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By Cars.com Staff
August 23, 2011
The HS 250h, a small five-seat sedan, is one of Lexus' dedicated hybrids, meaning it's not available in gas-only form. There are no comparable models from other luxury brands, so the HS competes with any other small, efficient luxury car, like the Acura TSX and the clean-diesel BMW 335d.
New for 2012 The HS 250h gains a new aero bumper along with mesh upper and lower grilles for the 2012 model year.
Exterior The HS 250h is recognized immediately as a Lexus, with a more mature evolution of the IS sedan's front end. Based on the European Toyota Avensis, the HS falls between the IS and ES sedans in size. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch wheels
Optional 18-inch wheels
Optional LED headlights
Interior The interior exhibits the quality materials for which Lexus is known, and sections of the cabin and trunk are covered in ecological plastics, 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 also help decrease engine-on time in colder temperatures, saving fuel. Mechanical features include:
2.4-liter four-cylinder teams with an electric motor for a total of 187 horsepower
Continuously variable automatic transmission
Safety Safety features include:
10 airbags standard
Standard active front-seat head restraints
Standard antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system
Optional lane departure warning system
Optional adaptive cruise control
Optional Pre-Collision System
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