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2011 Lexus HS

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2011 Lexus HS Review

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Maintaining its signature style and trend-setting hybrid technology, Lexus continues to provide customers with luxury and value with the 2011 HS 250h. The smart and comfortable HS 250h satisfies buyers who want a socially-conscious vehicle with elegant features and top quality. This efficient, purely hybrid vehicle is in a category all its own among Lexus models and is designed to provide a level of sophistication not otherwise available in a full-hybrid vehicle.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you care about your carbon footprint, but want to drive a vehicle with a luxury nameplate on the decklid (you don't want to drive a Prius), the HS 250h may be your car. That is: You're environmentally conscious, but don't want to give up the comfort of a luxury sedan.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite the use of Lexus' L-Finesse design language, the HS 250h has a shape more reminiscent of an economy car - like the Toyota Corolla - than the upscale Lexus GS or LS. Those who prefer a stately and sophisticated luxury vehicle may find the styling of the HS 250h lacking.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 Lexus HS 250h is now available in two new colors, Satin Cashmere Metallic and Deep Sea Mica, which accompany several other options.

Driving the HS

Driving Impressions Setting itself apart somewhat from other hybrid models, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h offers Normal, Eco and Power driving modes, which allow the driver to adjust the responsiveness of the...

accelerator and the efficiency of the hybrid system. Don't let the hybrid label fool you; considering its fuel economy, the HS 250h drives quite responsively and smoothly, if slightly lacking in gusto and a little buzzy in the cabin. It also includes several features that allow the driver to monitor efficiency, including the Hybrid System Indicator, which shows when the batteries are being charged or depleted, and the Eco light, which illuminates when the car is being driven most efficiently. While you can't expect a hybrid vehicle to outperform its non-hybrid counterparts, you can expect a reasonable ride and driving experience from the 2011 Lexus HS 250h.

Remote Touch
The 2011 Lexus HS 250h features the option of Lexus' Intuitive Remote Touch interface, which allows the driver to control a cursor on the display screen with a conveniently placed mouse-like interface in the center console. The mouse gives Haptic feedback, a physical cue, when the cursor is placed over an icon, giving the user optimal control and navigation of the system's functions.

Intelligent High Beams
The available Intelligent High-Beam headlights on the 2011 Lexus HS 250h can detect oncoming vehicles or those traveling closely ahead, and will switch from high-beam to low-beam mode until the other vehicle is no longer in range.

2011 Lexus HS Details
Interior

The surprisingly roomy interior of the HS 250h embodies elegance and comfort almost on par with other Lexus vehicles, while offering practical accessories and a user-friendly control panel. Select vehicle preferences can be set and tailored to the owner, including a 10-way power driver's seat. Complementing its earth-friendly hybrid powertrain, certain parts of the interior and luggage area are made out of ecological plastics and other sustainable materials.

Exterior

The HS 250h embodies the Lexus L-Finesse design theme, defined by the balance of form and function. Standing face-to-face with the 2011 Lexus HS 250h, you'll be seeing chrome, from the hybrid front grille design to the contemporary headlights. The aerodynamic shape is accented by integrated color-keyed lower front and rear spoilers for improved fuel economy. To emphasize its hybrid technology, blue highlights are added to the front and rear "L" logos and the "HYBRID" badge is incorporated into the side moldings of the rear doors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment for the 2011 Lexus HS 250h includes 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires, LED brake- and taillights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and seats, a SmartAccess key system with push-button start, automatic dual-zone climate control and rear air-conditioning vents. Steering- wheel audio controls accompany a 10-speaker system that features a six-disc CD changer, a USB port, MP3, iPod, auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth audio streaming. Standard safety equipment includes a tire pressure monitoring system, an advanced front and rear airbag system with enhanced side-impact protection, anti-lock disc brakes and stability and traction controls.

Optional Equipment

The 2011 HS 250h Premium model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, driver's-seat memory, auto-dimming side-view mirrors with memory and tilt-down, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, upgraded leather-trimmed seating and a wood-trimmed interior. There are several other options, including a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System, a rear spoiler, a wide-view front monitor with backup monitor, front and rear parking sensors, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a voice-activated navigation system and a pre-collision warning system.

Under the Hood

The 2011 HS 250h features a combination of a gasoline engine, a high-voltage battery and an electric motor, which work together to deliver a solid output of 187 horsepower and an acceleration of zero to 60 miles per hour in 8.4 seconds. When the vehicle is stopped or moving slowly, the gas engine will shut down to conserve fuel, and can restart quickly via the electric motor. The system also uses an Electronically-Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) to find the most efficient gear. Because it can be powered by its gasoline engine, the electric motor, or a combination of both, the HS 250h is a true full-hybrid vehicle.

2.4-liter in-line 4 (plus hybrid drive motor)
147 horsepower @ 6000 rpm; 187 hp total hybrid system
138 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 35/34

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2011 Lexus HS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 38 Ratings for the 2010 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Luxury car that gets excellent gas mileage

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If anyone likes to drive a luxury car, but likes to pay less to do so then this car is an excellent choice. It has all of the bells & whistles that luxury cars have, however it is very easy on gas. It normally gets 36 mpg city, & 38 mpg highway."

3 people out of 11 found this review helpful

A solid built hybrid car

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great hybrid to drive. Less fill ups for gas"

Cons: "Trunk space limited"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car hugs the road. It has safety features that make you feel comfortable when driving in all conditions. The mileage for a luxury hybrid car that actually gets over 30+mpg in both the city and highway is great"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car for warm climates

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great gas mileage on the highway 38-40mpg."

Cons: "No all wheel drive winter mpg is under 30mpg"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The car is great for use in the summer. Winter driving is not so great when driving up snow covered hills, despite the front wheel drive. The battery weight in the rear of the car defeats the benefit of front wheel drive."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The perfect Lexus!

By on Friday, January 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, great mpg, amazing luxury"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just as fun to drive as my '06 Lexus IS350, but it takes regular and gets 30+ mpg. Luxurious appointments and top notch across the board in my opinion."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Luxury and economy

By on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "economy with luxury touches"

Cons: "not a rocket off the line"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I just purchased this vehicle certified from a local Lexus dealer. I love the 40mpg I'm getting, although I expect it to go down a bit in cold weather. I have some bells and whistles eg navigation and Lexus does them all well. Driving a hybrid takes a little getting used to, especially acceleration, which is a little sluggish. Once you are moving, there is no diff. Overall, I am very happy, with no regrets."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Near new, ideal for local use

By on Friday, September 14, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"New condition. Easy to drive hybrid, no evidence of wear. Only drawback for me is its small cabin size which makes longer trips (2 hours or more)more tiring than I would like."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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