2012 Lexus HS 250h

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Never let it be said that high-mileage hybrids are grim, joyless, or Spartan. The 2012 Lexus HS 250h sedan was the smallest and most economical car Lexus had ever built when it went on sale in late 2009 as a 2010 model, but it’s unquestionably luxurious. Lexus has noted that more than 60 percent of luxury-car buyers would consider a hybrid if one were available, so Lexus gave them an option.

Official EPA mileage for the HS 250h is 35 mpg city/34 highway/35 combined. Lexus says the HS 250h qualifies as a Super-Ultra-Low-Emission-Vehicle (SULEV).

With the exception of a new exterior color choice, there are no changes for the 2012 edition. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the entry level HS 250h is $36,330 – a $700 increase over 2011. The step up Premium model also increased $700 to $39,800.

2012 Lexus HS 250h Action

The front-drive HS, which stands for “harmonious sedan,” was Lexus’s first dedicated hybrid, just as the Prius was for its parent Toyota. Previous Lexus hybrids were adaptations of existing vehicles, including the popular RX 400h crossover – replaced for 2010 by the RX 450h – the GS 450h sports sedan, and the full-size luxury barge LS 600h. But the HS is sold as a hybrid only, with no gasoline-only version.

Lexus HS 250h vs. Toyota Prius

The comparison to the 2012 Prius is apt, since the two cars share the same basic platform. They both ride on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, though the Lexus HS 250h is two inches wider, half an inch higher, and a full nine inches longer than its hatchback relative. The HS also has a larger 2.4-liter engine – a tweaked Atkinson-cycle four cylinder – against the 1.8-liter engine used by the Prius. The complete hybrid system in the Lexus is fully 40-percent more powerful than that of the Prius: 187 horsepower compared to 134. Lexus says the powertrain enables the HS to hit 60 mph from a stop in 8.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 112 mph.

2012 Lexus HS 250h Top

There is one thing the HS did borrow from the Prius: driver-selectable operating modes. In addition to Normal mode which is, well, normal, there’s a Power mode, Eco mode, and EV mode. Eco maximizes fuel economy by reducing throttle response and reducing the air conditioning output. Selecting Power adds about 17 percent stronger acceleration than Normal, quite useful when passing or climbing hills. EV mode allows operation in pure electric power for around three miles if the battery has a good charge.

So while the two cars have different bodies, different engine sizes, and certainly different personas, you can view the HS 250h as a Prius with a trunk, a raft of luxury accoutrements, and a different trade-off between fuel economy and features. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Seinfeld might say.

Exterior and Interior

Lacking the Prius’ high roofline and abrupt vertical tail, the more conventional sedan styling of the HS is marginally less aerodynamic than its hatchback sibling, with a drag coefficient of 0.27 rather than the Prius’ 0.25. Given that the HS is a relatively short five-seat sedan, that’s still a respectable figure.

If you’re looking for groundbreaking styling, you’re best off looking elsewhere. Unlike the Prius, it doesn’t shout, “Hey, look at me, I’m a hybrid.” The exterior look is more Toyota-like – offend no one, please everyone – than the sleek look of today’s Lexus models. Indeed, from a distance with its slab sides, it could be mistaken for a Toyota Corolla, although it does have small triangle-windows up front, in each door, like the Prius.

While the exterior might suggest a pedestrian Toyota, Lexus buyers expect luxury and features, and the HS 250h delivers. Doors open wide onto a richly equipped and carefully assembled passenger compartment. With bright instrumentation and well-designed controls that are easy to reach, it’s hard to criticize the HS. However, dedicated Lexus owners will find little that is familiar. For example, the shift lever is not in the center console position between the driver and passenger. Instead, the shifter is located in the center of the dash, à la the 2009 Prius, and is more like a joystick. They might also cringe a bit at the quality of some materials compared to the Lexus vehicles they are used to driving, as noted by Car and Driver, “The base textured leather upholstery feels more like leatherette and makes the upgraded semi-aniline leather a worthwhile upgrade.”

They might, however, cut some slack when learning that the HS has extended its green credentials beyond the hybrid powertrain with the use of earth-friendly materials. Lexus says that the hybrid car was the first vehicle in the world to use interior “ecoplastic,” Some 30 percent of the cabin and cargo area is covered in a plant derived, carbon-neutral material that will recycle easily. The appearance and feel is indistinguishable from the standard trim.

High-Tech Gear Galore

One of the characteristics that has always set a luxury vehicle apart from the crowd is the latest in automotive high technology, a trait Lexus has excelled at. The HS 250h offerings are extensive, starting with the Tech package option that has four video cameras – an up front wide-angle can peek around blind corners at low speeds, another is for backing up, another is for a lane-departure warning and inside, a camera monitors the driver’s face for distractions or drowsiness. There’s also radar for the cruise control, and a final touch is a head-up display with steering wheel controls.

If that’s not enough, the optional navigation system incorporates real-time traffic and weather, and casual-speech voice recognition. It even lets the owner customize the levels of haptic feedback in the mouse-like controller mounted on the console.

And, of course, there’s the standard expected luxo features such as leather seating – 10-way power-adjustable for the driver, eight-way adjustable for the front companion – Bluetooth for phone and music streaming and USB/iPod connectivity. A nice touch is softer-closing power window switches from the uber-luxurious LS sedan.

On The Road

Wringing performance out of a car and, at the same time, having it sip low quantities of fuel is a difficult task. But the HS compromises between the two fairly well. While approaching a steep hill with the accelerator pushed to the floor, Popular Mechanics noted the positives and negatives of the powertrain: “The little Lexus makes good use of the hybrid drivetrain; you can actually feel a swell of torque. The downside: The HS 250h’s cabin is a bit buzzy and – like all hybrids – the continuously variable transmission is flavorless compared to a traditional geared transmission.” As for combining fuel economy and performance, Motor Trend seems to have nailed what the HS is all about, “How to describe the HS driving experience? ‘Efficient?’ Yes. ‘Soothing’? Maybe. ‘Luxurious?’ Mostly. ‘Exciting?’ No. It’s just not the car’s mission.”

2012 Lexus HS 250h Action

In The Marketplace

When the HS 250h was introduced in 2009, the questions were how it would relate to the two other compact Lexus models, the sportier IS and the more conventional ES front-wheel-drive sedan, and would it grab some prospective Prius buyers? The IS and ES fared reasonably well in 2010 while the Prius continued to dominate hybrid vehicle sales. As for the HS, it did surprisingly well, racking up 10,663 units sold, enough to be the seventh best-selling hybrid.

The automotive marketplace is ever changing and for 2011 the HS 250h faced new challenges. The first came from Lexus itself in the form of the new sporty compact CT 200h. The four-door hatchback not only delivers better fuel mileage – 43 mpg city/40 highway/40 combined – the $29,120 starting price is $7,230 less than the HS. These differences were manifested by 2012 sales numbers: The CT 200h was the third best-selling hybrid last year, racking up 14,381 sold compared with the 250h’s 2,864 that relegated it to the 14th position.

2012 Lexus HS 250h Front Right

Then there’s Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid. Its $34,330 starting price bests the HS by $1,575 and is larger and delivers way better fuel mileage, 41/36/39. And even though the HS 250h has clearly expanded Lexus’s green appeal, for a few thousand less, the Prius does offer luxury appointments like leather upholstery, and even a couple techy gizmos not found on the HS. So, more than a few astute buyers make take the advice dished out by Car and Driver: “If the HS 250h isn’t going to drive any better than the Prius, we’d rather have the mileage-and the lower monthly payment-of a Prius instead.”

But as Motor Trend pointed out, there is one thing Prius buyers cannot have: The Lexus dealer experience when buying and servicing their cars. And that is part of the Lexus luxury persona.

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.

This page was updated on Jan. 25, 2012. The first comments in the thread below were started when the article was first published.


