Review: 2014 Lexus IS250 (With Video) | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2014 Lexus (With Video)

After a sales hit due to tsunami-related production Lexus has been trying to their mojo with a new offensive. Things started out the new Lexus GS sedan that Baruth and I loved on and off the track, by a revised RX. With the redesigned IS, the of their lineup has been Initially, I was a little concerned the Lexus IS sedan would nothing more than a new and some LED lights for 2014 but the 3-Series fighter came out when we were invited to the event earlier in the year. I away impressed with the IS road manners, but most will be shopping for the less IS 250 and it’s taken us this to get our hands on one.

Instead of the IS, Lexus decided to give smallest RWD sedan a complete for 2014. Lexus crafted a new IS with a 3-inch longer that addresses a big complaint the old car – it was too small inside for American The result is an entirely new unibody is three inches longer the old model riding on a three-inch wheelbase. In addition to the stretch the model gets a hair a hair taller and ground drops by half an inch.

In to the Lexus “Spindle” grille up the IS sports an entirely different profile that is easily the expressive in the small luxury Although I like Cadillac’s new ATS on the I think the IS provides a more blend of aggressive and luxury cues from the angry end, to the almost-Swedish shoulder Unfortunately I just haven’t up to the Lexus daytime running which are now divorced from the and have their own cut-out in the cover. Lexus says are styled after the Lexus “L” but just look like “Swooshes” to my eye. Even so, if it my money to spend I’d be torn the restrained but elegant BMW 328i and the but sometimes questionable IS 250. I Cadillac’s angular lines, but I the design just below the BMW and in my mental tally. Add the F-Sport to the IS 250 however and Lexus breaks the tie a more aggressive grille. (In the above.)

Because the GS and LS share interior cues I had expected the IS to follow I was wrong. While the other models have opted for a open and expansive interior the IS feels tight and close to the The feeling is amplified by a high and a tall center console. If you your car to make you “feel then this is the sedan for Rather than the “double style that seems to be right now, Lexus for a tall two-tier look the infotainment screen positioned away from the driver the gauges, and centered in the tall Opting for the F-Sport package the analog gauges with a LCD cluster.

Cabin plastics in the IS the competition, especially those from the driver’s usual While BMW cut a few corners with the 3-Series by using hard low in the dash, the IS maintains a quality no matter how low your hand As you’d expect from one can still get acres of stained and soft leather. “Can” is the word here,since  real can only be found in the top two option in the IS, while all other models get faux-cow that is bonded to the seat foam to prevent or folding as the seat ages. The is perfectly convincing and the only available in the IS 250 F-Sport.

Front seat comfort excellent during my week the IS 250, easily besting the A4, Mercedes C250, Cadillac ATS and the seats in the BMW 328i – but if you the best seats in this you’ll find those in the S60 or the optional M-Sport seats in the Thanks to the wheelbase stretch, legroom is up by 1.6 inches over the generation IS, while front leg grows about an inch at the time. The improved rear is welcome as that has long an IS shortcoming, but it’s obvious by Lexus and Cadillac’s latest fighter that nobody the 3-Series to grow as much as it did in last generation. As a result the beats the IS 250 by a whopping three of rear legroom. The Lexus counter with a slightly trunk, but I found the overall dimensions to be slightly more in the BMW balancing out the extra cube the IS

Although I couldn’t find a example on a dealer lot, the IS with no options is the only way you can the infamous Lexus Remote joystick. All other models use a controller with haptic to control a software interface designed for use with a touchscreen Regardless of the input method, all IS get a 7-inch color LCD positioned far from the driver. The base sports a noticeable low resolution while all other models get a resolution screen of the same The distance from the driver and the plastic bezel conspire to the screen look much than it is. The problem is further by the screen being actually than the competition as well.

