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The good The Lexus LS 600h L boasts every tech, comfort, and amenity at the automaker’s disposal. The Hybrid Synergy Drive is the most powerful in its class sacrificing efficiency. Multiple modes allow customization of the performance and economy. The rear-seat and tech of the Executive-Class Seating are top-notch, boasting Blu-ray and a reclining massage seat.

The bad The Touch infotainment controller as intuitive as the competitor’s rotary controllers. HDMI input is not for rear-seat entertainment.

The bottom The ultraluxe 2013 Lexus LS L impresses with power and that are among the best in class, but they come at a many thousands of dollars than you’d pay for its closest

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It’s the most powerful, most model that Lexus It’s also the most Lexus that you can buy today. It is the of the flagship LS line and the tippy-top of the pole for the Japanese luxury It is the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L.

at nearly $130,000 as tested, is most ambitious Lexus too for its own good? Does it justify its tag or will it suffer the same as the equally impressive Lexus LFA its prospective buyers balking at a that’s too high for a Lexus?

first-class at ground level

Our of the LS 600h L was a long-wheelbase model the L suffix) and was equipped with a Executive-Class Seating package, so the best seat in the house is in its row. Let’s start

The L is 5 inches longer than the LS chassis, all of which is dedicated to the legroom for rear-seat passengers. of a bench, our Executive model two spacious buckets separated by a center console and ample and elbow room. If you told me these seats had been from someone’s private I’d be inclined to believe Coupled with the LS’ ride, being chauffeured in these thrones is a bit like first-class at ground level.

That console is home to a display and a bank of controls give the rear passengers over the rear dual-zone control system (this LS a total of four automatic zones), the heating and ventilation for the rear seats, the vehicle’s system and source, and the three window shades.

With the Seating package, the LS’ bench is upgraded with appointments. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

a tab and a small center tabletop up and folds out from the console. another tab and the armrest pops to reveal a pair of remote — one of which controls the video entertainment system folds down from the Look over your and you’ll find a wood that pops up to reveal a Blu-ray player, an SD card and composite RCA video and audio that feed the LCD with I’d like to see an HDMI so that I could play video stored on a smartphone an HDMI output. If the Honda can offer an HD input, so should nearly-$130,000 uberluxe sedan.

The display has inputs for Blu-ray SD cards, and analog AV, but no HDMI. Goodwin/CNET

The system comes two pairs of IR wireless headphones for listening, but passengers can also the AV system’s audio through the audio system or plug own premium headphones into one of the two analog outputs.

Yes, the seats are a good place to be, but are not equal. The rear right actually has a few unique tricks. At the of a button, the front passenger’s can be moved forward and out of the way, increasing the rear passenger’s and freeing the way for a fold-out ottoman to and cradle your tired and legs. This seat reclines by a few degrees and, the control of the second remote in the rear console, features multizone, programmable massage and Mmmmm.

Hybrid Synergy Drive

a hybrid, but that doesn’t that the 2013 LS 600h L is a slouch when it comes to Somewhere beneath the hood and the engine bay covers, you’ll a 5.0 liter V-8 gasoline engine the largest available in the automaker’s lineup — that’s to a high-output, permanent-magnet, electric-drive via Lexus/Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy system. Total system is 438 horsepower and an unspecified amount of (The gasoline engine is for 385 pound-feet before the electric torque is factored in, so the actual gotta be pretty lofty.)

The LS 600h L’s plastic-shrouded bay: nothing to see here. along! Antuan Goodwin/CNET

a powerful setup that its thrust in a manner unique to the The sedan surges forward the guidance of the accelerator pedal, silent like an electric bus and seamlessly from full-electric to gasoline-plus-electric output and back.

The butter-smooth acceleration is thanks in to the well-balanced and well-isolated gasoline the silent operation of the electric and the E-CVT that links Without set gear ratios to row the LS lacks the periodic interruption of that standard transmissions when shifting. With all of torque on hand, the engines can the sedan along without breaking a sweat or raising the However, the E-CVT does a Sport program, which the power train stretch its for better acceleration, and a manual mode with virtual

After being multiplied by the torque heads to all four of the LS via the standard all-wheel-drive system its Torsen limited-slip center

There’s a lot of power being by the LS 600h L’s power but at least it’s being relatively efficiently. According to the on the window and the EPA, the 2013 LS L will average 20 mpg combined, 19 mpg in the and up to 23 mpg on the highway — not superimpressive in a where 40 mpg is the magic number, but see you do better with a 438-horsepower that weighs well 5,000 pounds. Go ahead; wait.

On second thought, get back to me on because I’d rather the plethora of drive modes the LS offers to customize its performance. On the console, you’ll find a select knob that can be and tapped to chose between six that affect the Hybrid Drive (HSD) system’s the throttle mapping, the Adaptive Air firmness, and Variable Gear electronic power steering’s and weight.

