2014 Lexus LS 600hL — your rolling living room . — Top Down Auto Blog

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2014 Lexus LS 600hL — rolling living room .

of it as a penthouse suite that 137 miles an hour.

It’s one way of at the 2014 Lexus LS 600hL, a and silent, nearly-three-ton cruiser with the optional back arrangement (more about later), provides few reasons for leaving the car.

You can snuggle up in Barcalounger arrangement in the right portion of the cabin, switch on the massage gizmo that under the leather seat and, voila. nirvana.

we have here, coming to nirvana-bereft earth, is the top-of-the-line sedan, the ultimate expression of the LS   LS is the line of cars that launched Lexus in the U.S. 25 years ago, with the LS It’s gone through the LS 430 and is now the LS 460 numbers standing in as approximations for size – 430 for 4.3-liter, 460 for 4.6 liter). the car to which parent company appears to pay the most attention. the style leader, the showcase in the window.

It is, also, incidentally, the player is putting on the field to compete the German trio of Audi, BMW and Tough competition.

First, the pricing. When Lexus selling cars in the U.S. it was a super-luxury car whose price most of the existing luxo out there, most of them Germany. The Lexus soon got a for reliability, competence, silence and riding.

Pricey cars .

Now the line, once occupied by the LS 400, has a myriad of sedans, convertibles, SUVs and crossovers. And the LS is at the top of the heap, with a base of (ready for it?) $120,060. really is autobahn cruiser territory, so the price advantage is

The 600 is essentially the ultimate (read expensive) expression of the $78,440 price) LS 460 L, the long rear-wheel-drive Lexus sedan. (The LS 460 in a 200-inch-long standard version and the 460 L, 205 long. The 460 L is the same size as the The LS 460 L also comes in all-wheel-drive, for $3,500 more than the RWD The 600 comes only in AWD.)

What you get in the 600hL for your is a hybrid power train includes a 389-horsepower V8 engine and an motor, both combining to 438 horses, running through a variable transmission. For all the showing off hybrid power – this is, all, the company that you the Prius – you’re not gaining in fuel mileage. The 600 gets EPA figures of 19/23 mpg, The LS 460 L gets 16/23 mpg in the AWD version. We about 20 mpg in a week-long test of the Lexus. Clearly, this is not a Prius. And just as clearly, who’s spending upward of for a car like this perhaps less about the price of than about the premium of a politically correct impression by a hybrid.

Now, about allusion to living in this car Our Lexus 600hL was equipped the “Executive-Class Seating Package.” divides the back seat a big, control-laden console, limiting the area to two passengers. The person in the right rear can lull herself to sleep by the front passenger seat all the way then raising the ottoman to her seat in the rear and then, of switching on the “Multifunction Massager.”

Who’s killing the endangered

The seating package also a DVD player, rear climate and controls and a nifty little table that pops up the front of the center console. The leather trimmed” seats, those in front, are heated and and above your head is the headliner.” How many alcantaras did have to kill to swaddle the in softness?

On the road, the 600hL is Lexus: all that sound-deadening has done its work. At 70 miles an it’s not much noisier it is at half that speed. The navigation screen is big enough to you the maps as well as all the turns and streets and audio messages you’re dying to hear. One you are missing is trunk space. The in the 600 shrinks from the normal LS 460 18 feet to 13 cubic feet, so to speak, by the hybrid’s battery which nestles under the window.

Our car had such esoterica as a heated wheel and electric switches to the front passenger seat in directions, but we didn’t have the “advanced pre-collision system which includes radar control and a device that you in your own lane. I’m all for these devices – extensions of the nanny of automotive design, not to mention a of lawyers looking over the and designers’ shoulders. But I wonder if lull the driver into a of complacency, believing the car’s systems will do his thinking for him and he have to pay as much attention.

back seat: the reclining-seat-cum-ottoman is fine. Very comfy, the massaging element taking mind off any recent stress, if for a moment. It really is a limo there, what with the DVD the seats, the massage element, the table and the fact that already is a large amount of One problem with the ottoman if you’re taller than, five feet, six inches, feet will hit the back of the passenger seat. There’s so much room in a 205-inch-long

Lexus LS 460

With Lexus sedan ranging up to more than for fully optioned cars, now in the same league as the Audi A8, BMW and Mercedes-Benz S-class.

What do you want to make?

But the real comes down to this: all cars are more or less the They are big, comfortable, well built, loaded gadgets that cosset you than you need to be cosseted, and expensive. My feeling, and the feeling of a few reviewers, is that the BMW and the Benz a Statement. In some cases, blue-and-white roundel and that star say a certain thing who owns this car – whether the is in the left front seat or the rear.

The Lexus, despite its presence in America, makes a subdued statement. For some, is a bonus.

One other thing: cars consistently place at the top of studies’ reliability rankings. The time your car spends in the the more time you can spend in penthouse suite. At 137 miles an

For more consumer information on check these Web sites:

Reliability information can be seen in dependability studies conducted by Power; and at Consumer Reports.

mileage figures are available at site, maintained by the U.S. of Energy.

For trivia lovers: the you see on the window of every new car for sale in the States is known in the auto as the “Monroney.” It is named for U.S. Almer Stilwell (Mike) the Oklahoma Democrat who sponsored the Information Disclosure Act of 1958, required all new cars to have that detail the price of the car and its

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