Considering the fact that many compact cars can be equipped with leather and high-end technologies, the idea of luxury in the automotive market is surprisingly relative these days, but you still know true luxury when you see it. And the 2016 Lexus LS is the definition of true luxury.
The Lexus LS is no longer the underdog of the luxury segment, but what is surprising about this car is the fact that the current version was first launched a decade ago yet the 2016 Lexus LS is having no problems keeping pace with the latest offerings in this segment such as the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Earlier this year, AutoNation Drive spent some time behind the wheel of the LS Hybrid decked out with all the bells and whistles and a $120,000+ price tag, but just recently I was able to check out a more affordable counterpart to that wannabe limousine, the long-wheelbase 2016 Lexus LS 460 L.
2016 Lexus LS 460 L Exterior:
One factor that has kept the LS relevant all of these years is its styling. The overall shape of this luxury land yacht hasn’t changed all that much since 2006, but the 2016 Lexus LS 460 L fits in with the current Lexus design language without missing a beat. That obviously starts up front with Lexus’ polarizing spindle grille, which seems to look better on the LS than it does on other applications. The long-wheelbase LS 460 L adds almost five full inches to the sedan’s overall wheelbase, and it actually gives the car a more imposing presence when parked next to just about anything else. Adding to the look of this particular 2016 Lexus LS 460 L are options such as the adaptive LED headlights and 19-inch split-seven-spoke wheels as well as the brown – um, I mean Fire Agate Pearl – paint job.
2016 Lexus LS 460 L Interior:
With a cabin fit for a private jet, being inside the 2016 Lexus LS 460 L is an incredible experience… even if you don’t have a chauffeur. The craftsmanship alone is impressive with some of the smoothest surfaces you will feel in a sub-$100,000 car including the semi-analine leather seats, Alcantara headliner and rich wood veneer trim. Standard equipment on all 2016 Lexus LS sedans includes 16-way power driver’s seat, 12-way power front passenger seat, power front seatbelt shoulder height adjusters and a three-position memory system for both the driver and front passenger seats. With the exception of split rear seats (part of a $16,000 Executive Class Seating Package), this 2016 Lexus LS 460 L was fully decked out with features that included heated and cooled front and rear seats, power rear sunshades, power rear-seat massagers, four-zone climate control and the 19-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System.
Sure, the 2016 Lexus LS 460 L can fit five passengers in its roomy cabin, but that isn’t the best way to enjoy this sedan. Fold down the rear middle armrest and enjoy all of the benefits of this car while being driven around in style. The rear outboard seat bottoms and backs can adjust, the massage levels can be altered and the shades can be drawn for a quiet, peaceful ride. And when you wake up from your nap, you can even check your appearance before arriving at your destination in the vanity mirrors mounted in the headliner.
2016 Lexus LS 460 L Performance:
Surprisingly, performance is a key attribute when it comes to full-size luxury sedans, and the 2016 Lexus LS 460 L delivers here as well. While the 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque produced by the 4.6-liter V-8 doesn’t seem all that amazing on paper, this car’s ability to accelerate is mind-blowing. Even though it weighs in at 4,321 pounds (as you see it here), the 2016 Lexus LS 460 L is able to accelerate from 0-6- mph in just 5.4 seconds! Between its size and acceleration, though, don’t expect the 2016 Lexus LS to win any fuel economy awards with its EPA estimates of 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway** with the eight-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive.
While the engine provides plenty of pep, this tester came with the optional Adaptive Variable Air Suspension Package that improved the overall ride and handling. Depending on what type of ride quality the driver is looking for, the Drive Mode Select allows the LS to transform from a smooth luxury sedan to a nimble sporty sedan and just about everything in between. Bottom line, adding this suspension setup is about as much fun as this Lexus can have without stepping up to the F Sport package.
2016 Lexus LS 460 L Safety:
The 2016 Lexus LS 460 L definitely benefits from all of the latest safety technologies offered by Lexus including the Advanced Pre-Collision System (A-PCS) with Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane-Keep Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and up to ten airbags when equipped with the Ultra Luxury Package.
2016 Lexus LS 460 L Overall:
While there’s probably another year or so before the next-gen LS sedan goes on sale, the 2016 Lexus LS 460 L proves that age has no influence on luxury or performance. It doesn’t hurt that the LS is priced to considerably undercut its competition (almost $24,000 in the case of the Mercedes S-Class) with the 2016 Lexus LS starting at $72,520*. Of course, when you start tacking on all of the options and packages, the bottom line starts to rise quickly, which was apparent by this sedan’s $94,410 as-tested price.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealership and test drive the 2016 Lexus LS today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.