Review Lexus HS250h The Truth About Cars

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Review: Lexus HS250h

luxury car make seems to explore how low it can venture in the American without hopelessly devaluing the Mercedes no longer offers the hatchback Coupe and has shied from offering the A- and B-Classes in the States. BMW hasn’t offered a four-cylinder here since the was sent packing a decade The Jaguar X-Type didn’t cut the on this side of the pond. And is still waiting for the world to the 1980s Cimmaron.

Unfazed by clear pattern of failure, for 2010 offers up the Lexus HS So, shall the ridicule begin?

A key from the success of the Prius: prefer their hybrids in sheetmetal. So the HS 250h gets its set the Euro-market Toyota Avensis. would be a neat trick, if the was either distinctive or attractive. But neither.

The windshield and backlight are steeply raked than a requiring Prius-like little in the A-Pillars, and the HS’s exterior are a half-size larger than the Toyota. Trivial details. eyes will see a Corolla up with so much of the requisite chrome trim that clearly overcompensating for either its proportions or its low birth.

Things get better once the car. First off, the sounds very Lexus pulled shut. The interior has shades of econobox, but the solid-looking stack slopes downward and both it and the instrument binnacle are The only other Lexus any upholstered bits on the IP is the LS 600h

Is the material leather or leatherette? certainly not the creamy stuff all over the interior of the 600h, but is at a good imitation of basic As in recent Cadillacs, upholstering of the IP takes the interior ambiance up a or two.

This is overcompensation I can with. Ditto the definitely semi-aniline leather that the heated and ventilated seating in the Premium trim.

From the Lexus has earned a reputation for ergonomics, and the HS carries on this tradition. Logically sized and knobs and buttons handle functions. Secondary settings and the nav are operated, as in the RX, via Lexus’s response to A comfortable palmrest, force-feedback, and graphics provide the console-mounted pad with much of the familiar of a computer mouse.

Where is often frustrating, “Remote (I didn’t name it) can be downright An available 15-speaker Mark system provides another that the HS isn’t a Toyota

Good stuff continues the front seats. They’re comfortably contoured, and provide support despite being cushier than any from The rear seats—not so good.

when compared to the Corolla, the HS is a half foot longer, and wider, and 1.6 inches taller. And yet the has nearly two inches less Somehow two generations of sluggish IS have not taught Lexus Americans aren’t big on luxury with tight rear You don’t want to go below 36 of rear legroom.

The HS offers Where did all of those extra go? I’m guessing those raked and the hybrid bits.

I’ve been a fan of cars with so steeply raked they windowlettes, and I’m not going to start the HS. If I wanted to feel like I’m a minivan, I’d have a minivan. At the view over the IP is otherwise sense you’re gazing acres of plastic. For those when the guy in the SUV feels compelled to as far forward as you are when you’re trying to turn onto a street (as if h e can’t see over car), the Premium-only Technology includes a wide-view front

Via an ultra-wide-angle camera mounted in the of the car, this monitor you a good, long view in directions, at once. Look though, because objects in view are very small and closer than they

The wide-view front monitor is one of many features that (but won’t) guarantee the HS will never trade with another automobile. also got ABS, brake informed by a radar-based pre-collision TRAC, VSC, adaptive auto-dimming steering-linked LED headlights, a of auto-dimming mirrors, a rearview front-and-rear obstacle detection, departure warning, lane prevention (when the warning and a driver attention monitor. In the that all of this fails because the driver is too busy with the Remote Touch), a of ten airbags can deploy to cushion the and an automatic collision notification will dial 911.

The HS shares its 147+40-horsepower powertrain the Toyota Camry Hybrid. I a TCH soon after it was introduced, and this powertrain. Rough ropy CVT, non-linear delivery, non-linear brakes…a lot of not good. Well, they it.

The HS’s brakes suffer no transition from regenerative to conventional braking. And the 2.4-liter four-cylinder sounds and feels normal in regular driving. some scoot off the line, to the assistance provided by the insta-torque motor. Acceleration slackens at speeds, but never becomes slow. Force the engine up the assumed (no tach) redline, and escape a four-cylinder Sonata, if not the sonata.

It’ll do for those focused on the economy or the Remote Touch than performance.

Performance? about the HS suggests that the should even appear in review? That would be the tires. What are WR-rated doing on a car limited to 112 MPH?

they provide considerably grip than you’ll in a Prius, and together with aggressive suspension tuning the tallish, ungainly-proportioned HS from all over itself in aggressively-taken But they contribute to a much ride than people in a Lexus. Overcompensation, again, and time it harms the car’s even more than the rear seat.

While the will only occasionally an issue, and even then not for the a jittery, unsettled ride everyone in the car, and often.

enough, a Touring package bundles these tires a sport-tuned suspension (and a spoiler and, wait for it, sport pedals!) is optional on the HS but not available on the Premium. Is this an undocumented standard feature the Premium? It’s hard to that Lexus would the car with an even harsher

This being a non-performance (well, apart from the pedals and low-profile rubber), are going to expect great economy. The 35/34 city/highway are better than those of, an Acura TSX (21/30), but are a far cry from of a Prius (51/48). Good

Perhaps for those who do most of driving in city conditions. But no going to be ecstatic. Toyota want to figure out how Ford 41/36 out of the Fusion Hybrid.

In the the HS 250h is saved by low expectations. on the exterior appearance and specs you it to be awful, only to find the performance and handling achieve and that some aspects of the interior trimmings, the front the toys—are surprisingly good. the bad bits, the cramped rear and crunchy ride, will stunt sales of the car. A brand can survive these homely exterior styling, and the silliness of sport aluminum and speed-rated rubber on an econo-tuned The one thing the HS 250h could not to seem, especially with an $48,000 sticker ($44,770 as is cheap.

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And, thanks to the bits, it does not.

[Michael Karesh owns and TrueDelta. a third-party reliability and survey site]

Performance: 2

Where else can you spend $50,000 and get only 187 horsepower?

brittle for a Lexus sedan.

3 stars.

Not bad = better than

Exterior: 1 star.

Looks a blinged-out Corolla. More than unattractive. Would a little higher as a Toyota.

3 stars.

Stylistically struggles to its compact Toyota roots. front seats, but cramped seats.

Fit and Finish: 5 stars.

as good as you ll find at this point.

Price as tested:

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