2010 Lexus HS 250h Test Drive: Performance, Interior, Handling, Specs…

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2010 Lexus HS 250h Drive: Performance, Interior, Specs and Opinion

The new 2010 HS 250h combines the performance of a V6 the mileage of a four-cylinder economy car an advanced hybrid gas-electric

Hybrid drive systems can be to boost mileage as in the Prius or performance as in the LS 460. The Lexus are a modular technology and can deliver any mix of the The new HS 250h falls somewhere in the of the hybrid spectrum.

The result is a efficient luxury car with numbers both in power and economy. The HS 250h gets an 35 mpg in combined city and highway yet can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a 8.4 seconds. In combination with the drive motor, the HS 250h 187 total system horsepower, on regular unleaded gasoline.

The HS 250 doesn’t offer the compelling experience that comes neck-snapping acceleration and high-G-force but like the Prius, it has technology that make it a fascinating car to It’s a car that appeals to a finely developed sense of The HS experience is more like a laptop, one with a lot of bright, new and an inviting, intuitive operating To operate the HS is to experience a sense of more than a compulsion to harder and faster.

This is the hybrid-only car for Lexus, and the first with a four-cylinder engine. The HS 250h offers all the latest system upgrades that are now through the Lexus line of The new systems are lighter, more and more efficient.

The HS combines of the Prius platform with the powerful Camry hybrid The HS also has the smoother ride and features consistent with a car in price range.

Mileage is to the Camry hybrid, which is a car but only slightly roomier than the HS 250h. Compared to cars in the Lexus line, the HS is 5 inches longer than the IS and about six inches shorter the ES sedan. It’s a little with more legroom in than the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 cars.

Like the Prius, the HS 250h a social statement, but does so the context of a forward-looking, technology-driven brand. Its more powerful engine is quite a bit peppier the Prius, consciously trading mileage for better acceleration and highway cruising.

But at 35 mpg overall, the HS is still highly economical and The HS 250h generates 70 percent emissions than the average new It’s a California Super Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV), makes it one of a handful of the cleanest in the world.

The battery pack is between the rear seat and powering a motor generator adds about 40 horsepower, is blended into the system to driver demand. The batteries are recharged as needed, either by the or braking action that momentum into electricity.

The HS has four drive-modes: Normal, Eco and EV. The different modes alter response, managing fuel for more power, or conversely, economy. The electric-only EV mode has a range that varies to temperature, driver demand and condition, estimated at somewhere half a mile and 1.5 miles.

A interior is set up to take advantage of new about how to adjust controls and without distracting the driver’s An available mouse-like controller, the Touch system, eliminates the for touch screen controls.


The 2010 HS 250h comes in standard and Premium models.

Standard features on the HS include leather-trimmed seats; power-adjustable driver’s seat eight-way power-adjustable front seat; a 10-speaker, 137-watt system with a six-disc CD a subwoofer and center speaker; for phone and music streaming integrated subscription satellite (includes 90-day trial); connectivity operated via steering controls or the display screen; and aluminum alloy wheels. An Touring Package ($1600) for the model includes heated seats, illuminated front plates, 18-inch wheels, suspension and pedals, and leather trim. Standalone options heated seats ($440), wood trim ($300), and alloy wheels ($770).

The HS 250h Premium ($36,970) heated/ventilated front seats in semi-aniline leather; 18-inch alloy wheels; rain-sensing wipers; heated electrochromic mirrors; genuine wood trim; and a memory system allows individual driver for seat, power tilt/telescopic wheel, outside mirrors and air settings to be recalled automatically by key fobs. Premium can be upgraded the Technology Package ($3900) includes a heads-up-display, radar control and park assist. models equipped with the Package can also be upgraded the 330-watt, 15-speaker Mark surround sound system

Options for both models the Navigation Package ($2125) the Remote Touch navigation Bluetooth, backup monitor, air and a host of available telematic from Lexus Enform and XM. options available for both include LED headlamps with Front-lighting System (AFS) intelligent high beam and washers ($1805), and a rear ($200).

Safety features a 10-airbag supplemental restraint and front active head


Almost every of the 2010 HS 250h design is technical, and aerodynamically relevant.

The new contributes to a low coefficient of drag by guiding airflow over the and is set lower than the headlamps, a identity trait. The center of the is visually well defined, into concave segments create a sculpted, edgy Sharply angular compound are mounted high, above the a design cue in keeping with the LS600h.

A subtle gull shaped roof design control airflow to reduce and strengthen the roof structure. The edge of the front bumper, flows outward and around the fog also includes an air intake for Front and rear spoilers add to performance, as do air flow management that include spats, in the fenders and air diffuser fins.

reduction was accomplished by use of high-tensile steel and an aluminum hood. windshield glass reflects helping to reduce the air conditioning for better mileage.

A halogen beam headlight system is LED headlamps and adaptive front are available. The headlamp and tail have tinted blue trim to signal that the is a hybrid. There is also a badge, plus subtle highlights added to the Lexus and engine cover.

Interior Features

The Lexus HS a sense of luxury by surrounding the with technologies that and inform, and by use of premium components and throughout.

