Until the CT200H is released the HS250H will be the most fuel efficient model in Lexus' lineup. This is their first built from scratch hybrid vehicle. Rather than some other model which are gasoline cars with the addition of electric motors and batteries.
It utilizes a Toyota sourced 2.4 liter four cylinder, which when paired with its electric motors, or what Lexus calls it's Hybrid Synergy Drive system, is good for 187hp. The engine features many current gen tech goodies, such as piston cooling oil jets, heat exhaust vents behind the radiator, and a crankshaft optimized for reduced vibration and harshness. The engine also meets the stringent Super Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) requirements.
Improving aerodynamics was a major concern in the design of this car and every surface was carefully scrutinized. The result is a .27 CD, this is the most aerodynamic car in its class. This helps it to achieve great fuel economy. It's fuel economy is further reduced by an IR blocking laminate in the windshield to help reduce the need for air conditioning. Even more power can be saved with the LED headlights.
Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: HS 250h
The HS 250h was all new for 2010, so no mechanical or interior changes were announced for the new model year. There was a safety recall that happened for the 2010 HS, which involved reprogramming the antilock brakes. Otherwise, the only news is with exterior color changes: Satin Cashmere Metallic replaces Golden Almond Metallic, Deep Sea Mica replaces Black Sapphire Pearl, and Aurora White Pearl has been discontinued.
The HS looks like a smaller car than it actually is. And this is not a rebadged Prius; this is a Lexus sedan with plenty of Lexus styling cues. The HS rolls on standard 17-inch wheels with 18-inchers available as an option.
Plenty of tech features here: iPod connectivity and Bluetooth, optional navigation system comes with the computer-mouselike Remote Touch controller, there's an optional heads-up display, voice command, and lots of gauges to monitor the hybrid system.
Performance & Handling
The HS 250h gets to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds from a stop and through the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds at 87.9 mph. Even though the HS is 500 pounds heavier than the Prius, it's also more powerful, which explains why the HS is two seconds faster to 60. The HS is quiet on the freeway and handles well in turns, although this is no sport sedan.
Dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, dual front knee airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags are standard. Also standard are disc brakes with four-sensor ABS with brake assist, and stability control.
EPA Fuel Economy
35 mpg city/34 mpg highway
- Beautiful interior
- Remote Touch mouse
- Great brakes
You Won't Like
- Uninvolving drive
- High price
Hybrid in expensive suit
If You Like This Vehicle
- Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
- Lexus CT 200h