Review 2011 Lexus HS Hybrid 250h

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Review: 2011 Lexus HS Hybrid 250h

What does it offer?

Luxurious drive and assured economy together with state-of-the-art modular green technology are what Lexus HS 250h packs in it. On EPA mileage scales, it scores 35 mpg while city bound and 34 on a highway. Though that is not too impressionable while compared with Prius from the same Toyota stable that HS 250h comes from, yet it can’t be shortcoming.

It behaves quite responsibly when it comes to counting emission numbers. Lexus proudly calls it a SULEV, that is, a super-ultra-low-emission-vehicle. No doubt, all the latest hybrid-drive system upgrades have gone into the making of this vehicle.

That indicates a combination of four-cylinder powertrains of Prius, Camry and LS 600h together with an enlightened experience of driving that sets a Lexus apart from other cars. And which other can boast of carrying 30 percent plant-derived materials and 85 percent recyclable parts including the batteries?

The beauty

For one thing, the HS 250h is certainly not a Toyota Prius badged differently. It’s unique and bigger than Corolla, smaller than Camry chassis is a statement in that fact. It has already earned the nickname of Red October…”engage the silent drive”! It has got two faces — the HS 250h Premium and the Technology package.

The first one exhibits genuine wood interior trim while the later has got advanced safety systems. It’s efficient, soothing and luxurious. But, it sticks to the philosophy of safety and security. It’s just not the Lexus mission to excite people driver its cars.

It’s only about giving people that happy sense of having got all they were looking for and more.

The beast

Lexus HS 250h can get going at things real fast. It picks up 60 mph from a standstill in 8.4 seconds — a heck of a fast hybrid car at that. In most situations, one finds that quite useful. Being a hybrid, its 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine design delivers 187 horsepower. Then, this power is communicated to the front wheels.

A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is entrusted with the task. It uses four valves for each cylinder of the engine. These valves have got Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).

Then, the car uses just the right spoilers and diffusers for transferring power to the front wheels and help boost the overall efficiency of this car. The advantage is felt when the car is driven up a stiff hillock. As the driver presses down the accelerator, he gets a joyful feel of the swelling torque. Then, switching the car between gasoline and electric propulsion seems surprisingly easy. And one can never overlook the redone batteries used in the car.

These come with the special ability to get recharged by the engine. The driver’s braking action too can be used for the purpose that converts momentum into electricity. Isn’t that a great thinking…?

The thrill

If power and technology used in a car thrills you, Lexus HS 250h has got them in full measure. It comes fitted with four video cameras. The upfront wide-angled one is able to keep an eye around blind corners at low speed. As the car backs up, the driver does not have to put himself on vigil.

One video camera is dedicated for that. Functions like lane-departure warning and saving the driver from distractions or drowsiness too are handled deftly by two cameras. Radar takes care of the cruising car’s direction.

All the information a driver needs on a road is displayed for him just in front of his eyes — that is, on the steering wheel controls.

Apart from all that tech wonder, the real thrill of driving an HS 250h is experienced on a highway. It’s cool and quiet cabin does not allow any wind or noise come in. It’s compliant and intelligently worked up suspension takes care of those occasional pothole bumps on the road.


The driver, due to its overall design, feels like driving a car much lighter than it really is.

Interiors

One calls HS 250h more of a conventional sedan in its design concepts. For the five riders this sedan is expected to carry, the space inside feels a bit lesser than required. In that, one reminisces of that hatchback Lexus Prius.

However, HS delivers satisfaction when one speaks of special features and luxury inside the doors. The passenger compartment has been given a very engaging look. Bright instrumentation naturally attracts the eyeballs. All the controls have got a definite character.

They are easy to reach and that too without distracting the driver’s attention. Even the unfamiliar Lexus-ness endears people to quite an extent. It has got a deep box make-up in the interior. So, one never feels a shortage of legroom. The leather work in all the upholstery too has got a different expression this time around.

It’s a worthwhile upgrade given the fact that HS is concerned more about green driving practices.

Exteriors:

The HS appears much smaller in size than the Prius. Yet, available space has been used in a manner to compensate that. While its Premium trim trudges the roads on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with rain-sensing windshield wipers and electro-chromic exterior mirrors, the Technology package model too lack nothing. Their refined shapes yield better performance and advanced LED lights deliver better illumination. Lexus has worked quite seriously to keep the exterior saved from scratches and dents.

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So, it’s assisted by a new Intuitive Parking Assist consisting of six sonar sensors. They pass-on each information to the driver regarding obstacles in the parking space and distance of objects from the moving car. The front doors of the HS feature water-repellent glass.

Other glasswares are able to cut the Sun’s infrared rays by nearly 30 percent.

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2011 Lexus HS hybrid 250h delivers with a luxurious cabin and thrifty fuel consumption

Should I buy one?

Going by users’ experiences with the car so far, one can safely say that Lexus HS 250h is a car to have. It can no doubt be called a great hybrid for everyday purpose.

Price and availability

Coming in the year 2011, the HS 250h faces quite some strong challenges. So, Lexus has done the pricing very reasonably. One could own the standard model for a base MSRP of $36,330.

One has to just add the delivery cost of $875 to that. The Premium trim carries a price tag of $39,100 and an identical delivery charge as that fixed for the standard one.

Industry buzz

In a comprehensive critique of the new hybrid car from Lexus, hybridcars.com says,

When the HS 250h was introduced in 2009, the questions were how it would relate to the two other compact Lexus models, the sportier IS and the more conventional ES front-wheel-drive sedan, and would it grab some prospective Prius buyers? The IS and ES fared reasonably well in 2010 while the Prius continued to dominate hybrid vehicle sales. As for the HS, it did surprisingly well, racking up 10,663 units sold, enough to be the seventh best-selling hybrid.

Lexus HS 250h has attracted widespread praise more for its environmental concerns. The leftlanenews.com observes,

Lexus set out to shake the quirky image typically associated with hybrids by introducing the first luxury sedan designed from the ground up to be offered with a hybrid powertrain only.

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