The 2010 Lexus HS 250h appeals to those who want a small gas-stingy sedan but don’t have the budget restrictions of those cross-shopping the affordable 2010 Honda Insight, for example.
The Prius isn’t a direct rival, according to Lexus, but many shoppers will undoubtedly cross-shop them.
Compared to the HS, the Prius has more usable interior space and much more versatile cargo capability, thanks to the fold-down backseats, 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; 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.
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|2010 Lexus HSBrowse Used Listings||2010 Toyota PriusBrowse Used Listings||2007 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings|
|35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I5|
|4-Door Sedan Hybrid||5-Door HB I (GS)||4-Door Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||5 Door Liftback||4 Door Sdn|
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