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is mandatory to harness this power. Acceleration is very brisk for those wanting speed. It is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds. The GS 460 is available only in rear drive though.
Lexus has a high reputation when it comes to the safety of its vehicles, and the 2009 GS 460 is no different. Anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, and stability control all come standard. Numerous airbags fill the cabin as well. The car includes front-seat side air bags, rear-seat side airbags, driver and front-passenger knee airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Additionally, a pre-collision system is integrated into the adaptive cruise control feature to make things even safer by using radar to detect an impending collision.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Comfortable ride
- Luxurious look
- Amazing handling
You Won't Like
- Touchy brakes
- Lack of headroom, especially for taller occupants
A great selection as a luxury sport sedan.
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