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2011 Lexus HS250h

  • 2011 Lexus HS250h Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      187/187
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $36,330
  • 2011 Lexus HS250h Premium Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      187/187
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $39,100
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2011 Lexus HS250h Review

Hybrid all dressed up and ready to roll

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Lexus HS 250h is a luxury hybrid sedan with a novel design created by the car maker, instead of being retooled from other models, as is often the case. For example, it's equipped with a four cylinder engine made by the car maker. The 2.4 Liter, Atkinson cycle DOHC Inline-four is coupled with two electric motors to produce 187 horsepower from its Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which is coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Combining luxury with practicality, the Lexus HS 250h has a very spacious cabin with superior amenities, such as a two-toned interior, remote touch controller, an outstanding navigation system, and an optional heads up display. Couple that luxury with state-of-the-art safety equipment and an EPA-rated fuel economy of 35 mpg city/34 mpg highway, and it becomes obvious the HS 250h delivers value.

New for 2011

Since the Lexus HS 250h was all new for 2010, no mechanical or interior changes were made for 2011. There were a few exterior color changes, however: Satin Cashmere Metallic replaced Golden Almond Metallic, Deep Sea Mica replaced Black Sapphire Pearl, and Aurora White Pearl has been discontinued.

Essentials

Engine: 2.4L I-4
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: Base Sedan, Premium Sedan

On the Outside

While it looks smaller than it actually is, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h is a five-passenger, front-wheel-drive compact sedan offered in two trim levels: Base and Premium. The base trim features 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a sunroof, heated outside mirrors, while the Premium trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

From the Inside

Inside, plenty of technology features are evident in the Lexus HS 250h, such as iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and an optional navigation system that is operated by a computer mouse-like Remote Touch controller. There are also an optional heads-up display, voice command system, and lots of monitoring gauges for the hybrid system.

Driving Performance

The Lexus HS 250h goes 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds and runs through the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds at 87.9 mph. The HS 250h is very quiet on the highway and handles well during turns, even though it is not a sport sedan

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Lexus HS 250h are dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, dual front knee airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Also standard are disc brakes with four-sensor ABS with brake assist, and stability control.

Gas Mileage

HS 250h: 35 mpg city/34 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Stunning interior
  • Remote Touch controller
  • Reliable brakes

Minuses

  • Boring drive
  • High price tag

Rating

Hybrid all dressed up and ready to roll

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