The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is the newest hybrid to be added to the Lexus line. This compact sedan uses Lexus’ first 4-cylinder engine, and it is the first luxury sedan by any car manufacturer to be offered in a hybrid-only model.
The Atkinson-cycle 2.4-liter gas engine, combined with the car’s electric motor, generate a total of 187-hp. The Toyota Prius, by comparison, has a 1.8-liter engine, and produces 134-hp total output. The HS 250h goes 0-to-60 mph in 8.4 seconds. At 35 mpg (combined), it is the most fuel-efficient car Lexus offers.
The HS 250h starts in Normal mode, which balances performance and economy. Three other drive modes are available. Economy mode dampens throttle response for fuel efficiency, Power mode provides better acceleration, and EV Mode uses the electric motor only. In EV Mode speeds cannot exceed 19 mph.
The HS 250h is eco-friendly in other ways. It has earned a Super Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV II) rating, and carbon-neutral bio-plastics are used on some interior areas, the first time Lexus has used these materials.
The Lexus name promises luxury, and the HS 250h delivers. Interior comforts such as power seats, leather trim, and dual-zone climate control are standard. Smart Access keyless authorization, Homelink, Bluetooth, a premium sound system, and XM Radio are just a few of the high-tech amenities available. The HS 250h is also the first car to offer Lexus Enform, a subscription-based safety system similar to the OnStar service offered by GM. Base MSRP for the HS 250h is $34,200 ($36,970 for the HS 250h Premium).
The Lexus HS 250h uniquely combines fuel efficiency and hybrid performance with power and luxury, making it an attractive offering in the compact luxury sedan category.