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.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
NA
2020
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
NA
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. Rear side air bags available from 2007.
Road Test

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. The end result is a supremely pampering car that isolates its occupants and is fuss-free in every way -- but it is not a driver's car. All-wheel drive is optional for non-hybrid models.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 4.6-liter V8 (380 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (357 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 hybrid (438 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Lexus LS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"THE ABS LIGHT LITE UP,I DROVE HOME ,CALLED MY DEALERSHIP. THEY HAD THE CAR PICKED UP; REPLACED THE ABS ACTUATER FOR FREE.BROUGHT BACK THE LOANER CAR.PICKED UP MINE."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Calipers

"Dragging on the rotor, both caliper and rotor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Front brakes needed to be replaced at 72,000 miles"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"normal wear at 65000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Passing 100,000 miles my mechanic told me I needed a new set of brakes."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"P00R service person, a kid did not know what he was talking about."

Anonymous, NV (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"On returning from a trip to San Diego (about 1700 miles round trip) four years ago, I noticed the brakes had started pulsing. I'm reasonably familiar with auto mechanics, so I knew it was caused by warped discs. (I do not "ride" the brake pedal ever.) Car had about 45000 miles on it. The Lexmark extended warranty still applied so I took it to the dealership. They told me it was a normal service item. Having had long experience, I was quite certain that the sudden onset on an expensive, top of the line model, should not exist. But paid to resurface two or four of the discs--don't remember. Within 10000 miles the same thing happened again. Once again they told me the same thing, but this time when I balked they resurfaced the rotors without charge. Then it happened again within about another 10000 miles. At that point they told me again that I was out of warranty. I had been told or found out somehow that this was a known problem. The dealership admitted there was a recall-type service bulletin on the discs, but I was out of warranty. When I complained to the manager and pointed out that this same problem was first serviced at my expense while the vehicle was under warranty (showing him copies of all the service orders), he took it up with the dealership's experienced chief tech, who told the manager: "Lexus should take care of this." As a result, they replaced all four rotors with an improved version along with a complete set of new pads. They also replaced without charge a leaking front strut/shock they had installed a few thousand miles previously. So in the end, it came out right. But why didn't they tell me about the service bulletin when I came back the first time with a recurrence of the problem: The service bulletin had been issued before that first return with the same problem."

Anonymous, NM (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"The car shakes when the brakes are applied."

Anonymous, LA (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Rotors

"Very high cost, parts is very high. for 30000 miles $2,000."

Anonymous, NV (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Warped twice in 20000 miles.76"

C C., NM (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"See my novel-length reply to pulsation problem, which is the same as the rotor problem. Basically, the original rotors were not sufficient to deal with a big car and had to be re-engineered."

Anonymous, NM (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Squeaking

"Brembo brakes are used on the sport model and squeal offten"

John S., GA (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Leaking"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Front shocks replaced."

C C., NM (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Right hand strut was completely blown I had reported it was leaking under extended warranty two years ago and was told there was nothing wrong with it."

C C., NM (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Started about 10 months ago. Made noise when turning wheel. Care was under extended warranty; so there was no charge for the repair."

Anonymous, (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Tie rods

"While doing the 70,000 service dealer found two tie rods that were defective. Replaced them under warranty."

Glenn S., CA (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Wheel balance

"They appeared to wear unevenly all 4 tires were replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Foul odor thru vents after use and doesn't go away"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"cold air from some vents. hot from others,at same time; not reacting to set temp; not sending air to where the icon showed; sound of blower motor, but no air; intermittent, dealer couldn't replicate, so didn't fix."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"problem with auto adjustment"

John S., GA (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Heater system

"Had a small leak in the heat exchanger that need fixed"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"nav system glitched. got it replaced at dealership"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Lexus LS 4.6-L V8)

"Sales people at dealership never had the time to explain ALL the details, and still have not"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Lexus LS 4.6-L V8)

"Is not usable gives wrong directions"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Voice control commands

"Voice commands are unclear"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Lexus LS 4.6-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Paint peeling from stainless steel trim running from front windshield to back windshield along the roof line."

Raymond C., FL (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Side door panels faded and cracked"

Anonymous, (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling off of the front spoiler"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Passenger door does not seal right and as you drive you can hear air and engine noise"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"dealer did not replace or tighten panelsl right after oil change and battery change"

George C., NV (2011 Lexus LS 460L)
Wind noise

"Wind noise (not terrible, but car is otherwise so quiet that it's very noticeable) on the driver's side A-pillar. Friends who drive luxury cars have noticed when driving my car and even wondered if door or window are not properly closed (they are)."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Hesitation when accelerating in traffic"

Thelma C., TX (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Oil leaks

"at 103,900 miles the car just had its FIRST REPAIR EVER. The high pressure fuel pump gaskets were bad. The right one was leaking and the left one was starting to do the same. Repaired both at dealer for $710 after sales tax. Most of it was labor (3 hours total at $175/hr). Took them a day, and they gave me an RX with 150 miles in odometer as a loaner."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Head lights come on randomly even in the middle of the day"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"tire pressure warning light comes on when tire pressure is either really OK or it is the spare tire in the trunk that has low pressure. The challenge is that the warning does not indicate which tire may have the issue. While annoying, not a material issue. Perhaps Lexus has address the specificity issue in the newer model LS"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump started leaking at 95,000 miles and had to be replaced. Problem resolved."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"I received a recall notice for the air bags and have been waiting for 7 months to be called by my mechanic to replace the defective part."

Anonymous, HI (2011 Lexus LS 4.6-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The button for the trunk release is made of rubber and is melting make it hard to open the trunk."

Anonymous, LA (2011 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Batteries go dead in about 2 years."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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