Driven: 2013 Lexus LS 600h Hybrid is having cake and eating it too — Phoenix…

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The LS 600h is powerful, it has a brawny 389 horsepower 5.0 V8 combined with 221 horsepower of electric motors which can be on full acceleration to offer up 438 through its shiftless constantly transmission (CVT).

It’s big the LS 600h Hybrid comes in the long wheelbase model of the LS and standard with all-wheel (AWD). It’s lofty base price is a commanding more than the Lexus LS AWD model, a stiff uptick.

The LS600h Hybrid is rated at 19 mpg 23 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. The regular engined LS 460L AWD is rated at 16 mpg 23 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. So if you want the for gas mileage only, $37,135 is a big premium to pay for an extra 2-3 mpg.

But as we drove and experienced the LS 600h, we that his hybrid is more just about increased efficiency. Its about power and as well. After all, the most powerful LS with 438 that’s 48 more than you get in the LS 460 and that translates to a 5.6 second acceleration time.

You also get badge on the deck lid that everyone you bought the hybrid. that may seem vanity and to some, it’s an important to others. Our Lexus representative that in Japan and China, the of LS sedans sold are hybrids as chauffeur driven owners to be seen as environmentally responsible.

the wheel of the LS 600h however is the real experience is at. The all new interior is upgraded and redesigned from the model. It has a standard sustainable wood trim, but can be upgraded to any of finishes. The sumptuous leather and hand sewn soft and doors are notably upmarket and to say the least.

The seats for 2013 are bolstered sportingly. They offer and cooling both in the front and with our fully loaded Our car had the rear seat luxury which gives the rear shiatsu massage, really.

also get their own HVAC monitored by infrared sensors, audio controls and a fully adjustable seating position. In our we had a passenger who was chauffeured and enjoyed the well. The optional Mark sound system rocked use and is a must option on any Lexus.

For the LS gets a litany of technologies based that will and intervene if you encounter obstacles, from your lane or try to into something. The list is too to lay out here, but suffice it to say it has it all. We do the elegant simplicity of the back up which displays big on the center which resides in a cave the center stack.

That screen is home in a of new Lexus models, a wide 14” it has space for a full navigation map any number of audio, HVAC or selectable screens. It’s via the latest iteration of Lexus mouse puck which downright brilliantly with its tactile feel.

Lexus LS 600h


On the console is a selector that allows the to select from ECO, and Sport settings that the driving personality of the car a good Settings affect throttle steering effort, suspension and stiffness, as well as transmission

The CVT in this hybrid is not as hum drum as in say a Prius. Because of the sonorous V8 and tuned shift feel the feels refined and pleasurable foot. Power away a stop is adequate in EV mode, only electric power. the accelerator and the V8 comes to life in a of delight, pushing you back in chair.

On the road the LS 600h big and heavy. Its new electric power with variable ratio and was noticeably different at a cruise in a lot than it was on a windy road. The was stiffened for 2013, noticeably so on the back roads where you get a rattle or shimmy from the

The LS 600h is best taken in settings. It handles sharp to take on the back roads curves and hills but when hard it shows its resistance to light and playful, even in modes. Mass is always enemy when you try to push any car to the of adhesion.

After spending the day on freeways, and windy roads we achieved an of 19.5 mpg with the Lexus LS hybrid. That is just than the EPA combined rating of 20 It’s not Prius-like in its fuel but it does allow you to get the more LS of the breed while not getting gas mileage.

And that is in the end, we see as the of the 2013 Lexus LS 600h. not so much about paying to $40,000 more for additional gas as it’s about the fact simply a “top-of-the-line” model doesn’t hit you further in the pocketbook you go to the gas pump. Mercedes and BMW can’t say when you step up to their AMG or M from the base.

Lexus LS 600h
Lexus LS 600h
Lexus LS 600h
Lexus LS 600h
Lexus LS 600h

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