Lexus hasn’t held anything back with respect to safety in the HS 250h, including a class-leading ten airbags, with the expected front, side, and side-curtain bags plus several features—rear side seat-mounted bags and knee bags for both the driver and passenger—that are rare even among the most technologically exclusive vehicles. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and hill-start assist are also included. A Pre-Collision system—which alerts the driver of an impending collision and primes the braking and safety systems—is included with the optional Dynamic Radar Cruise control.
There’s an exceptionally long list of technology options available on the 2010 Lexus HS 250h. LED headlamps are a segment first, according to Lexus, and are paired with Adaptive Front Lighting, Intelligent High-Beam, and headlamp washers. High-tech options include Intuitive Park Assist, a new heads-up display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, front and rearview monitors, and Lane-Keep Assist, which helps warn you if you’re straying out of your lane and actually applies a steering correction. As can be expected on a Lexus, there’s a fine-sounding 330-watt Mark Levinson audio system available. Additionally, the HS 250h is the first Lexus available with the “Enform with Safety Connect” system, which combines subscription-based information and safety services. Enform will allow a suite of services including crash notification and roadside assistance to assistance with programming a destination into the nav system. XM provides live traffic, weather, sports, and stock information—all of which can be accessed through a streamlined voice command system.
If you are considering the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, also look at:
- Toyota Prius
- Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Volkswagen Jetta TDI
- Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec
- BMW 335d
The 2010 Lexus HS 250h appeals to those who want a small gas-stingy sedan but don’t have the budget restrictions of those who are cross-shopping the affordable 2010 Honda Insight, for example. The Prius isn’t a direct rival, according to Lexus, but many shoppers will undoubtedly be cross-shopping them. Compared to the HS, the Prius has more usable interior space and much more versatile cargo capability, thanks to the fold-down back seats, and it goes much farther on a gallon. At the same time, the HS has a better ride, slightly more enthusiastic handling, and many more tech features and options. The HS250h costs less than the BMW 335d and the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec, both luxurious sedans with clean-diesel powertrains; but in both cases, those diesels get better highway fuel economy. The VW Jetta TDI is, for size and real-world fuel economy, one of the HS’s chief rivals, though the Jetta can’t be equipped nearly as well as the luxurious HS. The Camry Hybrid is larger, roomier, and faster—because it’s somehow lighter than the portly HS—and nearly as fuel-efficient, so families who aren’t set on a Lexus should take a look. In any of these cases, the Lexus dealership experience is a big part of the HS’s appeal; for that, it’s tough to beat.