Multiple driving are accessible, emphasizing performance, or efficiency. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

clockwise once to select twist in the same direction to access Sport+. These give increasing levels of to the suspension, weight up the steering, and the throttle pedal’s sensitivity to the responsiveness of the LS’ acceleration and livening the big ol’ sedan up a

Twist counterclockwise to access the program, which softens the for a smoother, more isolated boosts the steering assist for a feel, and sets the throttle and maps to their default, settings. Twist again to the Eco mode, which is the anti-Sport remapping the throttle pedal’s and the HSD’s output for maximum efficiency. If you’re looking to it easy, this is the mode for

The final two modes are Normal, is the baseline setting of all vehicle accessible by pushing the drive like a button, and EV, which only battery electric and is accessible via a separate console Drive too quickly, accelerate too or deplete the battery below a level and the EV mode will reverting back to hybrid It’s no Chevy Volt or Prius in this respect, but able to go whisper-silent for the last or so through your neighborhood or up a driveway is nice.

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Lexus Remote Touch

The LS 600h L is the top of the Lexus luxury so nearly all of the styling and tech at the automaker’s disposal are standard here. (At an asking price of they’d better be.) includes Blind Spot with Cross Traffic a standard rearview camera; the Levinson 19-speaker, 450-watt Sound Audio System; LED that steer with the wheels and feature intelligent high beams; and a handful of upgrades over the standard LS.

The standard cabin tech consists of a hard-drive-based navigation with NavTraffic, NavWeather, Prices, Sports, and Stocks SiriusXM, Lexus’ Enform suite (an enhanced, but essentially version of Toyota’s Entune standard Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming, and a full of digital audio sources, USB, HD Radio, SiriusXM DVD optical media playback, and an audio input. A giant ultrawide display resides on the of the dashboard and displays all of the infotainment and doubles as a display for the standard camera when reversing.

The color display is split two zones, both of which are via the Remote Touch Controller. Goodwin/CNET

All of this tech is by Lexus’ Remote Touch This joystick-trackball combo has always been a weird but for the most part, I’ve using the Remote Touch and its haptic feedback in previous models. However, the new generation of infotainment that ships in the LS switches to a wide, split-screen that seems to take two forward in the amount of information and a step backward in ease of The controller that previously absolute positioning when the cursor around the screen now around under your as it repositions the cursor when across the screen split. Add to an interface that relies too on using home screen to modes rather than quickly accessible shortcuts to the hubs for navigation and media, for You get used to it, but I found the constant of the cursor and controller to be confusing at and a bit overwhelming.

The Lexus’ cabin is, on the other chock-full of nice tech and touches. For example, the heated and seats and heated steering can be set to cooperate with the climate system, automatically cooling undercarriage on hot days to ease the on the air conditioner or warming your and hands on an icy morning while you for the heater core to warm up.

The clock on the dashboard is tied in to the GPS and automatically sets itself or backward as you drive across zones. The wood that the cabin is a matte-finish bamboo, in with the vehicle’s eco image. these little touches sitting in the driver’s seat a

The standard safety tech includes the aforementioned blind-spot and rearview camera, as well as the Connect telematic system, adds features such as location, enhanced roadside and automatic collision and emergency

For an additional $6,500 you can add even active safety features in a that includes Advanced avoidance, pedestrian detection, Guided Adaptive Cruise Active Lane Keep and Driver Alertness Monitoring. Our was not so equipped.

Pricing and packages

At the top of the hierarchy, this tech de force starts at $119,910 and at that price it includes much every single gadget, bell, and whistle at the disposal and its most high-tech train and chassis technology. also added $7,555 for the Seating package, which the rear-seat experience into rivaling that of a first-class $64 for a cargo net, and $105 for a mat. As tested and with in destination charges, our 2013 LS L weighs in at $128,529. And we’re not fully loaded at that you may as well go on and add the Active Safety and just cruise on by the $130K

The 2014 Lexus LS 600h L is a ride, but is it fine enough to its lofty price? Antuan


The Lexus is loaded, luxurious, and potent, but is that too much? The depends on how much value you to the Lexus badge. The LS 600h L is equipped, more powerful, and as efficient as a fully loaded Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid. The BMW 7 Series is 100 horsepower short of the LS’ 438-pony mark, but also over $20,000 expensive than the Lexus both vehicles are fully The argument can be made that you get for your money with the LS L, but if you’re the sort of owner who more value to premium than specs and tech, the Tri-star and Roundel badges be looking pretty tempting now.

Perhaps the fiercest is the Audi A8 L which, when up and equipped with its 4.0 TFSI matches the Lexus for power and and is comparable for safety and dashboard but bottom-lines at about $17,000

Remember when Lexus was the expensive alternative? Now, the most expensive competitor in class.

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