Available in the LS 460, the LS 460 L, and the LS 460 F Sport, the LS line is getting the attention it deserves, thanks in large part to a new styling language that made its debut on the 2013 model.
A year later, and the 2014 LS retains that same dynamic character with some new additions on the body and in the cabin to make it even more of an attractive luxury car that touches on a lot of Lexus’ growing profile as a player in the market.
One engine is still offered in the 2014 model, and that’s a bit of a letdown. But for the most part, all of the new digs added to the 2014 LS all contribute in giving the luxury sedan more appeal to its customers.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus LS
The current styling of the Lexus LS, which we first saw on the 2013 model, comes back in spades on the 2014 model. That’s a good thing because the bold style of the LS comes with all the features we loved when we first saw Lexus’ revised spindle grille.
Everything is laid out nicely, contributing a sense of balance that makes the LS look like a true luxury car.
2014 Lexus LS - Exterior Specifications
|Trim||LS 460||LS 460 L|
|Wheelbase||116.9 in.||121.7 in.|
|Overall Length||200 in.||205 in.|
|Overall Width||73.8 in.||73.8 in.|
|Overall Height (unloaded; with coil suspension)||58.1 in.||58.1 in.|
|Overall Height (RWD with optional air suspension)||57.7 in.||57.7 in.|
|Overall Height (AWD with standard coil suspension)||58.3 in.||58.3 in.|
|Overall Height (F SPORT)||57.3 in.||57.3 in.|
|Tread Width (RWD: Front/Rear)||18-inc wheels: 63.6 inc./63.8 in.||18-in. wheels: 63.6 in./63.8 in.|
|Tread Width (RWD with 19-inch wheels (Front/Rear)||19-in. wheels: 63.4 in./63.6 in.||19-in. wheels: 63.4/63.6 in.|
|Ground Clearance (RWD and AWD with standard Coil Suspension)||5.1 in.||5.1 in.|
2014 Lexus LS - Standard Exterior Features
- 18-inch split five-spoke wheels with hollow spoke noise reduction technology and high gloss finish
- Aggressive inverted trapezoid-shaped upper and bottom-wide lower grille to produce a new “spindle grille”
- Arrowhead-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps
- Integrated LED fog lamps
- Heated electrochromic outside rearview mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, LED puddle lamps (mounted on the underside of mirror housing), and power folding function
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) integrated headlamps (low beam)
- High-strength steel alloy and ultra-high strength sheet metal used in body structure
- Narrow and precise body panel gaps
- Thinsulate insulation for more effective sound absorption
- Power door closers
- Trunk lid opens without key fob being within range when vehicle is unlocked
Just like the exterior, the interior of the LS comes with minor color and trim revisions. The craftsmanship that made the LS’ cabin such a treat to the senses returns in the 2014 model, complete with some new digs that should give customers a real good interest in the luxury sedan.
Heated and ventilated front seats, with 16-way power adjustment for the driver and 12-way for the passenger, come standard in the 2014 model. There’s also an all-LED interior lighting system that illuminates the cabin in a subtle yet effective manner, improving the ambiance of the LS to fit its style and class.
The available Lexus Climate Concierge is also a huge addition to the 2014 LS, with the four-zone system allowing the occupants to set temperature preferences for the main climate control system, the climate control seats and the heated steering wheel.
2014 Lexus LS - Interior Specifications
|Trim||LS 460||LS 460 L|
|Seating Capacity / (with Executive Class Seat Package)||5 / n/a||5 / 4|
|Headroom Front (with moonroof - standard)||38.0 in.||38.0 in.|
|Rear (with moonroof - standard)||38.0 in.||38.0 in.|
|Legroom Front||43.7 in.||43.7 in.|
|Legroom Rear||35.8 in.||36.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||58.5 in.||58.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56.9 in.||56.4 in.|
|Hip Room Front||55.4 in.||55.4 in.|
|Hip Room Rear||55.5 in.||55.5 in.|
|Couple Distance||40.7 in.||45.5 in.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||18.0 cu. ft.||18.0 cu. ft.|
2014 Lexus LS - Standard Interior Features
- Grain-matched wood trim with genuine aluminum accents for center console, dash and door panels
- Headliner for Black/Saddle Tan changed to Parchment (replaces Light Gray)
- Interior leather/wood trim colors: Parchment, Light Gray, Flaxen, Black, Black with Saddle Tan Accent and unique F SPORT Black with White Perforations
- Matte Bamboo trim available with Parchment or Black interior with semi-aniline leather trim
- Three-spoke wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel
- 16-way power driver’s seat with auto slide-away and 12-way power front passenger seat
- Electrochromic inside mirror
- Electroluminescent (Optitron) gauges
- HomeLink programmable garage door opener
- SmartAccess with push-button start/stop
- TFT (Thin Film Transistor) color multi-information display indicates: driving range of remaining fuel in tank, average fuel consumption, average fuel consumption since refueling, current fuel consumption, average speed since vehicle started, outside temperature, elapsed time, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control settings (if equipped) and maintenance/diagnostic messages.
