2013 Lexus LS


$24,680 - $40,759

2013 Lexus LS Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Lexus LS was new.


Performance: 7.4

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 

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