Lexus has just announced pricing for its 2010 HS 250h hybrid sedan, and there aren't any big surprises. The new luxury hybrid, which will reach dealerships in August, will start at $34,200, not counting a destination charge of $875 that will put it just over the $35k mark that TheCarConnection.com estimated as a base price a couple of months ago.
Standard equipment on the base 2010 Lexus HS 250h includes leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a ten-speaker sound system with subwoofer, and USB, iPod, and Bluetooth phone and audio interfaces. The Premium model will cost $36,970, and add heated-and-ventilated leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, wood trim, and a comprehensive key fob memory system for each driver.
Lexus did also announce prices for its Lexus Enform with Safety Connect suite of services. After the complimentary first year of both services, one-year renewal subscriptions to Safety Connect services will cost $264.90, while Safety Connect will cost $139.95 per year. Safety Connect includes features such as Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, while Lexus Enform brings additional infotainment features such as Destination Assist, eDestination, and the new Lexus Insider audio-casts. The additional info services for weather, traffic, sports, and stocks will all be at extra cost, in addition to Lexus Enform, through XM satellite radio.
For $1,600, the Touring Package will spruce up the base model with heated seats, 18-inch alloys, Intelligent High Beam, headlamp washers, and LED headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting. A $3,900 Technology Package is only offered on the 2010 Lexus HS 250h Premium model and brings a host of useful gadgets including a heads-up display, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision System, dynamic radar cruise control, Driver Monitor, Intuitive Park Assist.
The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is powered by a 147-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor system, in an updated version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive hybrid configuration; altogether, the powertrain produces 187 hp.
As you might guess, performance is markedly improved in the HS 250h versus the Prius and its 1.8-liter engine; the dash to 60 mph happens in just 8.4 seconds, according to Lexus. However, fuel economy ratings for the HS 250h are just so-so relative to other hybrid models, with EPA estimates of 35 city, 34 highway. Lexus says that the HS 250h has the highest combined EPA fuel economy rating of any luxury vehicle in the U.S., although its combined figure is lower than both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
When TheCarConnection.com drove the 2010 Lexus HS 250h earlier this spring and produced a Bottom Line, we noted the Lexus hybrid's slightly better drivability, slightly sportier feel, better isolation from road noise, upgraded interior, and heftier feel, overall; yet we also made note of the HS's short back-seat headroom and the lack of a trunk pass-through or folding seats.
Visit TheCarConnection.com's overview page on the 2010 HS 250h for more photos, specs, and related news.