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The 2014 Lexus LS 460 and the LS 600h L hybrid remain the flagship models of the Lexus lineup. They offer some of the richest finishes and most advanced technology you can get from within the Toyota portfolio--all with typically better resale value and reliability over the long term than some other luxury nameplates.
Following a full redesign just last year, the Lexus LS glides forward into the 2014 model year with its solid build quality and hushed cabin, but with a more aggressive stance than past models. That's especially true with the F Sport trim, which adds a small dose of driver engagement to the equation, too.
Redesigned last year, the 2014 Lexus LS showcases the brand's unquestionable progress in the realm of uber-luxury sedans. In this case, you can see all of that progress up front, and inside.
The LS 460 seems more intensive change, though its drivetrain is largely carried over from previous years. A 4.6-liter V-8 doles out an effortlessly smooth, usually silent 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. With a curb weight of between 4,200 and 4,900 pounds, the LS' 0-60 mph times are estimated at between 5.4 seconds to 5.9 seconds, and its top speed is posted at a regulated 130 mph. It's coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, in rear-drive form or fitted with optional all-wheel drive (in which case the engine makes 357 hp and slightly less torque, but gets a limited-slip differential with a torque bias of 40:60 that can vary from 30:70 to 50:50 depending on road conditions).
Few vehicles at any price point are assembled with the Lexus LS' tight panel gaps, though other luxury four-doors offer far richer-looking materials. Some of the LS switchgear mimics that used in much cheaper Lexus models, but the same can be true of vehicles from Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, and Audi, too. The glovebox lid that used to be damped with effortless feel now feels light and insubstantial.
The cabin isn't extravagant with over the top materials, but it's dazzling in its obvious attention to finish and fit and detail. On top of it all, trims remain impressive even when matched up with those in top Mercedes and BMW flagships, and the top-notch aniline leather is supple and delicate compared to what you get in other Lexus models. We're not in love with Lexus' printed aluminum F Sport trim, though, and we'd love to see the Hybrid's bamboo trim offered on the non-hybrid sedan.
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