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You'll Like The 2007 Lexus LS If...

If you’re looking for a world-class luxury sedan that bristles with technology and delivers a smooth, quiet, comfortable, safe and reliable ride, the LS 460 should be on your must-drive list. If you have a chauffeur or just want to further pamper your rear-seat passengers, you’ll be better served by the even-more spacious and opulently-appointed LS 460 L.

You May Not Like The 2007 Lexus LS If...

Should your tastes run towards a more aggressive sense of style and overtly sporty handling characteristics, any number of European competitors could well prove a more rewarding choice than either the LS 460 or LS 460 L.

What's New

The most technically advanced Lexus ever, the LS 460 boasts the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission – with sequential-shift feature – and a new 4.6-liter V8 that employs both port and direct fuel-injection systems. Its first long-wheelbase model, the LS 460 L, puts Lexus into a very exclusive group of automakers offering "executive-class" sedans.

Interior Features

Refined, comfortable and decently roomy even in standard-wheelbase form, the new LS boasts a passenger cabin that makes excellent use of polished wood, brushed aluminum and perforated leather upholstery to create a high-end ambiance. A comprehensive array of power assists, 10-speaker premium audio system with six-disc CD-changer, signature Optitron electroluminescent gauges, legible displays and intuitive control layouts makes for a uniquely enjoyable driving experience. Complementing its additional 4.8 inches of rear legroom, the LS 460 L brings an even richer standard feature set and offers unique options that include executive-style power reclining and massaging rear seat configurations, a rear DVD entertainment system and a dedicated air conditioning package.

Exterior Features

Despite embracing the division’s new "L-Finesse" styling cues, the bodywork of the latest LS Series still has a conservative, albeit contemporary, appearance. Both models share a long-hood and short-deck design, with the LS 460 L’s 4.8-inch wheelbase stretch most directly reflected in its longer rear doors, portals that conveniently open extra-wide to permit easier access. The projector-beam headlamps – which Lexus says are inspired by Baccarat crystal – and wraparound taillights meld smoothly into the mix. Equally notable are the heated outside mirrors, large enough to compensate for sightlines that are mildly compromised by prominent C-pillars, which automatically fold in when you shift into Park. While its trunk appears modest from outside, there’s a generous 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space in all but the LS 460 L with optional Rear-Seat Upgrade or Executive-Class Seating packages, where a separate rear-seat air conditioning system trims that figure to a still-usable 12.0 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

Both LS 460 variants embody all of the character traits you’d expect in a Lexus luxury sedan. Each excels in smooth, quiet and effortless cruising with little meaningful performance variation to differentiate between standard and stretched models. We noted an occasional bout of tire thump over rough pavement and slight wind whisper at freeway speeds, but overall cabin isolation is outstanding. The engine and transmission pairing also merits high operational marks for responsiveness and the confident feeling that there’s always plenty in reserve for freeway passing or emergency maneuvers. While the suspension is far better suited to long-distance cruising than to attacking twisty back roads, it, too, places a premium on keeping things under control, ably assisted by the LS 460’s well-sorted Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a Lexus LS 460 begins around $62,000, with the LS 460 L opening closer to $72,000. Comprehensive option loads can add about $10,000 to either of those figures. Both models are currently selling slightly below their full MSRP, but, over time, Fair Purchase Prices that represent what consumers are actually paying can differ substantially from those amounts, so click on Fair Purchase Prices to compare. Historically, Lexus vehicles have proven to be solid long-term investments. The same should hold true for the LS 460 and LS 460 L, which are expected to fare slightly better in projected resale value than key competitors, such as standard or long-wheelbase versions of the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Notable Equipment

Highlighting the LS 460’s extensive standard equipment list are orthopedically-designed power front bucket seats – with 16-way driver and 12-way passenger adjustability, plus an integrated memory function – dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, keyless remote entry and startup, eight airbags, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system that includes traction and stability control, anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Controlled Braking functions and high-intensity discharge headlamps with a corner-following adaptive feature. The LS 460 L adds a host of items that are LS 460 extras, including a voice-activated navigation system, rear-view backup camera, climate-controlled front and heated rear seats and a power rear sunshade.

