2010 Lexus HS 250h

4 Jan 2010 | 3,865 views | No Comment
2010-lexus-HS250h-front Lots of value, lots of tech. But looks? Well… These days, everybody wants more for their money. If you’re a luxury car buyer, you want more styling, more technology, and more value. Add to that equation, more  fuel economy, right? This year, Lexus has a new car that helps satisfy most of that equation: The HS 250h. As you might expect, standard equipment is lavish, including a sunroof, fog lights, 17-inch alloys, tilt-telescoping wheel, full power accessories, dual zone climate control, 10 speaker audio system, satellite radio, power front seats, leather, and so on and so forth. Buy the Premium and you’ll have rain-sensing wipers, power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, heated and ventilated front sets and other items, including larger 18 inch alloys. 2010-lexus-HS250h-rear But remember, I said the HS 250h, which starts at $34,700, satisfies most of the  equation. Unfortunately, where it falls short is where it needs to be most on its game to draw luxury customers: Styling and charisma. People who buy luxury cars want cars that look like luxury cars. Except for the lustrous paint and the chrome wheels, this car looks like a cross between a Camry and a Corolla. Even worse, it has a front end that is a dead ringer for the newest Ford Fusion, never mind the L emblem. I suspect people won’t even notice that. Uh oh. Cue the stylists please. And fast. 2010-lexus-HS250h-int Taking a look at the interior. The door panels are plain as can be, despite two toning effects. I’ve seen economy cars that do a better job on door panels. Materials are terrific and fit and finish is excellent inside. But let’s jazz things up  more, Lexus. On the positive side, I loved the quiet and the performance of the LS 250h.  It moves pretty quickly and handles quite nicely too. Its 187 horsepower hybrid system consists of a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine and two electric motor generators.  You can expect about 35 miles per gallon around town and 34 on the highway. But my favorite feature is the navigation system and the way in which its operated. Lexus designers know that most of us operate computers regularly, and they used some of the same processes and sensations that you get using the computer and its mouse. Your hand just falls naturally to the controller, and you’re ready to move the knob on it. You move the cursor over to where you want it on a screen with icons illustrating the various functions in the nav system. Every time you settle on an icon, you hear a satisfying “click.” Once you find what you need, just squeeze the buttons on the side of the controller without picking your hand up off the controller. What could be easier? If your car buying tastes run to the practical, not to the aesthetic, and you’re in the luxury car market, there really are few better choices than the HS 250h.

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