09/09/2009 — The 2010 HS 250h, Lexus’ first dedicated hybrid and the fourth offering in its lineup, is now available at dealerships in North America. The vehicle comes in standard and Premium models. The standard version will have an MSRP of $34,200, while the Premium model will carry an MSRP of $36,970. (The MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing, and handling fee of $875.)
Both models, which emit 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new car, received EPA-estimated ratings of 35 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway for a combined 35 mpg utilizing regular 87-octane gasoline. The HS 250h has the best combined EPA mpg rating of any luxury vehicle in the U.S. and its MSRP is nearly $10,000 less than one of its entry luxury sedan segment competitors.
A few key features to try out: The optional sixth-generation navigation system’s Remote Touch controller with user-adjustable haptic feedback; the vehicle’s four drive-modes, Normal, Power, Eco and EV (electric only); and forward-thinking interior design that implements extensive bioplastic material, or Ecological Plastic, for parts of the interior upholstery.