• MSRP: $45,591–$67,755
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 389-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Lexus LS 600h L

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lexus LS 600h L

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

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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. With seating for up to five people, the 600h L is a hybrid version of the LS 460 L, and it competes with the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid and BMW ActiveHybrid 750.

New for 2012

There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
The LS 600h L differs little from the LS 460 in its exterior appearance. Aside from the model badge on the trunk lid, 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
  • Brushed grille


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 stereo
  • Available rear climate control
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 9-inch screen


Under the Hood
The LS was 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 438 horsepower. 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
  • Estimated zero-to-60-mph time of 5.5 seconds
  • 288-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery
  • 165-kilowatt electric motor


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. It offers automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator, emergency assist and roadside assistance. 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
  • Optional rear-seat side-impact airbags

 

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2012 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: $3,000 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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