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2010 Lexus LS 460 Overview
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Now entering its third decade as the luxury car company’s top-tier model, Lexus's LS 460 gets a slight update for 2010, with new styling, a performance-inspired sports package, and some new features all around. Available in regular and extended-wheelbase L versions, the LS 460 has previously offered performance to competitors that leaned more toward the enthusiast, but has yet to push the issue. With paddle shifters, a sport-tuned air suspension, 19-inch alloys, and Brembo brakes, the optional Sport Package changes that.
Or aims to, at least. When activating the suspension's “Comfort” setting, you’ll get the same boat-like wallow common to so many luxury saloons, but the “Sport” mode firms things up, combating body lean and dive without sacrificing overall ride comfort terribly. You’ll also get unique trim to identify your sportiness, lest anyone think you’re only in it for the luxury.
The Sport package aims to match the performance of the 4.6-liter V8 engine, which produces 380 hp in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) LS 460s and 357 hp in all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions. This means a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds, and with an eight-speed automatic transmission, 16/24 mpg for a RWD LS 460. AWD versions are only slightly penalized at 16/23, although it should be noted that testers have found those figures difficult to achieve in real-world testing.
The interior is especially impressive here, with top-quality materials and class-leading fit and finish. Special note should be made of a navigation system that leaves audio and climate controls to… well… the audio and climate systems, thankfully. The LS 460 has been called one of the quietest cars on the market, both in regard to insulation and reduction of wind and road noise, and also because of its composed and quiet engine that barely makes itself known.
Option packages such as the Comfort Package offer heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a rear power sunshade, while the Comfort Package Plus further adds power rear seats and rear side airbags. A unique option available only on the 460L is the Executive Class Seating Package, which drops maximum occupancy to four passengers while adding a retracting “conference” table, a DVD system, and a reclining right rear seat with massage.
Other unique options include Lexus' Pre-Collision Safety System with adaptive cruise control, and Lexus' Advanced Parking Guidance System, which provides automatic parallel parking. New for 2010 is Lexus’ lane-departure warning system which will both alert the driver and correct the path of the vehicle in the case of drifting, and the EnForm system with Safety Connect, which provides several safety, security, and emergency-response features, much like GM’s OnStar system.
A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.