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2014 Lexus LS Review

The 2014 Lexus LS sedan is perched near the top its class on the strength of its excellent reliability score and lower cost of ownership relative to rivals. However, the LS has meager engine power and unintuitive infotainment controls. 

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Great reliability rating
  • High-quality cabin
  • Top-notch seating accommodations
  • Delayed engine power
  • Dull handling
  • Finnicky infotainment controller

2014 Lexus LS Overview

Is the 2014 Lexus LS a Good Used Car?

If you want a dependable super luxury car that matches the opulence of European rivals for a fraction of the cost, the Lexus LS 460 is your car. However, this flagship sedan doesn’t match the engaging performance of its rivals.

Used 2014 Lexus LS Performance and Interior

A 386-horsepower V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission powers the 2014 Lexus LS 460. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The LS lacks low-end torque, which means it takes a few seconds to really get going when you hit the pedal. The transmission also frequently hunts for the correct gear. Fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for RWD models, while AWD models lose 1 mpg on the highway. A hybrid version, the LS 600h, earns 19/23 mpg, which is very low for a hybrid.

As expected from a large luxury sedan, the LS prioritizes ride comfort over handling. It can easily soak up imperfections in the road, even more so with the available air suspension. If you’re looking for a sportier, more engaging drive, find an LS with the F Sport package, which includes Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned air suspension, and a limited-slip differential.

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The 2014 Lexus LS 460 seats five, though some models have the Executive Class configuration that seats four and increases passenger comfort with two bucket seats in the rear. Leather seats are standard, while front cooled and heated seats are available. Available rear-seat amenities include power adjustments, heating and cooling, and a massaging function. Passenger space and comfort is excellent no matter where you sit, especially in extended-wheelbase versions.

Standard features in the LS 460 include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a navigation system, and the Remote Touch infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display screen. Available features include a heated steering wheel, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, a power trunk, a power rear sunshade, four-zone climate control, and a rear-seat DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system. The LS earns praise for its elegant and modern cabin design, but the Remote Touch infotainment controller is distracting and difficult to use.

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Used 2014 Lexus LS Prices

Average prices for a 2014 Lexus LS 460 range from about $41,900 for a rear-wheel-drive base model to around $44,500 for an AWD long-wheelbase body style. Actual listings depend on the car's mileage, condition, and features and can vary based on your location.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if a used Lexus LS is for you, we analyzed 15 professional reviews along with reliability ratings, safety scores, and ownership cost estimates. We've done the hard work so you can focus on making a smart buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lexus LS?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 Lexus LS 460 a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five. That mark is among the best given to any vehicle on the market.

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How Safe Is the LS?

Like many luxury and performance cars, the 2014 LS 460 was only sparingly crash tested. It earned the highest rating of Good in two assessments from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The LS comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights. Some models include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection.

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Should I Consider Another Used LS?

The Lexus LS 460 was fully redesigned for the 2013 model year, and aside from the introduction of Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, there were few notable changes for 2014. Thus, you can likely save money and get a similar car by purchasing a 2013 LS 460. Likewise, the 2014 LS is a better buy than a 2015 model, since there weren't many upgrades for 2015 that justify its likely higher price.

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Which Used Lexus LS Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Lexus LS is available in two trims: LS 460 and LS 460 L (long-wheelbase). The standard LS comes well-equipped with features like standard leather seats, an infotainment system, a moonroof, and navigation, so save some money and stick with the base model unless you need the extra room of the LS 460 L.

Even with the LS' great reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2014 Lexus LS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus LS or 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a merely average reliability rating and exorbitant estimated ownership costs. Aside from that, it's a great car. The Mercedes outdoes the Lexus when it comes to performance. The S-Class has a powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine, poised handling, and a cloudlike ride quality. Inside, the S-Class boasts one of the most luxurious cabins on the market, and its infotainment features are straightforward and easy to use. Which of these cars is right for you depends on if you prioritize the value and practicality of the LS or the performance and ease of use of the S-Class.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus LS or 2014 BMW 7 Series?

The 2014 BMW 7 Series is a solid midpack super luxury car, featuring a strong engine lineup and a roomy, comfortable interior. Like the LS, the 7 Series doesn’t offer the most exciting handling, but BMW’s intuitive iDrive infotainment system should be easier to live with than the Lexus Remote Touch interface. A great reliability score and lower ownership costs make the LS a better choice than the 7 Series for the value-conscious shopper, but the 7 Series is a better overall daily driver.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus LS or 2014 Lexus GS?

The 2014 Lexus GS is a luxury midsize car and an all-around better buy than the LS. Shopping for a GS will likely save you tens of thousands of dollars both upfront and in the long run, and the GS’ perfect reliability rating beats the LS’ already high mark. With great safety scores, well-rounded performance, and a comfortable cabin, the Lexus GS is one of the best luxury cars you can buy.

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