Drive Report: 2010 Lexus HS250h

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LEXUS HS250H

Drive Report: 2010 HS250h

2010 Lexus — front side


aside our questions about the 2010 Lexus HS250h can a new luxury hybrid niche. we much of Wednesday driving two of through the rolling suburban of Westchester County, New York.

we think the HS is a bit of a puzzlement, neither nor fowl. We’re left the impression it may have been the of a one-night stand between a Lexus ES350 midsize sedan and the 2010 Toyota hybrid.

We’ll be spending a long with a 2010 Lexus very soon, so we’ll an update on these first then. Meanwhile, here’s we gleaned from half a day an HS Premium model and half an with a standard model.

The Lexus HS250h has elements of the Lexus L-Finesse styling but they’re wrapped around a with entirely different than the LS full-size luxury

It’s longer than the ES, but dumpier, with noticeable and rear overhangs. We think the best view is the rear angle, where the heaviness of the is less visible.

Despite the proportions, though, has achieved an admirable 0.27 of drag, which clearly mileage at higher speeds.

The HS a wheelbase and some structural with the 2010 Toyota but it has a larger engine—2.4 liters than 1.8 liters—and it’s hundred pounds heavier.

Our was that the HS stayed in electric very, very little—far than the 2010 Prius. when moving off with a foot on the accelerator, the engine always switched on.

These give the HS250h a projected EPA rating of 35 miles per gallon, a full 50 mpg for its 2010 Toyota sibling. It’s worth that a 35-mpg rating is far than any other Lexus, if it’s lower than a

In practice, we registered 32.9 mpg a short 10-mile trip and mpg after a longer drive with freeway and local much of it hilly.

We drove the car working to improve our mileage, but journalists took to a mileage set up by Lexus with glee. The achieved 46.2. mpg, and two did better than 40 mpg.

LEXUS HS250H

So it’s possible to make 40 if you pay attention. We wonder how many drivers—or perhaps HS buyers—will do so.

impressions

Sitting in the driver’s the base of the windshield is so high the dashboard top curves up to meet it, even taller drivers seeing the front corners of the

In tight quarters, the Wide-View Monitor (see photo) on the screen provides a measure of Without that option, it a bit of guessing to locate the corners.

Lexus HS250h — wide-angle view

Before we got on the road, we were by the persistent emergency brake We repeatedly pressed the brake-release below the shift wand, but it solve the problem. To our surprise, the HS has a foot-pedal emergency brake.

On the road, the HS is less rewarding to than the sportier Lexus IS and GS which are rear-wheel-drive. It feels for its relatively short wheelbase, and it reward aggressive cornering.

And of the Hybrid Synergy Drive controls engine speed from road speed, so we weren’t encouraged to drive it Perhaps that’s the point?

LEXUS HS250H
LEXUS HS250H
LEXUS HS250H

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