2010 Lexus LS | new car review

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 by
2010 Lexus LS600hL

LS600hL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Toyota first launched the Lexus brand in the US over twenty years ago, it wanted to make a statement.

Therefore instead of bringing out a mass-market car to rival the likes of the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class, it went straight to the top and brought out the LS in competition with the S-Class and 7 Series. It was a ballsy move, but a strong reputation soon built up behind the newcomer.

Now in its fourth generation, the LS has established itself as a worthy rival to the German alternatives. Two engines are offered in the region – a 4.6-litre V8 in the LS460 and a larger 5.0-litre V8 in the LS600hL. In addition to the bigger engine, the LS600hL also comes with an electric motor that’s coupled to an onboard battery – a hybrid. Unlike the Toyota Prius that’s offered in other parts of the world as an ultra-economical car, this Lexus hybrid is all about performance. That’s why even though the V8 is a 5.0-litre, the badge says ‘600’ – as Lexus compares the performance to that of a bigger 6.0-litre engined car.

Incidentally, the L at the end indicates that the hybrid has a longer wheelbase than the standard LS, and lots of legroom in the back.

As befits all large executive sedans, technology rules in the LS’s interior. Along with the all singing and dancing navigation system, cruise control and concert hall quality stereo is one particularly impressive feature – self-parking. All you have to do is find a space big enough for the long wheelbase sedan, pull up just ahead of it, press a button and the car will park itself. All you have to do is cover the brake – the LS does all the steering for you.

One Response to 2010 Lexus LS | new car review

  1. rudy Reply

    August 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I like this car and it is a great Luxury vehicle to drive.
    recently bought mine but not the 2010 model 🙁
    wish i could buy the hybrid one which is my most fav car.

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