2009 Lexus LS 460

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Lexus LS 460. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    380-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Powerful yet frugal V-8
  • Long-drive comfort
  • Spacious backseat
  • Interior style
  • Impressive self-parking system

The Bad

  • 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 of the 2009 Lexus LS 460

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

2009 Lexus LS 460 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Lexus' flagship LS 460 full-size sedan is available in standard form and as a limousine-like long-wheelbase LS 460 L 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. An optional Advanced Parking Guidance System lets the car park itself and is the car's most intriguing feature. A hybrid version of the LS 460 L sedan, dubbed LS 600h L, is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2009
Lexus adds an all-wheel-drive version for both regular and extended-wheelbase trims of the LS 460 for 2009.

Exterior
Each new Lexus becomes incrementally more sculpted, with market pressure by more adventurous competitors eroding the company's traditionally conservative lines. The LS features an aerodynamically laid-back grille, headlights and windshield, with the hint of a BMW trunk at the rear.
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available 19-inch wheels


Interior
In the long-wheelbase variant, Lexus aims to replicate the environment of a business jet with optional massaging, 45-degree-reclining rear seats that include an ottoman for leg support. Interior features for either LS model include:
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Available voice-activated navigation system; standard in LS 460 L
  • Available 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with 8GB hard drive
  • Available rear flip-down DVD entertainment system on long-wheelba...
Vehicle Overview
Lexus' flagship LS 460 full-size sedan is available in standard form and as a limousine-like long-wheelbase LS 460 L 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. An optional Advanced Parking Guidance System lets the car park itself and is the car's most intriguing feature. A hybrid version of the LS 460 L sedan, dubbed LS 600h L, is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2009
Lexus adds an all-wheel-drive version for both regular and extended-wheelbase trims of the LS 460 for 2009.

Exterior
Each new Lexus becomes incrementally more sculpted, with market pressure by more adventurous competitors eroding the company's traditionally conservative lines. The LS features an aerodynamically laid-back grille, headlights and windshield, with the hint of a BMW trunk at the rear.
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available 19-inch wheels


Interior
In the long-wheelbase variant, Lexus aims to replicate the environment of a business jet with optional massaging, 45-degree-reclining rear seats that include an ottoman for leg support. Interior features for either LS model include:
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Available voice-activated navigation system; standard in LS 460 L
  • Available 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with 8GB hard drive
  • Available rear flip-down DVD entertainment system on long-wheelbase models
  • Long-wheelbase model offers an optional Executive Class Seating Package with reclining seats, center console with a tray table, ventilation controls and a drink cooler
  • Shorter-wheelbase LS 460 has a three-passenger backseat, while long-wheelbase version has center console and bucket seats


Under the Hood
The 4.6-liter engine uses direct fuel injection along with traditional port fuel injection.
  • 380-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 367 pounds-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Direct injection
  • Electronic power steering
  • Available air suspension with selectable comfort modes


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Electronically controlled antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front knee airbags
  • Available rear-seat side-impact airbags
  • Available Lexus' Pre-Collision System
  • Available rearview camera with navigation system



Latest 2009 LS 460 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owned

by Lilly Tu from Portland OR on July 9, 2018

Great vehicle. top of the line in my opinion. The version I would like is about 100K brand new but for 20K you can get a great one better then any car on the market. Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car

by 1clarence on June 8, 2018

Just what my wife and I were looking for. That is, safe, comfortable, dream to drive, and handsome.. Nice replacement for our former Lexus which was totaled in a road accident. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Lexus LS 460 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Lexus LS 460 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LS 460 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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