2013 Lexus IS 250C Reviews — Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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Lineup of sports coupes and convertibles expands


The Lexus IS lineup of sedans, coupes and convertibles for 2011 with more and more all-wheel drive The Lexus IS models, available in body styles, are designed to style and performance comparable to of the BMW 3 Series but at lower prices.

Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 are available with a new F Package. The 2011 Lexus IS 350 now all-wheel drive, which to be available for the IS 250. And Lexus IS get subtle styling revisions for The F-Sport Package ($2,440) for IS 250 RWD and IS 350 RWD the F-Sport suspension, sport aluminum scuff plates, 18-inch alloy wheels 225/40R18 tires (summer or front and rear spoilers, grille, sport steering and shift knob, sport with microfiber inserts, front seats.

The Lexus IS are built on a rear-wheel-drive platform, the choice for sporty handling. sleek and relatively light, cars offer paddle-shift good brakes and strong performance. Boasting 306 horsepower, the IS 350 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

The IS F is a high-performance coupe powered by a 5.0-liter V8, allowing it to compete the BMW M3. Boasting a top speed of 170 mph, the IS F is by any measure. The 2011 Lexus IS F from suspension changes.

The IS 250 and IS 350 in sedan and convertible versions. The is comfortable for two and can seat five, but it is not a car like the Lexus ES 350. The seat is not commodious, with legroom at a premium, though is a car seat anchor for the little

The Lexus IS 250 C and IS 350 C are true convertibles, from hardtop coupe to roadster with the press of a With the top up, they look coupes. With the top down, look like convertibles.

For new HID headlamps with LED daytime lamps are standard on the IS 350 and optional on the IS In addition, a new front grille and highlight the 2011 Lexus IS while at the rear, there’s a new cover and revised tailpipe The IS models also feature new 17-inch and optional 18-inch

The new F Sport Package for 2011 IS 250 and IS 350 models uses the new suspension of the IS F, and 18-inch alloy wheels a dark super-chrome finish. The F package includes a front lip and rear deck spoiler, a dark chrome front insert, F Sport badging, and the of Ultrasonic Blue Mica to the colors. For the interior, unique seats feature a special insert and leather side to provide grip for the driver and during cornering, and F Sport to the steering wheel.

All 2011 Lexus models a standard new brake override that automatically reduces when the gas and brake pedals are at the same time.

2011 IS models come standard leather upholstery; dual-zone control; SmartAccess keyless with pushbutton engine and a satellite-ready 194-watt, 13-speaker with 6CD changer and MP3 auxiliary input jack.

The IS 250 comes a 2.5-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed gearbox ($32,145) or 6-speed ($33,315). The IS 250 AWD ($35,775) features drive and comes standard the automatic transmission. The AWD model gets special perforated upholstery and Bird’s-eye maple

The IS 350 ($38,570) comes with a V6 and 6-speed automatic. More braking and electronic stability augment its additional performance. The IS 350 AWD ($41,030) adds all-wheel

The F-Sport Package ($2,440) for IS 250 RWD and IS 350 RWD the F-Sport suspension, sport aluminum scuff plates, 18-inch alloy wheels 225/40R18 tires (summer or front and rear spoilers, grille, sport steering and shift knob, sport with microfiber inserts, front seats.

The IS 250 C and IS 350 C are two-door that feature a convertible The IS 250 C is available with 6-speed ($39,890) or 6-speed automatic. The IS 350 C is available with a choice of ($41,060) or automatic ($45,340).

The IS 350C F Sport Special ($55,120) comes loaded everything. Only 175 of them be built. (All New Car Test prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Prices, which do not include charge and may change at any time notice.)

The IS F ($59,010) is a special coupe featuring a powerful V8 8-speed transmission, speed-rated and sports suspension.


IS sedans employ tightly edgy bodywork to create a sporty identity. The convertible IS C and the IS F models have longer and unique body panels, but all share the Lexus IS family

A wide track and high deck give the IS the crouching, leaning stance of a sprinter in the The front tires are one size than the rear tires, accentuates the road-hungry look. shaped body contours, a ducktail-curved trunk lid and aerodynamic contribute to a sleek profile a 0.28 coefficient of drag. performance, high-efficiency LED taillights, lights and license plate are molded into the design. The steel exhaust pipes performance.

The IS C convertible retains the fundamental and characteristics of the sedans, but in a two-door, configuration. The windshield angle has revised, and every body except the hood required modification to blend with the roof. Visually, with the top the ISC looks lower and wider the sedan.

