in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,451 - $21,444
Original MSRP: $36,330 - $39,100
MPG: 35 City / 34 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Lexus HS Review

Review Last Updated: 5/19/15

The 2011 Lexus HS 250h walks the line between sensible hybrid and posh luxury car. It isn’t as thrifty as a Prius, but it should meet the needs of those who want better gas mileage and the features of a luxury brand.

When it was new, critics liked that the 2011 Lexus HS 250h essentially drives like a normal car, and that it brings a Lexus-like luxury to the hybrid game. However, many noted that perhaps the HS is trying to juggle too much, as it might not be efficient enough for hybrid aficionados and it isn’t as opulent as most luxury cars. However, for those looking for something in the middle, the HS is a good compromise.

The HS 250h’s hybrid powertrain pairs a gas engine with two electric motors for a combined output of 187 horsepower. Most critics said that even though the HS isn’t particularly peppy, it has enough power for your daily commute. There are four driving modes, ranging from Eco for the best fuel economy to Power for the most immediate throttle response. Fuel economy is rated at 35/34 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, though some competing hybrids beat those estimates. The HS can carry up to 12.1 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, which is low for the class.

Inside, critics said the HS isn’t as luxurious as other Lexus models, but that it’s still a notch above most other hybrids. Most found the seats comfortable, but some noted that taller riders may have difficulty getting comfortable. The HS is outfitted with leather seats, as well as an array of eco-friendly plastics throughout the cabin and cargo area. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio and a USB port. Major options when it was new include a Mark Levinson stereo, backup camera, parking sensors, navigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for an efficient 2011 midsize car, check out the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid with a rechargeable battery that can travel on electricity alone, but it also has a gas engine for longer trips. Keep in mind that the Volt can only seat four, so it may not be the best choice for families. 

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid retains all of the gas-only MKZ’s virtues, like a comfortable, spacious interior and generous trunk, but it also uses significantly less fuel. 

Compare the HS to the Volt and MKZ Hybrid »