Yes, 37,000 for a car that does not possibly "perform" like a luxury car sedan can be a bit strange.
BUT, listen, you're just not going to get excellent fuel economy in a car that has a sportscar like drive.
I guess the BMW 3series is the gold standard in this class for the car that's a fun driving experience and I guess it is. BUT, try driving in a "fun" way in that and appreciate your 20mpg and exhaust that is not as ecofriendly as it can be.
This car is one of only about 14 to receive the EPA highest rating for environmental impact.
Car drives pretty good, handling is great. Quiet drive, but does have some weird winding noise when breaking -- you get used to it.
I get 30 mpg driving aggressively.
If I think about it
-- i.e actually drive 60-65 on the highway and try not to speed up too much in city streets -- the 36 or so is no problem.
Good technology -- XM/Nav.
I like the appearance. Perhaps the butt could be more refined, but the rest is rather beautiful
Power mode is there if you just feel like having that "sport" car experience.
I got mine at Premium+NAV for a sick deal -- about $34,000, at that price it was worth it.
At first when I bought this thing I hated it,coming from a Lexus GS 350. The power was comparatively anemic and the understeer,forget about it. However after a few weeks I adapted to the understeer and was able to make the car work for me. In fact I've adapted to this car so well that a I've actually hadd a few passengers tell me that the car felt rather sporty. The HS 250 certainly has some advantages over a long wheelbase V-6 like the GS 350 its a more compact car so it has a much tighter turning radius. Front wheel drive steering isn't as sharp as rear wheel drive but it allows the driver to be a little lazier in high speed turns,you simply wait for the car to be ready.
The fuel economy on this thing is awesome compared to the GS 350.
I'm averaging approximately 32 mpg in mixed highway city driving 80/20.
I've even had a few tanks where I've gotten 34 or 35 mpg.
However I like to drive hard so my mpgs are acceptable not great.
The car is very roomy.
Although it's a smaller car than the GS 350 it seems to have more usable space.
The passenger compartment is also more comfortable,especially for the rear passenger.
Usuable trunk space is actually better for me on this car than the GS 350.
I can fit most of my bikes into the trunk of the HS 250,this wasn't true for my GS 350.
Like all Lexus cars the user interface is superb.
The first improvement is the weight.
This thing weighs in at 3690 lbs, a scant 100 lbs lighter than the GS 350.
Considering that the HS 250 has less than half the horsepower of the GS 350 its definitely handicapped from a performance point of view.
From a fuel savings point of view
the five hundred pound battery pack doesn't do this vehicle any favors either.
Hopefully Toyota can incorporate the Williams flybrid mechnical hybrid system into this vehicle savings hundreds of pounds.
A memory system for seat settings would also be a huge improvement.
However for what the HS 2250 does its an excellent car that will work for 95% of all drivers out there.
When we felt we deserved a lot more bells and whistles and were watching the fuel prices start the most recent climb we researched the available Luxury Hybrids. Kathy wanted a higher seating position than the '99 Solara, BlueTooth/Nav/Heated Seats and she found it all. My working for a Lexus store didn't stop her from looking at the Prius, Altima and Lincoln Hybrids but she determined that the Premium HS suited her best. Now that she regularly exceeds the posted 35 MPG by 2 or 3 it confirmed her decision. A high point of her day is getting asked for a ride by various co-workers and showing off the cooled seats and verbal commands. That the dealer washes it every week is an added bonus!
Exceeding the 35 posted MPG by a couple
Verbal commands for nearly everything
Separate tone settings for iPod & XM
Ventilated seats, 3 position memory seat
Strong performance when desired
Cool look with Matador Red and "18 Alloys
Keyless fob, won't slip and fall in snow while
fumbling with packages and keys
Memory seat knows which driver is entering
Destination Assist is even easier than the verbal command system
Two free service visits paid by Lexus
Pre-open the windows/sunroof on hot day
E-Mail destinations to car, no need to type them in while parked
Wonderfully quiet and comfortable
Warms up incredibly fast in sub zero weather
Remote start cuts off when door is opened
Remote range is ridiculously short, '40?
Standard Lexus/Toyota problem that the cigarette lighter turns off with the key, can not charge phones, iPods when car is off
I traded an 06 Acura RL which I adored but got in the low 20's mpgs and was looking for a good size tech laden high mileage car. I never fancied myself a "Lexus" guy but after test driving it, felt it had excellent "non Lexus" driving characteristics and incredible mileage for a 3700 pound luxo/sport (albeit for a hybrid) car. And with the December to Remember cash incentives from mother Lexus, the price became "reasonable." Have had the car since Jan 3 and have 4500 miles on it and am consistently getting high 36 mpg's. And with gas up $0.60 cents since January its been a big help! Also have two Prius's and this HS is no Prius! Prius is great but no comparison for a long drive.
Love the tech package toys; front camera, head up display, radar cruise control, lane keep assist!
But got it for the mileage and am very pleased that it has delivered what it said it would and even a little better.
Like that its a little smaller than the RL too, easier to park.
Wish it: were all wheel drive (but would probably lose mpg's); had a rear sunshade and swivel headlights (they are an option but no dealer seems to order their inventory with them).
Seems to be a Toyota/Lexus thing but cant enter information (nav, settings or even access the address book etc) while moving.
Acura trusted you.
Wish it was one of the custom settings you could change.
When I purchased this car in February, I was getting 37mpg. I live the Chicago area and with the winter cold, it has dropped to less then 30. I took it to the dealer who said it was normal due to the engine running more for the emissions. Seems like too big of a drop to me. the car itself is fun to drive, handles well, although the grunt of the engine turning on does seem to be a little underpowered. Trunk space is diminished due to the batteries and the stereo is not what I consider top of the line for a Lexus, particulalry in the back seat. I also wish there was a wee bit more headroom in the front and the center console does intrude.