If you need proof that the Japanese can build a competitive, full-size luxury sedan, look no farther than Lexus’ flagship LS models. Available with both hybrid (LS 600h) and conventional (LS 460) drivetrains, the range-topping Lexus models are as refined and competent as their European rivals.
Opt for the LS 600h
, and you’ll get a 5.0-liter V-8 supplemented with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which produces peak output of 438 horsepower. The combination helps the big, all-wheel-drive sedan sprint from 0 - 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, which is impressive given the car’s bulk and non-sporting focus. Despite the power output, the LS 600h is also capable of returning an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 23 mpg highway fuel economy.
If you prefer a more conventional drivetrain, the Lexus LS 460
may be more to your liking. Its 4.6-liter V-8 is still good for 380 horsepower, which enables the rear-wheel-drive version to run from 0 - 60 in just 5.4 seconds. Opting for the...