2010 Lexus HS250h Premium Review: Car Reviews

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Far more than just a Prius


1. The gets 34/35 mpg (city/highway).

2. The car is by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy hybrid system using a gasoline engine with a of 187-hp.

3. Pricing starts at with the Premium model for $36,970.

4. A $6,925 Tech includes a heads-up display, Keeping Assist, Lane Warning, Intuitive Parking a backup camera and wide-view monitor, as well as Dynamic Cruise Control.

The larger hybrids, like the RX450h and the were designed to keep performance levels up, and they use a V6 to V8-like power, so there is a small improvement in gas mileage. But new model is designed with a footprint in mind, so gas mileage was set at the and the resulting 35 mpg city and 34 mpg highway is to that. Those numbers spot on in my driving experience. The on my test car showed 34.5 per gallon over the 1,200 since the last reset.

The is based on a version of the Prius and has the same 106.3-inch wheelbase, but the HS is fitting in between the IS and ES models. even a bit larger than the C-Class. The gas/electric drive is similar to the Prius, but everything in the is pumped up on steroids.


The uses a 1.8-liter gas engine, and with the eclectic motors, output is a modest 134-hp. Lexus uses a 2.4-liter gas engine and combined with the motor, produces a more 187-hp. So while the Prius sluggish, the HS feels lively off the on highway on-ramps and even passing on two-lane roads. The uses a Continuously Variable that helps to keep the running in its most effective and delivers the power seamlessly.

The engine management system for the selection of three drive I did most of my driving in the Economy which dampens the throttle Push the Power mode, and get a crisper off-the-line performance and you can feel the difference. You can also the EV button, which puts the HS electric motor mode and as long as you keep the speed 19 miles per hour, you can drive miles this way. perfect for stop-and-go traffic, or for not your special someone you come home late.


The ride quality is boulevard and cushy, unlike the Prius. of that can be attributed to the independent rear suspension, as opposed to the beam axel on the Prius. The HS up bumps and bad pavement like expect a Lexus to, although is a bit too much body lean in cornering, and you can hear some from the tires, which I’m are designed more for mileage pavement carving. The cabin is quiet, except under acceleration when the 4-cylinder lets you know it’s hard. Wind noise at is kept to an absolute minimum to the car’s slippery drag of only 0.27.

In keeping with the “Green” 30 percent of the cabin and luggage uses “ecoplastic,” which is a derived, carbon-neutral material will recycle easily. You tell by sight or feel pieces are made of what, so a good thing.

Slip the cabin and this HS is all Lexus. My car featured a handsome dove and charcoal, two-tone leather The grey seats were and both were heated and Wood accents trimmed the and a plush headliner felt to the touch and looked good. The charcoal upper dash to the grey lower dash, and had a good looking and efficient for all the controls.

Rear seat is quite good for two adults, and a in a pinch. There’s adequate leg thanks to front seat that are thin. Unfortunately, the seatbacks do not fold down, between the rear seatbacks and is where the batteries for the electric resides. Still, the trunk is a size, and can accommodate 4 sets of clubs, or plenty of luggage for a road trip. The trunk is wide and the lift height is so it’s easy getting in and out.


Aside state-of-the-art hybrid running and high-tech safety systems stability control, this new comes chock full of technological goodies. I’m not usually a freak, and prefer my cars fewer rather than gadgets, but some of the items are in the Tech Package made a impression on me, and are really worth the money.

Let’s begin with the System. I give it 5-stars. easy to use and I never had to crack the Owners Manual. It is made easier by the incorporation of a mouse-like (called a Remote-Touch Controller) sits on the lower dash and juts out for easy reach by the That mouse is used for anything that you put up on the Nav screen, to settings on the cars systems, as the audio, Bluetooth phone information center, HVAC etc.

The heat and AC controls, as as the phone and audio systems all control buttons on the console as plus redundant ones on the wheel. Usually I just to using these sorts of but the mouse is handy and a quantum past the round knobs by BMW and others to control the screen You can set the Nav system to show you with icons where various are located in the area that traveling in. The large national have their logos, you get the country’s flag indicating the of restaurant. Click on the flag and be presented with address and number. Click again and get Nav instructions to the location.

The NAV system incorporates Lexus’ Enform which for a subscription fee can get you XM Nav Traffic, sports and stocks information, and Assist and other services to GM’s OnStar.


In addition, the car came equipped both a wide view and rear camera monitor. The one is easy to understand and most incorporate that, but I was a bit puzzled by the screen, which gives you a that you’d get by looking out of the


The Tech is a $6,925 bag of goodies that, at this price, is worth it of the safety it provides. First is Keep Assist. When while driving on an expressway it alert you with three if it senses that you are drifting to the lane lines on either of the car. If you drift a bit too far, it gently provide a bit of steering to keep you in your lane. not an auto-pilot, but it will snap you into being alert.

in the package is Dynamic Radar Control. When activated, it automatically provide braking to the car if you’re getting too close to a in front of you. So if you set the Cruise for 70 miles per hour and come up a vehicle that is traveling 65, you get to within a selected number of car the system will automatically the brakes. As long as you remain that car, your is checked. When you pull out an open left lane, car will resume to the pre-set

Being the control freak I am, I seldom use cruise control for than 10 minutes at a time. long enough to stretch out my But I put nearly 600 miles of interstate on this HS, and used the Adaptive Control and Lane Keeper for all of it. When droning along on 65 in the middle of Indiana corn it’s easy to let your (and the car) drift. type of system is already to filter down to less vehicles. And hopefully it will up to semi-trailer trucks to help those tired drivers

The Tech Package also a heads-up display that your speed and other (like basic GPS instructions) in a box on the lower windshield. Also, if you your thumbs over the wheel controls, without on anything, it will show the of what control you’re

All of these tech goodies may distracting, but in use they are actually the making the car’s features to use, without having to your eyes off the road.


Standard on the HS Premium are luxury amenities including a moonroof, Smart Key with a button start, dual climate control, a power and telescopic wheel, an auto rear view mirror and a info center for trip The 15-speaker Mark Levinson system is excellent. There’s a Homelink Transmitter, heated dimming outside mirrors, sensing wipers, memory and more.

The base HS 250h at $34,200. The Premium model I tested begins at $36,970, and things like the memory and cooled leather seats, the tilt and telescope steering the auto dimming outside and wood trim. Optioned the sound system, Nav System, Package and a few minor options, and the price on the test car came to


The HS is a brilliant blend of and hybrid economy that really sacrifice too much in the way of It’s a sensibly sized car fortunately looks nothing its oddly styled Prius and in fact is quite good on the outside, and inside. It has all the luxury that you’d want in a and makes available the techno-goodies Lexus puts on their expensive offerings. Slap a the Planet” bumper sticker on puppy, and drive it proudly the road.

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