There is no questioning the success and hype that the infamous hybrid, aka Toyota Prius, commanded when it hit the market. The demand was so high for the hot little hybrid that Prius owners would’ve profited had they decided to sell their hybrid or trade-in their beloved Toyota Prius. It has been all about Toyota Prius, but maybe there’s something the Prius lacks, Lexus claims to have found it.
Those who own a Toyota Prius somehow managed to tolerate it’s interior and overall utilitarian design in favor of owning this hard to find hybrid. The hybrid craze and demand for the Prius was hard to compete with, but now that Lexus has came out with their luxury hybrid, it is likely going to draw some existing Prius owners or those who were Prius shopping to look at the Lexus.
The Toyota Prius wasn’t designed for comfort, or engineered to look sporty or aerodynamic. They were missing that design element, a critical attribute that attracts people to a car, something Lexus decided to address with the new 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the first true luxury hybrid.
Toyota Prius sacrificed appearance for utility and gas mileage, but now perhaps these Prius owners may want comfort and good looks back into the package. Many hybrid car owners, some even billionares, were willing to sacrifice and surrender the lavish comforts you might attribute to a brand like Lexus so they could drive a really fuel efficient hybrid. It made a definite impact, and many were sold, but now it might be shifting back towards what really attracts people to cars.
More From Lexus About the New Lexus HS 250h:
The all-new HS 250h is the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid. It also has the lowest carbon footprint of any luxury vehicle. Sixth-generation hybrid technology, including a 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine, offers a combined EPA rating of 35 mpg and also gives the HS the best fuel-efficiency of any luxury vehicle.
Strategically placed hybrid componentry makes efficient use of space, giving the HS a spacious interior relative to its exterior dimensions. An available Remote Touch device works like a computer mouse to help guide you through the available Navigation System.
The HS is the first Lexus to feature available Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™. Included with the available Navigation System, Lexus Enform offers eDestination, Destination Assist and Lexus Insider. Safety Connect features Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS) and Enhanced Roadside Assistance services.
In addition to available XM® Radio, the HS offers XM NavTraffic®, XM NavWeather™, and XM Sports and Stocks to help keep you apprised of the latest info.
The HS offers a premium model that includes amenities like heated and ventilated front seats, semi-aniline perforated leather interior trim, 18-inch wheels, Lexus Memory System and rain-sensing wipers. A Touring Package is also available that includes uniquely finished 18-inch wheels, two-tone Black/Water Gray interior, sport-tuned suspension and aluminum pedals.
Parchment, Water Gray, Black and two-tone Black/Water Gray interior colors are offered, with standard high gloss or available brown walnut interior wood trim. Ten exterior colors are available, including new Silver Opal Mica, plus Aurora White Pearl, Tungsten Pearl, Starfire Pearl, Black Sapphire Pearl and Smoky Granite Mica. [source: Lexus]