Eco-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).
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.