2010 Lexus HS250h Hybrid — Auto Shows — Car and Driver

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LEXUS HS250H

2010 Lexus HS250h

Lexus builds one for the Hollywood

JEFFREY G. RUSSELL AND THE MANUFACTURER

was the first to build a luxury vehicle in the form of the RX400h. has become the RX450h for 2010. it built the first hybrid sedan, the GS450h. then the ultra-luxe hybrid, the ridiculous-in-every-way But with a bit too much power and those cars couldn’t that sliver of the pie comprised of (hard-core greenies with the Cameron Diazes and Julia that are willing to sacrifice luxury in the relentless pursuit of efficiencyand who thus became drivers of the relatively humble and Toyota Prius.

Well, late summer, Lexus may have something just for first ever dedicated model, the HS250h, unveiled at the NAIAS which offers fuel economy without the spoils of luxury that folks are accustomed to in every aspect of their lives.

“Prius-Lite” Styling


Based as it is on the Avensis platformessentially Europe’s HS250h has a somewhat more roofline, complete with a instead of a Prius-like hatch. The sides, tall and flat and steep windshield (necessitating A-pillar quarter windows) do recall the Prius, but even the Corolla, particularly from the three-quarter view. The HS250h is longer than the Lexus IS and taller than both the IS and ES Its front end recalls the new RX, and many “arrow” motif design are embedded in the details. But it is clear, in any that aerodynamics trumped appeal when it came to the of the HS250h.

That said, from a standpoint, we’re not sure if the has that “thing” which the Prius so attractive to its driversyou that ugly-to-the-nth factor makes the Prius stand out on the conveying to the world what a in style and comfort the driver is to make in order to save the veritable green badge of To us, this car doesn’t scream for the environment” as much as it does XRS with a sassy interior.” only those in the know even guess that a hybrid.

Camry Hybrid

Using the Avensis architecture for the allowed Lexus to choose the hybrid’s powertrain for it over of the wimpy Prius, and so the HS combines a Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder with motors and a battery pack to a total system output of 187 hp. A variable transmission and front-wheel round out a drivetrain that to be competent, if none too thrilling. efficiency, of course, is paramount, but the specific Lexus would get at point is that the HS250h’s economy will be “30-percent than the most fuel-efficient currently in the Lexus lineup,” translates to fuel economy in the 30s.

Better news, however, the HS250h’s double-wishbone rear that will help it with much more than the loud and rattly which uses a torsion in the back. Lexus says it has extra sound insulation so as to interior noise levels at levels, too. Other curiosities include a heat-reflecting to reduce HVAC load and energy-saving LED headlamps.

LEXUS HS250H

High-Tech Luxury and Safety

In of its fuel-efficient mindset, the HS250 plenty of luxury and technology Standard amenities include a audio system, a moonroof, and seatsalas, it’s back to the for you PETA greenies. At least interior plastics aim to offset the carnage. Optional are a head-up and a navigation system with excellent remote-touch controller on the pedestal-like center console.

and convenience come along for the as well, with stability and no fewer than 10 air bags and a radar-based collision mitigation paired with radar-based control is available. Scarier to us is the and horribly named “lane-keep system,” which gently steering torque to help lane correctness. Also new is an 190-degree front camera helps out during parking as well as Lexus’s new OnStar-like system, which has operators at the ready to look up destinations and directions to the navigation system.

Welcome the Third Entry-Level

Lexus says that HS250h fits nicely the IS luxury sport sedan and the ES sedan. Research has shown more than 60 percent of car buyers would have a hybrid if available, and the HS will these consumers with a purchase option.”

We’re not that with just 187 system horsepower the HS250h belongs among the whisper-quiet ES and the spicier IS, both of which are far powerful and far more elegant into the Lexus brand, but in any we expect it to be priced in the same neighborhood. Will this be a hybrid star like the RX Hey, Cameron? Julia? do you think?

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