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2011 Lexus HS 250h - Performance Review

 
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The 2011 Lexus HS 250h has performance that's pretty bland, but adequate and safe.
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Steering feel is comparable to an arcade video game — it just doesn't seem that connected to the front wheels.
Orlando Sentinel

sounds rough and nasty when you accelerate hard, which you have to do just to keep up with traffic
AutoWeek

brakes, which feel wooden and nonlinear
Motor Trend

the pedal feel is at best vague, more like an arcade racing game than a mechanical connection with the calipers
Popular Mechanics

Floor the throttle from a stop, and it takes about 20 feet before real power arrives.
Consumer Guide

The hybrid powertrain in the 2011 Lexus HS 250h is essentially what's tried and true from the Toyota Prius (and Camry Hybrid); it's a version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system, here combining a 147-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with a 40-horsepower electric motor system to produce 187 horsepower altogether. A power control unit manages to recharge the battery while decelerating or braking, or to deliver an electric assist when accelerating.

The HS 250h doesn't feel like a performance car, or even particularly perky, but it's not sluggish either—especially if you select 'power' mode rather than the rubber-band-like 'eco' mode. Thanks to the gasoline engine's torquey response, coupled with the electric motor's instant torque, the HS feels reactive in the 20-to-60-mph range and cruises at higher speeds more confidently than the Prius; the dash to 60 mph takes 8.4 seconds, according to Lexus, which makes it faster than most four-cylinder compact and mid-size sedans but slower than most luxury ones.

The rest of the driving experience is safe but uninspiring. The electric-assist steering has a rather quick ratio and reasonably good weighting, but soft suspension tuning means there's plenty of lean (and nosedive when braking); overall the HS handles in an unexciting but safe way. A Touring Package includes sport suspension tuning and 18-inch alloys, firming up responses somewhat. Braking is isn't reassuring in feel, but the HS 250h stops predictably and without a hitch.

Conclusion

The 2011 Lexus HS 250h has performance that's pretty bland, but adequate and safe.

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