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2015 Lexus LS 460

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$29,718 — $48,166 USED
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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

  • Interior craftsmanship
  • Seat space and comfort
  • Quietness
  • Reliability
  • Value in the segment

The Bad

  • Unexceptional ride quality
  • Some competitors have more innovative features
  • Disappointing Mark Levinson stereo
  • Modest power for the class
  • Onerous Latch child-seat anchors
2015 Lexus LS 460 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Lexus LS 460
  • New Crafted Line special edition
  • 4.6-liter V-8 engine standard
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Available F Sport version
  • Available extended-length LS 460 L

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Kelsey Mays

The 2015 Lexus LS 460 falls short of the exceptional drivability we've come to expect from the car's German rivals, but its value and craftsmanship are still impressive.

The years are piling up on Lexus' LS flagship sedan, which hasn't been fully redesigned since 2007. But the brand has maintained a steady trickle of updates and face-lifts, and the LS still costs thousands less than comparable rivals.

Lexus' attention to detail leaves no stone unturned (or B-pillar uncovered), and the current generation is as reliable as high tide. It lacks the fierce acceleration and cloudlike ride that other flagships now bring to the table, but there's still plenty to like.

An extended wheelbase turns the Lexus LS 460 into the LS 460 L. It adds roughly 5 inches to the car's length and wheelbase, and it's the only way you can get the pricier LS 600h L hybrid. For 2015, the LS gets some multimedia upgrades; click here to compare the 2015 and 2014 Lexus LS 460 engine and vehicle details. We cover the Lexus LS 600h L separately on Cars.com. Click here to see it.

Exterior & Styling
Heavily updated three years ago with Lexus' so-called spindle grille, the LS has stayed abreast of Lexus' styling zeitgeist. F Sport versions swap the standard 18-inch alloy wheels for 19s; they also get a unique, darker grille, a lowered suspension and slightly more aggressive bumpers.

How It Drives
The LS' defining attribute remains smoothness, but it misse...

The 2015 Lexus LS 460 falls short of the exceptional drivability we've come to expect from the car's German rivals, but its value and craftsmanship are still impressive.

The years are piling up on Lexus' LS flagship sedan, which hasn't been fully redesigned since 2007. But the brand has maintained a steady trickle of updates and face-lifts, and the LS still costs thousands less than comparable rivals.

Lexus' attention to detail leaves no stone unturned (or B-pillar uncovered), and the current generation is as reliable as high tide. It lacks the fierce acceleration and cloudlike ride that other flagships now bring to the table, but there's still plenty to like.

An extended wheelbase turns the Lexus LS 460 into the LS 460 L. It adds roughly 5 inches to the car's length and wheelbase, and it's the only way you can get the pricier LS 600h L hybrid. For 2015, the LS gets some multimedia upgrades; click here to compare the 2015 and 2014 Lexus LS 460 engine and vehicle details. We cover the Lexus LS 600h L separately on Cars.com. Click here to see it.

Exterior & Styling
Heavily updated three years ago with Lexus' so-called spindle grille, the LS has stayed abreast of Lexus' styling zeitgeist. F Sport versions swap the standard 18-inch alloy wheels for 19s; they also get a unique, darker grille, a lowered suspension and slightly more aggressive bumpers.

How It Drives
The LS' defining attribute remains smoothness, but it misses the target (if barely) of absolute isolation from the road. Road and wind noise are near-silent, and ride quality with the car's base coil suspension is composed over everything but the worst disruptions. Still, broken pavement and manhole covers reveal a degree of disturbance that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series sedans we've driven filter out. We've also driven an LS with the optional air suspension, and that brings the Lexus closer to its German rivals in terms of outright comfort, but it's still not quite there.

Characteristic of Lexus' silky-smooth steering, the LS' wheel spins as if the rack sat in a tub of butter, even in Lexus' driver-selectable Sport mode. Work the sedan into a turn, and the nose points predictably, but slowly, into corners. The suspension limits body roll after a few degrees of initial wallow, but the movements all seem too gradual for much fun. That keeps with the LS' character, though the F Sport might be more dynamic; RWD versions get a limited-slip differential.

