2013 Lexus LS Preview

Jeff Youngs | Aug 01, 2012
  • New signature Lexus spindle grille added
  • Updated styling with optional LED headlights
  • Redesigned dashboard and steering wheel
  • New LED Advanced Illumination System
  • New high-resolution 12.3-inch navigation screen
  • Next-generation Remote Touch controller
  • Optional Lexus Climate Concierge system
  • Strengthened and stiffened body structure
  • Revised suspension, steering and braking systems
  • Available F Sport performance-tuned model
  • Optional Advanced Pre-Collision Safety with Driver Attention and Collision Avoidance Assist systems


Lexus restyles its flagship LS sedan for 2013 and adds a dose of performance with a newly available F Sport model. A host of new technologies are also standard or available.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L are restyled, the luxury brand's new spindle-style grille serving as the most prominent change.

Interior Features

The new LS 460's interior carries over largely intact. The steering wheel is new, as well as the gauges, center control panel, and the navigation and information screen with next-generation Remote Touch controller. Lexus employs a new LED Advanced Illumination System in the 2013 LS.

Optional Features

For 2013, a new F Sport Package gives the LS 460 and LS 460 L a performance-oriented edge. The F Sport Package includes 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, special detailing inside and out, F Sport badges and doorsill scuff plates, and aluminum pedals. This is more than just a cosmetic upgrade, though, thanks to a sport-tuned air suspension that snugs the car down on its bigger wheels, transmission paddle shifters, limited-slip rear differential (rear-drive models only), and upgraded Brembo braking components. Sport-bolstered front seats complete the F Sport treatment.

In addition, the new 2013 Lexus LS can be outfitted with semi-aniline leather, Alcantara headliner, Mark Levinson Reference Surround Audio system, 5-mode air suspension, climate-controlled front seats, power climate-controlled rear seats, and a power rear-window sunshade.

A new Lexus Climate Concierge system is also available. Sensors at each seating position ensure comfort by automatically adjusting air temperature and flow, seat heating and ventilation, and for the driver, the heated steering wheel, based on desired temperature.

LS 460 L buyers can also select the Executive Class Seating package with a power-reclining, climate-controlled rear seat with foot rest; rear-seat entertainment system; Lexus Climate Concierge; full leather interior; and more.

Under the Hood

A 386-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine is standard in the LS 460, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is available, however, it drops the V-8's power rating to 360. Lexus claims the rear-drive model accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.


Electronically controlled, 4-wheel ventilated-disc anti-lock brakes with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers are standard, along with traction control, stability control, reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive front lighting, and Lexus Enform with Safety Connect services.

Safety-related options include a new Advanced Pre-Collision Safety with Driver Attention and Collision Avoidance Assist systems. At speeds under 24 mph, this feature can bring the LS to a complete stop to avoid a collision, Lexus claims. Additionally, the LS can be outfitted with a Blind Spot Monitor, Cross Traffic Alert, and rear-seat side-impact air bags.


A new 12.3-inch color high-resolution navigation and information display, operated using a next-generation iteration of the mouse-like Remote Touch controller, is standard on the 2013 Lexus LS. Additionally, the Lexus Enform telematics system offers an App Suite that allows the LS 460's owner to pair a smartphone and then conduct Bing local searches, stream Internet radio, perform Facebook Places check-ins, and more.

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