Pros
  • Trunk instead of a hatchback
  • First high-mileage dedicated luxury hybrid
  • Lots of optional electronic gadgetry
Cons
  • Tradeoff of max fuel efficiency for luxury features

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  • Boom Boom

    It looks alot like a tricked out Corolla, rather than a Camry…..I wonder how this will compare to a Camry hybrid vs. a Prius (or even the Corolla with a 2.4). The Prius chassis is halfway between a Camry (length) a Corolla (width). If all the “hybrid-specific” designs in the Prius end up getting the same MPG as a Camry Hybrid when you put a bigger engine in it, it will be a pretty good argument that the hybrid specific design doesn’t really help much. If this gets the same MPG as the Camry, I’d question if a better car wouldn’t be a “Lexified” Camry with the same engine.

    We’ll see if the wealthy folks run out in droves for this or if most the market for hybrids remains in the middle classes. The only remote competition for this are the german TDis (and that is pretty remote….).

  • Cindy

    So take the Camry Hybrid and re badge it charge a lot more.

    Great move Toyota to make more money on the same car.

    HA HA who ever gets this car would really be stupid.

  • Bryce

    My girlfriends sister’s ’06 Cobalt has a better interior. Exterior is a vast improvement over the over the Prius though, but that just means it is as good as a Corolla now….an expensive one….with no better mileage. Hooray……… : (

    O, and for the Record, the Tesla Roadster was the first luxury electric car.

  • AP

    Nice way to steal Ford’s 3-bar grille. The last Camry stole the Mazda 6′s front end. How original.

  • Dom

    Boom Boom makes a intriguing point… it will be interesting to see how it sells compared to the Audi TDIs getting ready to go on sale… I wonder how the MPG will stack up between those as well.

  • GR

    This should sell fairly well. Many people that want a dedicated hybrid but don’t buy a Prius are mainly against it because of the angle of the rear window, so this should bring in more buyers.

    One thing though is that a lot of people like their hybrids to stand out a little (like the Prius) so we’ll see how that plays out.

    The dashboard mouse thing is pretty cool.

  • BioDieselWeasel

    Which Audi TDIs? AFIK, the A3 isn’t available until the first part of 2010, whereas the Lexus will be on sale in 2009. Will Audi models be available prior to 2010? (I ask b/c I am very interested in purchasing one). Thanks.

    BDW

  • jvoelcker

    Just for the record, a Toyota executive said that the company expects to sell roughly 30,000 Lexus HS models in its first full year on the market.

    That compares to a sales goal of 180,000 for the 2010 Prius, or six times as many. So the Lexus HS is more of a niche model.

  • Kirk Fox

    The people who think that this is just a camry don’t really get it!! There is more content and different glass (insulated). The margins on the build is tighter for less wind noise. Smart key entry along with the latest navigation system. Its on a different body then the camry. Its a totally different car! So before you start on beating this car up you should get the facts…

  • Derek

    I don’t want to be mean, but you don’t make too much sense here! This car will have a much better quality interior than a cobalt, with a lot more gadgets. The Tesla is a pure electric, this is a hybrid, but regardless, the tesla isn’t a luxury car, it’s a sports car. Probably not very luxurious to drive, the tesla, though it’s gotta be fun.

  • Bryce

    Worst luxury interior ever……

  • Curt

    Call me stupid then. excited to get rid of my ’08 prius for this car!

  • hankjmatt

    The Prius chassis is halfway between a Camry (length) a Corolla (width). If all of the “hybrid-specific model in the Prius at the end is always the same MPG as the Camry Hybrid, if you have a larger engine, it will be a pretty good argument that the hybrid design is not really helped.

  • hankjmatt

    The Prius chassis is halfway between a Camry (length) a Corolla (width). If all of the “hybrid-specific model in the Prius at the end is always the same MPG as the Camry Hybrid, if you have a larger engine, it will be a pretty good argument that the hybrid design is not really helped.

  • yoyoyoitsjdo88

    I think Boom Boom is completely right. The first impression that struck me was, oh no, it’s a Corolla with bigger alloy rims and weirder tail lights.

  • carwatcher

    Toyota is an engineering company. They typically take an existing product and improve it. We wonder why the US companies like GM can’t compete.

  • Chin

    Nice car, I dont know if I will be able to spend 30K on a dolled up Corrola. I will stick the IS250 :)

  • GMoney

    How can the viewing angle of the screen be 190 degrees?

  • Puh-leez

    I think the name HS 250h is obtuse enough to qualify as a Lexus badge number, but perhaps it needs a couple more aitches to truly convey its hybrid drivetrain… How about HSh H250h?

  • Baltimore Prius Owner

    Carwatcher, you hit the nail on the head. End of subject. Thanks!!!

  • sean t

    Bryce,

    The Toyota/Lexus hater bunch has come back under your leadership.
    Try to save GM instead. They’re in deep trouble now.

  • Greg Thome

    Just wanted to clarify that the new HS 250h does not share a platform with the new Prius. It will be a platform that will be all new to North America. The HS 250h sedan will be the most fuel efficient Lexus ever sold; it will offer the best combined mpg of any luxury vehicle in the U.S. Its expected fuel efficiency will be more than 30-percent better than the most fuel efficient model currently on sale in the Lexus lineup (RX 400h at 25 mpg combined). We’ll announce specific mpg details closer to the sales date.
    I does share the 2.4L 4-cyl with the Camry Hybrid but will have unique engine tuning, a new more efficient inverter, and a new exhaust heat recover system.
    - Greg Thome, Lexus Communications

  • RKRB

    -Hate to part company with the crowd here, but this seems great, if the article is correct. Toyota/Lexus are expanding the hybrid drivetrain to a new area, and this will help extend the versatility and make the luxury segment more fuel-efficient. Now if they could only come up with an efficient sports car or a convertible based, say, on this chassis, it would be cover even more territory.

  • Lost Prius to wife

    Greg Thome, thank you for the information that you have provided.

    RKRB, I agree with you. It is not the name of the car or car manufacture that is important here. It is the idea of more mileage per gallon and less dependency on oil as the major provider of energy for cars. This would be a very dull world if all we had was one hybrid to choose from. Now the choices will start ranging from the relatively inexpensive Honda Insight to the expensive Lexus hybrid line. It just becomes a choice of balancing budget against luxury.

    And wait one or two more years at the most. One will have a choice of sport car hybrids.

  • Cedar

    Any chance this will be available with AWD? As a “winter” state resident, my dream has been a Prius with AWD, but I’m sure that’s never going to happen (and I’m not interested in a SUV). But some of the Lexus 250 sedans are currently available AWD models.

  • qqRockyBeans

    yo Greg:

    Why can’t you make a small Lexus?
    Maybe based off the Yaris 4-door hatchback

    Hybrid and non-hybrid versions
    manual and auto transmissions
    Priced in the 20′s

    I love my ES250, but the gas mileage sux (16/22 mpg EPA)
    no leather
    no sunroof
    5-speed manual transmission
    ——————————
    Here’s the lineup I’d like to see on a Lexus version of the Yaris
    2d and 4d hatch, same price
    all cars available with 6-speed manual or CVT

    YS150 (current Yaris 1.5L) $20000
    YS180 (Corolla’s 1.8 1ZZ-FE) $23000
    YS250 (2AZ-FE or 2AR-FE) $26000
    YS150h (Prius powertrain) $30000
    YS-F (2ZZ-GE 190 hp) $28000

    I would by a YS-F (or whatever you’d end up calling it)

  • Shines

    yo qqRockyBeans
    A luxury car the size of a Yaris?!? – I can’t see a luxury car buyer wanting such a small thing.
    Bryce I’m sure if you sat in the HS250 and then your girlfriend’s sister’s Cobalt the difference in quality would be apparent – and not in favor of the Cobalt.
    30% better than 25 MPG?!? If Ford decides to make a Lincoln version of the Fusion hybrid it will be bigger and get better mileage than this Lexus…

  • qqRockyBeans

    yo Shines:

    they do it all the time!
    Acura EL and CSX
    Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    BMW 318ti
    Euro 1-series hatchback
    Audi A3
    BMW Mini Cooper

    VW Rabbit/Golf has become a small luxury car (Yaris-Sized!)
    And
    Toyota/Lexus >> VW German “engineering”

  • Doug

    I urge Lexus to offer an interior that is not leather. I don’t know exactly when it became fashionable to line the interior of a car with animal hide but it’s out of date to me considering both the environmental and ethical considerations of an evolved society. And, it seems to me this is the evolved demographic this car will appeal to.
    And for the guy tempted to call me a wimp or an elitist for this point of view… easy… because yeah… I’m both a vegetarian and a person who can execute a devastating spinning back kick.
    Amen and peace.

