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2012 Lexus LS460 Sedan

2012 Lexus LS460 Review

(0 Stars)  This big luxury sedan is the definitive Lexus.

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Overview
The LS400 was the car that defined the Lexus brand. In the intervening years, the LS has grown larger and more powerful, to the point that it now competes directly against top-drawer European luxury sedans. Like them, it is available in standard and extended-wheelbase models; the latter is particularly cosseting. The rear compartment of an LS can be optioned almost like a private jet, with loungelike seats; an extendable footrest; seat heating, cooling, and massage functions; and a DVD player, among other features. All LS460s are powered by a 380-hp V-8 that is paired with an ultrasmooth eight-speed automatic. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is in the five-second range. Like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Lexus offers a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Although isolation from the outside world is prized, there is a sport package (for the short-wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive LS460 only) that has a firmer suspension, Brembo brakes, shift paddles, and special trim. All models offer an air suspension (with selectable ride firmness) together with variable-ratio steering. The latter items are standard on the hybrid LS600h L, which functions as the top-of-the-range offering. Priced at $113,100, it matches up against competitors' twelve-cylinder flagships. Compared with them, the Lexus's V-8 hybrid powertrain provides similar performance and refinement but better fuel economy and lower emissions. Compared with the LS460, however, the hybrid's gas mileage is disappointing, doing better in the city but worse on the highway.

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2012 LS460 Base Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 4.6L V 8 DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 16 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 422 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
22.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 380 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 367 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

'12 Lexus Sedan Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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