2011 Lexus GS460

  • 2011 Lexus GS460 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      342/339
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $55,370
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2011 Lexus GS460 Review

Filled with luxury features while delivering plenty of performance, all for an extremely reasonable price.

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Overview

The 2011 Lexus GS460 provides a great choice in luxury sport sedans and delivers performance, comfort, prestige, and lots of features that please the most selective automobile shoppers. The Lexus GS460 makes a worthy competitor to sedans from Europe, though it may come up only slightly short. Excelling in almost every category, the Lexus portrays luxury in the use of expert craftsmanship and top-notch materials.

The GS460's very minor drawbacks concern the small amount of headroom for taller drivers and the less than responsive suspension. However, for the average driver that has no need for athletic driving, the faults get easily overlooked because of the other features that the Lexus GS460 offers.

Swift acceleration comes from the 4.6-liter V-8 that produces a generous 342 horsepower, which more than satisfies the majority of buyers looking at luxury sedans. Additional V-8-powered vehicles in the luxury sedan category may have more power, but for most Lexus owners, the GS460 has just the perfect amount. Lexus also offers the GS350 with a V-8 for a smaller performance appetite and the hybrid GS460h for more fuel efficiency. No matter which of the Lexus GS models you choose, you can be sure that safety and standard features are abundant.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize luxury sport sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: eight-speed automatic with manual override
Models: Lexus GS460

What's New

The 2011 Lexus GS460 only changes slightly from the prior year by adding the brake override system, and it continues carrying the previous excellent features.

Exterior

The 2011 Lexus GS460 offers gorgeous exterior features in a well-appointed trim for a midsize luxury sport sedan. The standard exterior equipment includes fog lights, adaptive and automatic xenon headlights, a sunroof, leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, power trunk closer, automatic wipers, an adaptive variable suspension, keyless entry, keyless ignition, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Optional items include a rear spoiler, a power rear sunshade, and rear parking sensors. The power active stabilizer limits body roll and enhances control during cornering.

Interior

The reputation for having finely crafted interiors lives on with the 2011 Lexus GS460. The cabin surrounds all of the occupants with beautiful aluminum trim, rich wood, and supple leather. Headroom provides a comfortable fit for an average-sized adult, but the taller passengers might need a bit more. This seems especially evident while sitting in the center of the rear seat because of the slight elevation.

Standard features include cooled and heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, emergency telematics called Safety Connect, 10-way power-operated front seats with lumbar support and driver memory, a USB/iPod interface, a six-CD changer, a 10-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity. Optional interior features consist of a rear-view camera, Bluetooth phonebook downloading, voice controls, a Mark Levinson 14-speaker surround-sound system, and an excellent hard-drive-based Navigation System package. The Navigation System seems very easy to operate and the optional touchscreen is easily seen with the high resolution.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Lexus GS460 has respectable handling, a comfortably smooth ride, and delivers the abundance of power that appeals to most drivers. Standard adaptive suspension allows the driver to select either Sport mode or Comfort mode, depending upon the type of driving that he does. The suspension feels less responsive compared to other sport sedans, though the Lexus has more leisurely steering when cornering. The brakes on the GS460 sometimes seem a little touchy to begin, but offer competitive performance and a solid feel once you get accustomed to them. The cabin of the Lexus GS460 remains perfectly silent, as if the passengers were insulated from the outside world, as well as the powerful V-8.

Powered by the 4.6-liter V-8, the engine produces 342 horsepower with 339 lb-ft of torque. The power that gets sent toward the rear wheels comes from the eight-speed automatic transmission that offers manual override. Zero to 60 mph can be achieved in an estimated 5.4 seconds by the GS460, which clocks in about 0.4 seconds faster than the GS350 with its V-6.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2011 Lexus GS460 include traction control, side-impact airbags for the front and rear, side curtain airbags, active head restraints in front, stability control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Automatic collision notification by Safety Connect, emergency assistance button, and a stolen-vehicle locator also come standard on the GS460. Another optional safety feature includes a system that detects impending collisions and responds by activating brake assist and pretensioning seat belts in preparation. The pre-collision system comes with the adaptive cruise control option. Also, a rating of ?Good? has been awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which marks the best an automobile can receive.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus GS460: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Well-appointed and quiet cabin
  • Impressive power
  • Outstanding finish
  • Handling balance and refined ride

You Won't Like

  • Minor ergonomic shortcomings
  • Slightly quicker than the V-6 model
  • Insufficient headroom for taller occupants
  • Touchy brakes

Sum Up

Filled with luxury features while delivering plenty of performance, all for an extremely reasonable price.

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