- Dual-zone front climate control with smog sensor and automatic recirculation control
- Lexus HDD Navigation with backup monitor; Bluetooth® hands free phone and automatic phonebook download capabilities; Lexus Enform® with SafetyConnect®: Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Destination Assist, and eDestination (complimentary one-year trial subscription); Lexus InsiderTM; Voice command casual-language voice recognition system; NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks, and Fuel Prices (one-year trial All Access subscription included), subscription-free Enform App Suite, Intuitive Park Assist
- Power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch closure
- Rear back-up camera
- Transitional LED ambient lighting (under I/P wood trim)
The 2014 LS line only makes use of one powertrain: a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 386 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. As far as performance numbers are concerned, the rear-wheel-drive LS can hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds compared to 5.9 seconds for the all-wheel-drive models. Likewise, the quarter-mile time takes 14 seconds for the RWD models and 14.3 seconds for the AWD models.
Top speed is similar for both models at an electronically limited 130 mph while fuel efficiency ratings for the LS 460 allows it to consume 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg in the highway.
2014 Lexus LS - Engine Specifications
|Type, Materials||V-8, aluminum block and heads|
|Bore x Stroke||3.70 in. x 3.27 in. (94.0 mm x 83.0 mm)|
|Horsepower @ RPM||386 @ 6,400 (AWD: 360 @ 6,400)|
|Torque (LB.-FT. @ RPM)||367 @ 4,100 (AWD: 347 @ 4,100)|
|Maximum Engine Speed (redline)||6,600 rpm|
|Emission Certification (manufacturer’s estimate)||ULEV II|
The Lexus LS 460 and 460 L have been priced in four different numbers. The cheapest of the lot is the LS 460 RWD at $72,140 with the LS 460 AWD priced at $75,085. The bigger LS 460L has a retail of $78,440 in RWD configuration and $81,295 in AWD configuration.
|LS 460 RWD||$72,140|
|LS 460 AWD||$75,085|
|LS 460L RWD||$78,440|
|LS 460L AWD||$81,925|
One of the most popular luxury cars on the market is the Mercedes S-Class, and the 2014 doesn’t lack in its share of class, prestige and luxury features. Mercedes decided to add the S-Class in its list of all-new models, resulting the automaker’s resident luxury car to boast the same design language we have seen in all the recently launched Mercedes models.
In addition, Mercedes gave the new S-Class a 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Now, if you’re really in the market for a luxury sedan that checks off a lot of your requirements, the 2014 A8 is the perfect choice, or at least as far as we’re concerned. It looks great; it has an elegant stance; and it offers the same level of luxury as that of Lexus LS’ lineup.
The A8 is also offered with a 4.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 372 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm, a little under what the LS has but still notable enough to give the German automaker a real serious model that contends with the market.
Gallery Audi A8
We loved the Lexus LS last year and there’s nothing about the 2014 model that’s going to dissuade us from changing our opinion. We hoped that Lexus added variety in the engine, but the one that’s available is impressive enough that we’re not going to hold it against the Japanese automaker.
Maybe next year, right Lexus?
- Interior updates are cool
- Available in RWD and AWD is an understated option
- Still looks like a winner
- Only one engine option
- 130 mph top speed is underwhelming in its class
- Other models available
Gallery Lexus LS
The 2014 Lexus LS flagship sedans, descendants of the car that turned “heritage” on its head more than 20 years ago, hold a special place in the premium luxury category. Distinctive design, made even more so in the LS redesign for 2013, envelops an impeccable blend of performance, luxury craftsmanship and technological innovation.
The first Lexus LS ushered in a new era in luxury car performance by making a powerful V8 engine standard at a time when European premium luxury cars offered a V8 as an option. The V8 performance advantage continues for the 2014 LS models, a contrast to several competitors that have reverted to standard six-cylinder engines in their flagship sedans. Responsive power and swift, nearly silent acceleration remain trademarks of all LS models.
The 2014 Lexus LS line includes the LS 460 in regular and long-wheelbase versions with a 386 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 (360 hp with all-wheel drive) and the LS 600h L hybrid with 438 total system horsepower from a 5-liter V8 paired with an electric motor. The LS 600h L is available exclusively with all-weather drive and is also the best-equipped LS in standard form.
