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2008 Lexus LS460 Review
A fine luxury sedan at a reasonable price.
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The 2008 LS460 is the descendant of the LS 400, a luxury sedan that launched the Lexus line of cars in the late 1980s. The LS460 carries on the tradition of comfort, albeit at the cost of sportiness. There are better performing and much better handling options in this segment, namely offerings from class leaders BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Despite stiff competition, the LS460 and its ancestors manages to make a respected name in this segment. This beautifully-crafted Lexus flagship was originally born into major technological advancement and has set standards for interior quality, cabin noise, reliability, and price to quality ratio. The LS460 is easy to recommend and a wise purchase given the quality, reliability, and relatively low price.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: eight-speed automatic with manual shift control
Models: Lexus LS460, Lexus LS460 L
The only notable change for the 2008 Lexus LS460 is a new adaptive air suspension package that also features variable-ratio steering, 19-inch wheels, and upgraded brakes for the long-wheelbase ""L"" version.
The 2008 Lexus LS460 large luxury sedan comes in two models: the base 460 and the extended-wheelbase 460 L. Standard features on the LS460 include 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, and a sunroof. The L version offers an adaptive air suspension package that adds on variable-ratio steering, 19-inch wheels, and upgraded brakes.
The LS460 carries on a styling tradition for top of the line Lexus sedans that are neither excessive nor too restrained, although it errs on the side of cautious but not completely uninspired design. The look of the big Lexus sedans hasn’t quite been after-thoughts, but it lacks the sleek styling and eye-catching looks of its European counterparts.
The base LS460 starts off with leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood trim, keyless ignition, power and heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and an audio system with a six-CD changer and auxiliary audio jack.
Options are mostly bundled into packages for the base model and feature things likes a hard drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic and a backup camera, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, cooled front seats, park assist, satellite radio, the Advanced Parking Guidance System that allows the car to parallel-park itself with no driver input and adaptive cruise control. Some of these features come standard on the 460 L, which offers the Executive Class Seating Package. This option drops rear seating capacity to two but adds a fixed console with cooled storage as well as reclining power seats with heating, cooling, and massage. Also included are a DVD entertainment system and full dual-zone rear climate control.
The cabin of the LS460 is luxurious with high-quality intuitive tech features. The quiet and comfortable ride is pure luxury with comfy and spacious seating and all the amenities consumers expect from a maker's top-of-the-fleet luxury car.
Performance & Handling
The LS460 uses a 4.6-liter V-8 that produces 380 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The LS460 hits 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, making it as quick as other vaunted members of the luxury sedan class. Though the big V-8 kicks out plenty of power, it still provides quiet performance in keeping with the luxury theme.
For the most part, the ride is soft and serene with most bumps that are smoothed out, while the Lexus trademark gives it a quiet interior. The LS460 should not be mistaken for a performance luxury sedan or a sports sedan. The suspension is built for comfort not handling as evidenced by body roll and other non-sporty body and suspension antics that make this a cruiser and perfect for long trips.
The LS460 receives top marks for safety thanks to standard features like anti-lock disc brakes, traction control and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and knee-protection airbags for front passengers. Side-impact airbags for rear outboard passengers are optional. Models equipped with adaptive cruise control also contain a pre-collision feature that senses an impending impact and then optimizes the car's safety systems by tightening the seatbelts and providing full power braking the instant the pedal is pressed.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Quiet and refined interior
- Instrument panel layout
- Cabin design
- V-8 engine
- Eight-speed transmission
You Won't Like
- Base suspension
- Touchy brakes
- Indecisive shifting
- Not as revered as European rivals
A fine luxury sedan at a reasonable price.
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