2008 Lexus 600h L — Car Maintenance and Car Repairs — DriverSide

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What’s to

The legendary soft, quiet of the LS makes for a tranquil in-cabin soaking up big mileages with effort. The reclining rear and abundant legroom will have you wishing you called For a full-size, 5,200 lb hybrid, the LS is potent off the line, with of low-down torque.

What’s Not to

A standard LS 460 is a staggering $40k making it extremely difficult to purchasing the hybrid model as no of fuel savings could the additional cost. Some switchgear has a sub-par tactile for a car in this price range. pedal placement is somewhat leading to sore ankles in and go traffic.

DriverSide Driving

Life behind the wheel of the LS has little in common with standard daily driver. noise is nonexistent, bumps and road surfaces have no of making it through the suspension and are with ease. The steering is and responsive, but devoid of feel. factors combine to isolate you the outside world, making you as if you’re floating down the on a cloud exactly what a should feel like. for all of it’s luxury bias, the LS L is surprisingly fast, launching 0-60 in a brisk 5.5 seconds. despite the use of a CVT transmission, there is lag in the throttle response. In the corners cripplingly numb and the soft lends itself to plenty of roll, even in sport but at least it’s nice to it can thrill you in a straight line.

Engine and Drivetrain

The LS 600h L its power from a 5.0-liter and port injected V-8 engine, is paired with a high-output motor to produce a total of 438 system horsepower and 385 lb-ft of An electronically controlled continuously transmission manages power which is put to the ground via an all-wheel system.

Interesting Vehicle Features and

Surprisingly enough, given the over the standard LS 460 L, the LS 600h L come fully loaded. For the interior treatment you’ll to spec the Executive-Class Seating priced at a wallet-crushing $12,570. It a lot of overkill items such as DVD rear seat audio four-zone climate control, a air purifier and power reclining seats with integrated and heating. Of more interest to the however, is the superb 19-speaker sound audio system includes a hard drive a 2,000-song capacity.

Key Technology Evaluation

Not the best parker#63; The LS 600h takes the out of parallel parking a long-wheelbase by parking itself with the Advanced Parking Guidance The driver simply selects the spot with the rearview and then modulates the brake the car the rest. The navigation system real-time traffic updates via XM and can be a real lifesaver for the daily The hybrid energy monitor is a very cool (if somewhat technology that shows the exactly where power is transferred between the electric battery and gasoline engine.

Evaluation/Gas Mileage

Fuel is where you’d expect LS to beat up on the standard LS 460, but not necessarily the case. While true LS600h L returns a 20 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, the standard LS 460 far behind at 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway. In the LS600h L only manages to out its gasoline-powered brother by two mpg on the combined However, with an SULEV there is obvious appeal in the low emissions.


A Closer Look: Vehicle


Covered in soft, leather, the interior of the LS600h L is a of comfort. Both gray and maple accents are available on the color of leather chosen. The L 4.8-inch longer wheelbase abundant legroom for rear passengers. While the interior is luxurious, the ergonomics could use fine-tuning, as we often found overwhelmed by the multitude of buttons and in the cabin, some of which very obviously borrowed mid-range Toyota products.

any full-size sedan this of $300k, the LS600h L is an attractive but don’t expect it to draw any The trapezoidal tailpipes integrated the rear bumper give it stylistic flair, as do the sloping windshield and LED headlamps. Of course, the to append a few ‘Hybrid’ badges been squandered if you find in doubt, check the base of the doors.

Market Segment and Pricing

as the LS600h L is the world’s most hybrid, the price of ownership cheap. Base MSRP is but with all the bells and whistles, be looking at a price closer to This puts the LS600h L in of a no man’s land within its It’s more expensive the $79,900 BMW 750Li. $79,900 A8 L and $86,950 Mercedes-Benz S550. yet it below the $124,100 BMW 760Li. Audi A8 W12 and $144,450 Mercedes-Benz which pack V-12

What We Think

As far as full-size sedans go, the LS 600h L ticks box. It’s sensationally roomy, quiet and powerful. of all, it caters to your need. Yet the price premium it over its gas-powered brother, not to the competition, is difficult to justify. you’re a devout hybrid who sleeps on a bed of money, you’ll go for the standard V-8 competition.

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