Have owned the car now 1 year and 4 months and vehicle continues to exceed expectations. Handles great and on recent roadtrip to Michigan driving around 75-80 averaged 26 mpg. I have about 24,000 miles and have averaged exactly 20 mpg since owning the car. Drove in snow and icy conditions and also ran into a snowstorm on way back and the AWD is amazing. Put car into snow mode and you don't even know the weather is bad. Navigation is great and simple and you can enter the phone number of the destination and it takes you to the business/home without inputting any street, city, etc. Auto parking works well; yet, is slower than doing it yourself. Excellent Acceleration and feel for road.
This is my third Lexus LS, following a 2001 and a 2004 LS 430. Honestly, the two earlier cars were much quieter, as if powered by a huge electric motor. The driver's seat was more comfortable and its cushion extended farther forward to support under my legs. (I am 6'3" tall.) Other than that, the 2010 is a much-improved car. The motor has direct injection at very high pressure and it idles like a diesel - very noisy, especially compared to the earlier two cars - but the horsepower and torque are much greater. The optional adjustments to the transmission and suspension change the character of the car, unlike in other premium cars. Reliability is a luxury in itself - this car never breaks.
Easily the best car I've purchased. Easily. As other reviews have stated, this is reliable luxury for less! Keep in mind this is the Lexus flagship sedan, with MSRP's close to $80k when new. Because of that, Lexus has invested/added a LOT of features as "standard in this vehicle". I test drove a 7-series before this which had more features and a much livelier V8, however a horrendous ownership experience that would likely have come with it (high maintenance, high repair, horrific resale value) would have followed. The LS460 is by far the quietest, most comfortable vehicle I've ever owned. Whether it is cruising on the interstate or navigating through downtown traffic, this vehicle isolates you from the world, it actually makes commuting a pleasure! The terrific Mark Levinson surround sound system is worth the upgrade and tuned precisely for audiophile pleasure! The quality of the leather, the interior and the trims are all well thought out. It is a spectacular ride; test drive one and you'll see what I'm talking about! What to look out for? Control arms are an issue for 07-10 LS460's with repairs costing over $5k. This is a well documented issue, and was resolved in 2011. Also note with this vehicle, maintenance costs more (it takes 9 quarts of oil for an oil change). Other than that, there is a great network of supporting Lexus dealers to service this, though you can have it serviced at your Toyota garage for cheaper (same stuff, really). Again I can't say enough, best car I've ever owned. Sporty when you want it to be, serene and dreamy when you need it. Driving should be an experience, not a function, and this car fulfills that so well.
Lexus/Toyota continues to impress my family and myself. This is the primary car my wife drives. I drive a Mercedes S550 (brand-new) and I cannot express the disappointment I have had after spending over $110K. I have brought my Mercedes back to the dealer over 6 times since I took ownership. Lexus? Zero problems, zero trips to the dealer except for scheduled maintenance. My other family member has a BMW 5-series. Unacceptable reliability.
This is my 7th Lexus, 4 LS models and 3 RX models. Simply the best driving auto I ever have had. Dependable and for the comfort and size, the MPG is great. Overall 24 on the LS and 26 on the RX. Lexus service is fantastic and accommadating.
Sport Package ($6,185 -- includes Brembo brakes; 19-inch 10-split-spoke forged alloy wheels; 245/45R19 summer tires; sport-tuned air suspension; sport exterior rocker panel extensions, front spoilers and grille; black-and-saddle perforated leather interior trim and matte dark-brown ash burl interior trim; leather armrest; sport front seats; and sport leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters); Luxury Value Edition Package ($2,780 ? includes voice-activated, hard disk drive navigation system with color LCD display; XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather and XM Sports & Stocks with 90-day trial subscription; Lexus Insider; Lexus Enform with Destination Assist and eDestination with 1-year trial subscription; Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System with in-dash six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer; 15-channel amplifier with 7.1-channel surround sound; 19 speakers with 450 watts; and Advanced Parking Guidance System); Comfort Package With Sport ($2,035 ? includes heated steering wheel; climate-comfort front seats with heat/cool knob; heated rear seats; Intuitive Parking Assist front and rear parking sensors; power rear sunshade; power door closers; power rear trunk open/close; and headlamp washers); Premium Floor Mats ($265); Trunk Mat ($95).
Very little technique to improve acceleration times. Doesn't really respond to brake torque -- just wood it and go. "Power" mode does little to improve time. Shifts in "D" come at redline. Minimal wheelspin.
Brake response feels somewhat isolated from pedal input. Distances, however, are respectable for this 4,500-pound machine.
Skid pad: Remarkable balance and feedback at limit. Can easily drive with throttle despite low limits and relatively slow responses. Slalom: Surprisingly, turning stability off actually means "off." Not much to be gained in doing so in the slalom, however. Rear loses grip first and this is a big car to slide at 65 mph.