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2012 Lexus HS

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2012 Lexus HS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.6

When the Lexus HS 250h debuted in 2009, it was heralded for being an eco-conscious luxury-hybrid sedan that was a more upscale alternative to the Toyota Prius. And while the HS 250h hit its mark as being just that, it wasn't a hit with consumers and was constantly outsold by its younger brother, the CT 200h. 2012 marks the last year for this entry-level luxury hybrid, but for those looking for a socially-conscious vehicle with elegant features and top quality, the 2012 Lexus HS 250h continues to provide.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2012 Lexus HS 250h offers a solution for those seeking the comforts of a luxury sedan while remaining environmentally conscious.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Standing next to others in the Lexus lineup, the HS 250h is a bit of an odd duckling. Compared to its brethren like the upscale GS or LS, the HS looks more like an economy car than a high-end luxury cruiser, which could prove a turn-off to some shoppers.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the Lexus 250h is offered in a new color, Nebula Gray Pearl, which replaces Smoky Granite Mica.

Driving the HS

Driving Impressions Setting itself apart somewhat from other hybrid models, the 2012 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 is quite responsive and smooth, if slightly lacking in gusto and a little less than silent in the cabin. The HS sedan also includes several toys that allow the driver to monitor its 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. And 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 2012 Lexus HS 250h.

REMOTE TOUCH
The 2012 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 touch-based feedback when the cursor is placed over an icon, giving the user control and navigation over the system's functions.

INTELLIGENT HIGH BEAMS
The available Intelligent High-Beam headlights on the 2012 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.

2012 Lexus HS Details
Interior

Surprisingly roomy and well-appointed, the 2012 HS 250h's interior captures elegance and comfort almost on par with other Lexus vehicles. Creature comforts abound, including a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Complementing its earth-friendly hybrid powertrain, parts of the passenger and cargo areas are made out of ecological plastics and other sustainable materials.

Exterior

The 2012 HS 250h neutralizes many the Lexus sedan design themes. In the presence of the HS 250h, you'll remember the chrome-accented grille and modern-looking headlights. The aero-styled shape does its best to improve the car's fuel economy. To emphasize the Lexus hybrid technology, blue highlights are added to the front and rear Lexus logos and a badge designating the HS 250h's hybrid origins is incorporated into the side moldings of the rear doors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list for the 2012 Lexus HS 250h is extensive and stylish. It includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED brake lights and taillights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and upholstery, SmartAccess keyless entry and push-button starting, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear air-conditioning vents. The 10-speaker audio system features a 6-disc CD changer, a USB port, MP3, iPod, auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth audio streaming.

Optional Equipment

Opting up to the Premium version of the 2012 HS 250h adds 18-inch alloy wheels, driver's-seat memory, heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather-trimmed seating and a wood-trimmed interior, plus auto-dimming side-view mirrors with memory and tilt-down, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There are several standalone options, including a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System, a rear spoiler, a wide-view front monitor and backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a voice-activated navigation system, and a pre-collision warning system.

Under the Hood

The 2012 HS 250h features a combination of a gasoline engine, a high-voltage battery, and an electric motor. Working together, this trio delivers 187 horsepower with a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 8.4 seconds, according to Lexus. When the HS 250h is stopped or moving slowly, the engine will shut down and run on battery power to conserve fuel. The hybrid system uses an Electronically-Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission to find the most efficiency.

2.4-liter inline-4 (plus hybrid drive motor)
147 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (187 hp total hybrid system)
138 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 35/34 mpg

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2012 Lexus HS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 41 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
    9.2/10

Perfect first Hybrid

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great reliability and pick-up"

Cons: "price of repairs and no change holder"

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

"This was my first Lexus and I was pleased with the car in every aspect. The only drawback was the noise level not perfect and the cost of minor repairs being done at the dealer. If Lexus still offered the hs250 I would buy another one but the replacement for this is entirely too small and uncomfortable to drive."

car in excellant condition and fully functional

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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: "gas mileage up to 38 miles--hybrid--$19,000 solid"

Cons: "fully loaded with gps and associated devices"

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

"car was used for driving to work only. owner is retired and bought new car and does not need it anymore"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Trouble free car

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "gave me many miles of trouble free driving"

Cons: "excessive road noise, limited interior space"

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

"I just turned 106,000 miles on my HS250h in four years. Excellent car. Really like smoothness and predictability of the CVT transmission. Gas mileage (33-35) a little less than advertised, but if I driving rural roads with 55 speed limit I can get over 40. Bump it to 75 and the mileage drops to low 30's. Road noise is excessive also. Only problem was a defective fuel pump at 30,000. Under warranty. NO problem. Outstanding dealer. Loaner car is always a new Lexus, not some junker off the back lot. Would buy another if they still made them."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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."

6 people out of 24 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"

8 people out of 15 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."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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