|Pricing||$63,825 - $106,035|
|Drive Types||RWD, AWD|
|Engines||4.6l V8, 5.0l V8 HEV|
|Fuel Economy||16-20 (city), 22-24 (highway)|
By most accounts, the Lexus LS is perfect. Outstanding levels of build quality and reliability have propelled it to the top of a short list of large luxury automobiles. The LS is offered in two wheelbases with a 4.6L V8 under the hood, yielding the LS460 and LS460L models. While the LS460 is roughly the same size as the outgoing mode, the L model adds almost 5 inches of length. The styling of the LS gives it the distinct presence that its predecessors lacked. The V8 is rated at 380hp and 370 lb-ft of torque (a 100hp improvement) should be sufficient to propel the large sedan from 0-60 in a claimed 5.5s. The transmission is the industry's first 8-speed automatic. On the inside, the LS features new levels of luxury and the long wheelbase model even offers a rear seat package with a reclining ottoman, personal DVD player and cooler. A host of electronics and driving aids will round out the package including a system that will assist in parking the car for you.
For 2009, the Lexus adds an available AWD system to the LS lineup. The AWD system will be available on both the short and long wheelbase V8 models. The LS600hL gains a Pebble Beach Edition.
|LS 460||4.6l V8 (380-bhp)||A8||RWD||$63,825|
|LS 460||4.6l V8 (357-bhp)||A8||AWD||$67,350|
|LS 460||4.6l V8 (380-bhp)||A8||RWD||$73,735|
|LS 460||4.6l V8 (357-bhp)||A8||AWD||$77,260|
|LS 600h L||5.0l V8 HEV (389-bhp)||CVT||AWD||$106,035|