Drive Report: 2010 Lexus HS250h

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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 factors give the a projected EPA combined rating of 35 per gallon, against a full 50 mpg for its Toyota Prius sibling. worth noting that a rating is far better than any Lexus, even if it’s than a Prius.

In practice, we 32.9 mpg after a short trip and 36.1 mpg after a drive cycle with and local roads, much of it

We drove the car without working to our mileage, but other journalists to a mileage competition set up by Lexus glee. The winner achieved mpg, and two runners-up did better 40 mpg.


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


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.

2010 Lexus HS250h front wide-angle view

we got on the road, we were puzzled by the emergency brake light. We pressed the brake-release button the shift wand, but it didn’t the problem. To our surprise, the HS has a Sixties-style emergency brake. Golly.

On the the HS is less rewarding to drive the sportier Lexus IS and GS sedans, are rear-wheel-drive. It feels heavy for its short wheelbase, and it didn’t aggressive cornering.

And of course the Synergy Drive system engine speed separately road speed, so overall, we encouraged to drive it hard. that’s the point?


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