Powerful yet frugal V-8 Long-drive comfort Spacious backseat Interior style Impressive self-parking system Vehicle Overview Lexus’ flagship LS 460 full-size sedan is available in standard form and as a limousinelike long-wheelbase LS 460 L model that stretches nearly 203 inches from bumper to bumper — 5 inches more than the standard model. Both sizes are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. An optional Advanced Parking Guidance System lets the car park itself and is the car’s most intriguing feature. A hybrid version of the LS 460 L sedan, dubbed LS 600h L, is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. New for 2011 For 2011, Lexus adds a standard brake override system. A coil suspension is now standard, and an air suspension is available on all-wheel-drive models. Exterior The side mirrors have integrated turn signals, and the standard 18-inch wheels have a 10-spoke design. Exterior features include: Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights Available 19-inch wheels Interior In the long-wheelbase variant, Lexus aims to replicate the environment of a business jet with optional massaging, 45-degree-reclining rear seats that include an ottoman for leg support. Interior features include: Standard power moonroof Available voice-activated navigation system; standard in LS 460 L Available 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with 8GB hard drive Available rear flip-down DVD entertainment system on long-wheelbase models Long-wheelbase model offers an optional Executive Class Seating Package with reclining seats, center console with a tray table, ventilation controls and a drink cooler Shorter-wheelbase LS 460 has a three-passenger backseat, while long-wheelbase version has center console and bucket seats Under the Hood The 4.6-liter engine uses direct fuel injection along with traditional port fuel injection. Mechanical features include: 380-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 with 367 pounds-feet of torque Eight-speed automatic transmission Rear- or all-wheel drive Direct injection Electronic power steering Available air suspension with selectable comfort modes Safety The optional Advanced Pre-Collision System, which helps detect pedestrians and applies the brakes, is available with a camera that monitors the orientation of the driver’s face. It can activate warnings or apply the brakes if the driver isn’t looking ahead for more than a few seconds. Other safety features include: Electronically controlled antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution Electronic stability system Side-impact airbags for the front seats Side curtain airbags Front knee airbags Brake override system Available rear-seat side-impact airbags Available Advanced Pre-Collision System Available rearview camera with navigation system
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