  • Bugz

    Hi Greg,

    Obviously you cannot reveal the exact dates, but I am deciding between buying a C class and this one, and was wondering whether Lexus is very close to releasing this car? Web reports fluctuate between late summer and early fall (what day is that exactly?), and no specific month is indicated. Do you think we shall start seeing test drive reports by June?

  • Brandon

    I agree.

  • Brandon

    How does a Colbalt have a better interior.

    Especially in 06 when GM interiors were horrific?

  • Charles

    Looks like a small Ford Fusion to me. The Fusion gets better MPG (6 city, 2 highway) and can be optioned up to almost the Lexus level. Get the Milan if you want a better looking front end. Other reviews have stated that the Fusion/Milan are faster. I am not sure about the handling.

    I think the Lexus beats the BMW for hybrid cars, but give me the Prius or Fusion.

  • vapsa56

    For that price you can get a tricked out Toyota Camry Hybird with ALL the options. And a larger car to boot.

  • Nelson Lu

    Although the points have been made by several different posters, I’d still like to put this together:

    The HS 250h has less interior space (10 cubic feet) than the Fusion/Milan twins, worse fuel mileage (35 MPG combined compared to 39), slightly less power, and a base HS 250h costs slightly more than the fully-optioned Fusion/Milan. And there is not much “content” that I see that the HS 250h (base or not) has that the Fusion/Milan does not. Is there any reason at all to get it over the Fusion/Milan?

  • JON

    I’m in the market for a hybrid. Looking at the HS. Having leased lexus beforeand know the quality. I think it will be better quality than Ford. The residual on the Lexus should be better than Ford also. Montly $$ could be close. Waiting until next month to test drive.

  • Bob T

    Any clue what the headroom is? Doesn’t look like much!

  • Jason

    (to Bob T): I pre-ordered one of these last week and sat in a pre-production model at a show at the Lexus dealer. I purposely didn’t buy an IS250 since I didn’t fit into it (I’m about 6 feet tall). I adjusted the front seat so I fit into it, and then sat in the seat behind it and fit into that as well.

    According to the dealer, it should be out 30-45 days from last week. It also has heated/ventilated seats (which will be nice for New Orleans summers). The people who were driving it across the country for Lexus said they were doing 80 on the freeway and getting 38 MPG (obviously I have no way to verify this).

    They also appear to have fixed the issue of not having satellite radio and a USB iPod interface.

  • Chuck

    You folks miss the point about owning a Lexus. As a long time Lexus owner, I know that the point of owning a Lexus is the entire ownership experience. The dealer knows me by name and treats me with respect. When it’s time for service they come and get the car, leave a loaner and return my car (clean inside and out) when the service is done. I have bought my last two cars without even going to the dealership – I called the manager, told him what I wanted, we worked out a price (including my trade in) and my new car was delivered that night. Add in that you’re getting a world class car with legendary reliability and it’s a combination that appeals to me. Does it cost more – you bet! But to me the time and aggravation saved by not having to go to the dealer, deal with an overworked service advisor and then get a ride to work and a ride back to the dealership is worth the money. If it’s not to you, buy a Chevy – they need all the help they can get. But for me, I’ll stick to my LS460.

  • Bryce

    I would look for a little more than just “reliability” in a luxury car Chuck. Excitement and luxury are usually words that one associates with luxury brands. Lexus is the luxury brand for people who don’t really understand cars and are just aiming for a name. If you want a real luxury brand, then go for an Infinit, Audi, Mercedez, BMW, Cadillac……hell, even the new Hyundai Genesis beats out most boring old Lexus. Please, next time you are car shopping, at least look at the competition and I guarantee you will be amazed.

  • MrKnowItAll

    Why get a Lexus over a Ford/Mercury? I have three reasons:

    Quality:
    When it comes to both quality of materials used and “fit and finish” of the vehicle, luxury vehicles (especially those from Japan) tend to use higher-level materials (higher-quality leather, real wood trim, etc.) as well as having higher standards when it comes to the assembly of the doors and quarterpanels.

    Reliability:
    Toyota/Lexus has consistently proven to be a more reliable vehicle than Ford/mercury, requiring less repairs and having lower maintenance costs year after year.

    Resale value:
    Toyota/Lexus has outperformed EVERY U.S. car company with regards to average resale value (based on Edmund’s AND Kelly Blue Book). This will especially ring true in the luxury car market, where the average length of ownership is much shorter than that of lower-to-middle-income families.

  • niceride

    So I got to test drive a HS today. It’s got the features of a lexus but I can’t help but think the car looks like a tricked out camry/corolla. Nothing made me go WOW on the exterior besides the gas mileage. Drive was smooth though.. and very quiet., but I also drove an IS350 so after driving that the HS was weak.

  • Leif

    Bryce have you ever been in a Lexus?

  • JOHN H.

    i AGREE WITH RKRB. I WILL WAIT FOR THE FIRST HYBRID CONVERTIBLE/SPORT CAR — PORSCHE, BMW, LEXUS. PEOPLE WHO THINK GREEN LIKE CONVERTIBLES/ SPORT CARS TOO !!

  • asfasdfsdfa

    What’s the point of this car? I’ll bet you it flounders in the showroom floors. Th reason the Prius is so popular is that it allows you to be green while having smug appeal – people can instantly recognize it. Plus, 35 MPG????Are you kidding? The Prius gets 51+ MPG on average, has most if not all of the features in that lexus as options (and maybe more, I don’t see Lane Assist, Intelligent parking, and all that in this Lexus – and the top line Prius have leather, voice activated navigation, 8 speakers, etc)

  • JON

    I just test dove the HS. Car is great. Has all the toys. I’m not a fan of navi. You can get it without it. But it has the ventilation , memory seats. Plently of power.This is what you don’t get on the Prius. The Prius & Insight won’t get out of it’s own way. Top of line Prius in in low 30′s Ther HS is 38 with more toys. I will be getting one next month.

  • JON

    I just test drove this car. It’s great. Hs all the toys that you need.It has more then the Prius & Insight. Plenty of power. The Prius & Insight won’t get out of its own way. Has ventilation & memory seats. Loaded Pruis in the low 30′s The HS is 38. Not much more per month.

  • RoTimi Waddy

    This is a a disappointing hybrid vehicle IMO. I would rather get a Ford Fusion or another diesel powered luxury sedan any day! Only 35 mpg, and looks like a cross between an extended Toyota Corolla and Camry and nothing in the look says luxury, to me. Oh well. There will still be some people who buy this simply cuz its a Lexus or has luxurious features. Whatevea, cuz I wont be one of those folks, lol!

  • Jackie_B

    I’d love this 250h. But the Lexus dealers are far and few between in metro D.C. where it takes close to 2hrs many days to drive the 30 miles to a Lexus dealer.
    Why can’t Toyota dealers, which are all over the place, service a Lexus? Especially for routine maintenance visits. It is frustrating to pass 3 Toyota dealers on the way to Lexus.

