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2013 Lexus LS: What You Need to Know

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Despite the 2013 Lexus LS’s low fuel economy and distracting infotainment system, it stacks up well against its rivals. The smooth-riding LS has an excellent reliability rating and spacious, comfortable interior.

Is the 2013 Lexus LS a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Lexus LS is a good used car. Also known as the LS 460, this four-door sedan has a long list of standard features, a smooth ride, and numerous available safety features. It also comes in a long-wheelbase version. However, its performance is less thrilling than what the competition offers.

Used 2013 Lexus LS Performance and Interior

The 2013 Lexus LS 460 comes with a 386-horsepower, V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. There’s plenty of power once the LS gets up to speed, but throttle responses lags at low speeds. The LS offers great ride comfort and confident handling for a vehicle of this size. The F Sport package adds a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension among other upgrades. These models have quicker throttle responses and sharper steering feedback, but they have a firmer ride as well. Fuel economy is good for the class, at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, the LS gets one less mpg on the highway.

There’s also a hybrid model – the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L. It comes with a V8 engine and an electric motor that make a combined 438 horsepower. It’s a heavy vehicle, weighing in at over 2.5 tons. Not surprisingly, that takes a toll on fuel economy. The Lexus LS 600h L only gets 19/23 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive comes standard with these models.

The LS seats five in two rows. Standard luxuries include leather upholstery, a 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with dual-function lumbar support, and a 12-way front power-adjustable passenger’s seats. Some used models have upgrades like climate-controlled front and rear seats, and lumbar massage rear seats. The Executive-Class Seating package adds a rear power ottoman and a reclining right rear seat. Seating comfort and space is exemplary in both rows, especially in the long-wheelbase version. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the LS’ rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. The LS’s 18 cubic feet of trunk space is good for the segment.

The LS is well equipped. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a navigation system, a 10-speaker stereo, and a 12.3-inch multimedia display. There are also plenty of ways to stay connected, with standard Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a USB port. The LS comes standard with the Remote Touch infotainment system. It uses a mouse-like controller for audio, navigation, and vehicle settings. This system’s interface gets low marks from reviewers because it can be distracting for drivers to use on the road.

Used 2013 Lexus LS Prices

The price of a used 2013 Lexus LS ranges from about $35,300 for the base rear-wheel drive trim to around $39,900 for the L trim with all-wheel drive. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Lexus LS?

The 2013 Lexus LS has a J.D. Power reliability score of 4.5 out of five. That’s above average compared to rival sedans.

How Safe Is the LS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 LS the highest rating of Good in the rear crash and moderate overlap front tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the LS.

The LS comes with several standard active safety features: a rearview camera, parking assist, and rain-sensing wipers. Available features include blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, active pedestrian detection system, driver attention monitor, lane keep assist, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Is the 2013 Lexus LS the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 LS marks the beginning of a new generation for the Lexus LS. For the 2014 model year, the LS gained Siri Eyes Free. This feature allows you to use hands-free voice commands with your connected iPhone. For 2015, the LS received a new multimedia system with upgraded navigation. Since Lexus added few technology upgrades in later years, the 2013 LS provides the best balance of features and value.

Which Used Lexus LS Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Lexus LS has one trim for both standard- and long-wheelbase versions. The LS comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, navigation, a 10-speaker stereo, a 12.3-inch multimedia display, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, leather upholstery, and alloy wheels.

There are also a several packages available. The Executive-Class Seating Package features four-zone climate control with rear overhead ducts, a rear center console, a retractable wood-trimmed table, a household power outlet, and a cooler. The Lexus LS 460 F Sport package offers various performance enhancements to the suspension, steering, and brakes, as well as five distinct driving modes. The Ultra Luxury Package adds power rear-door sunshades and a rear-seat air purifier.

Even with the LS’s high reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

2013 Lexus LS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus LS or 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class stands apart from the rest. It has a wide range of powerful engines, along with standard all-wheel drive for improved road grip. The S-Class has one of the richest cabins in the class, and it offers a finer selection of upholsteries than the LS. Comparing the standard-wheelbase versions of both models, the Lexus has more front-row legroom, but the Mercedes has more rear-seat legroom by 7 inches. You’ll probably pay less for the LS, but the S-Class is clearly a step above.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus LS or 2013 Audi A8?

The 2013 Audi A8 excels in some areas where the LS is just merely good. The A8’s engine lineup delivers up to 520 horsepower. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive and an adjustable air suspension, which enhance handling. Unlike the LS, the Audi earned rave reviews for its infotainment system. The LS is a more reliable vehicle and should end up costing you less to own, but there's no denying the A8's appeal.

 

Read the full 2013 Lexus LS review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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