2010 Lexus HS250h Hybrid – Instrumented Test – Car and Driver

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2010 Lexus HS250h

The Prius of Lexuses proves how it is to have your luxury and mileage, too.

There are cars, and there are fuel-efficient There are even some offer moderate levels of characteristics. But no vehicle has managed#x2014;or attempted#x2014;to take luxury and economy simultaneously to such levels as has the 2010 Lexus the industry#x2019;s first dedicated hybrid. Think of it as the Prius of or the Lexus of Priuses#x2014;your choice#x2014;and you be far off.

If any company can pull it it#x2019;s Lexus. But by Lexus#x2019;s own the HS250h is not one of the brand#x2019;s so-called hybrids#x2014;such as the RX450h. the GS450h, and the supplement well-endowed engines electric power for a driving that feels befitting of luxurious trappings while delivering better fuel and lower emissions. By inference, is Lexus suggesting that the is perhaps a #x201C;compromised#x201D; hybrid? our first drive in one on the roads Newport Beach, California, it clearly evident that what it is.

#x201C;Mooing#x201D; Motor and Un-Lexus-y

So what happens when takes the small-car chassis on it also bases the Prius and hundreds of pounds#x2019; worth of Toyota Avensis#x2013;based sheetmetal and gewgaws? Well, for one thing, it slower#x2014;which is why Lexus deemed the 98-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder and replaced it with the Camry Atkinson-cycle, 2.4-liter unit 147 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. The nickel-metal battery pack and electric conspire with the engine for a output of 187 hp (the 3050-pound makes only 134 combined Hustling the 3740-pound HS250h to 60 mph 8.4 seconds, which is 1.4 seconds than the last Prius we The HS pays the piper in fuel though, as its EPA city/highway ratings of mpg doesn#x2019;t even come to the Prius#x2019;s 51/48 figures.

In of the HS250h#x2019;s alleged acceleration the Prius and the HS250h feel identical from behind the assisted steering wheel in the HS250h, unlike in the Prius, is not ovoid). Road feel is much zero, even the optional 18-inch wheels and tires. However, the steering is direct and reasonably quick. At the time, the interior sound isn#x2019;t exactly up to the traditional level. We wish it were, for as as we like to hear and feel going on beneath us, what we and feel inside the HS250h are the #x201C;mooOOOOooo#x201D; of the engine-and-CVT combination acceleration, along with a amount of tire noise and reverberations from road We understand that less is important for any hybrid in the interest of economy#x2014;and indeed for any vehicle#x2014;but we would like a few more of sound-deadening material in the HS250h so we have to hear the powertrain#x2019;s drone. We suspect anyone ever owned a whisper-quiet would agree.

Think you can creep around in EV to shut things up? Technically, you can for up to two or miles, so long as the battery above a 50-percent state of This requires the tenderest of feet (which we admit we have) and only works not accelerating at speeds higher 20 mph. Otherwise, the engine up.

The HS250h subscribes to the latest in hybrids in offering selectable and #x201C;power#x201D; settings in addition to a mode. Eco mode accelerates recharging and retards throttle to maximize efficiency; power does the opposite. Putzing Newport Beach in the HS250h, we a canyon of difference between the two and a commensurate difference between the fuel economy, as well. our best hypermiling techniques in eco for many miles, we eked the to over 42 mpg#x2014;although we assure you we few friends among our fellow along the way. In power we enjoyed crisper acceleration, of but had a hard time getting anywhere above the high

A Little More Luxury, a Less Practicality


Okay, so the HS250h leaves a lot to be desired. But about luxury? The good is that the HS250h offers more luxury fitments we usually associate with Problem is, so does the 2010 The list of features that standard on the HS is long, but not much than that of a reasonably Prius. And there are many as the odd-but-effective #x201C;lane keep feature, adaptive cruise with collision mitigation, and headlamps#x2014;that can also be added to the Exclusive to the HS250h, however, are options as Lexus#x2019;s nifty touch#x201D; controller, a wide-view monitor, a head-up display, and a Levinson surround-sound audio The HS250h debuts Lexus#x2019;s new Enform system, which real live people to beam directions to your system, displays sports and information, and allows owners to up to 100 destinations into the car from computer rather than the driver#x2019;s seat.

What you won#x2019;t find are the solar panels that are on the lower-priced Prius. There are compromises, too. The base leather upholstery feels like leatherette and makes the semi-aniline leather a worthwhile Color combos are slick, the high-contrast cream leather black carpeting, but there a certain sense of thin-skinned to the materials that reveal the light-weight-over-substance priority set. And the batteries located between the seatback and trunk, the cargo is surprisingly small and lacks the of the Prius#x2019;s hatchback. (To be fair, the HS has the access slot of any Lexus

We#x2019;d Rather Have a (There, We Said It)

Lexus that a not-insignificant 60 percent of customers would consider a if it were available. If that is the this car should sell well. Still, it#x2019;s to say that the HS250h does the thing#x2014;i.e. get great mileage and splashy green statements#x2014;as as the Prius. Nor does the HS250h do the thing as well as other It is less practical than the while returning exactly as driving satisfaction#x2014;which is to say very without the green halo that has made the Prius the of the environmentally inclined. Indeed, if the isn#x2019;t going to drive any than the Prius, we#x2019;d have the mileage#x2014;and the lower payment#x2014;of a Prius instead.

So, the HS250h is a #x201C;compromises hybrid#x201D; strikes a compromise between mileage and a fair amount of comfort features. We can think of vehicles#x2014;the Mercedes-Benz E-class or even a loaded Ford hybrid #x2014;that strike balance just as well, and better in the process.

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