Inside, there is a level of standard equipment. The steering wheel and shift have leather trim. A power driver’s seat power lumbar support is as dual-zone climate control, a and particle filter, two 12-volt Homelink programmable garage opener, tilt steering power windows and all the cupholders, grips and interior detailing we expect of a car in this price

Interior lighting is crafted to the environment. The lighting scheme courtesy lights mounted on the an incandescent dome light, map LED foot lights, and lights for the box and trunk.

The trunk is large for a car of size, and has an unusually wide easily accommodating four bags.

The HS 250h cockpit is by study of eye movement, sight and economy of motion. Everything the needs to look at is mounted on the dash, so it can be addressed at a glance. controls that must be are mounted down low, easy reach. The navigation is mounted high but controlled by the Remote Touch device in the center console, where a would most likely his hand. Because of the Remote mouse, the driver never to lean forward to touch the screen, or keep his finger on an while the display scrolls. all controlled through the mouse, looking down. It’s a system, one that leaves no on the Navi screen.

The transmission something more like a is located in the center of the instrument where it can be bipped into a gear by a flick of two fingers.


No amount of bioplastic material, fabric made from oil, has been engineered the HS 250h. It’s used in the carpeting and parts of the interior covering about 30 percent of the Unlike many plastics in the automotive industry, bioplastic is and does not create a disposal when the life of the car is over. a trend we’re seeing the auto industry, as the newest use ever-higher percentages of recyclable

The HS builds on the notion that a car interface seamlessly with computers and information flowing outside sources. The Bluetooth is adapted to wirelessly download information from compatible which probably already with most home and computers. As a result, all three databases can be identical. XM satellite now capable of delivering news on weather, traffic and stocks in time, can pull in information the car goes. It’s also to program in personally selected preferences, so a driver can track his own portfolio or follow specific

Another service, Safety can be used to determine the current of a stolen vehicle, call for assist and supply GPS data to roadside service needs.

Enform offers a live to help drivers find a address, a business, or restaurant, and sends the coordinates to the navigation for routing. Another premium called eDestination, allows to go online to save and sort in up to 20 folders, and send as many as 200 at a time to the vehicle, where can be downloaded into the navigation

Driving Impressions

We spent a spring day in the Lexus HS 250h the Coast Highway around the Beach, California, and the hilly leading inland. The roads from two-lane highways to canyon roads, with stretches of wide-open four-lane driving. Our test unit was with most of the available including the navigation package and the Touch controller.

The HS 250h is set up to and drive like a compact car. While the HS is maneuverable and it’s clear the chassis is for ride quality rather extreme speeds and road-holding. has succeeded in achieving a comfortable, character for the HS 250h, isolating the from harsh road and textures that might through to the cabin in a sportier

In keeping with Lexus there has been a conscious to keep noise to a minimum. noise is absent, and the car is very sealed against wind Lexus uses acoustic on the front windshield, which make it easier to hear while driving. Overall, the car is quiet at normal cruising and of course, when operating on alone. The exception is when throttle is applied, at which a surprising amount of engine can be heard.

Electric steering is improved compared to early It’s a low-effort setup, the HS easy to park and maneuver. At it’s reasonably firm and and around town it has the ease and of a luxury car. Lexus a 3 percent fuel economy from the electric steering so it makes sense to use it, though we drivers who try to operate the HS as a sports car be disappointed. We noticed a modest of front-end dive upon braking; cornering stability consistent with a well-designed vehicle.

Fuel economy for the HS is an EPA-estimated 35/34 mpg City/Highway, combined city/highway fuel rated at 35 mpg. Traditional cars usually offer best efficiency on the government’s test, but the electric motors into play on the hybrid-powered car for improved fuel economy in stop-and-go city-type driving.

We each of the four different modes. In Eco Mode, the HS feels but noticeably, different from the mode. Acceleration becomes gradual as the computer reduces flow, and cabin airflow is somewhat as it minimizes air conditioning We wouldn’t choose to drive this way all day, but if we were low on gas in an area to refuel, this could be quite useful.

The mode feels about the as the Normal mode, except full-throttle acceleration is enhanced a bit by fuel delivery. It’s but probably not enough of a difference to add all much quickness.

In EV Mode, the HS is quiet, but range is limited. about a mile of largely stop-and-go driving, the engine itself on to recharge the batteries. We EV Mode would be a useful measure if we actually ran out of gas on the freeway, or for use in where only electric are permitted.

Brakes are regenerative brakes, so light pedal pressure, feel a little bit different at the top of the Pedal feedback is smooth and encouraging the kind of long, braking intervals that are efficient at converting momentum battery power. With a more pressure, they transition into a power-stop At that point, when you need to stop, they very well and feel strong four-wheel discs. We that we could feel the difference between regen and stopping mode, and could the brakes to work either

The latest human/machine interface Lexus features a mouse-like that sits low on the center within easy reach of the Like any other mouse, it can be for sensitivity. It controls a cursor on the screen, which is mounted at the top of the where it can be seen at a glance.

It may complicated, but the mouse/screen operation be intuitive to anyone who has ever a computer. We found we never to look down to select or climate functions, or to operate the system. Some of the controls, as audio volume, are duplicated on the wheel, so even less is required to make selections.

on the highway that the HS 250h outshines the Prius, which can be and harsh at interstate speeds. speed cruising is well and relaxing, and the car remains composed and Wind noise is very low at below 80 mph.



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