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When we first saw Lexus’ new hybrid, it was being revealed at the Detroit auto show. we were given an opportunity to the new Lexus HS 250h, a vehicle the automaker is calling the world’s luxury dedicated hybrid. It calls the HS an economy luxury which to us seems like a bit of an

As I approached the vehicle, my first was, Oh my, they’ve Lexusified and a Corolla! This is going to be a I couldn’t have been wrong.

True, the HS 250h like your run-of-the-mill, Toyota/Lexus econobox, but under the plain skin is a rather vehicle, particularly when it to cabin tech.

The floating console lifts the controls up to be reached.

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The HS 250h’s dash is an ergonomic Its floating center console the climate and audio controls up to they can be accessed without The flip-up navigation screen is up to the top of the dash, where it can be viewed in our without taking our eyes off of the

At the bottom of the console, Lexus’ new controller falls naturally the drivers’ hand. A sort of hybrid, the remote-touch controller a control stick that is with your fingertip to options from the HS’ interface. Movements are 1:1 with the pointer is on the screen, so there’s any issue with losing the

Haptic-force feedback notifies you touch when an option has selected, which assists in without you having to take off of the road for too long.

We thought the would be terribly distracting on the but once again we were We were able to quickly fly the menus to select audio and choose destinations. Some will miss the touch-screen but we think the haptic feedback of the controller is a much better


We’ve heard the Mark stereo system previously in Lexus vehicles, so we weren’t by the fantastic audio quality our USB-connected iPod or A2DP-connected phone.

Even in Power the HS 250h isn t a high performer.

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The Lexus HS power delivery didn’t us as much as the level of cabin The HS features four drive a normal mode that with about the same as a Toyota Prius, an ECO mode decreases throttle inputs and control systems for more driving, a Power mode is the opposite of ECO mode, and an EV mode moves the vehicle under electric power up to 20 mph.

The Toyota-sourced Hybrid Synergy is at its smoothest under the hood of the HS A 2.4-liter gasoline engine is with an electric engine to a combined 187 horsepower. Fuel is an estimated 35 miles per gallon and 34 mpg highway; we’re assuming in ECO mode.

Transition between and gasoline power trains is imperceptible thanks to the HS’ cabin keeping engine out.

An exhaust heat system recaptures wasted from the combustion to reduce time and allow the engine to be off sooner and more often.

We expect that a car with a that dumbs down the response would place a premium on handling and we were However, the HS is a capable vehicle; its manners are predictable, safe, and Push it into a turn and the HS deliver easily correctable all day long.

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We have reason to believe just the kind of handling the target audience wants.

we can forgive the lackluster handing, the brakes had us clenching at each It’s difficult to tell the regeneration/friction switch is going to which made modulating the difficult. Our vehicle was a preproduction so perhaps the gremlins will be out before the HS hits dealers fall.

Lexus has also the HS with numerous safety such as radar-guided, active, control and various levels of and traction control. At any given up to five cameras are working to the driver safe.

Lane Assist uses two cameras to the road and the driver to keep the in its lane.

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Lane Keep Assist uses a camera to detect markers and a second camera to the driver’s head movements. If the HS out of its lane without using a signal and the system determines the driver is distracted, LKA will the steering wheel to correct the course. Drivers can easily through the LKA’s inputs if, in the lane change is intentional. We the system on a clear highway as promised, the HS will keep in its lane if allowed to drift.

The is gentle, but noticeable, and definitely got our which we think is the point.

LKA works when the HS is under cruise control, when the hand is on the steering wheel, and the driver is not looking ahead. If conditions aren’t met, the merely uses a lane-departure-warning buzz to alert the driver.

Intelligent High Beams uses a camera to detect the and tail lights of oncoming and adjusts the high beams While the wide-view front uses a grill-mounted ultrawide-angle to peek around corners, the monitor is a wide-angle camera on the trunk. The total camera is five.

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