Our all-wheel drive (AWD) Lexus LS 460 had a 360-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. In a class plagued by accelerator lag, I welcome the car's predictable pedal response. The drivetrain upshifts seamlessly and provides quiet, steady power, but it shows moments of confusion as you catapult to highway speeds — upshifting too soon from one gear, holding the next too long. The rear-wheel (RWD) Lexus LS 460 gets another 26 hp and more torque to boot, but we've driven it, and it's safe to say no LS can match the seat-pinning acceleration of the sport-tuned turbocharged V-8s in the S-Class, 7 Series and Audi A8.

Interior
Meticulous attention to detail is a hallmark of top-flight luxury sedans, and the LS doesn't disappoint. Generous, stitched cushioning adorns touch-points like the upper doors and center console. Leather dashboards have many imposters these days, but the LS' semi-aniline cowhide, which can optionally cover lower portions of the dash, looks and feels lush. Even the consistency of materials is impressive, with uniform, top-of-the-line graining and padding over virtually every inch of the cabin. BMW and Mercedes can't claim that.

Both of those automakers can claim more features, however. The LS does have all manner of available extras, from massaging rear seats to quad-zone climate control, but many of the innovations elsewhere in this segment are unavailable. Massaging front seats, heated armrests, 360-degree cameras and panoramic moonroofs — all offered by one or more competitors — are not available in the Lexus.

In long-wheelbase models, the extra inches translate to just one more inch of backseat legroom, and shoulder room actually decreases half an inch. Fortunately, the regular-length LS is roomy enough, with legroom to spare for adult passengers.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Upgraded for 2015, Lexus' standard Enform system includes app integration for a slew of apps, including Pandora, Slacker and iHeartRadio internet radio services, Bing search and Yelp reviews. Navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Siri Eyes Free integration, USB/iPod inputs and umpteen stereo speakers are also standard. The standard HD radio can pause, rewind and fast-forward up to 15 minutes; such DVR-like capabilities are spreading to a lot of vehicles.

Lexus' standard Remote Touch Interface controls the action on a massive, 12.3-inch center screen. It lacks the laptop-style touchpad that Lexus has added to a few models (but now seems to be moving away from in future redesigned models). Some Cars.com editors have criticized the console-mounted mouse-like touchpad harshly.

Mark Levinson premium audio with a CD/DVD changer is optional. We've sampled the system in past Lexus LS 460 sedans, however, and it's disappointing.

Cargo & Storage
Typical of a luxury vehicle, cabin storage is marginal. Trunk room, though, is a generous 18 cubic feet. The optional power-adjustable rear seats diminish that space, but Lexus doesn't have specific measurements for that configuration.

Safety
In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the LS earned top scores in moderate-overlap frontal and head-restraint tests. IIHS has not conducted side, roof-strength or small-overlap frontal crash tests.

Standard features include adaptive headlights, a backup camera and eight airbags. Optional rear side-impact airbags and a knee airbag for the optional, passenger-side rear-seat ottoman bring the maximum total to 11. A blind spot monitor, full-speed adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with auto-braking are optional. Lexus' Advanced Pre-Collision System adds a driver attention monitor and corrective steering movement to keep you in your lane.

Click here to see the LS' standard safety features and here to see our Car Seat Check.

Value in Its Class
The LS steamrolls the competition in one area: reliability. The current generation, which dates back to the 2007 model year, has a squeaky-clean record for dependability. You might find that less important if you're looking to lease the vehicle, but mishaps are still mishaps, and the LS will likely have fewer.

The RWD LS starts around $73,500, which ranges from a small discount to a huge savings versus German competitors. Standard features include self-closing doors, heated leather seats with umpteen power adjustments, a moonroof and the multimedia system detailed earlier. The F Sport runs about $8,000 more. Throw in AWD drive ($2,945 to $3,485), the extended wheelbase ($6,300 to $6,840, unavailable on the F Sport) and a bevy of four-figure option packages, and the LS can top out well into the $100,000 range.

Still, the vehicle commands transaction prices well below many of its top rivals. The Lexus LS 460 is not the best sedan in its class, but it's competitive in many areas, and the value equation should turn some shoppers in Lexus' direction.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

A lot value for the price. Reliability is unquesti

by Ranger on July 24, 2018

Best vehicle that I have ever owned. This is my fifth Lexus. The only service I have ever needed is oil changes and brake pads. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I've ever owned!

by tcorona269 from Fairfield, CT on June 12, 2018

Great styling, performance and drivability. Technology package is second to none and the Mark Levinson sound system is unbelievable. Overall, this FSport LS 460 is the true competitor to the Mercedes ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Lexus LS 460 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

C

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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