Convenience and ease of use make another leap in the 2014 Lexus LS with the addition of available Siri® Eyes Free Mode technology licensed from Apple®. Compatible with the iPhone® 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications and calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.
The new-generation Lexus LS design is at once bold and efficient. The signature spindle grille provides instant brand recognition, and while pleasing the eyes, the LS design cheats the wind with a very low 0.26 coefficient of drag. Discretely placed stabilizing fins on the body contribute to that low number and also help enhance high-speed control and handling.
The Lexus LS beckons the driver to savor curved roads a bit more thanks to significant enhancements in driving dynamics. The standard frequency-dependent shock absorbers, for example, help deliver flatter, road-hugging handling while also smoothing out rough surfaces. Available air suspension delivers an uncannily smooth ride while preserving the enhanced agility of the new-generation LS.
F SPORT for Road Lovers
How do you turn up the handling prowess in a premium luxury sedan and still preserve the ultra-smooth, quiet ride quality? It’s not an easy proposition, as introducing any harshness can “cheapen” the feel of a premium car. Lexus found the ideal balance with the LS F SPORT.
Sitting 0.4 inches lower on its sport-tuned air suspension and 19-inch forged alloy wheels, the F SPORT treatment gives the LS decidedly sportier driving performance. Yet, the Lexus trademark smooth, quiet ride remains intact. The contribution of high-performance hardware like the Torsen® limited slip rear differential (RWD model) and Brembo six-piston caliper brakes remains seamless. The F SPORT is also available with all-weather drive.
Inside, the Alcantara headliner, aluminum trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters readily identify the F SPORT as the driving enthusiast’s LS. Yet, comfort remains pure Lexus.
The F SPORT tastefully “sportifies” the LS exterior design. The unique front fascia shows off an exclusive mesh version of the spindle grille with black grille surround, larger air intake openings and round fog lamps. A chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper conveys the lowered center of gravity.
Personalizing the Lexus LS starts with a wide selection of exterior color and interior finishes. Personalization continues behind the wheel with the Drive Mode Select dial on the center console. The driver can tailor the car’s performance to driving style or mood by selecting one of three settings – “Normal,” “Eco” or “Sport S.” The system automatically adjusts several performance parameters, including shift points and throttle response. “Eco” prioritizes fuel efficiency, while “Sport” quickens responses for a livelier feeling. Models equipped with the air suspension offer two additional drive settings, “Comfort” and “Sport S+.”
Luxury in the Obvious and in the Details
Since the introduction of the original LS more than 20 years ago, the Lexus flagship sedan has continually raised the bar for interior comfort, quietness and standard luxury amenities. Heated and ventilated front seats, with 16-way power adjustment for the driver and 12-way for the passenger, are standard. The redesign brought improved comfort for long-distance drives, as well as larger heating and cooling areas and quicker heating and cooling times.
Lexus long ago mastered the art of luxury nuance and continues to hone its expertise in this area, an excellent example being the Advanced Illumination System (AIS). This all-LED interior lighting system illuminates to greet the approaching driver and passengers and then fades in sequence with the vehicle starting procedure – reminiscent of sequential light fading prior to a stage play or symphony performance.
Lexus pioneered new body construction techniques to minimize noise, and that spirit of innovation continues in the new-generation LS, which employs a special noise-reduction wheel design. As the car drives, resonant noise is channeled from the main air chamber to adjacent hollow areas within the wheels via resonator hole cutting a significant source of road noise.
The Lexus LS personalizes passenger comfort with the available Lexus Climate Concierge. This four-zone system lets occupants set temperature preferences for the main climate control system, the climate control seats and, for the driver, the heated steering wheel. Multiple sensors throughout the cabin ensure that the system reaches heating/cooling preferences quickly.
Craftsmanship throughout the cabin reflects an obsessive focus on materials and details. For example, Lexus craftsmen take 38 days to create the availableShimamoku (“striped wood”) Espresso wood steering wheel and matching trim. It’s an exhaustive 67-step process of layering dark- and light-shaded veneers to create this one-of-a-kind wood finish. The finished product is simply stunning.
Useful Technology That’s Easy to Use
As luxury brands have been adding new and sometimes complex technologies, Lexus continues to find an ideal balance of usefulness and usability. Navigation is standard on all LS models. The 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display is large enough to simultaneously show a map display on one side and selectable vehicle functions on the other.
Steering wheel buttons provide quick, easy access to frequently used functions in the climate and audio systems. Operating navigation, climate control, a paired cell phone, audio system and numerous other vehicle functions does not require a master’s degree in engineering. Rather, with the console-mounted Lexus next-generation Remote Touch, complete with leather trimmed wrist pad, the driver can quickly toggle through screen menus to operate a variety of vehicle systems. One-push confirmation makes menu and item selection easy and intuitive.
