2008 Lexus LS Hybrid Review
This review was written when the 2008 Lexus LS Hybrid was new.
The LS 600h L is the only luxury V8 hybrid. The 600h couples power with fuel efficiency, comfort with class, and is loaded with standard features. Yet, it's pricey. If you're in the market for a luxury large sedan, check out the 2008 BMW 7-Series. Or if you're seeking a hybrid, check out the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L is the first luxury hybrid of its kind. It's praised for its comfort and cutting-edge technology and also offers ample space and seamless power, but is a high-end cruiser with a hefty price tag. Automobile Magazine says the Lexus is a "luxury car first and a hybrid second, the LS600hL is a tech-laden, top-of-the-line dream machine with the performance and features to match anything in its rarefied class. The hybrid system doesn't make it an eco-mobile, but it does give it a notably more benign ecological impact than its competitors." Popular Mechanics says the Lexus 600h L can't be compared to other hybrids, but is comparable to "other high-horsepower luxury sedans. Its closest competition comes from the 12-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S600 and BMW 760Li." The Los Angeles Times say the Lexus hybrid is "the most complicated, most elaborate machine ever to take to four wheels." Forbes says the hybrid is for you if you "want to show the world you're environmentally conscious without sacrificing the pleasure of high performance and luxury."
New Car Test Drive says: "The Lexus LS 600h is more than just a stretched LS460. It's an advanced, intelligent, premium vehicle with numerous environmental benefits. It's fun to drive, but back seat passengers get the royal treatment." The Car Connection says the 600h is "the most expensive Lexus ever ... For your money, you get an incredibly rich and roomy package, loaded with leather and wood, high-line infotainment technology, cutting-edge safety systems, and a numbingly long list of creature comforts." Still, the LS 600h costs less than some European competitors.
As fuel prices rise to record highs in 2008, some scorn has turned toward buyers of large luxury sedans with powerful V8 and V12 engines. Some see the LS600h, with its 20/22 MPG rating, as an excellent compromise, providing the fuel economy of a somewhat smaller car with the performance of some of the finest luxury sedans.
IntelliChoice has not yet rated the 2008 Lexus 600h L.