2010 Lexus HS250h

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4

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0905 10 Z+2010 Lexus HS250h+front Three Quarter View
One look at the frumpy 2010 Lexus HS250h confirms what we've suspected all along of Prius drivers: the hybrid's smug visual statement is as important to the purchaser as its fuel economy. This explains why the dorky Prius handily outsells the quite ordinary-looking Camry Hybrid, and is probably why Lexus didn't simply build a hybrid version of the ES.
The Lexus ES, as you know, is essentially a reskinned and well-equipped Camry. Since the Camry Hybrid already exists, one assumes Toyota could have created a hybrid version of the ES in no time at all. But there'd be one problem: the ES is a great-looking car. To make sure that the HS looks nothing like any other Lexus, Toyota ignored the ES and created an all-new car for the brand's first hybrid-only vehicle.
The HS shares much of its platform with the European-market Avensis sedan, with an 185-inch shadow halfway between the 181-inch IS and the 191-inch ES. Its narrow and tall proportions recall the Corolla, though, which isn't exactly a great thing for the Lexus brand. Importantly, however, it uses the double-wishbone rear suspension from the Avensis in place of the torsion-beam setup in the Corolla (and the Prius), which results in better ride and handling. In fact, the HS250h handles better than its seriously front-heavy 61/39 percent weight distribution would suggest.
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We suspect that even despite the expensive hybrid hardware, the HS250h will start at about the same price as the ES350 (in the low-to-mid-$30,000 range). Subtract that hybrid price penalty from the HS, and you realize that it is the de-facto new entry-level model for Lexus. Its cabin echoes this sentiment--it's filled with padded surfaces covered in fine, French-stitched materials, but its narrow dimensions and awkward front quarter-windows make it feel much more like a tarted-up economy-car than the true entry-luxury car that Lexus says it is.
The Camry Hybrid offers a tremendous four more inches of shoulder room in the front seats--but then again, its trunk and fuel tank are significantly smaller than the HS's. The clear advantage in the driving department goes to the HS, too--it shares the Camry's powertrain, but significant revisions to the electronics make the driving experience far more natural. The constant driveline surging that we've noted in the Camry is absent, the ride is well-damped, and the response of the brake pedal is linear and free of any sign that the computers are continually switching between regenerative and friction braking.
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The cockpit is designed with Lexus's new ergonomic concept, which includes a center console that juts out between the front seats. It's a marvel of efficiency, which is only slightly diminished when fitted with the optional navigation system. That system, which debuted on the 2010 RX crossover, uses a joystick controller that eliminates a few dashboard buttons, making some tasks more complicated.
The HS250h can be loaded with an enormous assortment of impressive technologies (including lane-keep assist, a head-up display, and a truly fabulous infotainment and navigation system that will accept destinations you've uploaded from your home computer), but all of those systems fail to mask the HS's econo-car roots. On the road, you're treated to the drone of a four-cylinder engine whining endlessly when climbing long hills, accelerating onto the highway, or just keeping up with traffic. Luxury-car customers aren't used to that--when was the last time you heard four-cylinder thrum in a Lexus? (Hint: never.)
By using the platform from a narrow European economy sedan rather than the ES, the HS winds up being an awkward-looking vehicle that isn't as good at coddling its passengers as other Lexus models are. Then again, judging by the success of the Prius, maybe Lexus is on to something--the HS could just be the perfect combination of smug, snooty, and dorky that well-heeled potential Prius buyers are looking for.
Toyota has issued a recall and stop-sale for the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, citing an excessive fuel spillage concern in the event the hybrid vehicles are rear-ended. The recall affects 17,000 HS 250h models.
Lexus hoped to sell between 20,000 and 22,000 examples of its HS 250h annually in the U.S. Thus far, sales of the dedicated hybrid model have fallen well short of that goal.
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While not exactly eye-catching, I don't find the HS250h homely, as was intimated in our preview of it in the 2010 New Cars issue. Instead, I find the HS250h to be fairly innocuous. It's perfectly nice to drive if you're not interested in scorching the pavement, its interior is well put together and has all the niceties you expect in a Lexus, and its hybrid system works well, with the transition between electric and gasoline power mostly unnoticeable. All in all, a car that Lexus followers who want to own a green car will no doubt be happy to drive.
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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.
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Where's the fuel economy? Compare the HS250h's 35/34 mpg city/highway rating to the Toyota Prius' 51/48 mpg and this Lexus looks even more silly than it does from 30 feet away. From the driver's seat the HS is a perfectly nice car, with comfortable seats and fine materials. I find the mouse-like navigation controller to be quite intuitive, but the interface is outdated and doesn't collaborate well with the physical controls for the radio and climate control. The map screen should retain a small sliver to show audio data, and I frequently found myself hunting through menus to figure out what temperature the heat was set at.
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As others have noted, there's nothing particularly wrong with the HS250h, but nothing remotely remarkable about it either. There's a nondescript, slightly awkward exterior coupled with an interior that employs some very nice materials, but still feels cheaper than it should in a few spots, such as the hard, narrow center console. I do love the leather on the seats though - very rich feeling. The car drives reasonably well, with good steering and better acceleration than you'd get from a Prius. The heavy batteries clearly exact a ride penalty, as the HS doesn't display the composure we've come to expect from a Lexus.
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Toyota sets its sights high with a planned 7.5 million units of global production planned for 2010. That figure would raise Toyota's output by 17-percent from what it produced in 2009.
It’s no secret that automakers are desperately trying to find a way to make a profit on environmentally friendly vehicles. Green propulsion technology is extremely expensive and engineering-intensive, and yet it’s most often applied to low-margin compact cars. Success at selling high-end green vehicles such as the Lexus LS600hL and the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid has been limited, at best. Faced with this dilemma, some automakers are responding with the oldest trick in the book: take an inexpensive, popular car, and sell a premium, expensive variant. I recently explored this new frontier in green cars by sampling both the Audi A3 TDI and Lexus HS250h.

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2010 Lexus HS250H Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
35 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
187 hp @ 6000rpm
187 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
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