The Lexus LS flagship comes in a regular length and a long-wheelbase L version. Its V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission -- the first ever in a passenger car. Other options include a precollision system with radar-based cruise control, a 19-speaker stereo with an eight-gigabyte hard drive, cooled rear storage, a reclining rear seat with massage, leg rests and rear seat heaters.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is a little noisy"

JAMES A., VA (2008 Lexus LS)

"My wife's car. She always feel safe driving this car because of its handling."

JAMES M., FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus is a powerhouse. When I hit the gas, I can count on this car to MOVE. Fortunately it has equally good brakes, though I had to have them serviced more often than I might have expected during my period of long commutes. It has a super smooth drivetrain and corners like a pro. This car has it all for me. I feel very safe and in control when driving this car."

LAURIE D., GA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Great touring car. Could be improved in the handling Dept., More like Germany cars. Fantastic mpg. As high as 30+mpg. Excellent power from a quiet efficient engine."

EDWARD S., SK (2008 Lexus LS)

"I've driven Audis for many years. The handling of the Lexus just does not compare."

PHILLIP D., CO (2008 Lexus LS)

"Acceleration is spotty, sometimes when you push on the accelerator, nothing happens or there;s a significant pause, that could be a safety hazard. Other times the acceleration is very jerky. This could be acceleration or the automatic transmission"

THOMAS S., CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"A CLASS CAR EVEN THOUGH IT IS 8 YEARS OLD"

JAMES F., GA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Acceleration and handling have improved over the LS430"

TOM D., DE (2008 Lexus LS)

"This 2oo8Lexus LS600hl was their first hybrid. I have never had any problems with this car. It drives as good today as it did the first day received the car. It sill has the original brakes after 55,000 miles. Acceleration is breath taking when you need. I have the recommended service done every 6 months, I love this car."

R F., CT (2008 Lexus LS)

"a dream to drive. really like the gearing down capability for mountain driving"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"outstanding acceleration for passing and from a standstill. Handles great on the highways. Not crazy about the handling in the cities."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS)

"smooth, quiet, powerful. only "rockers" are damaged, and I guess that happens with @100K miles"

Lawr F., TX (2008 Lexus LS)

"Great handling, excellent acceleration. Love this car!"

V B., CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"smooth power, quiet ride, secure handling, tight turning radius (especially for a large vehicle)"

Thomas Y., IL (2008 Lexus LS)

"The only thing to fear when driving this car is the amount of acceleration and response one get when depressing the gas peddle. I find the handling true to my expectations both on the straight away and on the curves. I am extremely satisfied with the LS."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS)

"Smooth transmission, 8 speed"

Edward S., IN (2008 Lexus LS)

"It is very fast, gets 30mpg on the hwy, and handles great. Best sedan I've ever owned."

Robert Q., MT (2008 Lexus LS)

"quick and smooth"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Lexus LS)

"Compared to most other Lexus models, the LS has a distinct German road handling feel to it. While it isn’t on par with BMW for handling, it’s still far better than most other Lexus models."

Anthony I., CO (2008 Lexus LS)

"quiet cabin, smooth ride, powerful engine, acceleration when needed, stopping power"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus LS)

"outstanding acceleration great handling smooth"

Kenneth G., NC (2008 Lexus LS)

"Smooth ride, flawless acceleration, outstanding reliability and a very quiet cabin."

Eugene G., NC (2008 Lexus LS)

"V8 provides very responsive acceleration"

John R., NC (2008 Lexus LS)

"It's quiet and accelerates and handles very well."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Wonderful road car"

John B., TN (2008 Lexus LS)

"Nav system is poor suggests very long routes to destination. and voice commands are worthless"

Bruce O., WA (2008 Lexus LS)

"The phone Bluetooth is very bad and as I use my phone for business this is extremely important to me."

Melvin S., NJ (2008 Lexus LS)

"all good"

S H., FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"Handling is a pleasant experience, power when needed while maintaining excellent gas mileage for a luxury vehicle"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus LS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats do not get along with my tail bone--difficult finding comfort zone"

LEWIS C., CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus has an extremely smooth, quiet ride. I commuted over 100 miles a day in it for several years and it was a pleasure to sit back and relax in the car. No matter how bad the traffic, it was my own personal oasis."

LAURIE D., GA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Seats not as comfortable as the 430 LS. Ride more stiff."

TOM D., DE (2008 Lexus LS)

"This car is very roomy inside. It handles very well, but it is not very good in the snow, due to the rear wheel drive."

LORAN S., CO (2008 Lexus LS)

"This is the most comfortable and quietest car I've ever owned."

JACK C., FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"Extremely comfortable and quiet. Great sound system. Climate control is excellent. this is a great vehicle. I am very satisfied with it. I do not use the navigation system because using my iPhone navigation is much easier and simpler."

