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By Cars.com Staff
October 21, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Lexus LS 600h L was the first car to combine a V-8 gasoline engine with an electric motor for improved gas mileage and robust acceleration. The 600h L is a hybrid version of the LS 460L, and it pretty much sits alone as far as ultra-expensive hybrids, starting in the $105,000 range.
New for 2009 The LS600h L receives no significant changes for 2009.
Exterior The LS 600h L differs little from the LS 460 in its exterior appearance. Aside from the model badge on the trunklid, the word "Hybrid" appears on the trim near the bottom of the rear doors.
19-inch wheels with multiple design options
LED headlights are used as the low-beams
Interior The 600h L shares the gas-only L model's interior appointments. Special to the hybrid is a power-flow diagram on the dashboard's central LCD screen. Even nicer, the basics are repeated in color graphics between the speedometer and tachometer. The car's hybrid nature doesn't eliminate any of the model's gee-whiz features, the most awe-inspiring of which is a self-parking system that relies on the car's rearview camera.
Voice-activated navigation system
19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
Available rear climate control
Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system
Available rear-seat cool box mini refrigerator
Under the Hood The LS is the first vehicle to mate an electric drive system to a V-8 engine, in this case a 5.0-liter. The system as a whole generates more than 430 horsepower, according to Lexus.
5.0-liter V-8 makes 389 hp, but when teamed with the electric motor total output rises to 438 hp
Continuously variable automatic transmission with "PWR" (power) and "SNOW" modes
Lexus estimates 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds
288-volt nickel metal hydride battery
165kW electric motor
Combined fuel economy of 21 mpg
Safety The LS 600h L includes all the standard safety features of the LS 460L. The available Advanced Pre-Collision System helps detect obstacles in the car's path, including pedestrians. It uses a forward-looking radar sensor and two cameras to view the road ahead. A third camera on the steering column monitors the driver's face. If the driver's head is turned and there's an obstacle ahead, the system chimes a warning and flashes a light, then applies the brakes gently if there's no response. It also tightens the seat belt retractors and moves the brake pads closer to the discs in preparation for a panic stop or collision.
Electronically controlled antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution