2008 Lexus LS 600h L Photo
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

Quick Take
The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L is the grandest hybrid sedan on the market, with some of the world's most advanced technology features and luxuries to rival the top German sedans. Read more »
8.2 out of 10
Browse Lexus LS 600h L inventory in your area.

As TheCarConnection.com’s experts assembled this review covering the Lexus LS 600h L, they consulted a wide range of review sources. Then the editors at TheCarConnection.com added their own driving experience with the LS 600h L to make this review especially useful.


  • Perky hybrid powertrain
  • Impressive fuel economy for a vehicle this size
  • Limousine-like space in back
  • Glassy-smooth ride quality
  • High-tech features—it can park itself!


  • Doesn’t command the scene like German rivals
  • Styling inside and out isn’t especially distinctive
  • Wide center console in front

The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L is the most expensive Lexus model and the technology flagship of the luxury brand's line. It's powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine mated to a new hybrid drive system that altogether aims to provide power and refinement that rivals competing V-12 models; at the same time, it delivers better fuel economy than many V-8s, at 20 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The system dispatches its power through a full-time all-wheel-drive system.

The gasoline V-8 makes 389 horsepower on its own, but altogether the system kicks up as much as 438 horsepower, released smoothly through a "shiftless" continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2008 Lexus LS 600h L can bolt to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, with especially quick passing power. For more control during sporty driving, the CVT can simulate eight manually shifted gears.

It's a full-hybrid system, meaning that the 2008 Lexus LS 600h L can operate for short distances, almost silently, on electric power alone. There's even an EV button--a feature never before used on a Toyota hybrid in the U.S. market--that forces the system to use electric power only for several minutes. It recharges its nickel-metal-hydride battery packs either via the engine or through a regenerative braking system.

Next: Interior / Exterior »
Other Choices
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.