2012 Lexus LS 600h L vs. Its Competition

2011 Lexus LS 600h L
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

There are no other full-hybrid, full-size luxury sedans on the market, though the closest is the mild-hybrid BMW ActiveHybrid 7 model, the quickest V-8 model in its 7-Series line.

Audi's low-volume W-12 top-end A8 and the V-12 version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class get worse gas mileage, but come with the smoothness of their many cylinders and bragging rights to the finest German engineering.

In a similar vein, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur uses a similar W-12 to the Audi's, in a four-door sedan body that prioritizes British leather and wood for the A8's high-tech touches.

All of these cars are meatier and more substantial from behind the wheel than the Lexus LS hybrid, and we doubt that their owners much care about fuel efficiency.

Which leaves the Lexus LS 600h L in a class of one, really.

2011 Lexus LS 600h L2012 Lexus LS 600h LBrowse Used Listings2012 Audi A8 L 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A8 LBrowse Used Listings2012 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur 2012 Bentley Continental Flying SpurBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.4
The low volumes projected for the 2012 Lexus LS 600h L reflect its conflicted role as the most luxurious model of the LS line and also the greenest; it's a comfortable car with superior fuel efficiency, but does anyone care?
9.4
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
9.2
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
9.0
The 2012 Bentley Continental doesn't stir the soul the way its two-door siblings do, but it's a powerful, smooth, refined, and eminently luxurious sedan.
MSRP From    
$112,750$84,700$71,000$91,850$184,200
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Electric V6Turbocharged Gas/Ethanol W12
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeLarge CarsLargeLargeMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Hybrid4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4-Door SedanSedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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