Right from the start, there was something off about Autoblog’s review of the Lexus LS 460L:
It’s tough to pity Lexus LS owners. After all, Executive-Class luxury sedans don’t exactly suck. We wouldn’t blame LS drivers for feeling pangs of over-inconspicuousness whenever they see a Camry, though. Understated luxury is one thing, but when you’re devoting something like two years of the average worker bee’s salary to a frivolity such as a luxury sedan, it’d be nice to have at least some indication to the Serfs that you’re the better man.
I can understand that the subtle and understated look of the LS 460L is unappealing to some, sure. But from that point onwards, it became quite clear there was a distinct break between the reviewer’s preferences and what the car was intended for. You wouldn’t, for instance, expect that “hooning” would be anywhere near the priority list when designing a long-wheelbase executive-class flagship sedan.
The bulk of the review is a very valid critique, but ultimately, it feels like a mismatch.