2016 Lexus LS 460 is the vehicle with some of the biggest question mark above its head. Yes, it is an eight-year old design which already received couple of facelifts, but the lack of any info about a possible complete overhaul gives us only one viable answer: it’ll be carried over yet again.
There are a lot of reasons for that and the main one is the fact that Toyota’s luxury division isn’t ready yet for downsizing measures enforced by the new CAFÉ standards. Future will be all about downgrading and Lexus wants to keep their flagship sedan as big as they can for as long as they can.
Under the Hood
All conventional models this full-size sedan has: LS 460, LS 460 L and LS 460 F Sport are offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and also share the same powertrain. 4.6L V8 engine puts up 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque and sends the power to the axle(s) via 8-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission which receives paddle shifters in F Sport models. There’s also a hybrid LS version called 600h which puts up 438 horses thanks to a 5.0L V8 engine and strong permanent-magnet, electric-drive motor.
New Design – changes and new look
Styling won’t be changed for another year, and only new colors and wheels are a possibility. Spindle grille with stripes will continue in base models, while F Sport will keep its mesh filling. Same lights, both up front and at the back, same chrome-rich profile and same rear end overhang are also in store. Moreover, dimensions will be kept too, and all L models will remain 5 inches longer in their wheelbase with most of this length going to the rear seat legroom.
Interior will also remain unchanged and beside some possible color options, everything else will be carried over. Every Lexus is luxurious, but LS 460 is something different. Only top class perforated leather seats are available, while L models with abundance of room out back offer executive-class seating package which upgrades drive experience of your rear passengers. It includes power-reclining capability, retractable wood-trimmed console table, climate and audio controls, and rear seat Blu-ray/DVD entertainment system with center-mounted 9-inch high-resolution screen.
Wood veneers are present in front too, and at high rate also. 12.3-inch LCD screen is responsible for infotainment purposes and comes with Lexus’ Enform system. Mark Levinson adds 19 speakers with 450 watts of power and 8 GB of hard drive storage which work with Bluetooth iPod connectivity. Besides all standard safety features which are abundant, 2016 Lexus LS 460 offers blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assist, self-parking system and of course, a rearview camera.
2016 Lexus LS 460 Price and MPG
Base versions are rated at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with the rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive lowers highway ratings by a single point. Of course, leader in fuel efficiency is hybrid model with 20 mpg combined, 19 in the city and 23 on the highway. The most affordable LS 460 costs just a tad bit more than $70,000, while hybrid comes at soaring price tag of over $120,000.
2016 Lexus LS 460 sits at the top of Japanese premium automaker’s range and for good reason. It is highly refined and offers great performance with maximum comfort at that. However, it also costs a lot, especially in hybrid form for which you could almost buy couple of base models.