For most reviewers, the 2011 Lexus LS600H is a big disappointment. Lexus advertised the advantages of the LS600H's hybrid system, which pairs two electric engines with a V-8 gas engine. Unfortunately, the LS600H does not offer the advantages that most people expect from a high-priced hybrid vehicle. In fact, the car only gets 20 mpg on average. That number looks especially bad when compared to the all-gas Lexus LS460, which gets an average of 21 mpg and costs far less. Given the high price, consumers could get more for their money by choosing a Porsche Panamera Hybrid or a Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid.
The combination of poor performance and high price makes the 2011 Lexus LS600H disappointing, but there are definitely good things about this sedan. The big price tag, after all, pays for some of the best features that Lexus offers.
The 2011 Lexus LS600H comes in one trim level, but there are several packages that buyers can use to customize their vehicles. Package availability varies from region to region, so buyers should explore the options available to them before making final decisions.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: continuously variable
Models: Lexus LS600H L
Lexus makes only one change to the LS600H for 2011:
- Discontinues the optional active stabilizer suspension system
Car buyers looking to save money by purchasing a hybrid vehicle will not get what they want from the 2011 LS600H. Only the most affluent consumers can afford to buy a 2011 Lexus LS600H. While buyers might be impressed by the sedan's luxurious interior, the driving experience leaves most people wanting more. Overall, people considering the 2011 LS600H also have enough money to purchase similar vehicles from companies such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Porsche–and that's what most consumers have done.
The full-size hybrid luxury sedan includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED projector headlights, keyless ignition and entry, and power door closers for its extremely high price. The body sits on a longer wheelbase and provides a hybrid option of its gas-run sibling, the LS460.
There are also numerous accessories that can help protect and add style to the Lexus LS600H. Car bras protect the front end of the car from road debris, mud, and rocks; and a full car cover can protect the LS600H from weather when it is not in use.
Not surprisingly, the 2011 Lexus LS600H has a spectacular cabin with plenty of room. Designers obviously spent a lot of time studying the vehicle's ergonomics to offer the most comfortable experience. This luxurious Lexus has leather-trimmed seats, flawless wood accents, and electroluminescent gauges that are both easy to read and a pleasure to admire. Drivers that like a lot of storage space in their cars will probably be disappointed by the 10.1 cubic feet of truck space. Unfortunately, the designers had to sacrifice trunk size to include the car's hybrid components.
Standard features for the 2011 LS600H include keyless entry and power, power doors, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system that offers real-time traffic and weather updates, iPod connectivity, a heated steering wheel, a rear camera, and the Lexus Advance Parking Guidance System, which makes it easy for any driver to parallel park in even the tightest spots. That’s a lot of extras for the standard model.
The Cold Weather package includes heated rear and front seats, a power rear sunshade, and power driver and front-passenger seats that can remember settings for individuals. This package even includes upgraded entertainment options. The Mark Levinson surround-sound system includes 19 speakers, satellite radio, a music server that can store up to 2,000 songs, and a CD/DVD changer that can hold up to six discs.
Buyers who want an even more luxurious ride can choose the Executive-Class Seating Package. This includes a rear seat that has a massager, power recliner, and leg rest; a wood table in the rear-seat; and even infrared sensors that adjust the climate control automatically so that passengers do not get too hot or too cold.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Lexus LS600H also fails to offer exceptional power, something that consumers expect from a top-tier Lexus. The 5.0-liter, V-8 engine generates 389 hp, and the electric motors contribute a little more, increasing output to 438 hp. That’s certainly not a terrible rating. Unfortunately, the vehicle weighs so much that even this is not enough power to offer the get-up-and-go that one would expect. In fact, it takes longer for the LS600H to go from zero to 60 mph than it takes the LS460, even though it only has a V-8 engine.
Keeping a 2011 Lexus LS600H in top condition requires regular maintenance. Lexus, of course, advises owners to use their local dealerships to ensure they get the correct services for their vehicles.
Standard safety features for the LS600H include traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, knee airbags for the front seats, and Safety Connect emergency telematics. Rear-seat side airbags come with either option package. If equipped with the optional adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system in the LS600H senses impending frontal impacts and automatically engages seat belt pretensioners while boosting braking power.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus LS600H: 19/23 mpg city/highway
- Interior features
- Comfortable cabin
- Luxurious appearance
- Low emissions
You Won't Like
- Limited trunk space
- Slow pickup
A luxurious hybrid if you don’t need great performance or fuel economy.
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