The 2010 Lexus HS 250h — the company’s first stand-alone hybrid — won’t hit dealerships until September, but my first drive of some pre-production models left me confident it will be a solid hit.
When you break it down, the two most important facets of any hybrid are its mileage and its price. The HS 250h is EPA rated at 35/34 mpg city/highway, with a combined rating of 35 mpg. Though the price won’t be set until closer to the on-sale date, estimates put it in the mid-$30,000 range. Compared with the 2010 Toyota Prius’ 51 mpg and the midsize Ford Fusion Hybrid’s 41 mpg ratings (both in city driving), 35 mpg doesn’t seem too impressive, but in the world of luxury cars, it’s unbeatable — especially because it calls for regular gas, not premium.