Pros Power, Styling, attention to detail, REFINED...SMOOTH!
Cons none...this car is simply outstanding.
Summary I've owned the LS 460L for more than a month and it can only be described as RIDICULOUS. It is ridiculously powerful, smooth and puts the competition to shame. The Germans need to take notes and learn how to build a refined luxury car. ANOTHER VICTORY FOR LEXUS. SPECTACULAR VEHICLE!
Pros 8-speed automatic transmission, 19-speaker sound system, HDD sound system, real-time traffic updates
Cons Could offermore customizable build options
Summary This car is such a huge improvement over the past LS and other luxury flagships. It doesn't have the exaggerated looks of the 7-series or the wheel-arches of the S-class, and the integrated tailpipes are very futuristic and classy looking. I am also impressed by the crystal-shaped headlamps.
If only they made cars like this for the rest of us common folk, and not the CEOs and celebrities that can afford this car. I had a chance to drive this vehicle at Taste of Lexus and was very impressed. From the outside, where the vehicle is stunning and refined, to the inside cabin, which is where you spend the most of your time (and where IMO a commensurate amount of design thought should be incorporated), the LS is a standout.
When you entered, the TFT instrument panel display appears--with an animated 3d graphic of the car. You can toggle it to show all sorts of information, including the individual psi tire pressures of each of the 4 wheels plus the spare--a lot of detail! Then there is the center stack, which unlike the iDrive/COMAND/etc knob equipped vehicles is utterly simple to use, despite an increase in buttons. Simply touch the button you want, and that's it--no scrolling around! Imagine that. The luxury of simplicity.
And I found the navigation quite simple to use--had a chance to try a stand-alone unit. The real-time traffic updates loaded quickly and showed the traffic conditions in one of three colors. This feature will be a godsend for stressed-out commuters. When I drove the vehicle on the test track, it handled ably and there was more power than I'd ever need in regular driving. The 380 horses plus 8-speed automatic transmission are impressive indeed.
Inside, I found the black perforated leather interior trim to be the most becoming on this model, and the walnut wood accents complements the cabin wonderfully. The cabin was as silent as a personal spa chamber, and the leather soft like a baby's skin. This is the car I would get in to relax and shut out the worries and cares of the world, and just be in my own space.
Pros Best Car Stereo Ever, Superbly Quiet and Supple Ride, Brilliant Ergonomics, Phenomenal Engine(Performance and Efficency), Reliability, Safety, Quality, Excellent Styling(IMO), Reasonable Price
Cons Difficult Process to Get The 19" Wheels
Summary It's hard to explain how phenomenal this car is at everything a luxury car should be. Let me start off by saying that I did ALOT of comparison between the new Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 and found this car to be more suited to MY needs(I am not saying one is better than another they all have aspects I liked). First off the exterior styling is a huge step up from its predecessor and I like it much more in real life than in pictures. Another high point is the interior which is well crafted and miles easier to use than those quite annoying German setups(The creator of iDrive should be fired). Not only is the interior beautiful, but it also stays very hushed and supple while driving. This was one thing that impressed me the most as my IS350 was considerably louder than this car. The main reason I traded up was because I got a large promotion and consequently am forced into an hour morning drive so therefore I wanted a more sedate car(I guess I'm just getting old). The one thing that continually impresses me with Lexus products is the high reliability, build quality, and efficiency of every machine they make. The LS is the flagship and takes these qualities to an even higher level, with the car feeling like it is flawless in its presentation. And the mileage(I observed 25 and I mostly drive highway) is quite awesome for the amount of power it provides. Another high note is the nav system which is smart, fast, and easy to use as are the rest of the controls. I can't say much about the parallel parking system as I haven't used it yet and don't intend to either. But the best part about the car by far is the stereo. All of my CDs sound phenomenal and better than my home theater. The only downside of the car(more of my fault) was the fairly difficult process of getting the optional...optional 19 " wheels put on. All in all this car fits my needs perfectly, it's whisper quiet and smooth on the highway, has the best stereo ever put in a car, is powerful yet efficent, a nav system that is easy and WORTH USING, and looks and sounds good doing all of it. I think it's perfectly executed, and worth every penny.
Pros 16 Years and I've never been disappointed
Cons It's not a sports car
Summary I cannot actually comment on the 2007 because I do not have one, and a test drive (while wonderful) is too limited a sample. I will, however, get a 2008 LS hybrid. Why? Because after having driven Benzes, Jags, Lincolns etc. on trips, I have come to realize that everything else is just a car.
I wonder about those who make negative comments - have they ever actually owned an LS? Or driven one longterm ?
Some thoughts (in no particular order):
1. The LS is not and is not meant to be a wildly exciting car. It is what it is - a luxury sedan - if I wanted a sportscar, I would get one. The LS has plenty of power and quite a bit of zip - it can glide around hindering cars on the open highway - it can cut them off so quickly that they don't even realize they've been cut off. (Not that I make a practice of this - but sometimes one is just late.) It makes a day trip from Boston to NYC quite feasible and not at all fatiguing.
2. The Car and Driver types simply don't get it - they want the LS to be something it is not. If they want to pick on Lexus, they should pick on the SC, the Lexus sportscar that could be sportier. It's a car that doesn't seem to be particularly sure of its identity. But the LS is - it looks like itself - have the critics noticed that while the LS doesn't really change its look much, Benzes have started to try to look more like the LS? It's not Beyonce - more like the younger Sally Fields - you don't fall down looking at it, but it's something you'd like to see again and again. And it is powerful, luxurious, understated and not at all flashy.
3. Oh, and it works. Look at the Consumer Reports repair records of Benzes and BMW's. In sixteen years, the most serious problem I have had (a couple of LS's ago) was that some neighbor's garage door opener also opened my trunk. Everyone connected with Lexus goes way out of their way to be helpful and s for the auto-opening trunk? The service manager came to our house and fixed it in our garage - I hadn't even complained, merely asked if there was something I could do. Moreover, the dealership I have used for the past 16 years is about 45 minutes away - much more in traffic.
4. Finally, as for stopping distance, I don't really know anything about the statistics, but I do know that I have been repeatedly stunned and grateful for how quickly my LS's have braked in extreme situations.
5. Are there no flaws? Well, you really do need to have snowtires (over a grand) in New England winters, and, even then, you need to be careful in heavy snow or ice. And Lexus can be quirky - the 2005 would not pair cellphones except with Cingular - which is not great around us, and it dropped Lexus Link (apparently now back) the automatic satellite phone connection while switching to digital.
5. The LS has always been one of the most environmentally friendly of the luxury cars (maybe the most.) It has never been subject to the gas guzzler tax, and now it will be the first hybrid luxury flagship.
6. Why have I bothered to write all this? Because I do love my LS, and I get really annoyed with critiques based upon misconceptions of what the LS is meant to be.
Bottom line: If you want the best luxury sedan in the world (and I admit that I have never had the money for Bentleys or Maybachs), you will not go wrong with an LS. On the other hand, if you want a sportscar, get one.
Pros Powerful, reliable, beautiful
Cons Not perfect, but what really can be?
Summary Do the Bavarian lovers have a point? Afterall the 7-series has more horsepower and is better off the line, oh wait, not it's not. Well, at they get better mileage, wait, my mistake. If nothing else, at least the good old 7-series will always be there when I need it, oh wait, it has been considered one of the least reliable cars several categories by Consumer Reports. German is nothing more than name cache, and technology that doesn't stack up to the name. I hope you enjoy your 7-series. Give me a call when your car is in the shop, and I'll drop by in my Lexus and give you a ride.