  • Jon

    I agreee. Here in Miami the Acura dealer is at least 30-45 min. away, but I can go to the Honda dealer for service

  • John L.

    I have an ES350 that gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway. I would like to have a hybrid but my ES is larger, and only gets 3-5 miles less than the Lexus hybrid on the highway, and it has a great engine and witll peal out if I want to. It is luxurious with leather and navi, air-conditioned seats, etc. I’ll stay with the ES until they get an plug in that get a significant increase in mpgs.

  • Bryan M

    I just bought it 3 days ago…and am having a blast with it. Traded in my 2007 IS250, and while I do miss gears a little (the HS250 has one continuous gear), the ride is MUCH smoother and the hybrid packs plenty of punch. Averaging 32 mpg around town. The nav system is awesome, and the new Lexus Enform service is fantastic. Was in a part of town I was unfamiliar with today and needed to find a Starbucks. Pushed a button and she downloaded directions right to the nav. Total process took less than a minute.
    Love being the first kid on the block with a new toy!!

  • Anonymous

    ACTUALLY LEXUS CAME OUT WITH THIS GRILL ON THEIR CONCEPT CARS YEARS AGO CHECK AND SEE

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS ACTUALLY A HYBRID CAR. ITS DEFENITELY NOT A ELECTRIC BECAUSE YOU DONT PLUG IT IN . IT GENERATES POWER DIFERENTLY LOOK IT UP
    HERES A LINK
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090223205846AAYk8u4

  • CT commuter

    I just saw an ad for this car on TV so I was intrigued to find out more about it. Having purchased a Ford Fusion Hybrid in July with all of the options I was very surprised to learn that a Lexus Hybrid would cost only a little more. Now that I see the specs. and interior I am reassured that I made the right choice. In CT there is no sales tax on cars that are EPA rated 40+mpg–thus I saved $1900 that I wouldn’t on this car. In addition, since my 12 mile commute is not highway, I am easily averaging 45 to 50 mpg each trip. I never thought that a Ford vehicle could look this and drive this nice.

  • Jon

    Lease the HS 10 days ago. Wife loves the car.Has 500 miles and the car is still on the first tank of gas. Might need to fill up soon. Car has all the toys that the ford fusion doen’t have. Test dove both cars. Ford had a terrible lease program They wanted me to buy the car. HS has 4yr/ 50000 warranty. So for the life of lease not much out of pocket except scheduled maitance. Car has plenty of pickup in the eco mode . No need to use the power mode. My wife drives on the highway to work at 70 mph. Can’t be happier

  • JP

    Just completed the first month on the lease of an HS. We are big Lexus fans as the quality has been excellent. When it was time to turn in the leased IS 350 i was kinda drooling over the 600h Pebble Beach but decided it made the wrong statement. Soooo, on to plan B. Looked hard at the convertable IS (too small for golf clubs and laptop bag), the GS and the 460. Decided to be moderately socially responsible and ended up choosing the HS. We had driven the Prius last year and just could not see it making it the “work” car. Mostly it was about the rear window and overall comfort compared to being a bit spoiled by the Lexus toyota experiences.

    Enter the HS. Let me say that first, I really like it. It is smart transportation. The hybrid has altered my driving habits and we simply drive more conservatively. We live in an urban area with a lot of slow traffic. Rushing to the next red light to see the same cars is normal and a waste of time/energy. The HS has helped us to chill a bit and let others fight for the one car lead.

    The ride is very comfortable, the “fit” is good and the technology is effective. Favorites: proximity cruise control, heads up display speed readout, nav arrows on the HUD. We wish these items were on our RX350 and LX570. There are some other interesting features in the electronics package like stock tracking and Lexus “news” updates. Mostly this hints at the convergence to web applications such as Yahoo, Google News, etc.

    Single Gripe: the Bluetooth phone connection. Have had problems getting the phone to connect with bluetooth in the HS. Noting that this same phone has no problem with connecting to the other Lexus cars in the driveway it’s hard not to think that problem is with the car. However, back to Verizon tomorrow to try another phone to search for compatability.

    Did I pay too much for a Prius variant? Should I have looked at the Ford? Probably, but am I happy with the HS? Yes, Very. Lexus quality, comfort and reliability… But I’ll be even more happy when the phone/bluetooth problem is sorted out…

  • Jon

    I also coming up to the 1st month on the lease. Love the car. Had no problem with the bluetooth.I have a blackberry 9000 I’m on att. Maybe it’s a Verizon or the phone.

  • Noah

    I bought the Lexus HS 6 weeks ago and love driving the car. I use the Blackberry Tour from Verizon and it works fine. My only complaint with the car is that people can’t hear me when on the bluetooth. Took the car in for 1000 mile check up and the dealer said the bluetooth system was working properly.

  • wavedeva

    As someone with asthma, I prefer a leather interior since it reduces dust mites. Also, the use of a leather interior minimizes the use of plastics. I try to reduce synthetics use as much as possible since it takes hundreds of years for plastics to decompose. Moreover, plastics are destroying our oceans (i.e., the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre).

  • BD

    Is the ride smoother on the base model since it has higher aspect ratio tires than the premium model?

  • BD

    A question for owners of the hs250: is the ride smoother on the base model with the higher aspect ratio tires (55) compared with the premium model with the lower aspect ratio (45)?

  • TK

    Not only it looks better than the other hybrids on the road it also gives you more bells and whistles than you need. Rear view camera, cooling and heating seats, voice recognition for pretty much everything, bluetooth, XM, sun roof, leather, nav, calendar, traffic feed, great stereo, etc… all controlled by a mouse. This is not an old man’s car who doesn’t understand the difference between Toyota and Lexus. This is a luxury car with Hybrid elements that I think still lets you make a statement for the environment. And it runs on regular gas. So what if it doesn’t get 50 like the Prius which in my opinion is the most hideous thing on the road next to rendez-vous (they could be relatives). I’m 39 and after driving the new Lexus Hybrid, I’m sold.

  • Marco M

    Did you really just throw in a Colbat into this discussion? I had the pleasure of renting one of those for several days after my car accident, worst piece of garbage I have ever ridden in. Interior and performance were beyond horrible and I was surprised to learn it was a 2008 model–even my old 2001 Toyota Camry was way better than that heap of junk. No wonder Chevrolet went into bankruptcy.

  • DH

    “The complete hybrid system in the Lexus is fully 40 percent more powerful than that of the Prius: 187 horsepower compared to 134.”

    …yeah, but how much heavier? Any curb weight figures?

  • Shells

    I just bought the car last week in Aurora White with beige leather interior and I LOOOOOOVE the car – the hardest part is getting out of it, lol!!!

    Cheers! :)

  • Shells

    I just bought the car last week in Aurora White with beige leather interior and I LOOOOOOVE the car – the hardest part is getting out of it, lol!!!

    Cheers! :)

  • Hybrid Rob

    I just bought the HS250h Premium this past weekend. I love it. I traded in a 2005 Prius. The ride is smooth. The luxury is nice. I love the heated and cooled seats; the bluetooth; the nav; etc. It is a little bigger than my Prius…but I like that! The pick up is much better. I am very pleased with the purchase so far. I agree with Shells…the hardest part is getting out of it (since I love it so much). My car is black with black leather interior. Very sleek. Very nice. Lexus did right this time! I have not had any Bluetooth issues (as others have written). Mine works fine.

  • gus

    Lexus made the same re-badging mistake several times in its short 20-year history.

    After the initial success of the 1989 LS400, Lexus took the Toyota Cressida (similar to a Camary) and called it the LS250. Everything was the same except for the logo. It failed miserably and was discountinued in 1991.

    Then they took the Toyota Camary in 1992 can rebadged it ES300 albeit it had a different shell but the platform and amenities are similar including the powerplant. To date the Camery and ES still shares many components.

