Lexus HS Hybrid

Though the Lexus HS 250h has only been on the market for about three years, Lexus confirmed last week that it has stopped building and selling the upscale hybrid because sales were so poor. Though the automaker actually stopped manufacturing the car back in January, Lexus only recently announced that it is pulling the HS Hybrid off the market, reports Inside Line.

It’s rare for an automaker to discontinue a vehicle after it has only been on the market for three years, but even at their peak, sales of the HS 250h only amounted to about 43 percent of what Lexus had projected, according to Automobile Magazine. The magazine also reports that low sales are likely a result of the HS’ high price, especially when compared with other hybrid offerings from Lexus and Toyota.

The Toyota Prius costs about $13,000 less than its Lexus sibling. Plus, the newer, cheaper Lexus CT 200h likely stole some sales from the HS hybrid as well, according to Left Lane News.

Though the midsize Lexus HS will soon be unavailable for good, shoppers in the market for a hybrid luxury car still have lots of options. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers a lower starting price than the HS 250h and features the new MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. And although Chevrolet isn’t a luxury brand, some shoppers may find that the Chevrolet Volt’s fantastic fuel economy and fairly upscale cabin make it a good choice as well.

Loyalists who want to stick with a Lexus can choose the smaller Lexus CT 200h hatchback, the pricier Lexus GS Hybrid sedan, Lexus LS Hybrid or the Lexus RX Hybrid crossover. Car and Driver predicts that the upcoming ES 300h Hybrid will be the best Lexus alternative to the outgoing HS Hybrid.

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