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2006 Lexus IS250 — Short Take Road Test — Car Reviews — Car and Driver

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2006 Lexus IS250

An sports sedan that a bit more protein and a real seat.

In the hope of attracting buyers, Lexus last replaced its sales-lagging sporty-compact with two cars for 2006, the and the IS350. The more-powerful IS350 at $36,030 and comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 making 306 horsepower and 277 of torque. But we think Lexus the ball by not offering a manual on this little powerhouse on

If you wish to row your own, the IS250 is your only It starts at a more obtainable and comes standard with a manual (the automatic is an option). And it needs it-this 2.5-liter V-6 makes 204 horsepower and 185 of torque at a lofty 4800 Math geniuses can tell you 102 fewer horses than the

The 2.5-liter pulls the IS to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, two slower than the 3.5-liter. that’s 0.1 second quicker the fastest IS300 we’d tested. The IS250 jogs the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 90 mph that old IS), compared the 3.5-liter’s 13.7-second sprint at

Straight-line performance aside, the is a pleasure to drive, even than its big brother. The IS350 135 more pounds than the IS250, and with extra carried over its handsome the 350 understeers more than like. Also, the more car’s suspension feels a bit and overzealous, whereas the 250’s composed and tight. There’s understeer on corner entry, but a squeeze on the throttle is enough to your line for a precise and blast to the next corner. For balance, we’d take the over the IS350.


The 250’s mission is to make buyers of a BMW 325i think It’s worth a look. Bimmer starts at about a more ($31,595), comes a six-speed and a 3.0-liter inline-six makes 215 horsepower and 185 pound-feet at a low rpm. Its specs are nearly to the IS250’s, but BMW seems to make use of them-the German car gets to 60 mph a second before the IS250 and 0.7 more quickly through the (14.7 seconds) at 94 mph. And the feels right when Clutch engagement, shifting, and steering all respond exactly as should. On the other hand, the clutch, for one, engages too at the end of its pedal travel, which can to embarrassing lurches from a light. So although the IS250’s verge on those of BMW’s 3-series, the Lexus doesn’t quite as planted. For pure BMW still has the edge.

The styling Lexus gave the new IS turns the car from sharp to The body fits tight and low the chassis with cool flares at each corner. Yet the shape remains graceful. And BMW has a similarly tight design, its space is vastly better the IS250’s (41 cubic feet to the 34, with four more of legroom).

LEXUS IS250/300

Inside, the new Lexus has a more look, and the leather and plastic even better than in the original model. Lexus the previous IS300’s chronograph-style cluster with two easy-to-read gauges. And in this age of techno the dash layout is retro and intuitive. For example, the radio has two knobs-one for volume, the other for Brilliant!

The IS250’s list of equipment includes keyless and start, dual-zone climate a 13-speaker stereo with a changer and auxiliary input, and a sunroof. Most of those are on a 325i. Our tester came the $194 Preferred Accessory (trunk mat, cargo and wheel locks) and the $1290 package that includes trim and fantastic heated and leather seats.

And for that occasional run through the when you’d rather not the electronics interfere with tire-sliding ambitions, here’s how to down the stability system. the car with the hand brake Press the brake pedal and hold. Engage the hand twice and hold. Repeat the skid lights appear on the The ABS does not shut off. the engine is subsequently turned off and switched back on, the stability is reactivated. (Presumably, this works on all new Toyota and Lexus and it’s easier than it

The IS250 offers tremendous to anyone looking for an affordable, luxury car. But we strongly a high-protein diet to beef up the

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