The Lexus LS sets a benchmark for soothing luxury motoring, providing a cosseting and isolating environment in a very spacious cabin. Even though this generation's 4.6-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission date back to the 2007 makeover, the powertrain remained a paragon of response and smoothness. We measured 21 mpg overall -- impressive for this very large and swift sedan.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2013 Lexus LS has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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)

"intermittent squawk noise from the actuator. dealer completely misdiagnosed the problem the first time around. Then, after numerous attempts to fix the problem by bleeding the brakes, the actuator was finally replaced. Thankfully, the dealer credited the cost of the first repair."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"The brakes are making noise, they can't find anything wrong with them"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Seemed to wear out too quickly"

Raymond G., TN (2013 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"The 2013 has an ongoing problem with their brakes for some reason they don’t wear evenly and have to be replaced every 20,000 miles"

Alexander W., FL (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Rotors

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Squeaking

"brakes ware out quickly. squeaking was caused by dealer installing the wrong type brakes on the vehicle."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus LS F Sport 4.6-L V8)

"Dealer replaced front rotors after 6000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus LS F Sport 4.6-L V8)

"Loud squeaking of brakes. Grabbiness. Very poor brakes on the F-Sport"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus LS F Sport 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

CV joint

"caused vibration and wore out right front tire."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Lexus had an issue with the axel and replaced it"

Anonymous, MI (2013 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Whining. Required replacement of several pulleys and belts to cure. Parts were not in stock at dealer, required a revisit to repair"

Martin H., FL (2013 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Oil leaks

"At service, engine was leaking oil. Required a complete seal and gasket replacement. Tied up my car for several days- But had loaner from Lexus. Very little inconvernince"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 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

Clock

"The clock was quickly repalced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left front daylight running light stopped working and would have cost over $1000 to repair"

Alexander W., FL (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver side window seal needs replacing. Causes increased highway noise. Occurs occasionally when window has to be rolled down."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Wind noise

"distracting and annoying"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus LS)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The door edge guards came loose on one of our doors I ordered this feature from the factory."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Gloss coat Paint fading."

Anonymous, PA (2013 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

"Didn't know there was an issue. Told this problem by the dealer."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus LS 460L 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

Seat controls - movement

"Seat adjustment very difficult since was rubbing against something!"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

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.

Climate System

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

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jan 13, 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began May 4, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
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