Pros Superb ride quality, best in class safety, great value, best in class cabin, great music system & conenctivity (USB, BT), decent mileage, radar cruise & lane keep assit works good
Cons No accessories availlable, no DVD audio (ML add-on is very expensive), can hook up 1 phone at a time, 34 mpg is not good enough, rear leg room is good for kids only, the LKA & Radar cruise need refinement, complex voice command set-up, deep menus
Summary Superb ride quality, best in class safety, great value, best in class cabin & safety features. The electronics are working good (but short of expectation).
Pros Gas mileage is good at 34mpg using premium (haven't tried regular unleaded yet). Comfort level is pretty good in regards to it's size. Steering and acceleration response is very good. The gadgets is what makes this car fun.
Cons Sound level at highway speeds is louder than what I expected.
Summary I have had this car for about two weeks now. It is fully loaded and probably a rare breed at this initial build of the car. It has the Pre-Collision System with Drive Attention Monitor, Park Assist with front and back sensors, Mark Levinson sound system, Remote Touch, Lane Keeping Assist, LED headlamps, Front View camera, Navigation System, Glass Breakage Sensors, Enform Service availability, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Remote Start, Heads Up Display (which is just awesome!)...and much more. I don't think there is much that could be added to this car if anything at all. The price of this car was just a hair below $50,000. Since this car is a lot smaller than any other Lexus models (excluding the IS), I believe this car needs to have the bells and whistles to justify its purchase.and make it more interesting and satisfying in the long run. I have grown to really appreciate the interior design of this car than what my initial reaction was when I first test drove the HS250h. I also find that the car responds very well in the steering and acceleration departments. Every function of the car is within reach and very intuitive. I think this car is great for short and medium range distances from home as it might be a little noisy for longer hauls. All in all, you can't go wrong buying the Lexus brand as I have owned them for years and have become a loyal customer. If you wan to go 'green' and can afford to buy into the Lexus brand than I highly recommend this model. I would also suggest taking a test drive in the Lexus RX450h, as a reasonably equipped 450h is about the same prices as a fully equipped HS250h and a lot more quieter and comfortable and almost as 'green'.
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