...also known as bioplastic, which is said to produce 20 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than traditional plastic in its manufacture and life cycle. Interior features include: Standard 10-way power leather seats Optional navigation system with backup camera and traffic, weather and stock information Optional head-up display Under the Hood The engine runs the efficient Atkinson cycle, which Lexus' other hybrids do not, resulting in disproportionately higher mileage — about 30 percent better than the most efficient Lexus model on regular gasoline. An exhaust-heat recovery system gets the...
...Powertrains and Performance: The 2011 Lexus HS 250h is powered by a combination of a 2.4-liter inline-4 that works in tandem with a pair of electric motor/generators. Combined output results in 187 horsepower that is sent to the front wheels via a specialized continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In Edmunds performance testing, an HS 250h accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, which is quick for a hybrid. Fuel economy checks in at 35 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 35 mpg combined, which is about average for a midsize hybrid sedan. Safety: The HS 250h comes standard with...
...Even the electric motors whine obtrusively as the generators recharge the batteries under deceleration. Still, at a $35K entry price, the HS 250h is an approachable hybrid luxury sedan – as long as you don’t want too much luxury. That price will net you a Base trim that isn’t a stripper with power front bucket seats in leather, a 6-CD and MP3 player, tilt and telescoping leather steering wheel and a full power package including sunroof. However, for real luxury items like wood trim, a power steering wheel, heated/vented seats with upgraded leather and larger 18-inch alloys, you’ll...
Lexus is voluntarily recalling some of its now-discontinued HS 250h entry-level hybrid luxury sedans after it determined that incorrectly-adjusted components on the rear... August 2, 2012 by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
The 2011 Lexus CT 200h pretty much occupies a class of one. At the moment, it’s the sole luxury compact hybrid hatchback sold in the U.S. And it’s a dedicated... June 27, 2011 by John Voelcker
One of the criticisms of hybrid cars has historically been that there's no payback, especially given the cheap gasoline prices in the U.S. The extra money you spend on a... August 9, 2010 by John Voelcker 22
Last summer, when we first drove the 2010 Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid--and then did a full test drive--we were quite puzzled by it. Neither as fuel efficient as a hybrid nor... May 7, 2010 by John Voelcker