2011 Lexus HS 250h

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$36,330

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2011 Lexus HS 250h

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Not a dressed-up Toyota Prius
  • Uses regular-grade gas
  • Standard 10-way power front seats
  • Handsome styling
  • Usable backseat

The bad:

  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Modest standard features

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Dedicated hybrid model
  • Small, affordable luxury hybrid
  • Seats five
  • Leather seats
  • Enform/Safety Connect available
  • Cabin uses bioplastics

2011 Lexus HS 250h review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The HS 250h, a small five-seat sedan, is Lexus’ first dedicated hybrid, meaning a model that’s not available in gas-only form. It’s also Lexus’ most affordable hybrid to date. There are no comparable models from luxury brands, so the HS will compete with any other small, efficient luxury car, like the Acura TSX and the clean-diesel BMW 335d.

New for 2011
There are no major changes.

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, which is related to the Camry, 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 30 percent 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 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 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:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder teams with an electric motor for a total of 187 horsepower

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great car

Great mileage and very reliable . I mostly drive for work and I do at least 40k in mileage per year. I look forward to my next purchase from Gary and the Scanlon crew!

5.0

Never had to do any repairs to the car it is aweso

This is an amazing upgraded car and a value for the money. Lexus cars are known to last and last. So many upgrades and unbelievable comfort.

4.0

An excellent upscale hybrid

A nice car, even with out any additional options packages. Mileage is great (~40 mpg). Trunk is small and has no pass-through however.

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