Continuing the model's established success, the unchanged 2009 Lexus LS 600h L is a full-size luxury sedan, powered by a gas-electric hybrid system. One of the most sophisticated hybrid systems on the market, the combination of a 5.0L V8 gas engine with a high-output, permanent magnet, electric-drive motor makes for a total of 438 hp. All-wheel drive, the LS 600h features a two-speed electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). In so many ways, this is an amazing machine, which is not only efficient but fast, traveling zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the LS 600h achieves 20 mpg city/22 mpg hwy and 20 mpg in combined driving. Among the many standard safety features are stability and traction control, antilock brake system, emergency brake assist and every airbag you can imagine, including dual-front knee bags and side-curtain bags. With four doors and a five-passenger capacity, Lexus LS 600h L performance, fuel economy and stunning good looks are surpassed by few cars.Read more Read less
The Pebble Beach edition package is new for 2009, otherwise, there are no significant changes to the LS600h L from 2008.
Top-tier hybrid luxury sedan; superior craftsmanship; ultra-quiet ride; spacious interior; low SULEV rating
Introduced in 2008 as a hybrid complement to the LS460 and extended-length LS460 L, the 2009 LS600h L has the world's first V8, full-time all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain. Its performance is similar to that of the top German luxury cars and competes with the most exclusive V12 "super sedans" from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. It meets the Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) emissions standard by further reducing tailpipe emissions this model year. The 2009 model has an average combined fuel economy (city and highway) of 21 mpg.