Taking part in a road trip from Northern Ohio to Southern Georgia means that you’re going to need one hell of a car. As much as we would love to take a Ferrari 458 Italia down for pure speed and style purposes, the hard ride and the fire issue might get old after North Carolina.
That’s why we got ourselves a big boat, the Lexus LS. Of course, being who we are, we weren’t happy with the normal LS460, we needed the long wheelbase version with the fancy stuff in the backseat because that’s just more fun. Not to mention the L version is far more relaxing and we aim to see how we feel after such a long drive in such a comfortable cruiser.
So, our trip beings today and we will continue to update you on how the car is behaving and how relaxed and content we are with the most expensive Toyota of the bunch, besides the hybrid models and the LFA of course, with a tag of $95,000.
Enjoy the series, because we are sure going to enjoy the trip.
The Lexus LS460L pounded the east coast pavement like a real champ. The hours and miles passed by quickly, without exhaustion from the driver or the passenger. While we’re writing this, we are sitting in the backseat with the seat reclined and James Bond playing on the DVD entrainment system.
As far as comfort goes, the LS460L is sublime. The suspension is stiffer than a Cadillac, but not rough. It absorbs bumps with ease and there is little body roll in the corners. The big fat tires provide grip through the West Virginia corners and in sport mode, the handling is light, but responsive. If we have one issue, it’s that there is little feedback through the wheel and the car can roll about over rough roads.
The V8 motor is strong, but considering the LS is a very heavy car, we didn’t expect BMW performance. While it might not get up and go like its German rivals, the car feels at home on the highway. The adaptive cruise control works well, but there are still some tweaks here and there to make it perfect.
Currently we are in Virginia so our trip is about half over, or we still have half to go depending on your outlook. The Lexus has been wonderful so far and we look forward to our next report.