2013 Lexus LS Performance
This performance review was written when the 2013 Lexus LS was new.
Test drivers don’t consider the 2013 Lexus LS as sporty or nimble as other cars in the class, but most agree that it offers a comfortable, quiet ride.
- "After consulting with our co-driver about our intended route, we almost forgot that the engine was already running. Ah, yes, this is the level of quietness and isolation that so charmed luxury-car buyers when the original LS400 debuted." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The driving experience could best be described as ‘generic platonic luxury ideal.’ It's a car built for people who used to buy big Cadillacs and Lincolns. It does everything without drama, without jostling its precious occupants." -- AutoWeek
- "The Lexus LS 460 has never been about providing a dynamic driving experience, and we can't say that changes for 2013. This is still an ultra-quiet car with a beyond-supple ride, and it floats down the road as if on a cloud of air when Comfort mode is selected (and it's literally air with the optional air suspension)." -- Edmunds
- "… when driven daily on more realistic roads in traffic, the F Sport easily reverts to being a luxo Lexus. Nothing wrong with that, smooth and quiet." -- Road and Track
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Lexus LS 460 comes with a 386-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 engine, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All wheel drive is optional. The EPA reports that the 2013 LS gets 16/24 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with V8-powered rivals like the BMW 750i and Mercedes-Benz S550. The hybrid Lexus LS 600h L is also available, which pairs an 5.0-liter V8 engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 438 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive are standard on the LS 600h.
Test drivers write that the LS 460 lacks the off-the-line power of some competing super luxury cars, and one reviewer is also let down by its fuel economy. However, others say that the LS 460 is comfortable at speed.
- "We found that the transmission works great when you're ripping down the freeway at 80 or 90 mph, dashing in and out of holes in traffic and generally making a nuisance of yourself, but at lower speeds, the transmission can get a little flummoxed if you nail the gas and expect immediate response." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The continuously variable transmission coupled to the electric motor delivers seamless power all the way up, with pleasing atomic-jet-techno noises accompanying the song of the V8 in a polite way." -- AutoWeek (LS 600h L)
- "Other V8s boast more than 400 horsepower, while entry-level rivals with six-cylinder power plants actually match or surpass the LS in terms of acceleration. The Lexus V8's fuel economy is similarly disappointing by comparison." -- Edmunds
- "While the car is never neck-snapping fast in any setting, once it's up to speed it can handle itself with poise." -- The Los Angeles Times
Handling and Braking
Auto writers note that the 2013 LS offers a quiet, comfortable ride. However, some also say that the F-Sport package makes the LS more nimble than you might expect, thanks to a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels.
- "Over the road, the F-Sport is more sprightly than the base car, but don't mistake it for a corner-carver. It's more a high-speed, long-distance transport." -- AutoWeek
- "We flogged the car over insanely convoluted roads in the mountains around California's Silicon Valley and found it to be surprisingly maneuverable for its size and mass." -- Car and Driver
- "It was easy to hustle the big sedan along the road, the steering direct and confident, no untoward leaning or pushing, braking quick and linear, the F Sport's V-8 sound generator kicking back the right noise that, incidentally, is absent when you're cruising on daily roads." -- Road and Track
- "Lexus' full-size sedan glides lightly over bumps and steers with a casual feel, all the while isolating those inside from the world outside." -- Kelley Blue Book