A Brief Look at the Lexus HS

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The Birth of the Lexus HS

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury car division, has always been a brand synonymous with upscale automobiles. When the company first introduced the HS model in 2009, it was Toyota’s first dedicated hybrid model and the world’s first front-wheel-drive luxury hybrid. The HS was designed to be the ultimate luxury vehicle, offering technology, comfort, and fuel-efficiency in one package.

The First Generation: 2009-2012

The first-generation Lexus HS was built on the same platform as the Toyota Prius and ran on an Atkinson-cycle 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, producing a total of 187 horsepower. The powertrain was paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and featured front-wheel drive.

This model boasted numerous features and technologies that were a first in the luxury car industry, such as a hybrid power meter that was similar to that of the Prius and a front-wheel-drive hybrid system. It also featured a remote touch control interface for accessing the car’s climate, audio, and navigation systems. Furthermore, it had top notch safety features, such as stability and traction control, as well as antilock brakes with brake assist and six airbags.

The Second Generation: 2013-2014

The second-generation Lexus HS was introduced for 2013 and was a more refined version of the original model. However, this version was less well-received than the first, mainly due to a significant price increase and a lack of meaningful improvements from the predecessor. Additionally, a few users complained of an unstable ride and a noisy cabin, which made the new design unpopular with some.

The powertrain remained the same as the first-generation, but the exterior was given a new facelift. The 2013 HS model was marketed as “eco-luxury” and was aimed at consumers looking for fuel-efficient, luxury cars.

Lexus HS Variations

Over the years, a few variations of the Lexus HS have been introduced mainly to cater to different market segments and customer needs. They include:

HS 250h Premium

This model was the standard version of the first-generation HS and was packed with features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a premium sound system. It also featured keyless ignition/entry and Bluetooth connectivity. Notable is that the Premium model did not come with a sunroof.

HS 250h Premium with Navigation Package

This version was also tagged the “Luxury Package” model and included all the features that came with the standard Premium model, plus a built-in navigation system, backup camera, and Lexus Enform telematics.

HS 250h Premium with Advanced Technology Package

This option added safety upgrades such as adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, intelligent high beams, and even a self-parking system.

HS 250h Premium with Ventilated Seats Package

This version was a Luxury Package model with additional comfort features, such as ventilated front seats and a power rear sunshade.

Conclusion: Lexus HS Today

Despite some of the criticisms levied at it during the second-generation, the Lexus HS remains a luxury car loved by many. Unfortunately, production of this model ceased in January 2013, and it is no longer available for purchase from official outlets. However, the Lexus HS continues to live on in the hearts of many Lexus enthusiasts and will always be celebrated as an iconic vehicle that pushed the boundaries of luxury, technology, and fuel-efficiency.


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