2008 Lexus LS 460

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36 reviews
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Available Price Range $12,427-$26,719 Trims2 Combined MPG 20 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2008 Lexus LS 460

Our Take

Lexus' flagship LS 460 full-size sedan is available in standard form and as a limousine-like long-wheelbase model that stretches nearly 203 inches from bumper to bumper, 5 inches more than the standard model. Competitors include the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The LS was redesign... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Touchy brakes
  • Ride gets choppy on concrete highways (steel suspension)
  • Trunk shrinks with optional rear air conditioning
  • Ice and snow accumulation confuses park sensors

Notable Features

  • 380-hp V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Long-wheelbase model
  • Optional self-parking system
  • Optional Pre-Collision System

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The first Lexus LS 400 was a groundbreaking car when it appeared in 1989, and the luxury segment hasn't been the same since.The current car is the fourth-generation LS, and in many ways it is just as significant as the first car in terms of defining the brand. The LS 460 has a magic-carpet ride. It has an uncanny smoothness regardless of the road surface, yet it handles with precision. The... Read full review for the 2008 Lexus LS 460

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Consumer Reviews

4.9

Average based on 36 reviews

Finest vehicle built for the money

by Cory from Houston, TX on March 8, 2011

The Lexus LS 460 is by far the finest car you can buy for the money. It is a gorgeous car with tons of room inside that also happens to run like a champ and be as nimble as a sports car while doing it... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus LS 460 Base

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus LS 460 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

12mo/10,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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