Compare 2012 Lexus HS vs 2012 Lincoln MKZ vs 2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Lexus HS
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2012 Toyota Prius
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
HS 250h 4-Door Sedan Hybrid 35 34 $33,698 $37,030
HS 250h 4-Door Sedan Hybrid Premium 35 34 $36,218 $39,800
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4-Door Sedan AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
MKZ 4-Door Sedan AWD 17 25 $34,435 $36,645
MKZ 4-Door Sedan FWD 18 27 $32,677 $34,755
MKZ 4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD 41 36 $32,677 $34,755
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5-Door HB Five
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius 5-Door HB Five 51 48 $27,744 $29,805
Prius 5-Door HB Four 51 48 $26,284 $28,235
Prius 5-Door HB One 51 48 $21,864 $23,015
Prius 5-Door HB Three 51 48 $23,799 $25,265
Prius 5-Door HB Two 51 48 $22,560 $24,000
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB 51 49 $30,721 $32,000
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB Advanced 51 49 $37,945 $39,525
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,698
$34,435
$27,744
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,030
$36,645
$29,805
Monthly Payment Estimate
$617 / month
$611 / month
$497 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Lexus HS 250h offers lots of technology along with its high gas mileage, but it's not engaging to drive, nor is its level of luxury particularly spectacular. The 2012 Lincoln MKZ has supple leather and wood trim for luxury-car street cred, and hybrid flower power to appeal to greens. The 2012 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
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Fuel Economy
City
35 mpg 17 mpg 51 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 25 mpg 48 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 55.8 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 42.3 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.8 54.0 52.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.5 36.7 36.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 38.7 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
51.2 53.5 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.8 57.2 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.2 96.6 93.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
184.8 189.8 175.6
Height, Overall (in)
59.3 56.9 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 61.0 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 107.4 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.2 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 61.3 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.1 16.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 21.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 67.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.4 10.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.0 10.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.5 11.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.7 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
39.4 N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
50.0 16.0 34.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P225/50VR17 P215/45R17
Spare Tire Size
T145/70D17 Compact T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA T7C NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA N/A NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P225/50VR17 P215/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T7C NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3682 3796 3042
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 X 7.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 X 7.5 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 3.5L/213 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
187 combined 263 @ 6250 98 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas V6 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- TBD - 249 @ 4500 105 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA 99C NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
35 17 51
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
35 19 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 25 48
Transmission
Trans Type
1 6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.86 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.37 NA
Trans Order Code
NA 44B NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.33 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.15 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously variable ratio Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.15 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.56 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Lexus HS 250h Lincoln MKZ Toyota Prius
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short/Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.7 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 4 10
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 9.6 3.8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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