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The dealer called me - said the new LS is in and ready for a test drive. A part of me was excited to drive the new style, the other part was hopeful that it would be massively upgraded from its predecessor.

I looked around - nice lines, more aggressive grill. The rear of the car.... didn't care for it. Too tame.

I sat in - engulfed in luxury. Wood, leather, soft leather :)

I said to myself that this might be a huge step for Lexus in the right direction...

I adjusted the seat, mirror and put some ride music. Made a right out of the dealership and the suspension was smooth.

Then it went terribly downhill... It was a cold night so I turned on the heather steering wheel. Problem: only the small leather portion gets heated, there's so much wood that remained cold.

I'm going to get progressive with what I didn't like...

Problem: the driving position is awkward - the seat should go down a little more - it wasn't a comfortable and natural driving position.

Problem: the center armrest is much higher than the left armrest on the door - you end up driving crooked. Very dumb and NOT adjustable.

Problem: and the biggest one of all ----- the car's transmission. It was always 2 gears higher than where it should have been. When I wanted to accelerate, it would downshift 1 gear - but it wasn't enough. Then another downshift - ok we started to get somewhere. I don't get why it took approx 5 seconds to start moving. What were the engineers thinking??

I told the salesperson (who was very nice) that I would've wanted to like this car but that saying it was miserable would be an understatement.

I told him that it was pretty odd that the whole steering wheel remained cold but the small leather portion of the left and right side, that the driving position was completely wrong and that the transmission was never in the right gear.

I drove my panamera 4s to the dealership and the guy asked to sit inside as he never had the chance to. I then took him for a little drive and he was laughing like a 12 yr old kid going fast in daddy's car.

I didn't go there looking to replace my Porsche, I went there worth he goal of trying out a luxury sedan. BMW, Mercedes, Audi - not even comparable to this automotive miserability - Lexus managed to truly screw this one up.
 

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Thanks for the review. It's always good to hear something else other than praise for a vehicle (especially if it's in-depth like yours).

Although, after a Panamera4S I'm sure most Lexus vehicles would seem horrible :D
 

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Thanks for the review. It's always good to hear something else other than praise for a vehicle (especially if it's in-depth like yours).

Although, after a Panamera4S I'm sure most Lexus vehicles would seem horrible :D
Ha - hard to compare another sedan to the 4S. It's incredibly reliable and always fun to drive.
 
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