As the celebrated leader of Lexus sedans, the Lexus LS Hybrid Sedan is no slouch in terms of performance, luxury or style. It's V8, 5.0 liter gas powered engine produces 389 horsepower; when combined with Hybrid Synergy Drive from Toyota this luxury sedan's hp output is boosted to an impressive, though not astounding, 438 horsepower; the LS's nickel-hydride battery can be recharged with both regenerative braking and engine overrun. Due to its motor generator that can operate the vehicle in electrical only mode, for short distances at low speeds, so it can perform excellently in city driving, stop and go conditions. That means that although this vehicle puts forth the luxury of the Lexus name, and the power drivers crave out of their sedan, the hybridization of the Lexus LS Hybrid Sedan makes it an eco-friendly performer.
Even though the heavier curb weight, due to having a longer wheel base and additional hardware, should make it a slower ride, this luxury sedan's electric motor gives it that boost of torque for more power, giving it a fun and enjoyable performance for even the pickiest of drivers. The addition of Sport, Comfort and Power modes in the suspension gives drivers the option to choose what kind of ride they want; a smooth, soft suspension for comfort driving, sportier cornering, or sheer power for speedy acceleration. Continuously variable transmission send power electrically to all four wheels, and the hybrid powertrain makes the already muted sounds in the cabin even quieter. Some drivers may crave the exciting roar associated with putting the pedal to the metal, but others appreciate the additional feeling of luxury and comfort the quieter drive.
The fuel economy of the Lexus LS Hybrid Sedan is impressive for a vehicle of its size, weight and sizeable options, but for an environmentally conscious hybrid is somewhat lacking. City driving garners a 19 miles per gallon average, highway gains 4 mph for combined EPA 20 miles per gallon rating. Although this is just about on par with the non-hybrid comparable model, the sticker on the LS hybrid is significantly higher, by tens of thousands of dollars. It does, however qualify the LS for SULEV II certification, Super Ultra Low Emissions II. While drivers looking to choose a hybrid vehicle may wish to do so for the fuel efficiency, and that ease on their wallet, they'd have to drive for decades in order to see a savings in the cost of gas.