2013 Lexus LS 600h L Full Test

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2013 Lexus LS 600h L

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Making a Case for a Hybrid Sedan

Published: 06/14/2013 by Ed Hellwig. Executive Editor

As go, the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L make much sense. six-figure expensive, doesn’t get great mileage and has few exterior to the fact that it’s a hybrid.

Then again, no luxury sedans actually any sense. They’re all leather-lined gas that exist mainly as gauges of wealth. It’s a fun to play if you can afford to be on the field.

So does the newly revamped flagship bring to the table? its standard bamboo-trimmed interior a spread in Architectural Digest . And are optional Shiatsu massage in back that could double-duty in a day spa. The electronics are now as as anything on the road, and the ride can be to pillow soft if you just to relax. Try that in a BMW.

Its First Update

Lexus refreshed the 600h along the rest of the LS lineup for the 2013 year. It includes an exterior update, revised suspension and a complete redesign of the interior.

it look better on the road? A The 2013 Lexus LS still a striking sedan, but the new front end add some distinction without tacked-on. Of course it now features of LED lights up front to signal its guts, so it generates a light similar to other sedans in segment.

Lexus still a low-key approach when it to promoting the LS 600’s hybrid so the hybrid badges on each are small and the blue accents in the are barely noticeable. If you want to a statement, a Prius still better.

This Is Why You Get an LS

Sit inside the big Lexus and you see where of the upgrade efforts went. The look is less cluttered, far fewer buttons sprawled the dash. In their place is a display screen controlled by a mouse that Lexus Remote Touch. Pointing and while driving isn’t intuitive, but the sizable screen to keep it manageable.

Fewer means more leather and in between. That’s a good as this Lexus features bamboo trim, supple and an optional Alcantara headliner. the high-end materials give the a rich, luxurious feel rivals any sedan from

The new LS is no bigger than before it comes to interior dimensions. Not it matters, as there’s more enough room for the driver and passenger. Same goes for the seats, as all LS 600s are long-wheelbase L Order up the Executive Seating and the rear quarters get even luxurious with reclining dual DVD screens and a fold-out among other things. it all falls into line anything you can order up from or Mercedes-Benz, so Lexus gives up in this area.

More Performance Than You Expect

There’s no getting the fact that the 2013 LS 600h L is a big, heavy It tipped our scales at 5,424 and measures roughly 17 feet It will never approach that could be considered

Handling has been improved to the where it will satisfy who want a ride somewhere isolated and responsive. Lexus the body of the LS, which gave the more leeway to change the tuning and steering. The whole is still adjustable to four settings varying between and Sport+, all of which feel precise than before.


you get is a sedan that will any type of road with grace. In Comfort mode the is notably soft, yet it doesn’t like it’s one big dip away floating right off the road. up the Sport modes and you get palpable that move the LS closer to the feel that sells in this segment. Additional can be had in the LS 460 F Sport if that’s your setup.

The drivetrain remains unchanged, so still a 5.0-liter V8 under the along with an electric that combine for a total of 438 It’s enough to get the big LS from to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds of silence (5.9 with 1 foot of rollout as on a strip).

All the Luxury It Needs

with its retuned chassis, the LS doesn’t forget what in a luxury sedan. On the highway, the is virtually untouched by road and noise. The front seats so much adjustability that the problem is the inclination to needlessly with them.

Simple like easy-to-use climate and a simple gated shifter add to the focused layout. There are few features that you need to how to use, and those that familiarization become second quickly.

Passing power is plentiful to the additional torque of the electric and the brakes are able to stop the big from 60 mph in just 126 feet no fade or squirming. If there’s wrong with its over-the-road it’s the fact that works so seamlessly it’s hard to gauge just how you’re really going.


As improved as this 2013 LS 600h looks and feels, it faces the same problem as its It’s a hybrid that offer any significant advantages its non-hybrid counterparts despite its base price.

We saw a combined economy average of 19.4 mpg the course of a couple weeks. Not bad for a car of its and weight, but there are non-hybrid that can do better. Add to that the trunk space in the LS due to its sizable pack and the equation makes less sense.

The LS 600h L make more sense if you look at it as an over-the-top luxury with all the trimmings. Every of it feels expensive, and nothing when you’re on the road. smooth, solid and reassuringly If you’re not relaxed when you get in, you be when you get out. Is that $120K to you?

The manufacturer provided Edmunds vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.



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