Premium luxury sedans don’t score much better than the 2011 Lexus LS 600h L, as it's extremely high Total Car Score confirms.
The LS 600h L (the “L” denoting its long-wheelbase) is Lexus’ flagship, powered by a hybrid (rather than a V12) with relatively better fuel economy and emissions. The LS 600h’s build quality and unsurpassed interior craftsmanship combine with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, two electric motors, a 389 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and a continuously variable transmission. The setup yields 438 combined horsepower, a six-second zero-to-60 mph sprint and 19 city/23 highway mpg.
The ultra-quiet LS 600h comes with all the tech/comfort features you could ask for -- from its self-parking Advanced Parking Guidance System, Lexus Enform telematics and 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system to acres of supple leather and wood, power door closers, 16-way power driver’sseat and a rear entertainment system with full controls.
The downside startswith a high base price (over $100,000) and includes sub-V12 performance, a disappointingly small trunk (10 cubic feet), passionless driving dynamics and so-so overall fuel efficiency. Hybrid competitors from German luxury brands out-perform the 2011 LS 600h L and beat it on price. But they are no more luxurious nor offer the vast array of standard equipment found on Lexus’ hybrid flagship
The 2011 Lexus LS 600h L comes in one trim level with a standard equipment list as long as your arm.
It includes basically everything on the LS 460 with 19-inch wheels, LED projector headlights, power door/trunk closers, Advanced Parking Guidance, Advanced Pre-Collision safety system, hard-drive based navigation with Lexus Enform real-time telematics, 16-way driver’s and 12-way passenger seats and heated/ventilated rear seats, to name a few.
Options include four-zone climate control, a rear seat entertainment system, rear seat wooden tray tables and adaptive cruise control
The hybrid drivetrain mixes a 5.0-liter V8 with two electric motors, an NiMH battery pack and CVT transmission to produce 438 combined horsepower and a six-second zero-to-60 mph run time
The EPA rates the 2011 Lexus LS 600h L at 19 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
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