2013 Lexus LS 600h L Review

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2013 Lexus LS 600h L Overview

The Lexus LS 600h L is the hybrid version of Lexus’ LS 460 L and features a number of changes and upgrades for the 2013 model year. These changes include a new grille, updated braking and steering, and redesigned front seats.

The all-wheel-drive 2013 Lexus LS 600h L is available in a single Base trim, packaged with a 5.0-liter 4-cam 32-valve aluminum block V8 engine with intelligent variable valve timing along with a 165-kilowatt high-output permanent-magnet electric drive motor. The LS 600h L reaches 385 lb-ft of torque, and combined horsepower for the LS 600h L is 438—389 from the gas engine—with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The EPA estimates the LS 600h L will achieve 19 mpg city/23 highway.

Standard features for the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L include four-zone climate control, a power tilt-and-slide moonroof, power windows, steering-wheel-mounted audio, brake hold, and display controls, power tilt-and-telescopic collapsible steering column, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, power-adjustable auto-folding outside mirrors with turn indicators, 16-way driver's and 12-way front passenger's power seats with lumbar, power-adjustable rear seats with lumbar, leather headliner, drive mode with ECO, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV modes, a 19-speaker 450-watt Mark Levinson premium Surround Sound audio system with AM/FM/HD radio and in-dash CD/DVD player, voice-activated navigation system with 12.3-inch display, power trunk lid, rear window defogger, LED headlights with headlight washers, LED taillights and 19-inch split 7-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with high-gloss finish.

To go along with its numerous standard features, the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L also has a multitude of safety and security features. The 4-door sedan features driver and front passenger advanced airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and rear seat-mounted side airbags, as well as 4-wheel ventilated power-assisted regenerative disc brakes, featuring a 4-sensor 4-channel antilock braking system with brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, and electronic controlled braking, vehicle stability control, smart-stop technology, backup camera, blind-spot monitor, SmartAccess card key, direct tire pressure monitoring system, park assist, traction control and a vehicle theft-deterrent and engine-immobilizer system.

Although the luxuriousness and number of standard amenities for the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L blew many owners and potential buyers away, some were put off by the low gas mileage the hybrid achieves. The performance the Lexus LS 600h L provides was considered a definite plus by many consumer reviewers.

Competing in the same niche as the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L offers comparable features to its German counterparts. Upgrades to the powertrain and increased fuel mileage are something engineers at Lexus should strive for in future model years, but the current version of the LS 600h L remains a solid yet pricey option for those looking for a high-end hybrid.

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by Mark S. Baker

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