2010 Lexus HS 250h Premium

I thought this car was white at nighttime; only in the daytime did I realize that it's a very, very pale blue. Kinda cool.

Overall impression: pleasant to drive, not a sporty vehicle, but a more luxurious and lavishly equipped Toyota Prius. More isolated than the Prius, but the powertrain feels pretty similar, although not quite as surge-y as the Prius, and with a more natural-feeling brake pedal.

Interior is very much in tune with latest Lexus design aesthetics: sweeping center console between driver and front passenger; lots of buttons and switches that are mostly easy to figure out; very good nav system; some very nice leather trim on the dash. It will speak to those who want a hybrid with more "wow" than the Prius. It's not a lavish interior, but it's a nice one, with a tech-y, modern feel about it.

Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor

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