Though boasting new exterior and interior design for 2013, the Lexus LS 600h L retains its six-digit MSRP and meager gains in fuel economy. Despite adding almost $40,000 to the cost of an LS 460, its 19 mpg city rating improves on the non-hybrid by only three miles per gallon and returns an identical highway rating of 23 mpg.
The 600h L can, however, reach 60 mph more quickly than any other model in the LS lineup. It does this with a 5-liter gasoline engine paired with electric motors to produce a combined 438 horsepower; an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission sends power to all four wheels.
Lexus offers the 600h L in a single, lavishly-equipped trim level, and its luxuriously appointed cabin treats as many as five passengers to one of the smoothest rides in the automotive world.
Standard features on the 600h L -- L is for long wheelbase -- include: 13-inch four-wheel disc brakes; a Mark Levinson surround sound system with 19-speakers and 450 watts of power; a 12.3-inch center-console display with split-screen functionality; the Lexus Enform infotainment system; six drive modes; a Smart Access key including touch sensors on the front driver and passenger doors; leather upholstery; and heated seats all around.
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Costs less while providing much livelier handling, but no all-wheel drive
Comes with all-wheel drive and a lower base price, yet not as much power
Features an efficient six-cylinder engine and upscale design, but is slower than the LS 600h L
The LS 460 L with all-wheel drive is very comparable, though at a much lower price