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2012 Lexus LS 460

$15,620 — $32,208 USED
Sedan
4-5 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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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

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2012 Lexus LS 460
  • 4.6-liter V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Long-wheelbase model
  • Optional self-parking system
  • Optional pre-collision system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 Cars.com 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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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 sup...

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 Cars.com 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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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


Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

One of THE FINEST AUTOMOBILES I have ever owned.

by LEXUS owners know it. from Gualala, California on November 13, 2018

I have owned this LEXUS for seven months. The driving experience is a Pleasure to drive, Strong, Smooth, Elegant, as she rolls, an excellent choice in the ultimate. I consider the LEXUS to be a High ... Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome driving experience for a Sedan,Power & LUX

by Bossman1621 from Montgomery,Al on November 6, 2018

This car exceeds any vehicle that I have owned or driven, Powerful and very comfortable, The price you pay for any vehicle in the LS460 class, I am sure there isn't a better buy. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus LS 460 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Lexus LS 460 Base

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
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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