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Automobile Magazine Reviews the 2010 Lexus LS 460L

Providing views of the 2010 Lexus LS 460 L from several perspectives, Automobile Magazine has published an editors’ review of the Lexus flagship. Four editors, ranging from online to senior positions, provide their opinions—to begin, web producer Evan McCausland described the new AWD model’s snow handling prowess:

Given the LS has always been the ultimate Lexus, I’ve come to expect nothing less than the utmost in luxury, refinement, and technology at a reasonable price tag. I didn’t, however, expect it to be a relentless force in deep snow.

Coupled with snow tires, this all-wheel-drive system lets the long-wheelbase LS plow its way through some surprisingly deep snow. I was cruising through some unplowed dirt roads that cut through the fields of Dundee, Michigan, and encountered drifts that were easily 6-7 inches tall. No problem-hit the “height high” button to slightly raise the suspension, and drive right on through.

Features of the new telecommunications suite, including Lexus Insider and Lexus Enform, was described by senior editor Joe Lorio as follows:

When I fired up the LS460L, a message flashed onto the navigation screen telling me there was a new Lexus Insider article waiting. Not knowing what the hell that meant, I pushed the button to listen, and heard a three- or four-minute podcast about a historic inn near the Delaware Water Gap. It was sort of like an NPR segment crossed with an article from Travel & Leisure.

The podcast is part of the Lexus Insider series of recorded messages that can be sent to the car’s audio system, provided it is equipped with the optional navigation system.

The LS 460 L represents the evolution of the LS line along its longtime principles—comfort, refinement, and effortless luxury, and in this individual test, Automobile‘s editors continue to appreciate these virtues, while noting the new features that make this generation stand out—all-wheel drive, the executive seating package, and the new multimedia features.

(It would be interesting to see the contrasting or additive effect of including the LS Sport in the mix—but such a variant is only available on the standard wheelbase model.)

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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