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2010 Lexus HS 250h Review

 

Fashionably Frugal

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Lexus HS 250h

In short: A fuel-efficient and feature-packed hybrid luxury sedan.


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co-friendly frugality gets a makeover with the new 2010 Lexus HS 250h, a hybrid luxury sedan. Building on the success of the Toyota Prius (and also largely based on the iconic fuel-saver), sister-brand Lexus offers this reasonably priced mid-size vehicle as an entry-level ticket to the upscale market. The car’s aerodynamic body, while not warranting a second look, has LED brake and tail lights, a snub nose and integrated front and rear-bumper spoilers to reduce lift. On the pavement, this roomy five-passenger automobile is deft and maneuverable, providing a smooth and quiet ride capable of getting up to 35 mpg with urban driving. Motorists can select from among the car’s four operating modes—Power, Normal, Eco, and EV—varying from enhanced fuel efficiency (Eco) to improved response (Power).

An interior view of a 2010 Lexus HS 250h
An under-the-hood view of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h

Conscious-soothing green cred aside, this auto’s appeal is in how it adds luxury to sustainability. Standard accessories include leather-trimmed seats, power windows and locks and heated outside mirrors. There’s also a Bluetooth hands-free system with phone voice control and a ten-speaker six-disc CD/WMA/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary jack and Bluetooth 2.0 audio streaming. Depending on the package, a voice-command navigation system, backup camera, pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, lane keep assist and fifteen-speaker 330-watt premium sound system are all available.

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain and restraint system coverage; six-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty; eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid-related component warranty.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $34,200

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine/motors, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder with intake VVT-i; 2 electric motors; sealed NiMH battery pack
Horsepower: 147 hp @ 6,000 rpm (gas); 140 hp (electric); 187 hp total system
Torque: 138 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm (gas)
Transmission: electronically controlled continuously variable

Curb weight:
3,682 lbs
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 184.8/70.3/59.3 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

Brakes:
all-wheel electronically controlled disc with regenerative control, ABS and brake assist

Suspension: MacPherson strut with coil springs in front; double-wishbone type with trailing arms in rear
Traction: vehicle stability control

0-60 mph: 8.4 seconds
Top Speed: 112 mph

EPA City:
35 mpg
EPA Highway: 34 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags and knee airbags; front and rear seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags; side-impact door beams; tire pressure monitoring system; daytime running lights; Safety Connect

 

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