2012 Lexus HS 250h

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Lexus HS 250h. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    147-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Corners flatly
  • Relatively nimble
  • Seamless hybrid system
  • Soft, comfortable front seats

The Bad

  • 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 of the 2012 Lexus HS 250h

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.


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 hel...

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.


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:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • 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

 


Latest 2012 HS 250h Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

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

(5.0)

love it

by love it from 53536 on October 1, 2012

This is my favorite car so far. That being said, I have several suggestions regarding the interior. The back seat is reasonably comfortable, however, when the sun is shining, the heat pours in thru ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus HS 250h currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Lexus HS 250h has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The HS 250h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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