2013 Lexus LS 460

2013 Lexus LS 460

2013 Lexus LS 460

By Steve Kursar –

The Lexus LS has been the flagship of the Lexus brand since its introduction. As a luxury vehicle, it has tended to conduct its business in a modest fashion in comparison to its more showy competitors. Relying on quality instead of flash has been the way of the LS.  Well, that was then, and this is now. The 2013 Lexus LS460 is ready to turn heads on the highway, as well as the country club, because style is in, and humility is out.

Back in 1989, when Lexus came into being in the US market, the LS was its very first model. It was definitely subdued in the styling department although the fit and finish was superb and the engineering quality second to none. I bet that you’ll find a lot more 90’s era Lexus LSs on the road than its German competitors. And yet, the Lexus LS, although it has its legion of diehard fans, doesn’t garner the respect it deserves among car aficionados. Granted, it isn’t as exciting to drive as some of its European counterparts, but the build quality continues to amaze.

The first thing you’ll notice with the new 2013 Lexus LS is the aggressive front fascia with its bold new Lexus styling that’s migrated across the Lexus brand. Bright LED lighting makes a point of highlighting the sharp angles in the grill. This car can no longer hide in the shadows.

The interior continues to be one of the best in the luxury segment with luscious leather and real wood. On the technology side, the LS features the Remote Touch system, which allows you to control many vehicle systems (climate, audio, phone controls, navigation, etc) with a joystick located within easy reach on the center console. This is one high-tech feature that’s easy to master.

The 2013 Lexus LS460 is powered by a 386 hp, 4.6-liter V8 that delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Mated to an eight speed automatic transmission, the LS will get you from zero to 60 mph in just under five and a half seconds. With a starting MSRP of $71,990, the LS460 is a veritable steal compared to other cars in the luxury segment. The F Sport Performance Package will bump up the price about another $10,000 and will give you a much better feel of the road.  Either way, hiding in plain sight is no longer an option.

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