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http://www.autoblog.com/2009/05/26/first-drive-2010-lexus-hs-250h-is-pretty-on-the-inside/

Just because The Cold War is over doesn't mean that all cold wars have come to an end. Two protagonists in the auto industry – once again, East vs. West – are currently embroiled in an in-car safety and technology arms race that is beginning to look more like NASA vs. Roskosmos than a battle between luxury sedans. The latest master weapon comes from Lexus in the form of its HS 250h hybrid, claimed to be not only the world's first hybrid-only luxury sedan, but also the most fuel-friendly luxury vehicle extant. If Lexus has it, they put it on this car. Our question was: Would we want to put one in our driveway? Follow the jump to find out.

Frugal hybrids are here, sports car hybrids are here, and luxury hybrids are dipping wheels in the waters. This car marks the first luxury-only hybrid to make its acquaintance with the public. During the launch, Lexus was at pains to make sure we did not confuse this car with the Prius, informing us that the HS' closest sibling is the Euro-market Toyota Avensis. Fitting in between the IS and ES and GS in brand placement, the HS 250h "was developed as an answer to customers looking for an environmentally conscious premium vehicle."

What about the GS 450h and LS 600h? In addition to the HS 250h being hybrid-only, it's the first Lexus hybrid tuned with the primary goal of delivering superior economy. While Lexus' GS and LS hybrids are meant to provide power above their weight class with the same fuel efficiency, the HS is meant to provide economy with a decent dollop of power.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/first-drive-lexus-hs250h/






 

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that grille is horrible
 

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Fitting in between the IS and ES and GS in brand placement
Which means what exactly? Is it between the IS and GS, the IS and ES, the ES and GS?
and yes, another ugly car from Toyota/Lexus
 

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the corolla looks way better than this car

Reminds me of the cadillac Cimarron (luxury brand, compact fwd car)
 

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Looks like a rebadged Corolla to me
It looks a LOT like a Corolla S....... It will be interesting to see how well it sells.
 

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I hope I never have to drive anything like that in my life.
 

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I've hated the exterior of this thing since I first saw it, and I continue to be bitter at Lexus because of it, howver... from those pics...

1- Mold the skirting into the body so it looks like one piece
2- Lowered to a car-like height
3- Better grille (though I actually don't mind it tht much)
4- Some decent wheels

This thing would actually look pretty clean, regardless of it's similar profile to a corolla. Anybody with some photo shop skills willing to have a knock at it?
 

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1- Mold the skirting into the body so it looks like one piece
2- Lowered to a car-like height
3- Better grille (though I actually don't mind it tht much)
4- Some decent wheels
Funny I agree on all 4 counts, including the grille (could be better but I don't hate it either).

This thing lowered on nicer wheels would look decent..... Heck my ex-GF's 2007 Corolla S lowered on 18" wheels looked pretty good.

I'm still wondering how a "luxury hybrid" such as this will sell.....
 

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A euro avensis is a mid-size/camry sized automobile, so I'm not sure how this is based on that vehicle when its clearly smaller than an ES

Wonder where this car will start at $ MSRP wise. Hope it's not a dangerous move down-market for Lexus... Should sell pretty well though.

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