2014 brings some software updates to the infotainment including a new home screen above), HD Radio support and information via HD radio instead of so you don’t need an XM subscription to get a traffic map. If you can get beyond the method, the system proved and moderately intuitive. Overall I am still forced to rank system below BMW’s Audi’s MMI, Infinit’s new setup, Volvo’s Sensus, and Mercedes’ aging COMAND The only system to offend my more is with the Cadillac CUE

Operating by the “if it isn’t broken, fit it” mantra, there are no significant under the hood for the IS 250 this That means we have the 2.5L, direct-injection, 60° V6 engine as good for the same 204 ponies and 185 of twist. (The IS 350 gets a version of the same engine, 306 HP and 277 lb-ft.) Just as before, we a 6-speed transmission on offer RWD IS 350 gets a newer 8-speed), AWD commanding $2,535 more. you opt for the F-Sport package, Lexus add a sound amplifying snorkel to the plumbing to amplify the engine’s

With everyone else to forced-induction four-cylinder engines, the V6 engine is what sets the IS 250 I know that calling a V6 or, dare I say it, “buttery smooth” like sacrilege, but since BMW no offers their naturally in-line 6 under the hood of the the refinement crown goes to  There is more going on than just the numbers because the small turbos not deliver more torque, do so across a much broader RPM than Lexus’ 2.5L V6. the Mercedes 1.8L turbo in the blows out more torque a broader band than the six mill in the IS 250. For reasons only to Lexus’ product team, the 220 horsepower IS 300h, mates the same engine to RWD hybrid drivetrain, remains fruit on our shores.

The IS’s 2.5L V6 may be down on compared to the Americans and Germans but it is no when it comes to refinement or note. Sadly refinement isn’t propels you to 60, so when the light green you’ll have a quiet view of the competition’s bumpers. Our tester ran to 60 in 7.02 a full 1.3 seconds slower the 328i and 1 second slower the ATS 2.0T.  Even the 1.8L in the Mercedes C250 and the bargain-basement BMW beat the IS 250 to 60 MPH by a few tenths.

The responsiveness of the IS in corners demonstrates how much Lexus spent engineering the model. The old IS came across as perhaps even sloppy, the third generation chassis is and crisp. Every system in the IS like a team player the numb suspension to the transmission logic and the revised double-wishbone suspension. While the IS isn’t the corner carving machine the ATS is, the IS 250 feels more harmonious and on the road. Oddly enough, the BMW is the card. The E90 3-Series (previous was precise and engaging, but the F30 (current has traded handling prowess for a ride and a ginormous back Meanwhile the Audi and Volvo like a John Deere they encounter a corner and the feels just as you would heavy and soft. That’s not to say the IS is the winner. The Lexus is a hair in the nose than the BMW, so handling is not as neutral as the ATS and because of the deficit, the 328i is faster the track. While the Lexus more precise and engaging the BMW, the 328i’s better balance means it is both in the straightaways and holds its own in the corners. How the Cadillac? It beats both the and the BMW hands down.

Without taking price consideration, the IS 250 makes a compelling for those that value drivetrains, excellent steering and chassis dynamics. If however you performance, luxury amenities and room, the BMW is your best If you’re a BMW shopper that is the “ultimate driving machine” you need to visit the Cadillac

Reviews are nothing without information however. The IS 250 is the cheapest car in shootout by a long shot. The IS the BMW 328i by $3,600 (adjusting for content) and even manages to be less than the BMW 320i. up the BMW and Lexus with navigation, pack and leather and the delta to more than $5,000. The is the same with the Cadillac and with the ATS ringing in $4,200 to more and the C250 a whopping more. The Infiniti Q50 may seem a natural competitor but Infiniti has yet to a model that competes with the low output options in segment.

Lexus GS 250

After a week the IS 250 and a few hours in the Cadillac ATS and 328i in the week something dawned on me. and Cadillac have managed to do they set out to: beat BMW at their own Cadillac has nearly replicated an E90 in terms of handling and chassis Lexus has crafted a drivetrain and rack that are superior in and feel to what BMW is selling. But when the competition caught up BMW to play a different game. By luxury, roominess and fuel BMW has shifted the focus away driving dynamics. (Yep, I that out loud.) And in the process BMW is all the way to the bank. By chasing BMW Lexus has the finest IS 250, yet the sales what Lexus should been chasing is the customer.  For a car guy me, the way the IS 250′s systems seem to in perfect harmony combined the low sticker price make it a For the average shopper however, is an 8-speed automatic and a four-cylinder away from true

Lexus provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

0-30: 2.58

0-60: 7.05 Seconds

1/4 15.37 Seconds @ 89.1 MPH


Noise at 50 MPH: 66 Db

Average Fuel Economy: 27.5 MPG 591 miles

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