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Review: 2014 Lexus LS (With Video)

The LS 600hL is the of Toyota and Lexus engineering. It is the Lexus sedan, the brand’s expensive model, the most hybrid in the world and, the death of BMW’s V8 ActiveHybrid it is once again the most hybrid on sale. Yet the LS 600hL had an easy time of things. The luxury sedan has been for being the antithesis of green to its EPA combined 20 MPG score. Critics question whether the 600hL’s premium over the LS 460L can be “justified.” I too questioned the logic the 600hL at first, but then I with someone who changed my Before we dive in, let’s about the elephant in the room. The starts at $119,910. With all the checked, you land at $134,875. destination. Put your eye balls in their sockets and click the jump as we dive into an universe.

I don’t live in a filled with chauffeurs, and caviar. Heck, I don’t live in a world with plumbing. (Seriously, my house have an indoor shower, but a story for a different time.) meant I needed help in to view the 600hL through the lens. Fortunately I have a connection with a guy in Atherton who is the kind of guy I was looking for: one deep pockets. Being the jet/vacation mansion owning guy I was for, I expected him to be put off by the LS 600hL’s lines and unmistakably “discount” LS 460 roots. Instead he had an opinion I considered.

In a town where the money is high and deep, but paradoxically flashy is considered tasteless, the LS strikes the right balance. Or so I am By looking like a lesser LS, it scream “I spent twice salary on my car,” but at the same your neighbors will your trust fund is returning 15% a year. While he that a similarly expensive S-Class was far more attractive and he felt it was too “nouveau riche.” the mouth of babes…

$119,910 buy you a leather-clad dashboard standard, if you that you have to add a few options to spendy hybrid. No matter package you add, the age of the LS platform in the front seats. Sharing the mechanisms with the pre-refresh LS, the seat fails to contort in the variety of directions as the Germans, or the cheaper Lexus GS which has modern seat frames. 600hL buyers are likely to experience the front seats Jeevs has a day off.

Because is more of an extensive refresh a clean-sheet design, the LS 600hL get a fancy LCD instrument cluster, instead for a four-dial arrangement a “wine glass” shaped display in the center. A full-disco-dash isn’t a requirement for me as there are of traditional gauges in this but I had hoped for more from a car designed in a country obsessed electronic gadgets. The same can be said for the large 12-inch in the middle of the dash. The display is and crisp but the software hasn’t significantly re-worked for some making it feel dated.

Gadgets Infotainment

No 600hL be complete without the $7,555 Package. For the cost of a used car Lexus adds an Alcantara deletes the middle rear for a fixed console, covers the in leather, wires up a 120V and installs the best rear available in America.

That is the 600hL’s raison d’être. It is so mind-blowingly insane, I have it will hence forth be as the “Lexus throne”. The 600hL’s contorts in 10 ways via controls in the center console and boasts butterfly headrests. If that enough it will also and massage your royal while you put your feet up on the ottoman. The massaging function like the systems employed by the competition in the front seat. systems use a series of air bladders inflate/deflate in a pattern to initiate a The result feels more a rodent trapped between the and the upholstery. The Lexus system a system more similar to the rollers you find in airport station chairs.” Only And without the stench of the peasantry.

the massage is easy once you get the of the 17-button remote control next to the 26-button infotainment inside the 45-button console. If you your rides by button we have a winner. Lexus in a blue-ray DVD player, wireless and a single LCD that drops from the ceiling. Although the Remote Touch joystick on up front, those being in the rear can forget about the controller and can control many of the functions via the button bank. On the one this is less integrated BMW’s iDrive for rear that allow them top with the nav system, but it does the owner of the LS 600hL from with the evil that is Touch.

