2007 Lexus IS Review

2007 Lexus IS Review The LS is one of the original Lexus models, dating back to 1990. The LS 400 was an immediate critical hit. The second generation in 1995 dropped the body weight, among other improvements. The third generation, LS 430, debuted in 2001. With a total redesign, both in and out, along with a new suspension and 290 hp engine, the 430 was a huge leap forward. Now, the LS 460 is here for 2007, with a whole new list of features. The LS series has won a staggering amount of awards for its dependability, attractiveness, and superior ride.


The BuyingAdvice Team Says:

The Lexus LS 460 is perhaps the finest luxury car on the market. The 460 delivers the whole package. Its powerful 380 hp V8 delivers admirable performance, alongside its exclusive eight-speed transmission. The interior is simple, yet utterly elegant and plush. It’s array of features and gadgets is astounding, and its self-parking feature seemed like science fiction only a few years ago. Combine all of that with Lexus’ famous reliability, and the 460 comes out to be a real winner.


What’s New For 2007:

The LS 460 is all new for 2007. The engine is now a powerful 4.6-L, 380 hp V8 paired with the first eight-speed automatic transmission on the market. New for the 460 is a multilink suspension, along with electronic steering. One of its most impressive new features is its ability to park itself using computer-controlled sensors.



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What is the Predicted Reliability:

The Lexus LS has long been lauded for its astounding reliability. J.D. Power gives it five stars for initial manufacturing quality. Problems that affected the second generation include emission problems and engine misfires. The last generation had issues with brake noise, cracking mirrors, steering noise, and problematic trunk latches. The last generation was recalled three times. Expect above average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles.


Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:

Government crash test scores are not available. The IIHS gave it a “Good” rating for frontal crashes and “Marginal” for rear impacts. It comes equipped with anti-lock brakes, brake assist, full side airbags, knee airbags, and stability and traction control. Adaptive cruise control is available.


Pros and Cons:

Pros
+ Parks itself
+ Excellent reliability
+ Quiet

Cons
- Uncertain crashworthiness
- Doesn’t deliver top-end performance
- Not overwhelmingly different than the previous generation


Head-To-Head Competition:

The 460 costs $15,000 less than the BMW 7 Series, and adds a CD changer, sunroof, and eight-speed transmission. However, the BMW includes a navigation system and more cargo space. The 460 costs $2,500 less than the Jaguar XJ, and adds a CD changer, eight-speed transmission, along with 80 more hp. It costs $6,000 less than the Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, and gets about five more miles to the gallon, but has a smaller engine and lacks navigation.


What Others Are Saying:

“Although Lexus touts the totally redesigned full-size LS sedan – its largest and priciest sedan – as daring, it’s only incrementally more exciting visually than its staid predecessor. It is, however, attractive and more aggressive looking than the model it replaces, incorporating Lexus’ new style, called L-Finesse, already woven into the recently released GS and IS sedans.”Forbes

“But if you’re thinking of taking on the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring, then you may be in for some disappointment. Because at 59.9 mph in the slalom and 0.80g on the skidpad where it understeers heavily, the LS 460 is not a “numbers” car. Not that this will matter 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

“The new LS460 is not just the peer of the leading trio, it provides a new benchmark for the category.”Automobile Magazine


Read more about the 2007 Lexus LS at the Lexus manufacturer web site.


Published on Friday, June 8, 2007 - Copyright 2014 BuyingAdvice.com, INC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten, or redistributed.


 

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