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The 2010 Lexus HS 250h has been test-driven by the editors of TheCarConnection.com, who have assembled this Bottom Line that sums up this new vehicle and compares it to rival hybrids and green cars. A full review also researches reviews from other sources, bringing you some of the most useful highlights.
- City fuel-efficiency
- Smooth ride
- Infotainment features
- Maneuverability and visibility
- Coarse engine sound
- Restricted headroom, especially in back
- No trunk pass-through or folding back seats
The 2010 Lexus HS 250 is an all-new hybrid model and the first dedicated hybrid sedan for the Lexus lineup. Though it shares some components with the Toyota Prius hatchback, it has an entirely different body style and doesn’t share any body panels with the Toyota. The HS is larger and wider than the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series, or Lexus IS—or about six inches shorter than the Lexus ES but about six inches longer than a Toyota Corolla sedan.
The HS 250 looks somewhat blunt-nosed from the side, with distinct, cab-forward proportions that don’t look nearly as beautiful in silhouette as Lexus’ IS compact sport sedan, as but the attention to details gives the design some ‘pop.’ A crease leading off the corner of winged headlamps trails to the HS’s waistline, while the hoodline rises higher to the windshield. Small sections of the front windows extend ahead of the front of the doors, and the curvature and angles around the rear pillar are quite elegant, with a tail that ends up looking like an abbreviated form of the LS flagship, with nicely detailed tail lamps. Smooth air management gives the HS a slick aerodynamic coefficient of only 0.27; the grille’s bars actually form a solid surface for guiding air, while the underbody has extensive covers and a diffuser to help with airflow. Inside the HS, the instrument panel groups audio, climate controls, and infotainment into a center stack that wedges outward; models the navigation system get a pop-up screen and a centerpiece Remote Touch trackball-style controller that’s simpler and more intuitive than other complicated interfaces.