Motor Trend Comparison: Lexus LS 460 vs. Audi A8 vs. Mercedes S400 Hybrid vs. BMW 740i vs. Hyundai Equus vs. Porsche Panamera

Motor Trend's Flagship Sedan Comparison

Motor Trend recently compared the Lexus LS 460 Sport with the Audi A8, Mercedes S400 Hybrid, Hyundai Equus, BMW 740i & Porsche Panamara, and ranked the LS fourth overall — here’s what they had to say about the Lexus flagship:

Bad boy genes must be migrating up the Lexus line from the IS-F, or down from the LFA. Mind you, they’re as hidden as Lex Luthor’s lairs, but don’t let that staid facade of introverted Asian design fool you. Press the super-secret TRAC button on the console and this Sport-package-equipped short-wheelbase luxury liner will oblige the right foot with enough throttle oversteer to make your innocent drive up Mulholland Highway feel like Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya nailing a Touge run.

The LS 460’s rear seat was deemed most comfortable, despite its short-wheelbase dearth of legroom. Its control interface, featuring buttons large enough to accommodate full English wording on them, was also deemed easiest to master.

Let’s face it, this is the most rational choice for the thinking plutocrat: No money squandered on a flashier Euro brand name, brilliant engineering, sterling quality reputation, and sufficient cachet to fit in at the club.

While I always chalk up the final ratings up to a car magazine’s personal preference, it’s worth noting that all the cars that finished ahead of the LS 460 Sport (#3 Audi A8, #2 Porsche Panamara, #1 BMW 740i) are brand-new models from performance-oriented brands — no doubt about it, this LS Sport package is a real winner.

[Source: Motor Trend]


  1. Why does MT state the LS460 0-60 time in 6.0 seconds, when the Lexus says 5.4??8-)
  2. after a few test drives recently, I gotta say... the LS is one heck of an underrated machinery!
  3. Fourth place might not sound very good, but considering performance was obviously their main concern and what the LS Sport had to go up against, fourth place isn't bad at all in my opinion. Let's hope all the positive reactions to the LS 460 Sport causes Lexus to go for a full F-model with the next generation LS.
  4. I just got through looking through MT's photo gallery for this comparison and I couldn't help but notice the LS460 Sport's interior looks much different than usual. MT's picture: Now compare it to these pictures. Why do the 'saddle' colored leather more brown in MT's picture compare to these, were it looks more orange. Is it available in multiple colors?
  5. @James: I'm not sure -- it might have just been dark when they took the photos. I don't remember any mention of the interior colors changing.
  6. That was my first thought too, however, it doesn't appear to be dark outside in that first picture. Besides that, how does bright orange leather turn into a dark grayish brown in any light? I don't see how that's possible. I like the first picture though. When I saw it I was almost hoping that maybe it came in different colors.
  7. I went over to the Lexus website and built a LS really quick to see what the sport package has as far as interior trim options. Under package D: "Black with Saddle Tan Accent perforated leather interior trim, matte dark-brown ash burl wood interior trim " And if you zoom in over the pic, it's not really orange. So I'm guessing it depends on the angle you're looking at.
  8. I like the darker, more subdued look. I hope that is how they all are now. That orange just looks to garish, and I didn't much care for it when I saw it in person.
  9. Surprised that the XJ finished so low in the rankings,seeing as its the most radical design among this bunch. Also the S-class beating only the Equus is plain ridiculous. MT is simply out of its league. IMO the finishing order should've been :- 1 - LS 2 - S-class 3 - XJ 4 - Panamera 5 - 7-series 6 - Equus, and... ... A8 - disqualified, cause Audi sucks!
  10. amazing audi a8
  11. audi najbolji sisajte mi kurcinu svi,ili kako bi englezi rekli ''suck my dick''