Notable Options

Key extras for the LS 460 and LS 460 L include a 450-watt/19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the new Intuitive Park Assist that can detect objects in proximity to the car and the Advanced Parking Guidance System with rear-view camera that aids in parallel and back-in parking. While LS 460 buyers can add Comfort and Comfort Plus Packages with supplemental climate controls for the front and rear seats, the LS 460 L offers a similar Luxury Package, a Rear Seat Upgrade (with separate rear-seat air conditioning system), a four-seat Executive Class Seating Package that adds a 45-degree recline feature and integrated massage function for the right rear seat, a rear-seat DVD system and more.

Favorite Features

Eight-speed Automatic TransmissionFully integrated with the engine’s computer controls, this transmission features an exceptionally wide ratio spread that enhances mileage and performance. It delivers quick, seamless upshifts and downshifts both in full automatic mode and when using the manual sport shift feature.Outstanding SeatingAll LS 460s pamper their passengers with superbly supportive and exceptionally adjustable front buckets, plus a roomy, comfortable rear bench. Among the numerous upgrades offered are full climate controls for the front seats, heat and power-recline features for the rear and the four-place LS 460L-only Executive Class variation that brings a leg rest and built-in back massager.

Under the Hood

The LS 460 is fitted with a new 4.6-liter V-8 that features variable electronic control of its intake valves and hydraulic control of its exhaust valves to help improve overall efficiency while meeting stringent ULEV II (Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle) standards. While it makes 380 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, the engine earns very impressive 19/27 mpg city/highway EPA fuel economy numbers when backed by the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, these two smooth operators can send either LS variant from a stop to freeway cruising speed in about six seconds.4.6-liter V8380 horsepower @ 6400 rpm367 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (460), 18/27 (460L)

Editors' Notes

A top-ten finalist on Kelley Blue Book’s 2007 Best Redesigned Vehicle list, the Lexus LS 460 and its long-wheelbase LS 460 L variant represent new benchmarks in both technical sophistication and passenger pampering. Replacing the highly-regarded LS 430, the fourth-generation of the flagship LS luxury sedan line embodies the kind of innovative features, impeccable build quality and attention to detail that established Lexus as a preeminent power in the premium vehicle segment from the very beginning. In the case of the LS 460 L, additional rear-seat room and an even more compelling selection of standards and options put it squarely in contention with European prestige sedans, such as the Audi A8L, BMW 750 Li, Jaguar XJ8L and Mercedes-Benz S550.

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Sleek, easy riding and driving car.

2007 Lexus LS Base

I do not have any problems with my Lexus LS 460, it is a 2007, and only has 113,000 miles on it at this time, I am 75 so I do not drive a lot, but it is the best car I have ever had, it is heavy, comfy, easy to drive, and does not eat up the gas like most cars with big engines, all the systems work great, this car is a charm to own, I feel very safe driving it because it is not all made out of plastic like a lot of cars nowadays, I have always driven big cars that are heavy as I believe they can help save your life if you are in an accident.

- Joanne C

Its reliable with less maintenance only if you take care of it.

2007 Lexus LS

A Lexus is a nice car. I never had issues with my car, the car is a smooth ride, very reliable; I've had it about 4 years now and bought it used with not quite as 100, 000 miles; I've had to buy tires and with the engine been so large I've always had to add oil before the oil change. It has a navigation system; fully loaded; white exterior with peanut butter interior I wouldn't trade it for the world unless I get my gs 350 back only reason my kids complain it's too small inside.

- Lakes M

Luxurious Ride with all the Bells & Whistles

2007 Lexus LS LWB

The ride is smooth like I'm riding on clouds and it's quiet. The 460L is spacious with a lot of trunk room. The back seats recline, there's a rear window shade that retracts. The engine is powerful and doing 80 mph doesn't feel like it. The side mirrors move down when the car is in reverse to see the curb when you parallel park. I love this car and I'm going to buy a 2015 LS 460 when I have the chance

- Christopher N

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