    In 1996 Toyota designed the Aristo which looked more like a Lexus than Toyota, and guess what? Yup, it became the GS300 over here… It was quite successfull because the car was designed from the ground up instead of taking an existing model and rebaged it.

    Later in 2000 Toyota created the Altezza and also launched a Lexus version called the IS300. However this time around the car looked more like a Toyota than Lexus and despite initial success, people didn’t like the idea of paying over the top for a Toyota in Lexus clothing. However in 2006 Lexus replaced the IS300 with a completely new IS250/350 which was never sold as a Toyota anywhere else. It had tremendous success as it was designed from the ground up to be a euro luxury beater.

    Now with the HS250 Toyota once again went backwards and took a Prius, add all the bells and whistles to it and called it a Lexus…

    WTF is Lexus thinking? When Lexus introduced the RX400h they took the existing RX300 and dropped a hybrid motor but kept everything else the same. They should have took the existing IS platform and drop a Hybrid motor in it!!!!! That friggin HS250H is NO WAY a lexus in the looks department – it looks like a Toyota Prius with a really cheesy bodykit!!!!

    Shame on you lexus, and thanks for ruining the image of the IS250/350 with this piece of crap you call a car… If i wanted a prius I will buy two for the price of an HS250H!

  • Chilango

    Bryce,
    You sound like an expert in luxury cars. May I ask what car do you drive?

  • rob roj

    why don;t you clever mode fakers , go and buy a space ship if want more beautiful interior , this car is just fine

  • If you can’t afford it, stick to the poor people cars

    if you’re going to complain about a car you don’t even own, why bother looking into it. if it’s not even in your price range there is no point for you to look at it. although lexus branched out from toyota, you can’t really compare them because lexus, it’s LUXURY. so remember that. LUXURY. so it’s all about the name and the little plaque that sticks on the car. good or not, the car you drive shows that you’re “wealthy.” it’s basically something to “show off”
    people, like most of you with the negative comments just probably cannot afford expensive cars so just stick to your general population toyota, hondas, and kias. for most people who can afford luxury cars, they most likely have more than 3 cars so luxury cars are like collectible items, and buying this is just another addition to all the cars lined up in their driveway. funny because i have a prius and a lexus, and am now a proud owner of this new lexus hybrid.

  • Richard Bravo

    We just bought it last week. The car is great rides smooth and has a bit of power. I guess do not need 300 hp but 190hp more then enoguh to go around town, the Prius gives 130hp. We paid about $3K more then the Prius 4 with nav and leather, price tag is about $38K but negaciate to a much much lower price…

  • Happy With It

    My wife and I purchased one. We were looking primarily for a hybrid. But since we will be using this as our everyday ‘carpool’ car we are also considering comfort. After all the search we did for a reliable hybrid we were conflicted because our choices dwindled down to the dorky looking Prius V and a Ford Fusion hybrid, which has great reviews in looks and style but my wife’s totally not into it, due mostly because of questions on reliability (she’s a former Ford owner). We are also considering Camry Hybrid, but at that time it’s sold out in most dealerships we went to and not much choices if there is, smaller trunk space too. Yes, we test-drove them all, but long story short, we are happy all that we’re looking for culminated into this one car. Better and meaner looking (we got the obsidian black touring package), smoother ride, plush and comfy interior, power when you need them, but of course, since it’s a hybrid, it discourages you to drive it hard like a regular Lexus, but that is the point. And we made off with a good deal from the dealership, you can actually get it for less than a Prius V or even a premium Camry Hybrid.

  • Happy With It

    oh yeah and one more thing, the HS250h is a much different animal than a Camry Hybrid, just test drive those two before you jump into unsupported conclusions.

  • Dave in Las Vegas

    I am taking delivery of the HS tomorrow, bought one in matador red with black interior. I test drove a Prius, but it was so plain inside compared to the nice fit and finish and touches of the Lexus ( i am a previous Lexus owner), and walking into the Toyota dealer vs. a Lexus dealer is like walking into WalMart (ok, stop cringing). anyway, my question to the new owners is this – I have a hard disk drive in my current Lexus that I am trading in. The dealer has convinced me that i can use my iPhone and iPod and get the same access ( I have over 400 CDs on my IPod). I would like to hear from current owners if this is a big issue with them. Do you miss the HDD?? Thank you
    David in Las Vegas

  • jezzicaz789

    Thanks you for the post.
    Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.

  • Queenie

    Yesterday I tested the HS 250 h and was amazed at how quiet and zippy it ran. Cadillac has been my car for years and I thought I would get another big luxury sedan but as far as I’m concerned, the HS will make me very happy. I do like luxury and there is plenty of it in this car. I wonder how many of you negative folks understand the difference?

  • piensjc

    we bought Lexus HS250H premium with navigation package last Saturday. It is a hybrid sedan. We test drove Ford hybrid , prius and lexus and liked the lexus. Ford has lot more features but we didnot like their customer service. Also, felt it was not as smooth as lexus and prius. Prius is good for the price. But, found that it had less space between leg and dashboard/steering wheel for short people. Also, view through the rear window was not good -salesperson said one will get used to it. Prius V with navigation would have cost us $31000. For a few thousand dollar more lexus offered lot more features compared to prius and better safety rating.

    Has one here bought platinum service pack. The dealer is offering platinum service pack for $3999.00 which includes 7 year 100000 mile extended warranty and regular service until 50000 mile. Is it worth it? What does the platinum pack offer other than what one gets when vehicle is taken to regular lexus service center. Anyone here know.

  • weatherman2

    Anyone with real-world MPG for the Lexus 250 HS? Looking to replace my wife’s 2005 Honda Accord EX-L (4 cyl) (getting 28-30 mpg) with the Lexus hybrid. Also, any thought on Toyota/Lexus hybrid brake recall issues (i.e., media overblown or genuine problem)? I drive a 2010 Prius IV and have experienced no brake issues in first 6000 miles.

  • Jon

    My wife has a HS250. Bought it in Sept. have around 6000 miles . No brake problem. Lexus is going to have a sofware update soon. I’m getting 38mpg. mostly on highway. Love the car. Wish toyota or lexus made a small SUV hybrid.

  • weatherman2

    I’m faced with the same issue on the impending purchase of an HS250h premium with the tech package. The dealership has a ‘hold’ on the sale pending the implementation of the software fix for the brake recall issue. The basic warranty is 4 years and 50000 miles with bumper-to-bumper coverage. $4000 for another 3 years and 50000 is a bit expensive, unless you plan to keep the car for 100000 miles or more. In our home, we tend to replace cars every 4 – 5 years.

  • piensjc

    Weatherman2,

    Went ahead and purchased warranty since we tend to keep vehicle for a longer time. I purchased it from another dealer and not the one I purchased car. Paid $3950 for warranty and maintenance package- covers all regular maintenance for the first 50000 miles (5 years) and provides 8yrs/100000 mile extended warranty on parts/labor. For maintenance/repair dealer picks up car from home and gives a loaner car.

  • Penny

    Just got this car a few weeks ago, and let me tell you… it’s awesome. Love the handling, love the comfort.

    I hope it opens the way for more luxury brands to consider making an extended line of hybrids.

  • Dave in Las Vegas

    yes, i am now 4 weeks into the lease. i have already 1,500 miles on the vehicle due to a drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. I am averaging about 34- to 36 miles per gallon. On the highway to Los Angeles, it did not really do better than that, because i had the cruise on 80 the whole way. However, I notice that when I am really soft pedal around town, and slow down and drive very easy (after all, it is a hybrid!) i can get about 38 miles to the gallon.

  • Oldhousepoor

    I’ve owned my HS for a month now and so far no regrets at all. Surprisingly it does well in Nebraska’s snow and ice. I don’t miss my Acura MDX at all (my teenage son is happy with that hand-me-down). Even my Tundra owning hubby likes driving the HS.

