2012 Lexus HS vs. Its Competition

2012 Lexus HS 250h 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View

The 2012 Lexus HS 250h is a well-equipped luxury sedan with high fuel economy, but its appeal is limited.

It's not that roomy inside, the handling isn't very rewarding, and the engine noise is surprisingly obtrusive.

While Lexus doesn't think the Toyota Prius is a competitor, some buyers are likely to cross-shop them anyway.

The Prius gets much better mileage, is larger inside, and its cargo capability is more versatile.

It doesn't have nearly the list of luxury and technology options that the HS does, though, and the same applies to the clean-diesel 2012 Volkswagen Jetta sedan--which gets fuel mileage that's very close to the HS.

The all-new 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan is also simpler, but is larger, faster, and roomier, and more fuel-efficient.

In the luxury segment, the closest match may be the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which also gets better gas mileage and offers more space inside to boot.

Finally, if your heart is set on a Lexus, consider the CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, which returns better mileage and is much more rewarding to drive.

2012 Lexus HS 250h 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus HS
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2012 Lincoln MKZ 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lincoln MKZ
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Quick Specs
7.6
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.
8.0
The 2012 Lincoln MKZ has supple leather and wood trim for luxury-car street cred, and hybrid flower power to appeal to greens.
7.6
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
MSRP From  
$37,030$34,755$23,015
Gas Mileage  
35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class  
Mid-SizeMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Hybrid4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD5-Door HB One (Natl)
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door SedanSedanHatchback
Transmission  
Continuously variable ratioContinuously Variable RatioContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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