Tirekicking Today: 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid

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Lexus HS

First dedicated hybrid from Toyota’s luxury is loaded with available yields satisfying road

by James M. Flammang

2010 HS 250h hybrid sedan

ROCK, Arkansas — and its Lexus luxury division been in the forefront of hybrid-powertrain for quite a while now. to be the world’s first dedicated hybrid, the new HS 250h is Lexus’ hybrid model, joining the RX crossover SUV, GS 450h sedan, and full-size LS 600h L sedan.

Though its fuel comes nowhere close to of a Toyota Prius, the HS gives a reasonably thrifty sedan to environmentally-conscious customers. Promising 70 fewer emissions than an gasoline-engine model, the HS 250h a fuel-economy estimate of 35 miles per in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway.

buyers are forward thinkers, Brian Smith, vice-president for and dealer development, who like to be about the next big thing. affluent folks (with a median annual household believe their car makes a statement. Lexus notes 54 percent of current hybrid have household incomes reach into six figures, and of entry-level luxury vehicle would have considered a had one been available.

Similar to the powertrain used in the Camry Hybrid sedan, the Hybrid Drive system a 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder producing 147 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 138 at 4400 rpm. The 244.8-volt pack provides 40 horsepower, for a total of 187 hp. Sitting between the seat and the trunk, the battery consists of 204 cells. Lexus the nickel-metal-hydride battery should for the life of the vehicle. The continuously transmission (CVT) is similar to the one in other Toyota/Lexus hybrids, but a next-generation design with output.

ECO and Power modes are available, with an EV (full-elecric) mode An HS sedan can run up to 2 miles on battery alone, at 15 mph or less. Modes how far you must push on the gas pedal to get and how great that response is.

more conventional in appearance Toyota’s Prius, the HS sedan is 10 inches longer overall, built on the same 106.3-inch Measuring 185 inches long and 70 wide, the HS 250h stands inches tall and weighs pounds. That makes the HS than 600 pounds heavier a Prpius. Its drag coefficient (a of slipperiness through the air) is an low 0.27.

Grille bars a solid surface. Two air intakes cooling: upper intake for the system, and lower intake for cooling. Lexus promotes the HS gullwing-shape roof. Trunk totals 12.1 cubic with a very wide for luggage loading. Standard alloy wheels are mounted, 18-inch tires optional. high-beam headlights are available, an automatic switch. An infrared-reduction is installed.

Inside the HS sedan, occupants get sculpted seats and the driver a multi-information display. A single shows hybrid-system operation and level. A multi-function heads-up is optional. So is a navigation system, a rise-up screen. Operating can be personalized to suit the driver.

Enform telematics is installed in all HS with a one-year trial included. An eDestination system can destination information from a XM real-time traffic information and alerts are available, too. The 10-speaker audio system a six-CD changer. A USB connection an iPod port is standard. connectivity also is standard. Smart Access system with electro-biological sensors.

Ten airbags are standard, which says is a class-leading total. features include Lane and Pre-Collision systems, along Dynamic Radar Cruise Lane Keep Assist with a button at the steering and is intended for use on well-developed highways. out, though: this hybrid may be watching you . One camera on the steering column, observing the

Along Arkansas highways, HS performs somewhat mildly but quiet, easygoing ride

Not does the HS look big, it bigger-yet inside. Behind the one fact stands out immediately: the HS across as awfully complicated. are far too numerous for comfort, for drivers who enamored by excess technology. features become clear a lengthy session on the road, but somewhat overwhelming initially. too, some of the high-tech are extra-cost options, which may or may not be on a given example. The cockpit is rather overpowering, with an center console that back between the seats.

On the road, the HS 250h feels heavy car. Even so, it enthusiastically to the accelerator pedal, if to a moderate degree. The difference ECO and Power mode is noticeable, but dramatic.

In expressway driving, the HS a little more correction expected, and doesn’t feel as secure as other Lexus On twisty two-lane roads, sedan actually behaves breezing through curves handily. Ride quality is nice on nearly all pavement Occupants can feel even bumps, but only mildly.

have not yet been established, but begin in mid-August 2009. intends to make 25,000 HS available in the first year of To ease the minds of potential who worry about battery and replacement costs, Lexus out that only about 100 have been replaced on any vehicles (most of those due to

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