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Lexus has finally released official pricing for the new HS250h hybrid sedan ahead of its late August on-sale date. The HS will be available in 2 trim levels, with the base model starting at $34,200 and the Premium model going for $36,970. The EPA has rated the 2.4-liter HS at 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Besides being the first luxury car that is available exclusively as a hybrid, the HS is the first Lexus with a four-cylinder engine. All previous models have had at least six cylinders.

Like any true Lexus, the HS250h is available with a plethora of technology options including navigation and the wide view front monitor to help see around the front of the car and LED headlamps. Lexus is hoping to move about 25,000 units a year.


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[Source: Lexus]

PRESS RELEASE:

Lexus Announces Pricing for New 2010 HS 250h, World's First Hybrid-Only Luxury Vehicle

• Hybrid Car for Forward-Thinking Luxury Consumers, to Start at $34,200
• Best Combined EPA MPG Rating of Any Luxury Vehicle in the U.S.
• 70 Percent Fewer Smog-Forming Emissions Than the Average New Car
• First Vehicle to Offer Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 20, 2009) – Lexus today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail
Price (MSRP) for the new HS 250h hybrid, which has the best combined EPA mpg rating of any luxury
vehicle in the U.S.

The 2010 HS 250h, Lexus' first dedicated hybrid and the fourth offering in its lineup, is available 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. They will arrive at dealerships in late August. 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.
"The creation of a dedicated luxury hybrid vehicle speaks volumes about Lexus' commitment to our
customers and hybrid technology," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager.
"Forward-thinking, well-informed entry luxury consumers are seeking a social statement and technology with
a clear benefit in their next car. HS 250h delivers this with its unique package and modern luxury that fits
their advanced lifestyle."

Standard features on the HS 250h include leather-trimmed seats; 10-way power-adjustable driver's
seat with eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; a 10-speaker, 137-watt audio system with a six-
disc CD changer, a subwoofer and center speaker; Bluetooth® for phone and music streaming capabilities;
integrated subscription satellite radio (includes 90-day trial); USB/ iPod® connectivity operated via steering
wheel controls or the display screen; and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The HS 250h incorporates a
standard class-leading 10-airbag Supplemental Restraint system and front active head rests.

The HS 250h Premium model adds heated/ventilated front seats trimmed in semi-aniline leather; 18-
inch aluminum alloy wheels; rain-sensing windshield wipers; heated electrochromic exterior mirrors; genuine
wood interior trim; and a new memory system that allows individual driver settings for seat, power
tilt/telescopic steering wheel, outside mirrors and air conditioning settings to be recalled automatically by
individual key fobs.

The HS 250h utilizes Lexus' first four-cylinder gas engine and the latest hybrid system to take
advantage of the company's continuous engineering advances to help minimize emissions and maximize fuel
economy. The twin-cam Atkinson-cycle engine with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) alone
has an output of 147 horsepower (hp). In combination with the hybrid drive motor, the HS 250h generates
187 total system hp. HS 250h has nearly zero evaporative emissions.

The HS 250h features four drive-modes: Normal, Power, Eco and EV; which can help enhance
efficiency and involves driver and car interaction. Each drive-mode changes the rate of throttle opening for a
given throttle-pedal angle.

The HS 250h's forward-thinking interior design implements extensive bioplastic material, or
Ecological Plastic, for parts of the interior upholstery. It covers approximately 30 percent of the interior and
trunk helping to result in a reduction of carbon emissions by approximately 20 percent over the estimated life
of the vehicle.

The optional sixth-generation navigation system features Lexus' exclusive Remote Touch controller
with user-adjustable haptic feedback. The innovative controller, similar to a computer mouse, eliminates the
need for touch screen controls, allowing the pop-up navigation system screen to be mounted further up the
center stack and away from the driver. This helps the driver benefit with a clear, high-resolution screen,
improved site lines and reduced eye movement. The navigation system also comes equipped a rear-view
camera. Also on navigation-equipped HS vehicles is the availability of XM® Sports and Stocks, a new
service that is included with an XM® satellite radio subscription.

HS 250h Premium models can add an optional Wide-view Front Monitor to help enhance the
driver's ability to see in certain areas around the front of the vehicle by sending images to the navigation
system display.

Standard HS 250h models can also add an optional Touring Package; heated front seats; LED
headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System, Intelligent High-Beam with headlamp washers; and 18-inch
alloy wheels.

The optional Technology Package, available only on the Premium model, includes the Heads-Up
Display (HUD); Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Pre-Collision System with
dynamic radar cruise control; Driver Monitor and Intuitive Park Assist. HUD projects a miniature display on a
small portion of the windshield in front of the driver, helping to reduce eye movement to see frequently
viewed information such as vehicle speed, turn-by-turn navigation arrows, drive-assist warnings, audio
information and Touch Tracer (sensors on steering-wheel switches will show an image of switch layout in the HUD). Another new feature to the Lexus line, LKA, helps drivers stay within their chosen lane and works in
cooperation with the LDW function and the dynamic radar cruise control.