The wealthy are frequently in a hurry and the resources to pay Texas-sized speeding Unfortunately for them, Lexus updated the 600hL’s hybrid for the new model. While I still of the 600hL’s setup as one of the most hybrid systems in the world, I can’t call it “powerful” Rated at 438 system horsepower, it is by a wide variety of V8s in everything a Dodge Super Bee to the German’s V8 options. That’s even we talk about the V12 luxury Lexus is attempting to target. The S65 AMG cranked out 631 horses and enough to cause the earth to rotate in the direction. What will bring? You can bet the answer will be:

Operating much like a hybrid system on steroids, a 385 5.0L V8 engine is mated to a planetary gearset employing two units. The larger motor is of 221HP on its own, but the battery in the trunk of the LS can only supply 53 HP at a limiting the EV mode to around 30 The engine and motors work to provide seamless and linear unlike anything on the market a Tesla Model S. This is quite different from the motor sandwiched between the and transmission that you find in the hybrids. Lexus won’t on how much torque the combined is good for, but my gut tells me it is 450 lb0-ft combined.

Lexus to use a 288V Ni-MH battery that is similar to the one used in the RX hybrid. The 1.6kWh battery isn’t as space efficient as the modern Lithium based but had a proven track record and high current discharges a smaller number of cells. it’s not as slim as the trendier and occupies a large portion of the Combined with the plumbing for the zone climate control and the throne, they slice capacity from 18 cubes to 13 it difficult to fit large luggage in the

With 5,500 pounds of sedan riding (yes, you that number correctly) on an air you can cross corner carving off list. I suspect that activities are frowned upon the help is driving you anyway, but the and relatively narrow 245/45R19 mean stopping distances are as well. Dynamically the LS has always an excellent vehicle with a controlled chassis, nearly weight balance and a solid When scaled up to the 600hL, you can those traits are still but they are masked by the weight and the adaptive air suspension.


If I might for a moment, the LS platform is the perfect to experience an air suspension in on a test There aren’t many that have a standard suspension and an air suspension available in the car and the LS is one. Air suspensions have an different feel to them so you compare an S-Class with with a 7-Series that had a partial rear air suspension difficult to compare unless experienced what the air bags do to the of the car. I encourage anyone in this segment to give the LS a with and without the air suspension so you can be familiar with the changes systems make to the feel of a

Back on topic, let’s thrust. At the stoplight races the LS accelerates faster if the engine is on. This is fairly logical some of the motor’s twist be consumed by starting the engine. Our were taken with the “stopped” by the hybrid system is the normal state of affairs. to the massive torque from the motor and the 5.0L V8, we hit 30 MPH after a 2.36 seconds. After point the heavy curb comes into play 60 MPH happening after 5.44 followed by a 13.96 second A BMW 750 and Mercedes S550 scoot to 60 a half second faster the V12 BMW 760 is a full second quicker. On the side even the new 8-speed ZF feels like a farm compared to the Lexus Hybrid system. Acceleration in the 600hL is linear, unbelievably smooth and silent. Comparisons to the Tesla S in terms of acceleration linearity and are entirely appropriate. All of a sudden the drivetrain combined with the in the back make sense: if I’m driven, I want a smooth Forget about the driver fun, it’s all about the in the back.

After a week the LS 600hL I still have looking at the expensive cruiser in the way, but I am closer to understanding the That point is less fuel economy (which was MPG over all by the way) and more silently and smoothly cruising the radar. If that’s your then mission accomplished. The LS is also the least expensive that I know of designed the chauffeured set in mind. Except makes the LS 600hL the oddest I’ve met. Being designed for owners with it makes a value proposition logically shouldn’t matter to the audience. If you’re being the smallest part of the expense over the life of a vehicle is the of the vehicle. Your driver and his are likely to eat the bulk of your My sounding board in this is still trying to convince me looking at the LS 600hL in this is missing the point. Perhaps, but it explain why the LS 600hL sells in small numbers. It also why he still has a 2010 XJ8.

Best. Back. Seat.

Avatar on Blue Ray never so good.

Everyone will why you didn’t buy an S-Class.

438 ponies is class-topping in 2013.

Despite told otherwise, 21.8 MPG seems to be missing the point.



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