  • Ivan

    I wonder how many people here commenting here about this car bought one. I did. It’s a great car. No other car that I know of has the luxury details the HS250h has. The guidance system, the bluetooth, the weather reports, satelite radio, leather interiors, Xm sports, stocks, weather, traffic, schedule, the joy stick to select the apps, etc. I reluctantly gave my BMW X-3 to my daughter because she was borrowing it from me so much it felt like I was the one without a car so I got me the Lexus Hybrid. I love it. Only those who have them can tell how if feels to drive and own one. I feel like a king!~

  • North Jersey owner

    I have owned an HS250h for 7 months and 13,200 miles. What a mistake! I find the body style neither beautiful nor ugly, just sort of average – like a homely girl with a unique personality. But “her” personality is turning me off.

    The materials may be luxurious, the cockpit is cramped, and the list of iother issues I have is far too long:

    The ride is not Lexus-smooth, and is especially rough on potholed northeastern roads (the low-profile tires it comes with are good only for straight lines and super-flat surfaces for for sports car). The fuel economy has never lived up to specs, especially in real-world driving. The 12-volt battery turned weak, causing the car to refuse to start, and was replaced at 13,000 miles. The mouse/joystick screen requires one’s eyes to be off the road for too long when one needs to make changes to it or the entertainment system (pretty good sound, by the way, despite the road noise). Also, much of the nav system is NOT intuitive, and there’s no separate radio dial and pushbuttons (as there is in the RX400h, a great car). The Bluetooth is unreliable. Interior convenience-storage space is minimal.

    Overall I feel as though I paid a minor fortune to be a beta tester for something that should never have left the lab.

    Bottom line: I’m trying to get out of this with as little financial damage as possible; it hasn’t been easy, although I hope it will be come easier. If you think you’d like the HS250h, get a Prius instead: as much or more room, better mileage, lower cost, better value. To me, this is a failed experiment.

  • SE Pensylvania owner

    I’ve owned an HS 250h for 7 months now. Love it. 38.8 to 39.5 mpg avg per tank once i learned how to drive it (took about six weeks to figure it out) Overall mileage up to 36.6 since driving it off the lot.

    For those of you who think the car needs to scream that it’s a hybrid, that this car doesn’t is one of the things I like about it.

    Beautiful interior, great sound system, low/no noise, handles well in all weather (and I’ve driven in sun, rain, snow, and sleet.)

    And Lexus Customer service really is all they say it is. This is my first Lexus.

    The main reason I chose the HS 250 H was it had the MPG, extra HP (in case you ever need it) and all the little luxuries all in one package. Could have bought a Std Lexus model for less money, half the gas mileage, and all the little luxuries. Could have bought a Prius for a lot less money. Looked at almost all hybrids available in the US and chose this one. This really is a great car.

  • weatherman2

    I’ve got a 2010 Prius IV and a Lexus HS250 hybrid. Both cars are great and get really good mileage. If you liked the RX400h, why didn’t you buy it? It sounds like nothing in the car is ‘good enough’ to suit you…again, why did you buy it??

  • andre

    you should not give automotive advice. Your perception is not reality

  • The-Truth

    So obviously all these comment were before Toyota took a dive and is now worthless. Reading these comments and knowing what the world knows now about Toyota’s crappy quality. 10 million cars recalled and how many deaths???? So sad, very sad. Good luck trying to re-sale any crappy Toyota product. They dropped 9 percent in value. And just announced another 1.2 million Lexus recalled. I knew they were too good to be true. TOYOTA CHEATED AND LIED

  • Michael C

    Another pseudo hybrid? 35mpg maybe ok, but in reality, the engine keeps on kicking in even though it is not needed. That is why I call these pseudo hybrids. It is probably an improvement from my 400h w/c was a disappointing 1% eletctric to 5% electric. If Lexus & Toyota really want to save gas, they should forgo these pseudo hybrids. My porsche for example, goes 19.6 mpg in the city. Compare that to LS 600h of 14 mpg! Hybrids to be attractive should be at least 100 mpg!
    Imposible u say? Check out Chevy Volt! That’s a true hybrid! It maily runs on electicity, and use the gas just for back up rather than running the car. anther one is the Karma by Fisker.
    If Lexus & Toyota thinks electric has no power, check out Tesla! it is even faster than Porsche! All they had to do is add a 1 piston deisel engine the charge the batter for long trips!

  • calvin

    Michael C:
    That’s the thing though–the Volt isn’t really meant to be a hybrid. It’s an electric car with an ICE range extender. Its drivetrain is entirely electric.

    I consider GM’s early hybrid models to be pseudo hybrids. Those “mild hybrids” were just lame attempts to play catchup while feeding off of the buzz generated by Japanese hybrids. Essentially, they were only interested in “hybrid” as a buzzword to slap on advertisements and PR announcements.

    While I think at this point more automakers should be following GM’s lead (how ironic) and developing full plug-in electrics w/ ICE range extenders, it’s unfair to call conventional hybrids “pseudo hybrids” just because they don’t meet this standard.

  • Lexowner

    I am 6’2″ 280lb former power lifter and I have plenty of room all around. I had an ES 350 previously and it is every bit as good as the ES.

  • Lexowner

    Just bought one as well and I concur. I wouldn’t dis anyone buying the Ford but I have had 6 different lexus and love the cars and the service and the modicum of prestige that comes with Lexus

  • Tubol

    Ford is now a winner in hybrids more millage than any toyota crap hybrid cars…Anyways, japs love you guys in working hard to pay off their cars while they’re enjoying spending your money.

  • LA HS 250 Owner

    SE Pensylvania owner, you say you figured out how to drive the car so you get 37-38 mpg. Please share how you’re doing that. I get 34-36 on the highway (36 only on a very long trip), and only 29 in the city if I work very hard at it. I primaily do city driving. I stop at a light or stop sign every other block…

    I drive with Eco on. My average gas mileage over 6000 miles is under 31. What else can I do? I love the car, but the gas mileage isn’t that good. And I get higher mileage on the highway, which doesn’t make sense.

    Thanks!

  • IR

    Please tell me what you figured out about driving the HS250. I have had the car for 9 months now and I can only get 30 mpg in the city if I work very hard and drive very wimpy. It seems to get 34 highway, but I don’t do a lot of that. My average milage now is 30.4. Disappointing. I live in a city and stop at every corner. I cannot figure out how to improve the milage. I drive with EC on. That improved my numbers a bit, but not much.

    Thanks!

  • IR

    Everyone who owns an HS250, please tell me how you get better than the 30 mpg that I get. I have had the car for 9 months now and I can only get 30 mpg in the city if I work very hard and drive very wimpy. It seems to get 34 highway, but I don’t do a lot of that. My average mileage now is 30.4. Disappointing. I live in a city and stop at every corner. I cannot figure out how to improve the mileage. I drive with EC on. That improved my numbers a bit, but not much. I’d appreciate any advice on how to drive this car with the high mpg some of you have said you get. Thank you!

  • Lisa

    I just drove one today. This is a great hybrid. Construction quality goes along with the rest of the Lexus line. Comfortable to ride in and quiet. The backseat is great and this design created a lot of rear leg room that does not exist in other cars its size. FWD is just fine for winter driving (Michigander). I like it.

  • Lisa

    I read a comment on here that said if you explore all the luxury cars, Lexus is not in the same class as MB, BMW, Audi, etc… I totally disagree. I have taken the last month and driven over 2 dozen cars including those from the “luxury” brands. Lexus is the only company that is consistent with ALL their vehicles from the smallest to the biggest. The others…not so much. There is such a huge difference in quality when you step up model size. It’s like they think that just because you don’t want to drive a boat, you don’t want/need the quality the company stakes its name on. I don’t want to drive a Chevy disguised as a Hummer. I’ve never owned a Lexus, but chances are very good that I will soon.

