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Lexus HS 250h: a Functional, Car that Happens to be a Hybrid

The Lexus may become the biggest

The HS 250h is a compact, two-mode sedan capable of 35 mpg around and 34 on the highway. Pricing starts at a and can push nearly $50,000 options for the Premium model, test car.

Lexus has had success with some of its the GS 450h, LS 600h and RX 450h, the of which has been the most of the group. The debate for consumers is and that the company’s standard are just so efficient that the added cost of a hybrid make economic sense.


The HS be different because it is a right-sized roomier in some aspects the ES 350 sedan ($35,675) and it is like the future. It is greenery without the

It feels perfectly normal to be to drive on complete battery or to hit the Power switch and kick up the And when there is no rush, the Eco rewards with maximum efficiency and lower emissions.

is not the traditional driver’s car and it cannot be sporty to drive. But for adherents of it is engaging to apply the various to slow the movement of the fuel and ease the beat of emissions-pumping

Cautious drivers will an eye on the efficiency meter to maximize they will learn to use the mode to recapture engine-braking and, of course, they take it easy on takeoffs.

And a of other users could less.

It is enough for them to that they are getting mileage, no matter how they With a 14.5-gallon tank, the range is considerable.

The HS is not a remake of the Toyota Prius. The HS is sourced from a unique in Japan that uses a based on that in the Camry Its fuel economy of 35 mpg city and 34 is a tick better than the but significantly off the 51 mpg city for the Prius.

The HS Premium weighs 700 pounds than Prius. And it outpowers with 187 horses from the and electric motors.

But it still like the new Prius and feels like it inside, which is luxurious than a typical The HS appears to be less posh a typical Lexus and more in its materials.

The Lexus effect is in the equipment, which includes seats, a 10-way power seat, eight-way power passenger seat, moonroof, audio system and 10 air bags, front knee bags.

Compared with Prius, the HS is 9 inches longer, 1.5 inches and a half-inch taller. But by the numbers, the has more interior room, legroom and trunk space. the HS has a flat floor in the second row and seating in all three bench

As easy as this car is to drive, a controller to access various functions was so touch sensitive it was to master.

I could only while the car was stopped, otherwise fixate on the screen to make my move the cursor to the desired And it didn’t get easier after days of working with it. The will do much better a tutorial at the dealership.

It seemed out of to have a mechanical parking in such an icon of electronic And for my eyes, the electrochromic side were too dark at night.

The HS is a new direction for Lexus. It isn’t a product but an upscale statement of and efficiency. It doesn’t scream at me, I’m driving a green And a lot of people may be ready to be a little subtle in their approach to the planet.

SPECS BOX

2010 HS 250h Premium

Body compact, five-passenger, hybrid with front-wheel drive and electric-drive motor

Engine: 147-horsepower, DOHC 2.4-liter with variable valve

Hybrid powertrain: series system with two motor and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack

horsepower: 187

Transmission: continuously automatic

Acceleration: 0-60 8.4 seconds; top track speed, 112 mph

EPA fuel economy estimates: 35 mpg 34 highway; 87 octane

Fuel 14.5 gallons

Trunk 12.1 cubic feet

head/leg/shoulder room: 38/42.6/53.8 (Front head measurement moonroof)

Rear head/leg/shoulder 36.8/34.5/54.2 inches

Length/wheelbase: inches

Curb weight: to 3,770 pounds

FEATURES

equipment includes: Smart key with pushbutton ignition, hood, LED brake and tail moonroof, 17-inch (V-rated) tires on alloy wheels, lights and turn-signal indicators in mirrors, water-resistant front-door anti-chipping paint on rocker and wheel-housing arches, sound in doors, instrument panel and mats, soft-chip primer on to resist chipping, fabric-covered with lighted mirrors, seats and door panels, power driver’s seat, power front passenger automatic dual zone control, 10-speaker audio with Bluetooth, satellite and USB to iPod connection

Safety features include: 10 air active front headrests; disc brakes with regeneration, ABS and brake assist, control

PRICING

Base: including $875 freight price as tested, $48,155

on test car: Technology Navigation, wide-view front with rearview camera

sedan features four for driving

Mark Maynard is in cyberspace at Mark.Maynard@uniontrib.com.

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