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Bankrate's 2008 Car Guide
Going green
Saving cash while saving the planet is great but is it cost-effective and the right move for you?
Green is beautiful
Number of hybrid choices soar


More hybrid choices
Cadillac Escalade Lexus RX 400h
Chevrolet Malibu Mazda Tribute
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Nissan Altima
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Saturn Aura
Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Toyota Camry
Honda Civic Toyota Highlander
Lexus GS 450h Toyota Prius
Lexus LS 600h L
Lexus LS 600h L

When Lexus introduced the LS 600h L, it was doing more than just adding one more hybrid to its fleet -- it was making a point. The L series is its flagship line, and if Lexus wasn't sure hybrid technology was solid it would have never gambled by rolling it out. The company does believe in the technology, and now it is boasting about raising the standards for the entire hybrid industry.

At an eye-popping $104,900, the LS 600h L uses a full-hybrid drive, meaning it can operate in an all-electric mode, all-gasoline mode, or a combination of the two. The 288-volt electric motor helps the 5.0-liter V-8 pump out 438 horsepower.

The five-passenger luxury sedan features the only all-wheel-drive hybrid drive train on the market.

And while it doesn't want for amenities, the LS 600h L delivers a comparatively lackluster 20 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway -- one of the lowest mileage ratings of any hybrid.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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