2012 Lexus HS 250h Overview
With excellent fuel economy and luxurious appointments, the 2012 Lexus HS 250h hybrid is in a class of its own. Changes to the HS 250h for 2012 include a new aero bumper, as well as mesh lower and upper grilles.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine running on the Atkinson cycle teams with an electric motor for a total of 187-horsepower and is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy checks in at an impressive 35-mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The exhaust-heat recovery system warms the engine quickly so it can turn off and switch to the electric motor earlier, which decreases engine-on time in colder temperatures. Regenerative braking feeds electricity to the nickel-metal hydride battery pack, which in turn powers the electric motors when needed, providing four driving modes: Power, Normal, EV, and Eco.
Not only is the 2012 HS 250h an efficient car, but an eco-friendly car as well. Thirty percent of the cabin and trunk incorporate ecological plastics, or bioplastic, which produces 20 percent less carbon dioxide emissions during manufacturing than normal plastic.
LED brake and taillights and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 18-inch cogs optional. Inside, a ten-speaker stereo, USB/Bluetooth® connectivity, and XM Satellite Radio cover all your audio needs, while an optional Mark Levinson surround sound system, 10-way power driver’s seat, automatic dual-zone climate control with rear seat AC vents, an air filter, and a moonroof enhance comfort and ambience. Other optional luxury appointment includes heated seats with premium leather skins, wood trim on the dash, and a navigation system with weather and stock information.
The 2012 Lexus HS 250h is heavily fortified with a steel cage design and adds electronically controlled antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control system, head-up display, backup camera, ten airbags, active head restraints, a Pre-Collision system, adaptive cruise control, and a lane departure system. After impact, the LexusInform with SafetyConnect system provides collision notification and roadside assistance communications.
You won’t have to sacrifice luxury for fuel-efficiency with the 2012 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan.