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Luxury cars and hybrid powertrains are no strangers at Lexus. But until the 2010 HS 250h, the biggest Japanese luxury carmaker hadn’t built a dedicated hybrid model. That’s all changed now, and the 2010 Lexus HS 250h shows that you don’t have to be mean to be green.

Sharing some basic driveline components with the Toyota Prius, but eschewing the anemic hatchback’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder for a 2.4-liter unit offers a combined 187 horsepower rating; 147 horsepower from the Atkinson-cycle engine and 40 horsepower from the Hybrid Synergy Drive electric motor.

Cutting to the chase--this is a hybrid after all--what kind of fuel efficiency does the HS 250h gt? Together with the car’s surprisingly slick aerodynamic coefficient of drag of just 0.27, the HS manages 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. In testing by High Gear Media editors, the new Lexus hybrid saw real-world returns of about 30 mpg keeping with fast-paced traffic, but managed to swing...

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Specs: Select a Trim

4-Door Sedan Hybrid (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
4-Door Sedan Hybrid Specs $34,650 $31,531 35 34
Premium Specs $37,420 $34,051 35 34
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