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  • 2010 Lexus RX 450h

    Well, here's a surprise. It's no news that Lexus has found it slow going breaking into the luxury market in Europe, which is dominated by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar. By contrast, Lexus has become the highest-selling US luxury brand since its 1989 launch, largely on the strength of its midsize RX luxury crossover. Now the company has decided that in the United Kingdom, for all but one of its models, it will sell only hybrids--no standard engines at all. For its large 2010 Lexus LS luxury sedan, the range will be restricted to the LS600h model, which uses the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive...

  • 2010 Lexus HS250h - front side
    Orders for Lexus HS 250h 20 Times Higher Than Toyota Expected

    Perhaps it's the gas mileage rating of 35 mpg city, 34 mpg highway.  Perhaps it's the tax breaks offered in Japan for hybrid vehicles, or perhaps it's because it's Lexus' only dedicated hybrid model, but whatever the cause is, Lexus surely isn't complaining that pre-orders for the Lexus HS 250h...

  • Lexus HS250h
    Lexus HS 250h Ride & Drive, Day 3: Road Trip

    In a word: comfortable. That is the best one-word summary of our long road trip in the Lexus HS 250h. Two words? VERY comfortable. Our road trip was from metro Detroit to Cedar Point, a round trip of about 250 miles, mostly on the freeway using cruise control. Our average miles per gallon was 37.6...

  • Sophie and her carseat fit nicely in the back seat of the HS250h
    Lexus HS 250h Ride & Drive, Day 2: Running Errands

    Today I took the Lexus HS 250h running errands with my five-year-old, Sophie. Bank, grocery store, dry cleaners, that sort of thing. At the end of the day, I'm still impressed, and so is Sophie (she loved that she could connect her iPod to the sound system). The HS 250h was so quiet while idling...

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    Lexus HS 250h Ride & Drive, Day 1: First Impression

    It’s ten o’clock on Saturday night and I have the windows down, the moon roof open, and “Time to Pretend” by MGMT buzzing in my ears. I feel giddy, invincible, like the road was made for me and I’m the only one on it. Headlights appear in my rear-view mirror and I glance down at the...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    2010 Lexus HS250h Pricing Starts at Exactly $35,000

    The 2010 Lexus HS250h is an interesting beast. We've covered it quite a lot because, among other interesting traits, it pioneers a new market segment: the dedicated luxury hybrid sedan. We did an initial Drive Report and then, more recently, a full review, and now Lexus has completed the last piece...

  • 2010 Lexus HS250h - front side

    From our first Drive Report to our recent full review, we've covered the 2010 Lexus HS250h quite a lot here at Now the other shoe has dropped: Lexus has released the pricing. And, surprise, surprise, the 2010 HS250h slots very neatly just above the highest-spec model of the 2010 Toyota Prius. When Toyota priced the 2010 Prius, we learned that you could spend $32,500 and change, if you get the most luxurious level with the Advanced Tech package. The standard 2010 Lexus HS250h starts at $34,200, but that number doesn't include the required $875 fee for delivery, processing...

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    Lexus Announces Pricing for 2010 HS 250h Hybrid Starting at $34,200

    The world's first dedicated hybrid only luxury vehicle will hit the market next year. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h utilizes a hybrid powertrain  with similarities to the Prius, but wraps it into the fancy interior and exterior of a luxury vehicle and charges a significant premium for the luxurious...

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    Toyota Takes 1,500 Pre-orders For Lexus HS Hybrid In Japan

    The people of Japan love their hybrids and the Lexus HS 250h is no exception. The Nikkei reports that Toyota has already taken 1,500 pre-orders in Japan for its upcoming luxury hybrid. This exceeds the automaker's expectations three times over. Not to be outdone, the overwhelmingly popular third...

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    2010 Lexus HS250h: Your Reference Guide

    As we've said before, we cover the 2010 Lexus HS250h hybrid sedan more than any other car on this site--except, of course, the new 2010 Toyota Prius. We've now put up our review of the Lexus HS over on, but we wanted to bring together for our users everything...

