This year the 2009 Lexus LS 460 makes passenger-side seat memory standard, and an all-wheel-drive option becomes available. The Lexus LS 460 is propelled by a 4.6L V8 engine that cranks out 380 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings, for the rear-wheel drive is in the 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy and 19 mpg combined driving range, while all-wheel-drive ratings are essentially the same. LS 460 safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front-seat knee airbags and optional rear-seat side airbags. Optional is a pre-collision system that works with the adaptive cruise control to sense an impending impact and then reacts by retracting the seatbelts and optimizing the braking system. A large luxury sedan, the five-passenger Lexus LS 460 is highlighted by a silent, smooth ride, and engine performance, reliability and value that make it a stand out.Read more Read less
All-wheel drive is available on Lexus's flagship LS luxury sedan for the first time for 2009; the Torsen-based all-wheel drive system is similar to the one used on the LS 600h L, capable of bringing up to 50 percent of torque to the front wheels. The AWD model has increased standard equipment, including air suspension, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, and the Adaptive Variable Suspension. Otherwise the LS 460 models are carried over with no changes, except the passenger seat now gets a memory function.
Strong acceleration; very quiet interior; leading-edge tech features; newly available all-wheel drive
The LS 460 puts comfort and convenience above outright sportiness, but it takes a more contemporary take on luxury than some rivals, appealing to buyers with some of the world's top technology features. The self-parking feature and whole-vehicle safety technologies are unmatched. And with all-wheel drive now available, the LS 460 is more competitive with the likes of the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.