Other optional equipment available for the Premium model includes a Mark Levinson® 5.1-channel
Premium Surround Sound system with 15 speakers and 330 watts, and the Park Assist Package.
An all-new telematics system, Lexus EnformTM with Safety ConnectTM, available by subscription will
also be available on HS 250h. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions of Lexus Enform and Safety
Connect are included with all new HS 250h purchases. One-year renewal subscriptions to Safety Connect
alone will be available for $139.95 and to Lexus Enform with Safety Connect for $264.90 per year. Multi-
year subscriptions will also be available. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response center operates
24 hours a day, 7 days a week – every day of the year.

Safety Connect, the cornerstone of the services, is available on both non-navigation and navigation-
equipped HS 250h and offers four safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen
Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, which adds
GPS data to the already included warranty-based Lexus roadside service.
Lexus Enform, available only on navigation-equipped vehicles, includes all of the Safety Connect
features and builds upon them with the premium services of Destination Assist and eDestination. Destination
Assist agents are available via the on-board cellular equipment and can help drivers find a specific address, a
business by name, or a type of business (e.g., gas station, movie theater, etc.), and even Zagat®-rated
restaurants, and then send the coordinates to the navigation system for routing. With eDestination, drivers
can go online via LexusDrivers.com to save and sort destinations in up to 20 folders, each holding as many as
10 destinations. Then drivers can send the locations – up to 200 at a time – to their vehicle, where they will be
available for download into the navigation system. Online, drivers can create personalized location names
(e.g., "Favorite sushi," "1 PM Appt," "Kids' doctor," etc.) and even list notes about their saved locations – all
helping them see exactly the information they choose in the vehicle.

Lexus Insider™, a complimentary, opt-in service available without a subscription on all navigation-
equipped HS 250h vehicles is launching at the same time as Lexus Enform. This feature offers in-vehicle
audio casts that provide owners access to useful vehicle tips and event information, and insights into exclusive
owners' benefits – all designed to further enhance the Lexus experience. As part of the all-new Lexus
EnformTM navigation platform, the HS 250h also features XM NavTraffic®, XM NavWeatherTM , and XM®
Sports and Stocks services. XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeatherTM are available via individual XM
subscriptions while XM® Sports and Stocks is included with an XM® Radio subscription. XM services offer a
90-day trial.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      my mistake.

      So they are all around 190 horse...thats still plenty, and it's still cheaper, and it has better millage, more speakers, ect...

      And I'll sacrifice keyless entry for all the other stuff. Still going with the ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By a nicer looking Corolla, use the difference to buy carbon offsets.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No need to buy any carbon offsets, the Corolla gets almost the same mpg while costing almost $15k less. Since the Corolla doesn't require any extra electronics or batteries, it is easily the greener car to produce.

        The Lexus is clearly aimed at a consumer that wants to appear concerned with fuel economy, but has no intention of giving up any luxury.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having driven a current generation camery quite a bit, and having been in a rental sanota, I can safely assure you that both lack style and sophistication. The camry's ride gives you all the jarring rougness of a sports car suspension but without any of the feeling of being connected to the road. The interior is poorly made, and the beige-on beige color scheme invites you to spill coffee on it just for visual interest.

      That would be how I'd review the camr's style and sophistication. Camrys are cars for people who don't care about cars, just ask someone who drives one.

      (Seriousely, ask a camry owner if they care about cars, and unless their wife made them get it and they have something sportier in their garage, they don't)
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what is the difference between this and a hybrid Camry?

      A hybrid camry also gets the same millage (or, 1 less in each field...big whoop), has the same horsepower (actually 3 more if I'm not mistaken, 190), and you can load it full of leather, sat nav, 6 disc changer, the stock speaker setup on a camry is actually quite nice and has plenty of speakers already.

      I went on the website and set up a fully loaded camry hybrid. Came to 33 grand...now, not a huge difference, but the Lexus dosn't say it comes with sat-nav standard. The fully loaded Camry does. Now, I saw some interesting things on the camry page...you can get upgraded springs and a limited slip-dif on the camry and it will still be cheaper than the lexus. Having driven a regular, gasoline camry, regularly, I know that drive like shit. Those things might be nice.

      Now, to both of these cars, I have an even better cushy, mid sized hybrid sedan for everyone: Ford fusion hybrid. Fully loaded with heated leather, sun roof, moon roof, 12 speaker audio system (what was the lexus? 10 speakers...oops) hooked up to a 6 disck voice activated changer, 10 gig music system, sat nav- everything really, for 32 grand. And it has a combination of a 152 HP gas engine with a 108 HP electric motor...that means 258 horsepower! Now, this thing gets 36 highway 41 city...that's much higher.

      So...more power, just as good/better equipped, better milage, and cheaper...hmmmm...Ford sound nice?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry to inform you but you don't add the two numbers to get total horsepower. It doesn't work that way. There is some type of formula they use but it is probably similar to the Camry Hybrid. I think the Fusion/Milan hybrids give better value and I'd get one of them before the Lexus. I've read wonderful reviews from consumers and professionals regarding the Fusion /Milan hybrids. Only thing missing from them is keyless entry/start.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No matter what, a Ford doesn't perform better than a Toyota. I'd prefer a top level Camry hybrid to this vehicle. Or could just wait until the new 2011 Camry or Hyundai Sonata, which will no doubt top the Ford Fusion is style, class, and sophistication.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Typical response from people with blind faith in Toyota. Fords quality is now rated above Toyota, the fusion has won comparison tests over the Camry and achieved better mpg & will get much better mpg than the HS. It looks better & offers more standard equipment, drive one before writing it off.
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