Best Bet
  • (4.2) 5 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $21,000–$36,228
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 357-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Lexus LS 460

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lexus LS 460

What We Don't Like

  • Touchy brakes
  • Trunk shrinks with optional rear air conditioning
  • Ice and snow accumulation confuses park sensors

Notable Features

  • 4.6-liter V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Long-wheelbase model
  • Optional self-parking system
  • Optional pre-collision system

2012 Lexus LS 460 Reviews

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 204 inches from bumper to bumper — 5 inches more than the standard model. The LS can seat up to five people, and both sizes are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. An optional Advanced Parking Guidance System lets the car park itself and is one of the car's most intriguing features.

A hybrid version of the LS 460 L sedan, dubbed LS 600h L, is covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2012
An LS Sport Authentic Special Edition is new for 2012. Based on the regular-wheelbase rear-wheel-drive LS 460, the model includes 19-inch forged alloy wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned air suspension, a unique grille, power door closers, paddle shifters, front sport seats, a black and topaz interior color scheme, and a navigation system. Production is limited to 250 copies.

The side mirrors have integrated turn signals, and the standard 18-inch wheels have a 10-spoke design. Exterior features include:

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power moonroof
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • Available power rear sunshade

In the long-wheelbase variant, Lexus aims to replicate the environment of a business jet with an optional massaging 45-degree-reclining rear seat that includes an ottoman for leg support. Interior features include:

  • Available voice-activated navigation system
  • Available 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo
  • Available rear flip-down DVD screen on long-wheelbase models
  • Long-wheelbase model offers an optional Executive Class Seating Package with a reclining right-side rear seat, a rear center console with a tray table, ventilation controls and a drink cooler

Under the Hood
The 4.6-liter V-8 engine uses direct fuel injection along with traditional port fuel injection. Mechanical features include:

  • 380-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 with 367 pounds-feet of torque (rear-wheel drive)
  • 357-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 344 pounds-feet of torque (all-wheel drive)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic power steering
  • Available air suspension with selectable comfort modes

The optional Advanced Pre-Collision System, which helps detect pedestrians and apply strong braking power, is available with a camera that monitors the orientation of the driver's face. It can activate warnings if the driver isn't looking ahead for more than a few seconds. Other 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 backup camera with navigation system

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 5 reviews

Write a Review

Very reliable

by stan91011 from rancho mirage, ca on August 22, 2017

Very good. It is a very reliable car. I have owned it for years and keep thinking of trading it in, but it runs well and has cost me very little for repairs.

Read All Consumer Reviews

4 Trims Available

Photo of undefined
Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2012 Lexus LS 460 trim comparison will help you decide.

2012 Lexus LS 460 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus LS 460 Base

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus LS 460 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
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.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


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

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained


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.


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.

Other Years