With a four-generation legacy spanning a quarter of a century, the Lexus LS may not be the riskiest, most cutting-edge vehicle in its class but its devotees don’t mind – the reliability, near perfection of design, and pronounced bent toward comfort and luxury make it a sure bet for those with a preference for the predictable and stalwart.
Comfort, luxury, and control collide in this beautiful work of art. With dual-zone climate control, standard moon roof, and four different available choices of leather and wood trim combinations, the LS continues to stand for excellence in the premium vehicle market. The high standards continue on the exterior with minimal body gaps and anti-scratch paint coating, which actually heals itself of minor scratches. Add the Comfort Plus package and you’ll get the benefit of Intuitive Park Assist.
Changes for 2012
There were minimal alterations to this model year, with the additional of a color – Nebula Gray Pearl, and the discontinuation of Smoky Granite Mica.
What We Like
Selling points include higher than typical resale value, as well as the Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio package. Add the Sport package to the LS 460 and you’ve got enhanced braking and improved suspension for an even smoother ride.
What Concerns Us
The hefty price tag could buy slightly better handling in an Audi or BMW. And if staying on top of stylish, progressive-minded design is your priority, the LS might not be what you’re looking for. The conservative, comfort-focused stability is what has kept the Lexus LS steady in the marketplace for so long.
Both the LS 460 and LS 460 L feature a 4.6L V8 8-speed automatic with optional AWD. The standard models have 367 lb.-ft. torque, 380 HP, and get 16/24 mpg. The AWD versions sport 344 lb.-ft. torque, 357 HP, and get 16/23 mpg.
There have been no recalls on the 2012 Lexus LS.
It is virtually impossible to find any significant complaints or problems on this model. There has been one complaint registered online of a problem with the backup camera not coming on, as well as the vehicle rolling forward when put into reverse. However, the service center was not able to reproduce the problem nor figure out what might be causing the issue.