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2009 Lexus LS 460

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$9,041 — $22,645 USED
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
19-20 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2009 Lexus LS 460 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Lexus LS 460
  • 380-hp V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Long-wheelbase model
  • Optional self-parking system
  • Optional Pre-Collision System

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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


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Full SIze Ultimate Luxury Most Reliable Car ever!

by NIRANJAN from LOS ALAMITOS, ca on November 29, 2018

I have always owned Lexus LS car. This LS460 still drives like new and looks new. It will last for many more years. And you will get a lot of compliments when people see you driving this luxurious car... Read full review

(5.0)

Superior car

by Plude from Colorado on November 4, 2018

This is the best car I?ve ever owned. It?s roomy in front and rear seats, plenty of powerf with great gas mileage for a V8. Too many luxurious features to list especially for its time. Lexus is ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Lexus LS 460 currently has 2 recalls


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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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