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Lexus HS: Good Hybrid, Lacks … Appeal

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – In a January appearance on “The Late Show” with David Letterman, Clint Eastwood, in talking about the problems of the Detroit Three auto makers, veers off on a tangent about the lack of … hybrid-electric vehicles in the market.

“One of the problems with hybrids and stuff is nobody ever made a … one,” Eastwood tells Letterman.

The audience applauds, perhaps suggesting many people would be inclined to buy a hybrid if it were attractive and exciting.

Unfortunately, the Lexus HS 250h is not that car.


While Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus brand designers have seriously kicked it up a notch in recent years, incorporating their taut but undulating L-Finesse theme on Lexus’ newer passenger sedans – the ES, GS, LS and excellent IS entry-luxury sport sedan – the HS, Lexus’ first dedicated HEV, is a fish out of water.

Although above average in driving dynamics and, most importantly, fuel consumption, the HEV lacks style, looking like a cross between the lower-priced Toyota Corolla and Ford Fusion.

This could present a problem to Lexus’ status-conscious consumers, who will have to pay somewhere north of $30,000 for the model (Lexus has yet to finalize pricing).

To create the HS, the first Lexus hybrid geared toward fuel economy rather than performance, engineers dipped into Toyota’s global parts bin, borrowing Toyota’s European Avensis platform, sized between the U.S. Corolla compact and Camry midsize cars.

The HS also has the gas engine of the U.S. Camry Hybrid (Toyota’s 147-hp 2.4L I-4, codename 2AZ-FE) and a version of the ’10 Prius’ continuously variable, shift-by-wire transmission.

The HS 250h boasts the same mileage-enhancing components as all newer Toyota hybrids, including exhaust-heat recovery technology. The system captures exhaust heat and uses it to raise the coolant temperature earlier, allowing the gas engine to shut down more often.

Common to other Toyota hybrids, two electric motors are employed, with the first acting as a starter-generator. The more powerful second motor drives the front wheels and can produce up to 140 hp.

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Together with the hybrid-drive motor, total system output is 187 hp and 138 lb.-ft. (187 Nm), equal to that of the Camry Hybrid.

Although it lags the power of Lexus’ performance-oriented HEVs, the HS exhibits relatively quick acceleration merging onto the highway here in the tony Orange County suburbs of Los Angeles.

Lexus says the HS sprints from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.4 seconds. Not too shabby.

Its electric power steering errs on the light side but stands up as one of the more competent EPS systems on the market.

’10 Lexus HS 250h

Vehicle type

Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-door sedan

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