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Pampering Lexus LS Is Fuss-free Sedan

Indeed, the details and craftsmanship of the LS can impress many a passenger.

As an example, the analog clock on the dashboard has two types of contrasting aluminum and uses GPS to maintain accurate time, no matter the time zone.

Foglamps aren't the typical round shape. They're subtle and vertical so as to better harmonize with the new Lexus spindle grille shape. And, these fog lights are energy-efficient and high-tech light-emitting diode lamps.

There's even a hand rest on the far right of the center console, right where the driver needs it, for operating the cursor-mouse control for the sizable, 12.3-inch center display screen.

On first glance, this hand rest might come across as the stub at the top of a retro car phone. But it's actually a smart and helpful resting spot to help ensure accurate movement of the cursor-mouse for commands.

This is just one illustration of how the complexity and new technology in the LS are handled thoughtfully in this big sedan, and there's no stressing to find controls or change settings.

In fact, the LS appears to be one of the best luxury cars to allow the driver to operate the car and gradually learn the features, in contrast to other cars that immediately and frustratingly demand attention and driver tutorials.

It's true the 4.6-liter, double overhead cam V-8 in the LS has fewer horses than do the competing V-8s.

But the LS doesn't feel underpowered, even during hard acceleration, where strong engine sounds accompany the smooth rush of 347 or 367 foot-pounds of peak torque coming on.

The different torque ratings depend on whether the car is all-wheel drive (lower torque) or rear-wheel drive. Either way, peak torque is reached by a decent 4,100 rpm. Yes, the LS isn't snorting and slamming bodies roughly back in the seats, but the performance feels ample, just the same.

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