  • Hybrid Newbie

    Even though the Camry Hybrid is not a Lexus brand, I would advise anyone interested in the HS250h to compare it against the Camry Hybrid. I test drove the two, and ended up buying the Camry for its more ‘luxurious’ feel. I’m also getting 40 MPG in mixed driving, which seems much better than the EPA sticker. The HS250h feels too ‘sporty’ for my taste. Lexus would do well give it more of a luxury-ride feel, to attract more buyers. The Prius has the best MPG, but it lacks acceleration power.

  • Bobby D

    I searched the net high and low for the best hybrids before making my choice. This blog was a great help also as I carefully viewed everyones opinion “good & bad”. I’m the last person who would of thought I would buy a hybrid. I have always been a muscle car / high end euro luxury car guy. I recently said good by to my S Class Benz for the HS250h Lexus Hybrid. I have to admit I was looking at the Ford Fusion as my first choice. 700 miles in the city is a very tempting sell. But two things led me to the Lexus HS250h. Number 1 the Ford dealers I attempted to work with all fell short on profesionalism and in one case honesty. Number 2 when I started looking at the Lexus HS250h as a possible alternative choice. The local Lexus salesman and his team made me an offer I couldnt refuse. With that offer came “above and beyond” excellent customer service and professionalism. Going deeper the Lexus brand versus Ford is much easier to off load when your ready to resell. Weighing in on both cars I have to say the Ford Fusion gets the better gas mileage hands down. Yet the Lexus HS250h also gets decent gas mileage. Much better than my S Class Benz so I’m not mad. What I could not ignore about the Lexus HS250h was the “quality” it has versus the Ford Fusion. The first thing I noticed in the Ford Fusion was that the quality was not very good. For a fully loaded Ford Fusion for $30,000 plus I want quality period. So I decided to go with a fully loaded Lexus HS250h. Which from a quality stand point beats the Ford Fusion hands down bottom line point blank period. Lexus also offers a great Lease program which I opted to go with instead of buying. Which saved me $5,000 versus out right buying the Ford Fusion. Which I might add that Ford’s lease program sucks period! After doing more research on “customers who bought the Ford Fusion”. I found out that I saved myself potential headaches of having to deal with Fords shotty customer service and poor professionalism practices in customer service and maint returns. If your in the market to get a hybrid I suggest the Lexus HS250h hands down. My lease is a 4 year / 50,000 miles package with all the optional goodies to boot. I always keep my cars very clean with low miles so in 4 years I’m sure Lexus will create a car that blows the Ford Fusion 700 mile in the city out of the water. Since Toyota created and patented the hybrid technology anyway. I’m sure they will make a car that gets better than 700 in the city within 4 years. Either way I feel I’m winning and as happy as a chicken on a junebug. I been driving this very pretty classy luxurious looking beauty all over town. It’s almost noise free and you cant even hear the engine when driving or sitting still after start up. It makes a cool electric sound when your coming to a stop. It gets plenty of looks “WOO’s & WOW’S” from people who see you roll by or pull up in it. I have even had Ford Fusion owners go “Goo Goo Gaa Gaa over my HS250h. So I couldnt be more happier with my choice. The on board computer makes you feel like your in a spaceship and the technology is great period! Makes your driving experience so much more fun and enjoyable. I feel like a kid in a 24 hour candy shop. I recommend this car for anyone looking for luxury, class and decent gas mileage. With Lexus great customer service which is also very key to me you cant go wrong. Cant wait to see what Lexus will have in 2014 whatever it is I’m all in.

  • Sunny C

    I drive Acura TL 2005.I m planning to buy lexus HS250h can somebody tell me if I should buy or not.pls let me know.thanks

  • Happy user

    Depend on how u going to use it.like why or local.I guess if u use local it’s good.

  • Bobby D

    Well i have had my Lexus HS250H long enough now that I have finally figured out how to drive it. Believe it or not it’s a trick to driving this car in regards to getting higher than the 35/34mpg. So far I am at 37.1 mpg in the city and 36.0 mpg on the freeway and climbing!!! It dawned on me how to get even better gas milage two days ago. At first I could only average 26.0 mpg to 27.8 mpg. Then it dawned on me like i said two days ago that I was driving my Lexus HS250H wrong. Since then I have even used the power button getting on the freeway and still get great mileage. Like I said it’s a trick to driving the Lexus HS250H. Once you figure it out the challenge then becomes to see how high you can go with mpg. If you want to know my secret just send me a note and I will share it with you. Right now again I’m at 37.1 mpg and climbing!!! I LOVE THIS CAR!!!!! It’s actually more than I thought it was regarding mpg. Aside from the car having excellent technology. Luxury, style and again it gets better gas milage than even Lexus has stated on the sells sticker / marketing videos!!! Prius watch out I’m shooting for 50mpg!!! With my new found knowledge of how to drive my Lexus HS250H. I find it hard for me not to accomplish 50 mpg!!!

  • The Lexus HS250H Gets Better Than 34/35mpg

    I figured out how to get up to 37.1 mpg on my Lexus HS250H and climbing. With my new found knowledge of how to drive my HS250H. I’m now shooting for 50 mpg “PRIUS WATCH OUT”!!!

  • William Wyman

    I have had my HS250h for 1 week now and the needle still says full! I would be interested in your “trick” to driving it.

  • Joel L

    Just got an HS250 Premium and it drives beautifully (the way a Lexus is expected to) and all the bells and whistles are super as well. This is a very intuitively designed car and the technology just adds to the pleasure of being in the cabin. Acceleration is quite satisfactory and the quietness of the cabin is certainly Lexus. The one feature that the car lacks is insufficient storage. The glove box barely fits the manuals portfolio and there is no room for a normal flashlight. Why there are no storage sites on the rear of the front seats remains a mystery to me, it is a design flaw that can easily be rectified. The gear shift also needs getting used to and I do miss putting my hand on a shifter occasionally. My IS250 was wonderful and I expect a similar experience here.

  • REBoldt

    I won’t address looks, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Most negative comments refer to disappointing mileage. I hope that Toyota will soon implement its plans to convirt engines to direct injection and turbo, as well as replace metal hydride with lithium ion batteries and plug-in technology. Then the HS250 should be ideal, especially with the price of gasoline increasing — as it must. Thanks, Lexus for leadership!

  • jeffy

    hope tha HS 250h will achieve the same heights for Lexus as Prius has done for Toyota ..HS250 is a nice luxury car with greta features and mileage and will be cars to watch out for …
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  • Samual

    I have owned my HS for a 10 days now and so far it gives no regrets at all. driving the HS is just like amazing thing in it,
    thanks for posting and sharing with us,
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  • yoyo

    I am planning to buy HS250 in a couple of days. I drive a 2001 toyota Sienna and a Lexus 2004 RX330. Test drove the 250h and felt the brake seemed strange. There seemed to be a slight delay when I pressed the petal down before the car slowed down and as I instinctively pressed down further the car decelerated very rapidly. That seemed to be different from the Sienna and Lexus RX330. Is that normal like something to be expected for a hybrid? The hs250 I test drove was a demo car with about 6k miles on it.

  • Joe Hamilton

    I have a Lexus HS250H, and we have been averaging almost 40 MPG in town. Having said that, we also watch how we drive. We spend a lot of time in the electric mode….We had a 2009 Camry prior to this car, and the difference in gas milage is very noticable….

  • Joe Hamilton

    We also have a HS250h. We have had the car about 4 weeks, and love the car. I am interested in getting the best MPGs that I can. What is your secret? …Joe

  • eengle

    I too have had major problems with the bluetooth connection in my Lexus Hybrid. I also have verizon. It seems to me that it is the car, not the phone, but have had it in several times with no resolution. Have you solved the problem yet?
    Thanks.

  • WARREN S. HOWES

    I Have a Prius V and get 38.2 around town. Use the PWR button for getting onto the highway from the off ramp and then change back to ECO after up to 7o-74MPH.