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    Review: 2010 Lexus HS250h

    When we first drove the 2010 Lexus HS250h, we were puzzled by it. Neither fish nor fowl, it seemed an uneasy marriage of Lexus lines and luxury with a Toyota Prius-like dedicated hybrid shape and powertrain. We've just spent a four-day weekend with a glossy black 2010 HS250h, the Premium model with...

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    Toyota To Produce Up To 30,000 Plug-In Hybrids In 2012

    The Nikkei Business Daily has reported that Toyota plans to produce between 20,000 and 30,000 plug-in hybrids in 2012. The Japanese automaker has already committed to leasing 500 plug-ins for government and corporate use by the end of this year. The plan is hardly a surprise. While traditional...

  • 2010 Lexus HS250h - front side

    We've devoted more space on to the 2010 Lexus HS250h hybrid than to most other cars. That's because it can be considered a half-brother to the 2010 Toyota Prius: A fancier, pricier, more powerful sedan sibling to the practical, plain-Jane Prius. Lexus still hasn't released pricing for the HS250h yet, but then it won't reach dealers until late August, according to Lexus executives. Now we've had the chance to drive the HS (actually, two of them) through the rolling suburban hills of Westchester County, New York. And we're left wondering whether the 2010 Lexus HS250h will...

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    Drive Report: 2010 Lexus HS250h

    Setting aside our questions about whether the 2010 Lexus HS250h can create a new "luxury hybrid" niche, we spent much of Wednesday driving two of them through the rolling suburban hills of Westchester County, New York. Overall, we think the HS is a bit of a puzzlement, neither fish nor fowl. We're...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    2010 Lexus HS250h: Right For Our Times Or Not?

    We've just returned from driving the 2010 Lexus HS250h through the manicured suburbs of New York's Westchester County. We'll post our full impressions tomorrow, following up the first drive of the Lexus HS by our colleague Bengt Halvorson. But at the end of the day, we're left just slightly...

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    A Toyota Prius To Die For: The High-Mileage Hybrid Hearse

    Sometimes all we can say is that it's a privilege to write for It's just never, ever dull around here. Today, for your delight, we bring you the world's highest-mileage hearse, which also happens to have the lowest carbon footprint of any casket-transport device short of the...

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    2010 Lexus HS250h Goal: One-Seventh The Sales of 2010 Toyota Prius

    Now that the 2010 Toyota Prius is available at most Toyota dealers, at least for test drives, we're waiting for its half-brother--the 2010 Lexus HS250h--to appear at Lexus stores around Labor Day. We've wondered for awhile what kind of sales Lexus expected, and now Automotive News reports that the...

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    Lexus Drops Expected Sales Volume of Lexus HS 250h to 25,000 Units a Year

    According to Lexus, they will cut their initial sales target for the upcoming Lexus HS 250h hybrid by 5,000 units to account for a continuing downturn in the car market. Lexus set initial sales target at 30,000 units for the upcoming hybrid, but has now decided to cut their sale target to only...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h

    As the Prius's fancy big brother and perhaps the first entry-level luxury hybrid, pricing of the 2010 Lexus HS250h will position it in the market

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    Driving the 2010 Lexus HS250h--The Fancier Sibling of the 2010 Toyota Prius

    It's fancier, heavier, quicker, and a bit less fuel-efficient, but the 2010 Lexus HS250h shares a lot under the skin with the 2010 Toyota Prius

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    First Drive: 2010 Lexus HS250h

    The first dedicated hybrid from Lexus is a very different mix of mileage and luxury than the Prius it's related to. And, boy, is it heavy.

  • 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: The Only Hybrid That Seats Seven

    If you need seven seats and want a hybrid, there's only a single choice: the 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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    Lexus Planning Hybrid Audi A3 Competitor

    Lexus plans to unveil a front-wheel drive, hybrid-only hatchback at the Frankfurt Auto Show to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-series. The car will be the European cousin to the HS 250h, which is expected to go on sale this summer in the U.S. The new hatchback won't share any...

  • 2010 Lexus RX 450h
    Pockets Not Allowed At Lexus Hybrid Plant

    The all new Lexus RX 450h Hybrid makes news for reasons that you can't see by looking at or driving the vehicle.  The 450h is manufactured in unheard of conditions and with attention to detail that is simply astounding for a vehicle produced today.  In fact, pockets are not allowed in the factory...

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