2008 Lexus LS 600h L Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Lexus LS 600h L - Road Test Specs

2008 Lexus LS 600h L Sedan

(5.0L V8 Hybrid AWD CVT Automatic)


Model year2008
ModelLS 600h L
StyleL 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl Hybrid CVT-A)
Base MSRP$104,715
As-tested MSRP$111,714


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4969cc (303 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)438
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)N/A
Transmission typeCVT


Suspension, frontmulti-link
Suspension, rearmulti-link
Steering typeelectric power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport Maxx
Tire typeall season
Tire size, front245/45R19 V
Tire size, rear245/45R19 V
Wheel size19 X 8.0
Wheel materialpainted alloy
Brakes, frontfront ventilated disc - rear ventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)6
0-75 mph (sec.)8.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.3@101.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)38.3
@ Full throttle (dB)66.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)58.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot sure which mode is the best -- and don't know what state of charge the batteries were in. But it's not "quick." The tach ramps up to 5,000 rpm up to 75 mph then jumps to redline for the blast to 100 mph. Very smooth and linear accel to 75 mph then it takes off.
Braking ratingN/A
Braking commentsVery stable, very little drama and repeatable. Pedal is not too soft, as one might expect. Seat belt cinches up on ABS stops -- twice. Once on the pedal hit and once at full stop.
Handling ratingN/A
Handling commentsEven in "Sport" suspension mode, the LS is very soft. In fact, it lifted the inside front tire off the ground repeatedly. Understeer is heavy and inevitable. Steering is quite good with predictable accuracy but not much feel. Unlike the skid pad, the LS will oversteer in quick transitions. However even with "Sport" suspension mode, the car rolls a bunch while maintaining its line.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)60.5
Wind (mph, direction)5.9

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/22 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5219
Length (in.)202.8
Width (in.)73.8
Height (in.)58.3
Wheelbase (in.)121.7
Turning circle (ft.)39.4
Legroom, front (in.)N/A
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)38
Headroom, rear (in.)38
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)11.7


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceUnlimited years / 7,500 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsdual front
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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