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2012 Lexus LS 600h L

$70,676 — $70,676 USED
Sedan
4-5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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 LS are slight
  • Smallish side mirrors
  • Some complex controls

What to Know

about the 2012 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. 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:

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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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus LS 600h L currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 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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