2016 Lexus LS 460

Pros: Incredibly quiet cabin; impressively smooth ride; outstanding interior trim

Cons: Handling not as sharp as class rivals, even in F Sport form; substantial price jump for hybrid model; some drivers dislike joystick interface of Lexus Remote Touch system

CG Says: The Lexus LS is little changed for 2016. The multimedia controls have been revised and run-flat summer tires are a new option. The LS excels as a quiet, composed, and refined executive sedan. Its audio/infotainment control interface and handling prowess lag behind some class rivals, but not enough to detract from the overall goodness of this premium large car. The LS is exactly what it needs to be: a slick alternative to established European competitors. Anyone with the means to acquire such a car would be remiss in not putting this Lexus near the top of their shopping list.

The Lexus LS 600h L delivers most everything a buyer of a prestige luxury sedan could want. It’s quiet, refined, and can be equipped with a rear seat that’s more Gulfstream jet than car. The gas/electric hybrid drivetrain provides excellent power and surprising fuel economy; we averaged more than 20 mpg in our testing, with some highway stints that touched 25. This all comes at a cost, however. The 600h is, by far, the most expensive vehicle in the Lexus lineup, and any fuel savings from the hybrid won’t make up for the stiff price premium over non-hybrid LS models. That makes this particular car a tough sell over its conventional siblings, not to mention the lower-cost hybrids and diesel cars from Lexus’ German rivals.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices LS 460: $72,520
LS 460 F Sport: $82,500
AWD LS 460: $75,465
AWD LS 460 F Sport: $85,415
LS 460 L: $78,820
AWD LS 460 L: $82,305
AWD LS 600h L: $120,440

Base Engine
4.6-liter V8
Horsepower
386 (360 w/ AWD)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

Optional Engine
5.0-liter V8/electric
Horsepower
389
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

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2016 Lexus LS 460 F Sport
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2016 Lexus LS 600h L