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Lexus ES 250

A Redesign That Hits or


For the indifferent luxury-car the company offers the polished of the ES, its best-selling car. For enthusiasts, it the IS, a rear-wheel-drive (or all-wheel-drive) sedan to chip away at BMW by introducing the brand to younger, performance-minded

At least that was the intention. made a strong start on plan in 2001 with the IS 300, a rebadged version of the Toyota Altezza that a smooth in-line 6-cylinder, drive and a sporty interior a chrome gearshift ball and gauges. But when the IS was redesigned for the new car came across as softer and aggressive, despite offering power in the IS 350 version.

A friend who worked for Lexus at the — and who occasionally offered tantalizing of prototypes that never it to production, like a Toyota fitted with an IS 350 motor and a transmission — provided some

This person, who has since the company, said that the model didn’t play in the quite the way Lexus planned. of acting as a gateway to more Lexus models, the IS was perceived as a nicer Toyota, an end unto that did little to change the Buick-like customer demographics.

In words, the aspiring Lexus sedan wasn’t sporty

Lexus aims to rectify with the 2014 IS 250 and IS 350, back in the direction of the IS 300 and further the sedately agreeable ES 350. To end, the new car offers an F-Sport for all models, with 18-inch stiffer suspension and a revamped that includes slick styled after the LFA supercar, a motorized gauge bezel above a video screen

The rear suspension is a completely new design that Lexus increases rear grip. The hip point (effectively, the distance your hip and the road) was lowered 20 which doesn’t sound much but helps deliver the that you’re settling into a sports car rather heaving yourself over the of the ol’ family hauler.

The redesigned exterior, drawn behind the scowl of the new grille, means business. Styling is but I’d say this is the best-looking car in its class.

And chucking it around the road at Rockingham Raceway in North I’d venture that the revised is benchmarked to the front-runners, too. on the marbled, damp surface of the road course, a rear-wheel-drive IS 350 felt happy sliding the corners and howling down the straight.

Lexus ES 250

You know that Lexus, this particular car was vision of the ideal IS.

But there rival factions, evidently, the IS exhibits completely different depending on the model. (Adding an dash of complication, the convertible and high-performance IS-F return for but were not redesigned.)

Which brings me to the IS 250.

the new IS was so thoroughly overhauled that even improved the rigidity of the No. 1 of the lower front suspension arm doubled, so you know), a rather element remains unchanged: the Both V-6s are carry-overs, eight years ago at the last

That’s not too much of an issue for the IS 350, which gains a new automatic transmission to augment its 306 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 (E.P.A.-rated at 19 in town and 28 highway; 19/26 in the version). The IS 250 and all-wheel-drive versions of the 250 and 350 to use a 6-speed automatic.

But the IS 250 was underpowered in the first place. For it makes 204 horsepower, which is 11 than the original 2001 IS 300 power was rated using different test standards). In of overall power-to-weight ratio, the IS 250 is by exotic machinery like the Kia minivan. E.P.A. fuel is 21/30 for the rear-drive IS 250, for the all-wheel version.

I’m sure a sheaf of market research says the IS 250 is aligned with the Cadillac ATS (4 cylinders, 202 horsepower) and BMW (4 cylinders and 180 turbocharged BMW horsepower). But cars are the shameless price of their lineups.

Lexus ES 250
Lexus ES 250
Lexus ES 250
Lexus ES 250

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