• (5.0) 2 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $12,483–$47,499
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 389-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
2011 Lexus LS 600h L

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Lexus LS 600h L

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Hybrid V-8
  • Loaded with high-tech goodies
  • Self-parking system
  • All-wheel drive

2011 Lexus LS 600h L Reviews

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

(5.0)

Average based on 2 reviews

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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.

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2011 Lexus LS 600h L Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus LS 600h L L

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus LS 600h L L

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

12mo/10,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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