Lexus was quick to realise the potential of hybrids in its lineup, and it launched the HS 250h back in 2010, its first dedicated hybrid model, with no non-hybrid alternative.
Two years on, the 2012 Lexus HS 250h tries to give consumers the best of both worlds--Lexus luxury and hybrid gas mileage. We say "tries", because the HS isn't as successful in sales or reviews as the smaller 2012 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback.
With EPA ratings of 35 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 35 mpg combined, the HS 250h is certainly efficient for a 2.4-liter car, but it lags behind the 40 mpg-plus ratings of the smaller CT 200h. Nor is the styling as successful as the CT, with an uncomfortably squat look and slab-sided design--and sadly, the back end is the most harmonious and graceful part fo the car. The overall effect is more $15,000 Toyota Corolla than near-$40,000 Lexus.
The 2012 Lexus HS 250h struggles to deliver the comfort levels you'd want in a Lexus, and it can't match the handling of some...
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