Vehicle Overview

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.

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

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:

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

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