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2008 Lexus LS Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Lexus LS was new.

The LS offers bulletproof Lexus reliability, one of the finest interiors in a class full of fine interiors, and a suite of technological innovations that leaves the rest of its class behind.  What it doesn't offer is driving excitement on par with some of its peers -- its suspension is soft and its acceleration lags a bit when compared to other cars at this price point.

9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • 460 L, with optional, Executive-Class Seating Package, is spacious and luxuious even for this class
  • Soft handling for cruising-like ride, and enough acceleration to pull the LS with authority
  • Comfortable front seats, tailored to the driver, with intuitive technology
  • Mark Levinson optional entertainment upgrade delivers good, clear sound
  • Lexus reliability and added safety features
  • Innovative yet confusing self-parking feature
  • Some find suspension tuned too softly and acceleration muted
  • Slightly dated exterior styling

2008 Lexus LS Overview

The 2008 Lexus LS is the flagship sedan of Lexus, the luxury badge of Toyota.  It offers one of the most comfortable passenger cabins available today, and is a showcase of all the latest technology the world's largest automaker has developed.  The technophiles at CNET write the 460 L "is the best car we've seen. We can't put it any more bluntly than that. It checks off all the tech boxes, then goes and adds some new ones," calling it a "Four Seasons hotel on four wheels."   If you've seen Lexus advertisements, you probably know that the car can also park itself -- though reviews are divided on how well the self-parking function actually works.  The LS achieves the highest reliability scores possible in quality and dependability studies by J.D. Power and Associates.

Those who do register complaints about the LS cite its soft suspension, which doesn't lend itself to performance driving.  A few reviews say the acceleration is not on par with the best of its class.  But these are largely matters of taste -- the 460 LS is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 380 horsepower -- hardly an underpowered car.  Likewise, the suspension that some cite as too soft is the key to what others call one of the most comfortable cruising rides available. The 2008 LS is available in two trims, a standard mode and a long wheelbase edition that emphasizes rear-passenger comfort.  If you're in the market for a Super Luxury Sedan, you might also consider the Audi A8 or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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  • "The foremost vehicle in Lexus's lineup, not to mention the model that introduced the brand to America back in 1989, the LS is the epitome of Toyota's luxury division. Now in its fourth generation, the LS" is a "showcase of the brand's most innovative technology." -- Motor Trend
  • "A sleek, supremely appointed, luxuriously outfitted freeway flier," the LS will appeal to "the average luxury sedan buyer who's looking for a smooth, quiet ride that offers elegance, quality and reliability. Not to mention the solid reputation of Lexus." -- Road and Track
  • "Until now, there have been only three big dogs in the practical, daily driver, luxury four-door world: the V-8 versions of the BMW 7-series, the Mercedes-Benz S-class, and the Audi A8. ... The new LS460 is not just the peer of the leading trio, it provides a new benchmark for the category." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Armed with a revised V-8, the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission, and a host of new technology, the fourth-generation LS is marching the brand farther up the luxury ladder." -- Car and Driver
  • "The newest LS appears to be the best yet - the most powerful, safest, most feature-laden - but it is also the most expensive and is, in some ways, disappointing." -- Newsday
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