Drives well, luxury
After owning my first luxury car for a little over a month, I now understand what all the fuss is about. I feel like I have been accepted into the secret society of luxury car owners. Had I known all the work my car was going to do for me and all the thinking it was going to do for me, I would have gone "luxury" sooner. I love every feature in this car and hardly know where to begin. I guess the fact that I never have to remove my key fob from my purse is the nicest feature. My car recognizes that I have it on me and just my touch is enough to open the doors, the trunk, start the car, etc. I also really love the heads up driving feature. My eyes never have to leave the road. The windshield wipers have sensors that tell them when to come on and how fast to go. The voice activated controls are also wonderful. And the fact that I can program my garage door opener and my community gate opener into the controls on my rear view mirror is fantastic. The back up camera is also wonderful along with the sensors that tell me when I am getting too close to something. I was seriously thinking about a Mercedes when I bought this car but I have owned Toyota's for quite a long time and have never had any trouble with them. So when I saw this Lexus was a hybrid, I was sold. I get the same gas mileage I was getting with my Corolla (I do almost all highway driving) but with much more room, comfort, and all the bells and whistles. Now that I have tasted luxury, I will never go back!
Purchased 2010 Lexus HS250h Premium with 17K miles. Car was in almost new condition with exception of starter battery. Once that was replaced the car has run flawlessly. First experience with owning a hybrid so on a steep learning curve. If you really want to get the most MPG out of the hybrid system best to activate the 8� color LCD monitor and watch the dynamics between gas engine, electric motor, battery and regenerating brakes as you drive. Went on a 1,500 mile trip with two adults, three large suitcases and a good size cooler thru east Texas and hilly Arkansas averaging 38 MPG on regular gas at 65 - 75 MPH with A/C on over entire trip (vented leather seats were nice in the hot weather). This Lexus is not a dressed Prius and is larger than BMW 3 series. Material quality, fit and finish is very good. Driving position is good for 6�2� tall person. Surprisingly front seats �sit up� a little higher than most cars this size (driver is 10 way and passenger is 8 way adjustable). We like the �mouse like� control between driver and passenger seats for the 8� LCD monitor. It is designed for both driver and passenger to operate. We have used several GPS systems and this one is good with 8� LCD monitor located in the center forward of dash easily seen by driver and passenger. Blue tooth works well. Already was spoiled by SirusXM in our other car. The Premium model is full of electronic features.