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Pros: The 2014 Lexus LS 600h L is a full-size luxury hybrid sedan that provides exceptional comfort as well as great fuel savings. The interior is also remarkably quiet and appointed with some of the finest materials you'll ever see. And don't forget about Lexus' stellar reputation for initial quality and reliability.

Cons: Are you the nitpicking type? Well, you could point to the sedan's large turning radius (close to 12 metres) and numb steering, but that's it. With the LS 600h L, it's best to leave driving duties to your chauffeur, anyway.

2014 Lexus LS 600h L Price: The single trim level starts at $125,750.

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2014 Lexus LS 460 Fuel Economy: Weighing nearly 2,400 kilos and using a big V8 engine isn't the typical recipe for fuel economy, yet the LS 600h L achieves 10.6L/100km in the city and 9.1L/100km on the highway.

Improvements and Changes: A 19-speaker Mark Levinson Reference sound system has been added along with new body colour options.

2014 Lexus LS 600h L Powertrain: A potent 5.0L V8 engine teams up with an electric motor as part of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Together, they put out 438 horsepower. A specifically calibrated CVT handles power delivery to all four wheels.

Cargo Capacity: Due to the rear-mounted battery, the trunk of the Lexus LS 600h L (370 litres) is significantly smaller than the gasoline-powered LS 460's (510 litres).

Safety: Standard features include stability and traction control, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time. There are 10 airbags and available technologies like head-up display, night vision, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Comparing the 2014 Lexus LS 600h L: In this highly fuel-efficient luxury car segment, you'll also find the Audi A8 L TDI and BMW ActiveHybrid 7.