Spending Time with the 2010 Lexus HS 250h


2010 Lexus HS 250h Preview

Recently, I had a chance to get a quick look at a Lexus HS 250h prototype that was being used to develop dealership training materials by the people at Lexus Canada.  Glenn Alkema of the Lexus Academy was nice enough to give me a tour of the new hybrid, which will be introduced here in Canada some time in late September.

I’ve been posting about the HS for nine months now, and had seen it at Toronto Auto Show earlier in the year, but it’s the same old story, you can never really get a feel for an automobile until you’ve seen it out in the wild. Viewing the HS 250h up close reveals plenty of luxury car detail, particularly in the paintwork.

Because of the exterior shape, it’s very difficult to get an idea of its size,  so I was very interested to see it beside another car to provide some context for everyone:

2010 Lexus HS 250h compared to the ES 350

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It’s surprising how the HS 250h interior feels much like sitting in an office, right down to the Remote Touch “mouse” and the LCD monitor:

2010 Lexus HS 250h interior

Everything feels very logically laid out and gives a very solid impression, and while some of the materials in the prototype were obviously unfinished, the finish is modern and comfortable.

Being a prototype, the driving opportunity was limited, but I did manage to get a few minutes in the driver’s seat. The thing that struck me most was the available power, acceleration was brisk and felt stronger than the IS 250 AWD. Even after reading otherwise, I expected the ride to be floaty with considerable body roll, but that wasn’t the case at all. The other thing that impressed me was the difference when playing with the Eco & Power modes — both settings had a pronounced effect on the vehicle’s performance, more so than I’ve found in other vehicles. As with the 2010 RX, the shift from gas-to-electric engines is imperceivable.

The biggest revelation, though, was that the HS 250h looks and feels every bit a Lexus in person. The HS 250h may not be a particularly stylish car, but it’s extremely focused in delivering a particular experience. More than anything, Lexus’ latest hybrid sedan is “professional” — which is perhaps the clearest way to describe it.

I’ll be looking at the HS in more detail over the next couple weeks, but for now, here’s a small photo gallery:

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  1. Neat! Nice pics too.  I have sat inside the HS and thought it was very nice, haven’t had a chance to drive it though.

  2. Wow… not bad. In some cases, more details than I’d expected from Lexus. It’s rather beautiful, and the size is not surprising considering that it needs a place for the battery, while providing ample interior and trunk space.

    Something is weird about that interior shot. Maybe it’s just the angle… or it’s intentional? ...prototype flaw? The center console is not in line, from the Nav, to the Remote Touch, and to the armrest.

  3. Nice, but it’s one of those cars that really needs a spoiler.

  4. i guess you have brought up a really important point. People have to drive Lexus cars before they make an “statement” about these cars! Looking at some photos isn´t enough.

  5. Nice eye for detail.  I checked some other photos, and based on my interior recollections, it may indeed be intentional…the armrest may be slightly closer.

  6. Lexus just released a teaser of the new LF-Ch - the REAL ONE! And it looks pretty promising… well, the concept does. The side is a little bland, but it’s got a “fluid design”.

  7. I think Dan’s right, it’s intentional. Must be more ergonomically correct.

  8. Good news, then, the production model has a spoiler. smile

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    ^Not bad looking, the RX 450h. Will they offer the non-LED headlights in GB? I like all that chrome wrapped around the LEDs in the HS, but I much prefer the extra roundness of the LSh’s LED bulbs. They’re like jewels - think Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider.

    P.S.: Is it true that the headlights of the LS 460 are made of crystal? which part of the headlight?

  10. it looks so much better with a spoiler…i haven’t seen it up close yet but i hear it’s a pretty big car.

  11. I SAW AN HS 250h COMING OUT OF MY NEIGHBORHOOD PARK! wow… 1 out of just over 500 in the country. I was driving the LX, so it looked pretty small lol

    Sucks at how I felt like I would be the only one to recognize it (it was at night). Too bad the blue part of the insignia don’t shine. ;(

  12. The HS250h is a welcomed addition to the Lexus lineup and although it will not inject driving passion into the brand, it will undoubtedly however satisfy a niche percentage of the market not to mention help broaden the diversity of the Lexus nameplate. 

    All-in-all ... i like the car for what it is, a dedicated hybrid !!

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