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Lexus HS 250h Premium Words by: Mike Torch    

You've got to hand it to Lexus and it's mother company Toyota Motors. For all the knees to the groin the two companies having been taking lately over their alleged runaway vehicles, they still keep pumping out awesome machine after awesome machine.

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h Premium is no exception. Loaded to the roofline with enough high-tech goodies to keep the most steadfast nerd you know happy, the car amazes on a level only found previously on cars from Mercedes and BMW and costing at least $25k more.

But in truth this hybrid has a second trick up its sleeve. If you don't want to use the fantastic technical wizardry you will not need to. Just get in and drive, and enjoy this hybrid for all of it's luxury and style.

And don't forget that you will always feel good about driving a car with hybrid underpinnings. That is unless you are in complete denial of the fact that the earth is an expendable resource.

Seeing the car show up in our parking lot we could not help crack a smile. It's sleek, athletic, classy and somehow rather benevolent all at once. The bodylines, spoilers, side skirts, rooflines and bumpers all pull together as a team and make the car's outer shell an instant success.

The car's interior smacks of quality throughout. First-rate materials and first-rate design abound. There are literally no items one can point out as a shortcoming.

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h's hybrid drivetrain is the same as that found in the Toyota Camry Hybrid. It's certainly peppy enough for a car this size. The transmission shifts smoothly, almost seemlessly throughout the rev range, and nothing like the somewhat sluggish Prius. But then again this is a sport-tuned luxury sedan, while the other is a hybrid built in the name of conservation.

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