2010 Lexus HS 250h Test drive and new car review 2010 Lexus HS250h

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Lexus HS Electric Cars

The Bottom Line

Pros

Fantastic electronic gizmos

Reasonable starting price

Quiet ride

Cons

Mediocre fuel economy (by hybrid standards)

Awkward styling

Small trunk with no fold-down rear seat

Description

First Lexus model available exclusively as a hybrid


Trim levels: Base, Premium

Price range (including options): $35,075 — $48,505

Powertrain: 2.4 liter 4-cylinder/electric motor, 187 hp, continuously-variable automatic transmission. front-wheel-drive

EPA MPG estimates: 35 MPG city/34 MPG highway

Observed fuel economy: 35 MPG

Best rivals: Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota Prius. Lexus ES350

Lexus HS Electric Cars

Guide Review — 2010 Lexus HS 250h

We all know what Lexus stands for: Cushy, quiet luxury cars that perform strongly and are brimming with the latest techno-gadgets. So why are they selling a pokey little hybrid that gets mediocre fuel economy and looks the same coming as it does going?

Don’t get me wrong; the HS isn’t totally un-Lexus-like. It’s as quiet as a monastery, at least until the annoying little gnat of an engine spools up in a vain attempt to pick up speed. (It’s quick for a hybrid, but not for a Lexus.) And technology-wise, it’s the shizznit (are young people still saying that? If not, they should be), with optional gizmos like a driver-distraction sensor, LED headlights, and my favorite, a mouse-like controller for the navigation system. which blows away both dial controllers and my beloved touch-screens. The nav system won’t let you program a destination while driving, but with Lexus Enform — Lexus’ answer to GM’s OnStar — you can call a live human being who will look up the address and download it to the nav system for you.

Way cool.

But what, exactly, is the point of a compact hybrid that gets 35 MPG? That’s pretty good for a luxury car, but by hybrid standards, it’s a Hummer. The Toyota Prius gets 50 MPG.

Ford’s mid-size Fusion Hybrid gets 39. And unlike the HS, you can actually tell which end of the Fusion is the front.

The HS isn’t totally without charm; frankly, I could see buying it for the techno-gadgets alone. That said, if you really want to reduce pollution and lessen your impact on our dwindling oil supply, you’d be much better off with a Toyota Prius — it’s better for the Earth and a lot more practical. And while the HS 250h is impressively inexpensive — a shade over $35k for starters — the Lexus ES350 delivers even better value-for-money. Yes, it uses more gas, but you could always stay home more. — Aaron Gold

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