The 2011 Lexus LS is the Japanese premium marque’s flagship sedan rival to established executive mobiles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8, the latter receiving a complete redesign for the 2011 model year
In this company you’d think the Lexus would have a hard time competing but to the contrary, the LS is one of the top contenders here.
That's because of Lexus’ penchant for impeccable quality and refinement, something the LS has in spades. It also features the latest in technology, including an optional hybrid drivetrain, as well as decent handling and dynamics for such a big car.
The top of the range model is the LS 600h L, which comes with a long-wheelbase body just like its rivals, but with a V-8 gasoline-electric hybrid instead of the typical gas-guzzling V-12. The hybrid combo matches a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, which results in a peak output 438 horsepower.
The hybrid system...