...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 leather upholstery Standard 10-way power driver's seat 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, resulting in higher mileage. An exhaust-heat recovery system gets the engine warmed up quickly so it can turn off and switch to electric-only operation earlier. The feature should...
...The overall character of the hybrid setup has the same downfall, with a rough delivery from gasoline and electric motors alike. Even with four selectable modes – Normal, Eco, Power and EV – things don’t improve, with Power providing a more aggressive throttle map but only highlighting the strained nature of the setup. Besides, even at its best the HS 250h manages a combined mpg rating of only 35. Is that supposed to impress? Plus, for a luxury sedan the HS 250h doesn’t really handle with much luxury in mind. The steering is light and numb, the suspension is far too stiff and...
...Some of the Premium's features can be had as individual options on the base trim. Powertrains and Performance: The 2012 Lexus HS 250h is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 that works in tandem with a pair of electric motor/generators. Combined output results in 187 horsepower 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...
Toyota said today it would recall some 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid cars in the U.S. due to a potentially faulty brake-pressure accumulator. The component... read more June 5, 2013 by John Voelcker 4
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... read more August 2, 2012 by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Say "hybrid car," and most people think Toyota Prius. The Japanese maker has sold roughly 3 million Prius models worldwide since 1997, which is more than half of all the... read more July 10, 2012 by John Voelcker 4
Every year, some car models pass from our midst, often dying quietly and unnoticed. Here's our list of the green cars that are no longer with us. There were, of course, more... read more May 22, 2012 by John Voelcker 11