The Lexus LS 600h L was an extended-wheelbase luxury hybrid sedan that made several compromises, most of which will be quite familiar to those who've experienced other upscale Lexus green machines. The most significant shortcoming was in fuel efficiency. With a combined EPA fuel economy estimate of 20 mpg, the LS 600h L was no Prius. In fact, it barely beat the mileage offered by the less expensive and similarly appointed non-hybrid LS 460 L.
On top of that, there was no appreciable gain in performance. The LS 600h L teamed a gasoline V8 with a duo of electric motors to offer power that Lexus said was comparable to that of a V12. That additional power, however, was offset by the added weight of the hybrid components. In the end, the car's only real advantage over the regular LS was its super ultra-low-emission vehicle (SULEV) rating. Was that enough to justify its hefty price premium? We didn't think so, and we recommended checking out the contemporaries such as the hybrid and diesel-powered versions of the less expensive Mercedes S-Class instead.
Read the most recent 2016 Lexus LS 600h L review.
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