The Lexus LS is a luxury full-size sedan. It was the first car launched by Lexus, Toyota's luxury division, and it remains Lexus's flagship. The newest fourth generation model, the LS 460, is a front-engined, all-wheel drive vehicle. The powerful but quiet engine, peaceful interior, industry-leading safety features, and helpful high-tech gadgets make the LS a very attractive choice for those seeking a large sedan in the luxury category.
The LS 460 contains a 4.6L V8 engine offering 380 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. The car utilizes the first eight-speed automatic transmission in the world. Its spacious interior easily fits 5 passengers, and its fuel economy is 16 city and 24 highway miles per gallon. The LS was developed secretly over 5 years by designers in Japan. It has continuously been constructed at Toyota's main factory in Tahara, Japan.
Toyota aimed to launch Lexus with a sedan that surpassed the flagships of European and American manufacturers. The LS 400, debuting in 1989, largely achieved this with a quieter cabin, higher speed, superior aerodynamics, and better fuel efficiency than rival BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans. It also cost thousands less than its competitors, but prices steadily rose in subseqeunt years because of strong demand. 1994's second generation LS 400 was heavily influenced by the first generation, while 2000's third generation LS 430 featured a thorough redesign. The 430 offered many options, an,d when fully equipped, it equaled its European competitors in price. The fourth generation LS 460 released in 2006 was the first LS offering both standard and long wheelbase versions. A hybrid LS, the 600h, was released in 2007, and the all-wheel drive LS 460 arrived in 2008. In 2009, the LS 460 Sport performance variant was introduced.
The LS 460 features many advanced exterior and interior features to make driving more convenient, comfortable, and safe. Drivers are aided by a backup mirror, electrochromic side mirrors, and proximity alerts. Optional features include dynamic radar cruise control and an automated parking system. The interior's leather-trimmed seats can be fitted with the Lexus Memory System, which saves favorite positions. Additional interior options include XM Radio, HDD GPS Navigation, and an infrared temperature sensor. Among the numerous advanced safety features are an emergency help service, lane keep assist, reinforced body, and pre-collision system.
The LS has received much recognition. It has received the highest luxury car ratings in Car and Driver, Automobile Magazine, Fleet World, MotorWeek, and Consumer Reports. The LS has also been at the top of the Vehicle Dependability Study run by J. D. Power for 15 consecutive years. Auto Bild awarded the LS its 2007 Innovation Prize for its pre-collision system, and Kiplinger named it the safest car in its price range
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