2010 Lexus HS 250h — Car Maintenance and Car Repairs — DriverSide

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2010 Lexus HS 250h

to Like

There is a lot of technology in car, including Lexus’ force-feedback Remote Touch a massive navigation screen, a display and lane-keep assist. A interior with plush, seats and ample rear leg and thanks to a high roofline and front seats means won’t feel cramped. EV and ECO for the hybrid drive system please hybrid car junkies.

Not to Like

While certainly an over existing products, economy of 35 mpg isn’t as high as hoped for, and, in almost matches the BMW 335d on the There may be too much technology into this car to allow to hit a low price point, which be key in selling it over lower-priced

The Drive:


DriverSide Driving

Anyone who has ever been in a will feel at home the HS 250h’s quiet ride. they might not feel at with, however, are the driving This is not your typical wet-noodle-for-a-chassis green car. has a taught, controlled feel never jarring but at the same never floaty and disconnected indicative of its European roots. It quietly at high speeds and gives you the sensation that traveling slower than you are. The brakes aren’t too the way some regenerative systems to be. Yet, while it won’t you to death it’s not really to drive. Total system of 187 horsepower proves enough to the car’s rather chunky mass down the road, and nerds will love the of the Prius’ EV mode, which the car to run exclusively on battery power up to 25 mph or (rather obviously) battery has been exhausted. The HS also the Prius’ throttle-smoothing, gas-saving ECO as well as a somewhat oxymoronic mode.

Engine and Drivetrain

Unlike the relatively diminutive 1.8-liter engine, the HS 250h uses the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder as the Camry Hybrid. The gasoline puts out 147 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of which is supplemented by the 40 hp electric resulting in a total system of 187 hp. Power is driven to the front via a continuously variable transmission.

Vehicle Features and Options

will be launching a new customer system this summer, Enform. Similar to OnStar, provides services such as collision notification, stolen location (though no shutoff is available), SOS, roadside and destination assistance. Prius will recognize the carryover of EV, ECO and modes into the HS 250h. A new Assist feature takes departure warning technology a further and actively steers the car into the lane so long as the maintains active steering. It cameras mounted on the steering to detect whether a driver is or distracted. You read that the car is watching you.

Key Technology Evaluation

Where to The HS 250h is packed with from its IR-resistant windshield to new Remote Touch system. A display keeps driver focused on the road while select information onto a display. Opt for the nav system and you get a massive screen mounted above the stack. The system is controlled by Touch, a fancy mouse-like located on the center console provides force feedback as you though onscreen menus. two minutes with it and you’ll why it took so long to figure out this good.

Green Mileage

Given that the HS borrows its hybrid system the 33/34 mpg Camry Hybrid and it into a more slippery, body, we expected some in the fuel economy department. At 35 mpg 34 mpg highway, the Lexus offers efficiency improvements over the but not as much as we had hoped for. It however, achieve an SULEV rating.

A Closer Look: Vehicle

Interior

Due to the high mounting of the Touch controller, the center pushes farther up into the than we’re typically to, creating a miniature wall driver and passenger. Rear passengers need not worry leg and headroom, as the backs of the front are contoured and the roofline remains in the rear. All materials are plush and quality everything we’ve to expect from a Lexus. is, save an assortment of iffy switches that can be found the cabin.

While the HS 250h quite as quirky looking as a its aerodynamic shape is still that of a dedicated hybrid. A with minimal ducting for leads into a long, windshield before the beltline tapers into a high deck. The windshield absorbs 30 percent more infrared than traditional units, AC load. Overall it’s an shape, even if it does like Prius and an Acura TSX DNA strands.

Market Segment and Pricing

for the HS 250h will not be announced roughly early August, so now it is anyone’s best guess. Due to its spec sheet however, we it to slot in somewhere above the IS perhaps around $35k. Its has no competitors, but optioned-out versions of the Prius ($22,000), Toyota Hybrid ($26,150) and Nissan Hybrid ($26,650) could fit the as could the BMW 335d ($43,900).

We Think

Given the ongoing effect of hybrids in the US, the HS 250h be a big hit for Lexus as it gives the more tech-obsessed, alternative energy everything they want. On top of it’s plenty comfortable, and a surprisingly competent steer. If can manage to price this of heavy circuitry in the low $30k they should have problem hitting their 25k target for the first year.

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