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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
“$1600 Tuning Package that includes sportier 18-inch tires and a firmer suspension”
“Offers many more luxury fitments than we usually associate with hybrids”
Car and Driver
“Replete with high-tech gadgetry. Some of which can be annoying, actually”
With a starting price that hovers around $35,000, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is at the very low end of the Lexus MSRP range. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to go without many of the trademark high-tech features Lexus is known for; what it does mean is that you’ll have to pay more for the options packages that contain those features.
The 2010 Lexus HS 250h can be jam-packed with high-end features, but the base HS 250h model doesn’t offer all that much in the way of standard features. Car and Driver states that “the list of features that come standard on the HS is long, but not much longer than that of a reasonably well-optioned Prius.” The standard fare on both the base and Premium versions of the HS 250h include “technology like Bluetooth, a USB iPod jack, and XM Satellite Radio,” according to Cars.com. Meanwhile, Automobile Magazine is less than impressed with the Lexus HS 250h’s features load, claiming that the standard systems “fail to mask the HS’s econo-car roots.”
If you want to turn the standard 2010 Lexus HS 250h into a true luxury car, then you’ll probably want to spend some time looking over the extensive options list. Here, Automobile Magazine concedes that “the [Lexus] HS 250h can be loaded with an enormous assortment of impressive technologies (including lane-keep assist, a head-up display, and a truly fabulous infotainment and navigation system that will accept destinations you’ve uploaded from your home computer).” Other reviews surveyed by TheCarConnection.com reveal even more top-notch features, and Edmunds reviewers are particularly fond of “the amazing Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo system” and “Lexus driver-snooze monitor.” Cars.com also points out the availability of “a head-up display, which projects information on the windshield,” on the 2010 Lexus HS 250h. The head-up display serves both a practical purpose and a safety role, as it keeps the Lexus HS 250h’s driver focused on the road rather than the instrument or optional navigation system.
The 2010 Lexus HS 250h doesn't come with a lot standard, but if you check a lot of pricey option boxes, you can get a hybrid loaded with luxury and advanced tech features.