To make access to the more practical, the doors are and they open wider. The folds up when the driver down a button on the dash, 15 electric motors to convert for driving in 20 seconds.

In any convertible, strength is an important safety The frame of the IS C has been reinforced by use of rocker panel structure, steel in the A and B pillars, and a system of braces across the underbody. To impingement on trunk space, the IS C was enlarged by 2.25 inches to accommodate the top mechanism.


The IS cabin is oriented around The front seats blend with performance. They are and supportive, but not overly firm, and adjustable. We found they comfortable even on a daylong at least for our average frames. The are mounted on a fairly long track to provide 44 inches of legroom for taller drivers, but at the of back-seat accommodations.

Rear-seat in the sedan is reasonably easy. We generous hip room, but not much in the back. The rear seat is upright, with two deeply seats at either side. The for a fifth passenger would be on the hump. Although there is a and seatbelt set for the middle seat, clearly designed for temporary or possibly a car seat. We view the IS as a car built for driver and passenger, two more on occasion.

The Lexus IS uses sophisticated lighting and design to convey a sense of and luxury. The interior features designed displays and controls are easy to see and use. A focused area conveys the sporting of the car, while premium materials and attention to detail consistent to the Lexus identity. integrated metallic or maple helps create an elegant

Controls and gauges are designed to visual clutter, including the clear Optitron gauges. The are brightly lit, located and center, dominated by a 160-mph and 8000-rpm tach. The multi-information located within the speedometer a trip computer that six different informational functions in one including outside temperature, range, average fuel average fuel consumption refueling, current fuel and average speed. The display includes an oil-maintenance reminder and warnings. Additional features are to the multi-information display depending on options. When an IS model is with Dynamic Radar Control, the display can show a car with the selected following When equipped with Park Assist, the display can a car icon with the location and of objects detected near the

The IS C is different from the sedan in a of ways. Like all hard-top the IS C roof intrudes on trunk when folded. With the top up, is almost 11 cubic feet of space; with the top down, 2.3 cubic feet, assuming a spare tire. That’s enough for two golf bags, the vinyl cargo cover may some consternation to the unschooled. To more space, run-flat are offered as an option, which the need for a spare tire.

that the open-air driving can be marred by ambient noise, and exposure to heat or cold, attention has been paid to comfort. Wind noise has kept to an absolute minimum, and in the passenger cabin has been by careful study of the mirrors and design. Indeed, this driving around the neighborhood the top down most pleasant. The IS C panel is shared with the IS but the dials are a different color, more contrast to improve when the top is down.

Based on the position and the amount of sunlight, the control system compensates for temperature by adjusting air outlet and air flow volume. The audio is also automatically equalized to the current acoustic field, of outside noise, when the top is or closed.

We found the standard system sounded great in quiet cabin, and it was easy to on a conversation in a quiet tone of

The Lexus Premium Audio (standard) features a six-disc, CD changer, 194 watts of total and 13 speakers. Automatic Sound (ASL) maintains consistent levels at varying vehicle Also included are iPod/USB Bluetooth, and an integrated satellite

The 14-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio available as a stand-alone option or in with the optional DVD touch-screen system, features discrete 5.1 playback with 7.1-channel architecture. Its 10 amplifier channels 300 watts total output at 0.1 total harmonic distortion. The Levinson system plays CDs and DVDs, plus MP3/WMA-formatted DVD movies can be viewed on the optional system’s color seven-inch screen, though only the parking brake is engaged.



The Lexus IS is a quick, car, but it’s easy to Meanwhile, in traffic jams, and roads, any IS can be a serene cocoon. We that there is hardly any noise coming through the very little vibration at the and pedal, steering is light and and wind noise is kept to a

On winding roads, the Lexus IS is balanced. (This is especially of the IS 350 C, which has a 52/48 weight front to rear.) The IS models from side to side minimal body roll, and brake/throttle/brake applications don’t appreciable front-end dive. The rear suspension offers a ride with ample over the bumps, with a level of road holding and under lateral transitions.

is through an electric power-assisted The advantage of electric power is that it reduces energy yielding a 3 percent fuel improvement over conventional systems. During an afternoon inland from the San Diego we thought the steering felt at higher speeds, with on-center feedback at low speeds. might not be as positive as that in a BMW 3 but it takes less effort at low and the difference between the two seems

The IS 250 is equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 that delivers 204 horsepower at RPM and 185 pound-feet of peak torque at rpm. The IS 250 is EPA-rated at 21/29 mpg We found it offers plenty of for everyday driving.

