Typical cost: $104,000
Compared to: Lexus LS460 L with "executive seating," upgraded sound system and performance suspension
Hybrid cost premium: $15,458
Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 21.3 vs. 21.3
Annual fuel savings: $3.09 (1 gallon)
Of course, no-one would actually buy the Lexus LS600h just to save money on gas. At least, we certainly hope they wouldn't. (If anyone did, we hope they got the really, really, really extended warranty.) Lexus sells this car as a more Lexus-like alternative to the performance luxury models offered by competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, only Lexus uses a more efficient way to generate the extra power needed to haul the reclining, massaging rear seat and the little electric beverage cooler. In the non-hybrid version, those added luxuries would probably reduce fuel economy. So, buyers are paying $15,000 to feel not quite so guilty about their pleasures. Pass the free-range foie gras, would you, please?
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