Lexus has expanded connectivity in its vehicles while helping to reduce driver distraction. The foundation of this capability, Lexus Enform®, can make a compatible Bluetooth®smartphone even smarter. The available Enform service, with Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes with the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package. Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite. These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora®, and iHeartRadio™, search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on Facebook Places™.
The LS’ telematics system, Lexus Enformwith Safety Connect® is available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are available on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles while Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is on all vehicles equipped with the optional Navigation system. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.
Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative SiriusXM® services including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices. SiriusXM services offer complimentary one-year trial data subscription.
Lexus Heritage: Stunning Sound
From its inception, Lexus also changed expectations for standard and optional in-car audio, and the newest LS models continue this tradition. Since the 1970s, audiophiles seeking the depth and power of a live performance in their living rooms have turned to the Mark Levinson® brand for its ultra high-end equipment. The hushed cabin of the Lexus LS offers the ideal stage for hearing music at its best, which is what the optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System provides.
“Reference” is a term respected among audiophiles, and it means the music is played back with the utmost fidelity to the recording. The 19-speaker Lexus Mark Levinson system provides a 5.1 home theatre surround experience using 7.1 architecture and discrete circuitry. The 450-watt, 15-channel ML3-16 Processor Power Amplifier covers the 20Hz-20kHz frequency range with less than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) – a stunning achievement in mobile audio.
Safety and Collision Avoidance
The Lexus LS offers a raft of driver-assist technologies, including the advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system with Collision Avoidance Assist. This system is designed to assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating frontal collisions with vehicles and pedestrians under a wide range of city and highway speeds. At speeds lower than 24 mph, this technology can help the LS driver to avoid accidents by automatically bringing the LS to a full stop.
What’s New for 2014
Siri Eyes-Free mode.
Revised auto headlamp on/off
Ability to open trunk lid without key fob being in range when vehicle is unlocked
Minor interior color and trim revisions.
Numerous stabilizing fins help make the LS one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its segment with a coefficient drag of 0.26. Laser screw welding, body adhesives and other structural reinforcements increase rigidity and enhance control, steering feel and handling.
Standard Drive Mode Select allows the driver to choose from three distinct drive settings (Eco, Normal and Sport S). Vehicles equipped with the available air suspension add Comfort and Sport S+ modes.
The available Air Suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.
The available AWD system features a central, permanently engaged, Torsen Limited Slip Center Differential to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability.
The Advanced Pre-Collision Safety system (APCS) can detect stationary pedestrians and those moving at speeds of up to three miles per hourand stop the vehicle from a speed of 24 miles per hour if a collision with another vehicle is imminent.
An upgraded, optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.
Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) constantly monitors the distance to vehicles ahead and is capable of operating at any speed. The system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and accelerate away once the road ahead is clear.
Optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.
The Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses rear millimeter-wave radar to monitor the vehicle rear side blind spots at 10 miles per hour or more. This feature includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which automatically operates when the vehicle is in reverse, alerting drivers to the approach of other vehicles when backing out of a parking place.
The available Automatic High Beam system features a camera located in the inner mirror that detects light sources in front of the vehicle — including the headlamps of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of a vehicle ahead and street lighting - to automatically switch the high beams on and off accordingly.
Quietest LS cabin ever.
Front seats minimize pressure peaks and increase support. Both front seats feature an improved standard heating and cooling system with larger heating and cooling areas and reduced heating and cooling times.
AWD models, including the LS 600h L, feature a heated steering wheel and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating elements, which warm the front cabin area quickly after vehicle start-up. Windshield de-icer and headlamp washers are standard on AWD models.
The LS features a standard Lexus Premium Audio System with a nine-channel amplifier, 10 speakers, CD / DVD player changer, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Standard entertainment and connectivity advancements include enhanced Bluetooth capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
Available power rear seats with Climate Concierge.
An available Ottoman Seating Package with Shiatsu massage and a Rear Seat Entertainment System featuring a Blu-ray Disc™ DVD player, an SD card slot and a retractable, ceiling mounted, nine-inch full-color VGA screen.
The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper Display Zone, with the large, 12.3-inch, LCD multi-display screen, and a lower Operation Zone, which allows access to system controls such as the second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
The driver’s instrument meter cluster incorporates high-visibility, large diameter Optitron dials; a 5.8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Multi-information screen; and an aluminum analog clock with a GPS-based time correction function.
Optional wood includes Walnut, Shimamoku Espresso and Matte Brown Bird’s Eye Maple. The LS 600h L also offers an eco-friendly Bamboo wood trim.
48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.
Eight years/100,000 miles hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery-control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter.