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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
one of the quietest cars on the market”
Trunk space is a serious issue
it yields vast space for rear-seat occupants
Kelley Blue Book
Seating and accommodations are as regal as you'd expect
The 2009 Lexus LS 600h L provides royal rear-seat room and interior finishes, along with an incredibly hushed interior, though it’s narrower than other big luxury sedans.
Edmunds reports that this Lexus 2009 model's "seating and accommodations are as regal as you'd expect in a car of this category, and then some: the rear seats can be equipped with every possible power, climate and entertainment control, including a massage feature that is surprisingly effective in reproducing the actions of a Shiatsu masseur."
Motor Trend confirms this impression: "to get a sense from behind the wheel, imagine sinking into a lavish and serene home-entertainment room, replete with Eames lounge chairs covered in the supplest leather." ConsumerGuide reports that "front [seating] is spacious for adults, though taller drivers may need more headroom." The rear seats are "adult-roomy here, too." Kelley Blue Book concurs: The 2009 Lexus LS 600h L's back row "yields vast space for rear-seat occupants."
Edmunds says the Lexus 2009 LS 600h L's "ability to accelerate up to around 20 mph using electric power only can make this huge luxury sedan seem almost eerily quiet in traffic." According to ConsumerGuide, this 2009 Lexus is "one of the quietest cars on the market...the engine is nearly silent at idle and emits a subdued growl under aggressive acceleration...there is virtually no tire, road, or wind noise."
Kelley Blue Book waxes enthusiastic about "acres of creamy aniline cowhide French stitched like a Folies Bergere corset." The only downside is that some of the switchgear mimics the type used in much cheaper Lexus models. Conceivably, the Lexus 2009 LS 600h L could have gotten a perfect 10 on interior materials alone; ConsumerGuide reports "top-quality materials with numerous soft-touch surfaces." Edmunds says, "from the exquisite stitching in the leather to the matching of the wood grain, the fit and finish is without peer.”
The 2009 Lexus LS 600h L hybrid falls short in storage and cargo space. Edmunds reports that "trunk space is a serious issue...hybrid components and the optional rear seat climate control system drop capacity to a middling 11.7 cubic feet (2 cubes less than a Toyota Yaris)." ForbesAutos proposes this is "due to the need to fit a huge battery and other electrical equipment behind the rear seat...it'll fit two duffels or moderate-sized golf bags, but that's about it." ConsumerGuide says "trunk is sufficient for most travel needs, but the rear air conditioning trims the volume by a full 6.0 cu ft." In addition, "the trunk lid uses hinges that further rob useful space." However, they report "in-cabin small-item storage is good."
The 2009 Lexus LS 600h L features decadent seating and top-class refinement, but actual interior room and trunk space are surprisingly skimpy.