Written by Tim Marsh:
A closer look at the LS460 reveals that makers of Lexus’s flagship vehicle put great attention to detail into its design and production. While the 2013 LS460 changed significantly compared to 2012, the 2014 saw only minor changes that are less apparent. Read on for our detailed 2014 Lexus LS460 review to find out if it’s worth the luxury price tag.
Like last year, there are two 2014 Lexus LS460s to choose from: the race-inspired F-Sport and the more traditional Sports Luxury.
Exterior and Styling
Flowing lines along with aggressive styling up front make this a nice sedan to look at, not to mention the paint job that provides a mirror-like appearance. Along with that, the 460 also has a self-repairing clear coat finish that can actually self-restore superficial scratches. The F Sport model has a 3-dimensional grille that provides an even more aggressive look in addition to being functional, and it also has a mesh-pattern for a sportier appearance.
Interior and Comfort
To give you an idea of the level of the quality on the inside, the optional wood on the LS460’s steering wheel goes through a woodcrafting process that takes 38 days to complete. Along with that, the leather-accented seats provide a soft and supple feel. As touch screens in cars go, you won’t find one currently on the market that’s bigger than the LS460’s huge 12.3″ screen. A 19-speaker system offers immersive sound, and individual climate control adds to the luxury. We really like the ambiance the cabin lighting creates as well. With the massaging chairs with seat ventilation and heating, this is a very comfortable car. On the downside, taller drivers and passengers will find that the headroom is quite limited in the 460. Also, the Remote Touch system is not as user-friendly as it could be.
Under the Bonnet
The LS460 has the most advanced engine offered by Lexus. The V8 engine produces an impressive 285 kW and accelerates the car from 0-100 km/hr in just under 6 seconds. Eight-speed sequential-shift transmission gives you more driving flexibility, and Lexus’s advanced direct injection system gives you better fuel economy (10.7 L/100 km).
On the Road
To improve cornering stability, the LS460 now has a lower centre of gravity. Lexus’s multi-link suspension system has also been improved, and along with the AVS (Adaptive Variable air Suspension) provides a comfortable and stable ride. Improved technology has also made the 460’s cabin even quieter. With Drive Mode Select, you can choose from 5 different driving settings based on conditions and preferences. Sport+ mode, for example, gives you sharper and firmer steering. On a side note, some test drives revealed that the transmission doesn’t function as well in Sport+ mode.
The LS460 has a plethora of safety features. One of the most advanced is the Driver Fatigue Monitor, which uses a camera to monitor your eyelids for drowsiness, believe it or not. Another advanced feature is the Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS), which warns when you if you get to close to another vehicle and applies the brakes when needed.
Value for the Money
If a luxurious interior and comfortable and quiet ride are at the top of your list, you’ll find the expensive 2014 Lexus LS460 price tag justifiable. The F Sport is $189,030, while the Sports Luxury is $194,230.
Petrol-wise, the LS460 is much more thirsty than the competition. It has better acceleration than the Mercedes Benz S300, which starts at $195,000, but the Audi A8, also starting at $195,000, and BMW 730d offer similar acceleration times despite being much more fuel-efficient. The competition offers a more engaging drive, while the 460 offers the smoother and quieter drive.
It may be worth it to look for a 2014 Lexus LS460 for sale because of its luxurious look and feel, smooth ride, and wide array technology features, including that massive 12.3″ touch screen. However, the competition offers a more engaging ride if that’s what you’re looking for.
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