The IS 250, or automatic, is a fun car to drive. We drove an IS 250 a manual transmission around the Infineon road racing near Sonoma, California. We the 6-speed manual’s shifting solid.

We drove an IS 250 C and found quality to be nice and relatively though not soft, over neighborhood streets and decaying The top is very easy to operate. motoring top-down we noticed our far more than in a hard

The IS 250 AWD, the slowest and heaviest of the IS has a weight penalty of some 220 over the RWD automatic model. said, the AWD can still do 140 mph and 0-60 in 7.9 and offer all-weather performance in that see significant rain and The AWD is the only model that heated front seats as equipment.

The IS 350 is faster than the IS 250 by a margin. The IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that 306 horsepower, 277 pound-feet of torque, and can hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Not only does it more power than the it has bigger brakes and more rear axle gearing. On the track, we zoomed past driver in an IS 250. There is torque throughout the rev range, so management is a relaxed process all but the most critical circumstances. The IS 350 is not a demanding car to drive.

The automatic transmission is remarkably about sensing driver demand, so when asked, it onto a gear past rpm, and perhaps more downshifts when appropriate. we took control of the shifting via shifters, the car demanded more and a willingness to manage the revs. We think we would use the paddle on an everyday basis. On a winding road, we found paddle was fun for a while, but we’re not sure it was all much faster. On a racetrack, the shifters can result in more and mistakes are not good for lap times.

The IS 350 F has a different character than the IS 350. It isn’t difficult to though on the race track it us to go faster and faster until our were challenged to drive the car as as it was capable. This is a car that has potential, in its cornering and brakes. We the paddle-shifting transmission. On the street, quality is firm. We found the F suspension annoyingly rough on streets. A full cup of coffee be sloshed all over your

While on the track, we checked to see the played by the electronic stability system. We first drove an IS 350 F with the electronic stability switched on and found that it too intrusive. In fact, it kept us out of at one moment. Then we turned it and let the F Sport drift, to feel its balance. Lexus said the suspension changes to the shock springs, anti-rollbars and bushings improved the precision of the handling a keeping the chassis flatter.

on the IS 350 offer strong, straight and inspire confident driving. pedal pressure brings progressive slowing but it’s to invoke immediate stopping with just a bit more The system is built around disc brakes; the IS 350 gets front calipers. The tires are one smaller in the front than the which enhances steering and the braking power of the front

The IS F with its V8 engine has an electronically top speed of 170 mph and is capable of accelerating 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The Lexus IS F is one fast The IS F comes with Y-rated a stiffer suspension, 8-speed and a full-throttle exhaust note means business. The IS F is about inches longer than an IS 350 in to fit its 416-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine the hood. Even with the V8, the IS F has an EPA of 16/23 mpg.

The 2011 Lexus IS F features suspension changes. Among shock absorbers (new springs that limit spring rates, anti-rollbar and control-arm bushings with inserts to increase rotational

Active safety is much in on the Lexus IS. For emergency stopping, is four-channel anti-lock braking, six different electronic systems with traction, stability, and control. These systems are by the comprehensive stability control Lexus calls VDIM Dynamics Integrated Management) makes electronic intervention less obtrusive than any of the safety systems alone. We get to a spot where we initiated from the VDIM, but we have it in controlled circumstances in other vehicles, and we know how well it In an extreme emergency, VDIM can lock individual wheels to a car through a turn it would make by driver intervention And it can do it without scrubbing off much VDIM is billed as a safety and it is, but it brings such hugely handling enhancements we think it be considered a performance system as The system is switchable, but VDIM is so less obtrusive than stability control that are few occasions when we’d the need to switch it off.

The IS models are fast, fun, cars with rear-wheel They offer Lexus-quality contemporary design, and a surprisingly array of prices, performance and luxury appointments. The IS 250 is a sensible fun to drive. The IS 350 delivers excellent Add the F Sport packages and you’ll a real sports sedan. The IS F delivers racecar levels of

John Stewart contributed to NewCarTestDrive.com report after his drive of the Lexus IS models Newport Beach, California; Sam reported from Infineon at Sonoma, California.


Lexus IS 250 ($32,145), IS 250 automatic IS 250 C ($39,890); IS 250 C automatic ($41,060); IS 250 AWD IS 350 ($38,570); IS 350 C ($45,340); IS 350 AWD ($41,030); IS F IS 350C F Sport Special ($55,120).


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