8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2012 Lexus HS Review

Automotive critics liked the 2012 Lexus HS’ spacious back seats, nicely constructed interior and intuitive tech features, but pointed out that it is sluggish on the highway and returns unimpressive fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious rear seats
  • Well-constructed interior
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Lower fuel economy than many hybrids
  • Limited highway passing power
  • Numb steering

2012 Lexus HS Overview

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 HS’ hybrid powertrain, which includes a four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors, transitions fairly smoothly between gas and electric power. They added that it is strong enough for driving around town, but can feel a little underpowered on the highway and has slow throttle response. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard. According to the EPA, the 2012 Lexus HS gets 35/34 mpg city/highway, which isn't especially impressive for a hybrid, but is good for an upscale midsize car. Test drivers said the Lexus HS rides comfortably over uneven pavement and has little body lean in corners. Some wrote that the steering is a tad numb and that the brakes can be a bit grabby.

Reviewers liked the 2012 Lexus HS’ two-tone interior design, and they said the HS' cabin is solidly built and features high-quality materials. They wrote that the HS’ front seats are comfortable, and they said its rear seats have ample leg- and headroom for taller passengers. The Lexus HS has a 12.1-cubic-foot trunk, which is a bit small for an upscale midsize car. Reviewers were pleased that the HS has lots of easy-to-use high-tech features. Standard features in the 2012 Lexus HS include a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, proximity key, push-button start, a 10-speaker stereo system, satellite radio and a USB input. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, a rearview camera, a head-up display, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, navigation and Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment system controller.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets better fuel economy than the HS and test drivers said it offers spacious rear seats. Reviewers added that it transitions smoothly between gas and electric power, has good acceleration and a very comfortable ride over uneven pavement.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid and can travel 35 miles on electric power alone and has a gasoline engine that kicks in once the battery is depleted. Reviewers said it has strong acceleration and better handling than many hybrid rivals.

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