$56,525 – $56,525 MSRP
$49,176 – $49,176 Invoice
18 / 25 MPG City/Hwy
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There are no changes to the Lexus LS for 2006, although a totally redesigned model will debut for 2007.
The flagship of the Lexus lineup since the brand's launch in 1989, the LS is available in one premium flavor: LS 430. Power is derived from a 4.3L V-8 that produces 278 hp and 312 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed, sequential-shift automatic (with Normal, Power, and Snow modes) sends power to the rear wheels.
Safety features in the LS 430 are numerous and include variable-force (depending upon collision severity) front air bags, front seat-mounted side air bags, and knee air bags for the driver and front passenger. Also standard are daytime running lights, LED brake lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, and Adaptive Front Lighting. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Control. Also included is a tire pressure monitoring system, which can detect a tire that is under-inflated and provide a warning on the instrument panel. An available Pre-Collision System uses radar to detect obstacles in front of the car, and a pre-collision computer (which monitors vehicle speed, steering angle, and yaw rate) can determine in advance whether a collision is imminent. If necessary, the system can preemptively retract the driver and front passenger seat belts and prepare the Brake Assist system for increased braking force in order to reduce collision speed.
Several option packages are available for the LS: four different Sport Packages are offered with different tire choices and 18-inch alloy wheels; a Premium Package offers heated and cooled front seats, rear seat heaters, and park assist; a Modern Luxury Package adds a Mark Levinson audiophile sound system, navigation system with rear back-up camera, and Bluetooth technology; and the Custom Luxury Package adds dynamic laser cruise control and a headlamp washer. Checking the Custom Luxury with Pre-Collision System package adds Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the Pre-Collision System, and power door closers. The Ultra Luxury Selection adds an air suspension, SmartAccess, rear door sunshades, rear seat adjuster with power slide and memory, rear climate-controlled seats, rear air conditioning, and swivel rear reading lamps. The package may also be had without the Pre-Collision System. Additionally, Semi-Aniline leather and Comfort leather trim is also available.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Lexus LS Series as it comes off the assembly line
The LS ranks highest in initial quality in the large premium car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM The LS performs well in the HVAC, seats, and engine/transmission categories. The LS performs better than segment average in all categories, including exterior, engine/transmission, seats, HVAC, features/controls/displays, the driving experience, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and interior.
The LS competes with nine other models in the prestigious low-volume, high-dollar Large Premium segment, where engineering excellence and the latest safety and technology features are the price of entry. While this segment comprises less than 1 percent of the overall U.S. light-vehicle market, the competition is intense.
The Lincoln Town Car is the sales leader in this segment, with calendar year 2005 sales of 47,122 units, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The LS 430, with 26,043 sales in 2005, has the second-highest sales total, closely followed by the Cadillac DTS (23,322 units). Other players in the segment include the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Infiniti Q45, Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the outgoing Volkswagen Phaeton.