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2011 Lexus LS 600h L

$22,432 — $24,416 USED
Sedan
4-5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(5.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Performance
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Massive backseat
  • Hybrid drivetrain should make interior even quieter
  • Safety equipment galore
  • Variable transmission with selectable modes

The Bad

  • Cost
  • White leather interior shows dirt
  • Mileage improvements versus non-hybrid are slight
  • Smallish side mirrors
  • Some complex controls

What to Know

about the 2011 Lexus LS 600h L
  • Hybrid V-8
  • Loaded with high-tech goodies
  • Self-parking system
  • All-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 460 L, and it pretty much sits alone as an ultra-expensive hybrid, starting in the $108,000 range.

New for 2011
The LS 600h L now offers a brake override system and a coil suspension is standard. An air suspension is available on all-wheel-drive models. All other changes are minor.

Exterior
The LS 600h L differs little from the LS 460 in its exterior appearance. Aside from the model badge on the trunklid, hybrid badging appears on the trim near the bottom of the rear doors. Exterior features include:
  • 19-inch wheels with multiple design options
  • LED headlights are used as the low beams
  • Power folding heated tilt-down side mirrors
  • Chrome grille
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights


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. The car's hybrid nature doesn't eliminate any of the model's gee-whiz features, including a self-parking system that relies on the car's backup camera. Interior features include:
  • Power moonroof
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
  • Available rear climate control
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system


Under the Hood
The LS is the first vehicle to mate an electric drive ...
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 460 L, and it pretty much sits alone as an ultra-expensive hybrid, starting in the $108,000 range.

New for 2011
The LS 600h L now offers a brake override system and a coil suspension is standard. An air suspension is available on all-wheel-drive models. All other changes are minor.

Exterior
The LS 600h L differs little from the LS 460 in its exterior appearance. Aside from the model badge on the trunklid, hybrid badging appears on the trim near the bottom of the rear doors. Exterior features include:
  • 19-inch wheels with multiple design options
  • LED headlights are used as the low beams
  • Power folding heated tilt-down side mirrors
  • Chrome grille
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights


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. The car's hybrid nature doesn't eliminate any of the model's gee-whiz features, including a self-parking system that relies on the car's backup camera. Interior features include:
  • Power moonroof
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
  • Available rear climate control
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system


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. Mechanical features include:
  • 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 Power and Snow modes
  • All-wheel drive
  • Lexus estimates zero to 60-mph in 5.5 seconds
  • 288-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery
  • 165-kilowatt electric motor
  • Combined fuel economy of 21 mpg


Safety
The LS 600h L includes all the standard safety features of the LS 460 L. 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. There's a free one-year subscription to the telematics system, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, that offers automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator, emergency assist and roadside assistance. After the first year, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect becomes a paid subscription service. Safety features include:
  • Electronically controlled antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front knee airbags
  • Rear-seat side-impact airbags
  • Available Advanced Pre-Collision System
  • Available backup camera


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(5.0)

What A Car

by Carfan from Sioux Falls on November 11, 2017

Pro: Superb Technology. German comfort and smooth ride. Con: Not as many dealers in the nationwide network. You either love or hate the shape of the grill. More reliable than German cars. Read full review

(5.0)

The best car I've ever owned

by Road hog from Washington, DC on August 28, 2011

This car is a very comfortable car all around, gas mileage on the highway average 27 MPG, runs beautifully on the road with plenty of power. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Lexus LS 600h L currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Lexus LS 600h L L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LS 600h L received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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