V B., CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"My third generation LS. The 460 is by far the worse. The interior material has been a real issue with cheap degrading material used one the doors, dash and console. the windows had to be replaced because of wind noise. How can a luxury mfg manufacturer a car that interior literally melts, and the windows have air noise. They corrected both. the ride is superior and the car runs like a dream. Lot's of power and great MPG's. Good tire wear. The car is garaged and I still have paint pealin"

GARY H., FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"Very quiet ride!"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus LS)

"The ride and comfort is great. There is a problem with the dash and door panels. When they get hot from the sun they get very sticky and sometimes crack. Lexus IS aware of this and promissing to fix it even out of warranty but it's a slow process."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS)

"yes"

MARILYN Z., FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"numouris seat adjustments"

Edward S., IN (2008 Lexus LS)

"Great highway car. A little big for city driving. Ride and comfort on highway is outstanding."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS)

"finest vehicle I have ever owned, after 35 yrs of Mercedes"

Lawr F., TX (2008 Lexus LS)

"quiet and a very comfortable ride"

Donald E., NJ (2008 Lexus LS)

"The ride is very quiet! The door panels have become sticky over the past 3 years. Three of them have been replaced as a result, and the 4th is waiting to be replaced when the new door panel is available."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"smooth ride"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Lexus LS)

"The smooth quiet ride. The only negative thing I can say about 2008 ls460 is during front seats entry of the vehicle your body rub the center door post causing major damage."

Eugene G., NC (2008 Lexus LS)

"so far no other vehicle can compare to the comfort level that you receive in the Lexus LS."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS)

"Quiet cabin, audio/music system, smooth ride, quiet ride, comfortable seating, viewing dashboard controls"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus LS)

"This is the most comfortable car I have ever owned. After a long trip, my butt doesn't even hurt when I get out."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"Nothing beats this vehicle when it comes to comfort. The seats and raide and cabin road noise are all perfectly tuned to make you relax as soon as you slip inside."

Anthony I., CO (2008 Lexus LS)

"Very comfy. Hot and cold temps. Great adjustments."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Cushy but well powered ride"

John R., NC (2008 Lexus LS)

"comfort is awesome as is the ride. Some wind noise from both front door seals"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Lexus LS)

"Great touring car-quiet, comfortable ride"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus LS)

"Excellent in every way"

John B., TN (2008 Lexus LS)

"Quiet comfortable ride. Very little fatigue on long drives"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Lexus LS)

"Thus car will be 10 years old next month. It remains amazingly quiet and comfortable, with every feature, seat heaters/coolers, adjustment and cabin quiet like new."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Quiet ride, comfortable drive, easy dash buttons, good audio, lots of interior room particularly the rear seat"

S H., FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"It's a very comfortable car and for the price, compared to the S500 Mercedes Benz, it was much more attractive and affordable."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"very good"

T P., GA (2008 Lexus LS)

"good price, low mileage"

THOMAS Y., IL (2008 Lexus LS)

"This car is basically trouble free. Changed my brake pads at 94,000 miles"

CHARLES W., SC (2008 Lexus LS)

"If we were to purchase a new LS,the price would be so high,I do not believe we would purchase a new one. There comes a time when the price does not justify the car we would be getting."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus LS)

"We purchased 2 yr old vehicle and price was very reasonable"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Lexus LS)

"Lots of room in the rear seats, but very little trunk space."

LORAN S., CO (2008 Lexus LS)

"Had to replace entire audio/navigation system"

MARC P., MN (2008 Lexus LS)

"98K miles and LS ride acceleration overall driving characteristic as good as day I purchased"

John W., VA (2008 Lexus LS)

"This auto maintains its value even when used as a trade-in."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"auto is ten years old and drives as well as first day of ownership"

Cheryl W., VA (2008 Lexus LS)

"Have had no repairs in 75,000 miles"

Jim H., TX (2008 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus was an excellent purchase. It is still running great after all these years. The body style is also still good looing and current."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS)

"9 yrs old and runs , looks great. If you buy the best, you are never disappointed."

Mike K., AZ (2008 Lexus LS)

"reliability and dependability. vehicle drive relatively unchanged from first 10 miles up to 95K. First mechanical repair at 93K to replace water pump system"

Cheryl W., VA (2008 Lexus LS)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Very nice styling. It gets attention."

S T., PA (2008 Lexus LS)

"The ride is supreme and quite after almost nine years only had my rotors cut.Every gadget still working"

CHARLES W., SC (2008 Lexus LS)

"Spacious, yet dynamic"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS)

"Dash board and side door panels melting and falling apart."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"Too many blind spots. Prefer the LS400 over the 430 & 460"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS)

"This car will be 8 years old this October. I feel the style is sill in 8 years later. Car has 55,ooo miles and still looks new."

R F., CT (2008 Lexus LS)

"Wind noise drivers side. Unsuccessful attempt to correct. Also drivers seat cushion replaced as interior foam support broke down. My cost. Could have better handling ie. Germany products. Styling conservative - ageless."

EDWARD S., SK (2008 Lexus LS)
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