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2011 Lexus HS 250h Features

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The 2011 Lexus HS 250h comes with an reasonably good roster of standard features, but it's the exceptional list of high-tech options that impresses. All-LED headlamps are a segment first, according to Lexus, and paired with Adaptive Front Lighting, Intelligent High-Beam, and headlamp washers. Other 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 warns 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 includes 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. The only issue with the system—and the navigation system—is that some functions require the use of Remote Touch, a mouse-like controller in the center stack that's not only in an awkward place for some drivers but requires that they take their eyes off the road for extended periods to use it.

However, equipping the HS 250h with some of those high-tech features will drive the price well past the its starting $36k. what it does mean is that you'll have to pay more for the options packages that contain those features. One test HS, a HS 250h Premium, fully loaded, totaled nearly $47k.

The 2011 Lexus HS 250h is a tech powerhouse, but you have to check some pricey option boxes to get the good stuff.

With respect to connectivity and entertainment, the HS 250h has you covered there, too. Bluetooth, a USB input, and XM Satellite Radio are included, and of course there's a fine-sounding Mark Levinson surround-sound system to wrap it all together.

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