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STYLING | 7 out of 10
differs little from the LS 460 in its exterior appearance
the hybrid edition gets several special touches
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Lexus LS 600h L has a shape that’s advanced enough to surpass some of its luxury competition; it’s little changed from the non-hybrid versions.
Most reviewers reflect positively on the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L. “This newest iteration is arguably more attractive than the S-Class against which it now competes, though it’s a close call,” ForbesAutos reports. “This big sedan has a clean, conservative, yet absolutely contemporary shape, accentuated by a forward-thrusting arrowhead motif carried through from door handles to the front and rear lamp units and even the large, unusual twin exhaust-pipe diverters low in the rear bumper.” Edmunds observes, "from the outside it looks identical to the [Lexus] LS 460 L," which it acknowledges is "a handsome car, having moved far from its unimaginative origin as a Japanese version of a mid-range Mercedes with more generic styling." Some reviewers from around the Web, however, feel the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L is less distinctive than its ultra-luxury competitors. “Park those high-wattage rivals beside the Lexus, and the modestly styled LS virtually disappears,” the New York Times proclaims.
Inside the LS 600h, ForbesAutos feels the dash “has a riot of buttons and switches, some of them half-hidden, with sometimes-incomprehensible acronyms.” Amid the array of controls, Kelley Blue Book reports that in the 2009 Lexus "semi-aniline leather highlights the cabin, and leather trim extends onto the instrument panel, upper front doors and door armrests." Edmunds describes the interior of this Lexus 2009 model in glowing terms: "Beautifully crafted and comfortable interior...rich wood trim is complemented by perforated leather upholstery." But Edmunds says the interior of the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L is “near perfection, in an ergonomic sense.” Its “Optitron electroluminescent gauges are both handsome-looking and effective,” and “the rest of the interior is just as brilliant in an aesthetic sense.”
As for differences between the hybrid edition and its gasoline-powered relatives, Cars.com reports that the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L "shares the gas-only L model's interior appointments," but points out that "special to the hybrid is a power-flow diagram on the dashboard's central LCD screen...the basics are repeated in color graphics between the speedometer and tachometer." Kelley Blue Book says this Lexus 2009 is "essentially the same in overall appearance as the extended-length LS 460 L sedan," but notes that it gets "several special touches, [such as] blue accents on headlamps, taillamps [and] badging." Cars.com remarks the hybrid LS "differs little from the LS 460 in its exterior appearance"; the most notable is that "aside from the model badge on the trunk lid, the word HYBRID appears on the trim near the bottom of the rear doors."
If you appreciate the styling of other models in the Lexus lineup, you'll like the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L.