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Never let it be said that hybrids are grim, joyless, or The 2012 Lexus HS 250h was the smallest and most economical car had ever built when it on sale in late 2009 as a model, but it’s unquestionably Lexus has noted that than 60 percent of luxury-car would consider a hybrid if one available, so Lexus gave an option.

Official EPA mileage for the HS is 35 mpg city/34 highway/35 combined. says the HS 250h qualifies as a (SULEV).

With the exception of a new color choice, there are no for the 2012 edition. The manufacturer’s retail price for the entry HS 250h is $36,330 – a $700 over 2011. The step up model also increased to $39,800.


The front-drive HS, which for “harmonious sedan,” was Lexus’s dedicated hybrid, just as the was for its parent Toyota. Previous hybrids were adaptations of vehicles, including the popular RX crossover – replaced for 2010 by the RX – the GS 450h sports sedan, and the luxury barge LS 600h. But the HS is as a hybrid only, with no version.

Lexus HS 250h vs. Toyota

The comparison to the 2012 Prius is since the two cars share the basic platform. They ride on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, the Lexus HS 250h is two inches half an inch higher, and a nine inches longer its hatchback relative. The HS also has a 2.4-liter engine – a tweaked four cylinder – against the engine used by the Prius. The hybrid system in the Lexus is 40-percent more powerful that of the Prius: 187 horsepower to 134. Lexus says the enables the HS to hit 60 mph from a stop in 8.4 and reaches a top speed of 112 mph.

is one thing the HS did borrow from the driver-selectable operating modes. In to Normal mode which is, normal, there’s a Power Eco mode, and EV mode. Eco maximizes economy by reducing throttle and reducing the air conditioning output. Power adds about 17 stronger acceleration than quite useful when or climbing hills. EV mode operation in pure electric for around three miles if the has a good charge.

So while the two have different bodies, engine sizes, and certainly personas, you can view the HS 250h as a with a trunk, a raft of accoutrements, and a different trade-off fuel economy and features. Not there’s anything wrong that, as Seinfeld might

Exterior and Interior

Lacking the high roofline and abrupt tail, the more conventional styling of the HS is marginally less than its hatchback sibling, a drag coefficient of 0.27 than the Prius’ 0.25. that the HS is a relatively short sedan, that’s still a figure.

If you’re looking for styling, you’re best off elsewhere. Unlike the Prius, it shout, “Hey, look at me, I’m a The exterior look is more – offend no one, please – than the sleek look of Lexus models. Indeed, a distance with its slab it could be mistaken for a Toyota although it does have triangle-windows up front, in each like the Prius.

While the might suggest a pedestrian Lexus buyers expect and features, and the HS 250h delivers. open wide onto a equipped and carefully assembled compartment. With bright and well-designed controls that are to reach, it’s hard to the HS. However, dedicated Lexus will find little is familiar. For example, the shift is not in the center console position the driver and passenger. Instead, the is located in the center of the dash, à la the Prius, and is more like a They might also a bit at the quality of some materials to the Lexus vehicles they are to driving, as noted by Car and Driver, base textured leather feels more like and makes the upgraded semi-aniline a worthwhile upgrade.”

They might, however, cut slack when learning the HS has extended its green credentials the hybrid powertrain with the use of materials. Lexus says the hybrid car was the first vehicle in the to use interior “ecoplastic,” Some 30 of the cabin and cargo area is in a plant derived, carbon-neutral that will recycle The appearance and feel is indistinguishable the standard trim.

High-Tech Galore

One of the characteristics that has set a luxury vehicle apart the crowd is the latest in automotive technology, a trait Lexus has at. The HS 250h offerings are extensive, with the Tech package that has four video – an up front wide-angle can peek blind corners at low speeds, is for backing up, another is for a lane-departure and inside, a camera monitors the face for distractions or drowsiness. also radar for the cruise and a final touch is a head-up with steering wheel

If that’s not enough, the optional system incorporates real-time and weather, and casual-speech voice It even lets the owner the levels of haptic feedback in the controller mounted on the console.

Lexus HS

of course, there’s the standard luxo features such as seating – 10-way power-adjustable for the eight-way adjustable for the front – Bluetooth for phone and music and USB/iPod connectivity. A nice is softer-closing power window from the uber-luxurious LS sedan.

On The

Wringing performance out of a car and, at the time, having it sip low quantities of is a difficult task. But the HS compromises the two fairly well. While a steep hill with the pushed to the floor, Popular noted the positives and negatives of the “The little Lexus good use of the hybrid drivetrain; you can feel a swell of torque. The The HS 250h’s cabin is a bit buzzy and – all hybrids – the continuously variable is flavorless compared to a traditional transmission.” As for combining fuel and performance, Motor Trend to have nailed what the HS is all “How to describe the HS driving ‘Efficient?’ Yes. ‘Soothing’? ‘Luxurious?’ Mostly. ‘Exciting?’ No. just not the car’s mission.”

In The Marketplace

When the HS 250h was in 2009, the questions were how it relate to the two other compact models, the sportier IS and the more ES front-wheel-drive sedan, and would it some prospective Prius The IS and ES fared reasonably well in while the Prius continued to hybrid vehicle sales. As for the HS, it did well, racking up 10,663 sold, enough to be the seventh hybrid.

The automotive marketplace is changing and for 2011 the HS 250h new challenges. The first came Lexus itself in the form of the new compact CT 200h. The four-door not only delivers better mileage – 43 mpg city/40 highway/40 – the $29,120 starting price is less than the HS. These were manifested by 2012 numbers: The CT 200h was the third hybrid last year, up 14,381 sold compared the 250h’s 2,864 that it to the 14th position.

Then Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid. Its $34,330 price bests the HS by $1,575 and is and delivers way better fuel 41/36/39. And even though the HS has clearly expanded Lexus’s appeal, for a few thousand less, the does offer luxury like leather upholstery, and a couple techy gizmos not on the HS. So, more than a few astute make take the advice out by Car and Driver: “If the HS 250h isn’t to drive any better than the we’d rather have the the lower monthly payment-of a instead.”

But as Motor Trend pointed there is one thing Prius cannot have: The Lexus experience when buying and their cars. And that is of the Lexus luxury persona.

are Manufacturer Suggested Retail (MSRP) at time of publication and do not destination charges, taxes or

This page was updated on 25, 2012. The first comments in the below were started the article was first published.

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