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  • (5.0) 3 reviews
  • Available Prices: $13,700–$19,560
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 35
  • Engine: 147-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2012 Lexus HS 250h

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lexus HS 250h

What We Don't Like

  • Small backseat
  • Spongy brake pedal when stopping quickly
  • Remote Touch interface demands too much attention
  • Wide-angle front camera seems like overkill
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features

  • 10 airbags standard
  • Seats five
  • Available Remote Touch navigation system
  • Available wide-angle front camera
  • Available Pre-Collision System monitors driver's face

2012 Lexus HS 250h Reviews

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


Consumer Reviews


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I love this car

by AprilThomas from Chicago, IL on April 10, 2017

The MPG is not as great as I expected, but I am still getting used to driving the hybrid engine, and am seeing the MGPs go up as I get to know better how the car responds (I am a lead foot). The car ... Read Full Review

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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