    Looking at the Lexus Hs 250h Premium to replace my wife’s Acura 3.2tl with 85,000 miles on it and in top condition. Gave our daughter and son-in-law that just lost their trasmission on a nine year old Lexus RX250 SUV.

    So what is your increased milage driving technique secret and should I still look at the Infinity G25, which gets 20 MPG HWY?

    WARREN

  • The Lexus HS250H Gets Better Than 34/35mpg

    @Joe & Will the secret are as follows:

    * stay with slow traffic
    * keep your hs250 in eco mode
    * practice keeping your acceleration meter needle under the PWR marker.

    * use ev mode as often as possible

    * use your PWR button sparringly to get up to 45 mph (when absolutely necessary) or 65 mph on the freeway (no choice here). Switch back to eco mode immediately thereafter.

    Follow these steps with religion, and you’ll get 40 plus mpg city highway “no problem”. I took mine to our local Lexus dealer where I bought it recently. They were surprised that I was getting higher than the expected sticker estimated mpg. Since then I have nearly gotten 42mpg a few times!! I sometimes have “led foot flash backs” and the hs250h does have some guts to her. I cant help myself from time to time to give her a little foot….she handles it surprisingly well. Because of my occasional led foot flash backs. I tend to hover around the high 30′s for mpg which is better than sticker. I love this car…. in 2014 the wife, and I will purchase the ls600hl as well. Less mpg yes but “more leg room” ;-) I’m tall so thats the only downside to the hs250h for me. Otherwise I think I made the intelligent choice with the hs250h!

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    All hybrids are overcomplicated combos of toxic metals, and expensive electronics rigged together with drivetrain, body, and interior components designed to compensate for weight and cost of the powerplant and manufacturing. Please, don’t waste your money on hundreds of toxic batteries that WILL fail and need to be disposed of and replaced.

    Get a more comfortable, practical diesel. The motors are made from steel because they run at much higher compression than gasoline motors. That means they are much stronger and will give you many more miles. Also, it should be noted that diesel motors can keep their oil for more than 10,000 miles, so less waste there too. You might be surprised how much more car you get for your money, how the handling is improved by replacing the piano in the trunk with proper tires.

    If being green is your aim you need to really look at where all the bits of your car came from and how far they traveled to be built. There’s much more to “Being Green” than Mpg.

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  • Di

    I have some experience with the RX400h, however, it didn’t have the buttons to change modes and I got horrible mileage on that car. I just bought the HS250S and love it. I was looking forward to it over-performing on mileage. So, how do you do it? I was doing better I think, when I didn’t change the buttons at all because I didn’t know anything about the car, on my test drive; and, I was going up and down hills. Seemed more up than down and I got 38. Now, I’m barely holding at 33.6 because I’m doing a lot of short trips due to showing my clients properties… and I thought I would change the buttons (eco or power). Please assist. Thx.

  • Di

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  • PL

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    Even with the recall, I still like this as a reliable hybrid. I recently became enthralled after watching the motor trend road review, which I will post a link to below. I think this car looks good, runs good, and is worth the uppity price tag:

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    Personally, I love the idea of buying US cars, but the fact remains, that Toyota has created some of the most maintenance vehicles to ever hit the US market in the past 20 years. I don’t think there is another company that manufactures cars or suv’s that re more reliable other than Honda. So I guess the important question should be, “How much car do you really want to get for your buck?”
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  • Jim Lazor

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  • Troy Eckstein

    I finally did it…I traded in my gas guzzling Mercedes R-500 for the Lexus HS 250 h and I am not sorry. I parade myself around town sipping gas now. I am not a gasoholic anymore…Thank you Lexus!

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    True, but I just bought an HS250h for my wife and another thing we considered is that the ES350 requires premium unleaded to get those numbers while the HS250h only requires regular unleaded. That extra $0.30 a gallon equates to more money (not a ton, but more) and uses more oil during refining. Hopefully Lexus will continue the trend of moving to a lower octane fuel as their baseline and making more excellent hybrid vehicles. We’re consistently getting 36mpg on the HS250 (had it about a month now) and it’s just a great, great car.

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    Just picked one up a few days ago, and all I can say is WOW!
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    luxury, toys, sedan like ride, GORGEOUS interior, and the perfect Lexus fit and finish..I don’t know why some earlier whiners said this was like a Corolla; its more like a mini LS, with great mileage.
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    I have had an HS for six months now and I love every thing about it – except one!. It is as comfy as an easy chair, even better looking in person, tricked out with some great high tech features. It has more power than I expected and it really gets it’s rated EPA mileage (really). Unfortunately the one glaring weakness is it’s ride. It rides more like a go cart than a luxury car. An amazing short coming for a great car otherwise.

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    I give Lexus a lot of credit for introducing the first significant luxury hybrid. Other car makers, of course, took aim at this leader and improved upon it. Although the HS has been on the market only a relatively short time, I think it should be updated to make it more competitive. If Lincoln and Hyundai can produce a 40 MPG hybrid, so can Lexus. That seems to be a hybrid requirement now. A Lithium-ion battery and better coef. of drag would help. Also a wide rear seat pass-through is needed. With better mileage, it should do better in the market. Hope to see the improvements soon.

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  • Warren

    True, true. Toyota/Lexus garnered more JD Power dependability awards than any other manufacturer. That’s long-term reliability. Reliability has to be the most important part of the luxury equation, unless someone thinks that sitting on a plush leather recliner at the Mercedes repair shop is what is meant by luxury.

  • Warren

    Actually, people who are aiming for name usually go for Benz or BMW. Because that’s what they see in movies. Heck they went for Benz and Bimmer even in the 90s/early 2000s when German cars were less reliable than American and Japanese makes. That says it all.
    If you want excitement, go for the Mitsubishi Evo X, which the boys at Top Gear America recently drove down a ski slope of all things, beating a top ski champ. Or go for the Subaru WRX, which recently picked up a Guinness World Record for its Isle of Man run. Neither are luxurious–but both are exciting. Why else would they appear multiple times in the Fast and Furious series?
    As far as Lexus owners, yes they go for reliability–but why not? Headaches should be the last thing on the mind of someone who’s shelled out 60k for a vehicle. At any rate, what about the LFA? One of Europe’s top test drivers said it’s the best car he’s ever driven. Pretty high praise from a guy who’s tested lamborghinis, Ferraris, Benz AMG’s, and BMW M3 and M5s.

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    By the way, that comment regarding what to buy for ‘excitement’ was in response to Bryce’s comment about what people look for in a car’s make and excitement. If you just read the response, it’s taken out of context. Don’t know why hybridcars.com does not publish replies right next a commenter’s original entry.

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    Don’t buy the car if it has the original Toyo tires – they are not well suited for ice or snow. You might look at the Infiniti EX AWD for a cold environment – about the same price

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    Does everyone understand this car has been Edseled? That is right, due to low demand Lexus simply decided to stop sales. You can hardly find any new ones left. I have one, and I like it very much. It is a luxury car (albeit one that rides like a corolla likely because of the Toyo tires) with plenty of bells and whistles, a great form factor and it gets great mileage. I am very disappointed that Lexus decided to discontinue the car. As we speak (mid Feb) you will not get more than about $27K as a trade in on a 2010 model and then only if it is in near show room condition. And don’t believe that crap about the great Lexus customer friendly dealerships. Mine hasn’t yet even begun to admit the car has been dropped even if you look them straight in the eyeballs and beg them to
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    250 hs– I looked into buying a used 250hs–I would BE VERY careful because legally, Lexus is only going to make parts for this car for only 7.5 more years (manufacturers are only required to make parts for a car that has been discontinued for 10 years after the car has been built if is discontinued). So if you buy this car, then the resale value will drop dramatically compared with other cars–who is going to want to buy a car that parts are only going to made for it for a couple years?? You HAVE to ask yourself this question. So, I would definately not recommend this car.

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