2012 Lexus LS 600h Overview
As far as luxury hybrid sedans go, you will be hard-pressed to find one as sophisticated, powerful and efficient as the 2012 Lexus LS 600h.
First things first, let’s decipher what the heck all of these letters and numbers mean. The LS 600h L is the hybrid version of the LS 460 L, and the ‘L’ denotes that it has a long wheelbase for more interior room. Even though the 600h L remains unchanged for 2012, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to talk about. Competition to the LS 600h L includes the BMW ActiveHybrid 750 and the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid.
Luxury aside, the most impressive aspect of the LS 600h L is how powerful it is. Lexus was able to pair an electric drive system (288-vold nickel-metal-hydride battery and a 165-kilowatt electric motor) to a 389-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 combining for a grand total of 438 horsepower. That’s good enough for a 5.5-second zero to 60 mph time. Considering how powerful the engine is, it’s a wonder that the 600h L gets 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with Power and Snow and Snow modes, in addition to all-wheel drive for superb handling and grip.
Even though the 2012 Lexus LS 600h L is quite pricey, you most definitely get what you pay for. The trunk lid and doors have a power-closing feature, allowing them to be latched securely with little effort. Intelligent high-beam headlamps automatically switch between regular and high beams when an oncoming car is detected. A power moonroof, 19-inch wheels, power folding heated tilt-down side mirrors, and a dual-swivel Adaptive Front Lighting System are standard features.
Inside the cabin, the Lexus LS 600h L is loaded with the type of high-end appointments you have come to expect from such a brand. Power-adjustable, leather-trimmed front seats, a voice-activated navigation system, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, a hybrid powerflow chart, rear climate control and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a nine-inch screen are just some of the impressive features.
If you thought the aforementioned equipment was advanced, wait until you see how safe the LS 600h L is. The Advanced Parking Guidance System, Intuitive Parking Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Advanced Pre-Collision System, electronic stability system and comprehensive suite of airbags make the 600h L the safest place to be.
If you have the money and you want to go green without sacrificing power or luxury, then the 2012 Lexus LS 600h L is the car for you.