By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 4/8/2011
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.