Purchased car in September 2007. Test drove BMW 750i and decided to buy LS 460 due to reliability track record. The car is a great improvement over LS 430 in most categories. The interior design is more sporty and not just for older crowd. Exterior design is sporty but blends in with smaller Lexus sedans too easily. The seats are not very supportive in hard turns but comfortable. Rear seats with power recline and ventilation are very comfortable. The suspension is far better then previous LS 430. One major flaw is wind noise from both front windows. Just like every one else waiting for dealer to get parts as per Lexus bulletin. I seriously hope that this will fix the noise issue.
Engine performance, transmission, interior design and foremost fuel economy for such a large car.
Make exterior design more distinctive from other Lexuses. You can never confuse an "S" series to "C" series. Use a single button to select major control with touch screen to make adjustments (reduce clutter on dash). Softer head rest and more supportive front seats.
Mostly better than LS430. Most important, much stiffer spring rates allow still supple ride, but much better roll resistance, and much less lean in turns. Bridgestone Turanzas give vastly superior dry and wet handling. Engine much more powerful and responsive. Interior ergonomics disappointing. Placement of gear shifter much too close to dash, requiring awkward access to buttons for AM/Sat, FM, and CD. Why does the car over-ride selected air-recirculation when in reverse, allowing exhaust gas to enter cabin?
Ride very smooth. Engine very responsive. Holds road much better than LS430; can take turns 10-20 mph faster. Wet weather traction and resistance to hydroplaning vastly better.
Can't delete satellite bands; need to toggle 3 extra times to get AM, which shares the same button. Allow stereo to remain on after turning off engine; currently requires pressing "On/Off" button twice and waiting several seconds to get sound. Gear shifter too close to dash; hard to push buttons.
I love the car, which overall is bulletproof in terms of reliability. The GPS system, however, is as non-intuitive as you could get without showing instructions in a foreign language, and the directions are terrible, taking you on all sorts of wild goose chases. My wife's GX 470 has the same problems. Why Lexus cannot come up with a decent GPS system is beyond comprehension.
Don't make the same mistake I did. The LS 460 is noisy. New drivers might not notice it but there should be no wind noise. I am in the process of having the two front side windows replaced. There is a significant problem with wind and road noise with this model. After one window was fixed which did correct the wind noise, of course there is now a noise in the door. Lexus needs to fix the windows. In addition this engine is more noisy than the ones in the past
Ride and Mark Levinson audio are great. Style is much better. Car is fast.
Parking guidance is useless. I agree with the other reviewer that it is almost fraud. The side view mirrors are small and have a large blind spot.
I've owned S500s, 7-series, A8s, and an LS 430. After my latest car ('04 S500), I decided to give Lexus another try with their new LS 460L. After owning the car for a few months now, I've come to realize why it is so much cheaper than its claimed competition (S550, A8L, 750Li.) The performance, attention to detail, driving technology advancement, luxury, and style is sub par when compared with the German makes. After switching between my wife's 745Li and this car, I definitely notice the small touches with the BMW that add up to huge diff. (i.e., driver oriented controls, smoother/wider power band, brakes that automatically dry themselves, power closing drs, etc.).
Comfortable, quiet ride, nice sound system.
Braking performance is terrible compared with my wife's BMW (is even worse than my friend's Range Rover), bland styling, not as solid/heavy feeling as my old MB, maintenance is more often and not free like with BMW, handling/performance leaves much to be desired.
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