Of course, there are plenty of car buyers who want a luxury hybrid without having to drive a large SUV like the Escalade. In 2008, 980 people purchased the Lexus LS600h, the largest and most luxurious hybrid car produced by Toyota Motor Corp., Lexus' parent company.
With a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) that starts above $100,000, the LS600h obviously isn't for people who are looking to save a little cash on gas. In fact, the LS600h only gets an EPA-estimated 20 MPG (8.5 kilometers per liter) in the city and 22 MPG (9.35 kilometers per liter) on the highway. The LS600h is an interesting hybrid because the electric motor not only can power the car at slow speeds to save gas, it can also provide a power boost to the gas engine. That makes the Lexus LS600h the hybrid of choice for well-heeled buyers looking to add a little thrill to their green driving.