No, the new 2010 HS 250h isn’t the Lexus hybrid sedan, but it is the most affordable. Lexus announced today that pricing for the all-new HS range will start at $35,075, including a $875 destination charge.
That price nets shoppers what Lexus deems a “standard version,” which includes leather seating, Bluetooth phone connectivity, XM satellite radio, a USB audio input, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. A $1600 “Touring” package adds heated front seats, adaptive LED headlamps with automatic dimming, and 18-inch wheels. The HS 250h Premium, which stickers at $37,845, contains most of those features, but adds ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, genuine wood interior trim, and memory settings for the driver’s seat, steering column, and HVAC system. Those who long for the utmost in gadgetry will want to spring for the $3900 Technology package, which includes heads-up display, lane departure warning, radar cruise control, and park assist, but there is a catch. The package is only available on Premium models with navigation--a $2125 option--and Lexus’ new front wide-view monitor, which adds $700 to the price tag. All HS 250h models use the same 2.4-liter I-4 and Hybrid Synergy Drive hybrid system found in the Toyota Camry Hybrid, estimated to achieve 35/34 mpg city/highway. Look for HS models to arrive at dealers this August.