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in 2010 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $18,524 - $19,074
Original MSRP: $34,650 - $37,420
MPG: 35 City / 34 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Lexus HS Review

Review Last Updated: 7/19/12

The new-for-2010 Lexus HS 250h is neither a full-out luxury car nor the most fuel-efficient hybrid. However, for those looking for something in the middle, the HS is a good choice.

When it was new, critics liked the 2010 HS for its upscale trimmings and good fuel economy, but wondered if its virtues are overshadowed by some shortcomings. It isn’t as efficient as the 2010 Toyota Prius, and it also isn’t as luxurious as most other Lexus vehicles. Otherwise, most said it was easy to drive, though not as serene as other Lexus models. The HS has excellent safety and reliability scores.

The gas/electric powertrain in the hybrid HS makes a combined 187 horsepower. While no critics called it quick, most said the HS has adequate power, and its handling, while not athletic, is controlled and refined. The HS has four different driving modes, ranging from EV, where the car runs only on electricity, to Power, which improves throttle response. The HS achieves 35/34 mpg city/highway, which may be below expectations of hybrid aficionados, but is very good for a 2010 midsize car. Maximum trunk space is 12.1 cubic feet, which is a bit low for the class.

Inside, critics noted that the HS uses thinner seats than they’re accustomed to with Lexus vehicles, but most said the seats are still comfortable. They also liked the high-quality cabin, though felt it wasn’t as luxurious as other Lexus models. Leather upholstery is standard, as is dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker stereo, a USB port and Bluetooth. Available features include a backup camera, parking sensors, navigation and a Mark Levinson stereo. The HS also uses various eco-friendly plastics throughout its cabin and cargo area.

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Other Cars to Consider

One fuel-efficient alternative to consider is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The plug-in hybrid Volt can drive up to 50 miles on electricity alone, which may be enough for your daily commute. For longer trips, a gasoline engine keeps the Volt going when the batteries run out of juice. However, since the Volt can only seat four, it may not be ideal for families. The Volt’s reliability rating is also lower than the HS’.

Critics said the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers all the luxury trimmings and comfort of the gas-only MKZ, but with better fuel economy. It also has an exceptional reliability score, as well as a roomy interior and spacious trunk.

Compare the HS to the Volt and MKZ Hybrid »

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