While an improvement over previous versions, exterior styling on the 2009 Lexus LS 460 is still rather bland, but the interior is practically flawless.
For 2009, the Lexus LS 460 is offered in a base version and a stretched L version that Car and Driver says "adds 4.8 inches in wheelbase and length." Lexus has developed a reputation for very conservative exterior styling, and that rings especially true for the 2009 Lexus LS 460. The interior of Lexus's 2009 edition of the LS 460 is simply stunning in its luxury. Impressive design details abound, such as the doors that Automobile Magazine remarks "sound and feel like a heavy wooden architectural door."
Car and Driver notes the exterior on this 2009 Lexus "certainly improves on the exceptionally bland LS430," but they still feel that the car is "more of a grown-up GS than the revolutionary design that Lexus officials describe." Cars.com also recognizes the improvements, saying that "each new Lexus becomes incrementally more sculpted" thanks to "market pressure...eroding the company's traditionally conservative lines."
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com appreciate the tasteful appointments on Lexus's 2009 flagship, which Automobile Magazine mentions, saying that "the interiors are particularly impressive in that they are not overdone." Edmunds heaps praise on the interior, finding it "brilliant in an aesthetic sense" with "rich wood trim" that is "complemented by perforated leather upholstery." Interior styling reaches its peak on the long-wheelbase 2009 Lexus LS 460 L, where Cars.com attests that "Lexus aims to replicate the environment of a business jet." Motor Trend also lauds the "wood veneers (of which there are three to choose)" and "wrinkle-free leather on the steering wheel" of the Lexus 2009 edition of the LS 460.