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2010 Lexus HS vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
7.6
The new 2010 Lexus HS 250h packs some noteworthy technology features, though those expecting either Prius fuel economy figures or a sportier driving experience might be disappointed.
8.2
The 2010 Toyota Prius ups the ante in the hybrid world with 51-mpg city fuel economy and a finer style.
MSRP From  
$34,650$21,400$16,490
Gas Mileage  
35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I5
EPA Class  
Mid-SizeMid-sizeCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Hybrid5-Door HB I (GS)4-Door Manual
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan5 Door Liftback4 Door Sdn
Transmission  
ECVTCVTManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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