2014 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 Launch Impressions By Steve Purdy

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2014 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 Launch By Steve Purdy

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2014 LEXUS IS 250 AND 350

Impressions

By Steve Purdy

Michigan Bureau


A wise once said “You get a second chance to make a impression.” We spent this day our first impression of the mostly third generation Lexus IS IS is the smallish, entry-level sedan Toyota’s luxury division and has around since about with a major redesign in

The interior shows fresh trends with a variety of quality materials and a more theme. Leather surfaces the space with lots of and other complimentary materials flow nicely together for a feel. With 3-inches wheel base the interior increased but much of that to enhance rear seat Most controls and information are laid out and the only problem I had was to get the navigation systems map to orient north at the top. (More on details when we do a full of the car later this year.)

An of that focus on youngsters establishing two new functions at all dealerships a delivery specialist to go over all of the complex new car and technology specialists who are to instruct the new owner on the extensive and deep technology. These will have no sales so they can focus entirely on sure the customer knows all his/her new automobile.

The IS can be had with either a 2.5-liter V6 just over 200 horsepower and 185 of torque or a 3.5-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and a solid 277 pound-feet of The IS 250, IS 350 F-Sport and both drive versions come the carry-over 6-speed automatic The IS 350 comes with a new 8-speed Zero-to-60mph times range 5.6 seconds for the rear-wheel drive 350 to 8.3 for the all-wheel drive 250. engines require premium EPA estimates fuel economy for the ES 250 at and 19/28/22 for the ES 350. Subtract a mpg for all-wheel drive models.

LEXUS IS250/350

Base price for the IS 250 is $35,950 and for the drive version and $38,485 for drive. The IS 350 starts at $39,900. of these are very well cars but most customers be adding some features so prices for most of these range from the mid $30,000 to the mid Pricing, they tell us, is below the previous model $1,400 worth of previously equipment that is now standard. features include: 17-inch wheels, power moonroof, exhaust with shinny fog lamps, HID head lamps LED running lights, LED tail shark-fin antenna, SiriusXM radio with 90-day and lots more.

While much of the rest of the will get a hybrid version of the IS we not see it here in the U.S. They the ES and the CT Hybrids will cover base. We do, however, get an “F-Sport” of either the IS 250 or IS 350 which adds no power but a nice variety of and handling extras.

We were to spend some time all the new IS models on both a defined course set up at the Michigan International and along the back roads of central Michigan. In a nutshell, we can say the performance and driving dynamics of all of the IS are impressive. We found the handling under all the conditions we were to experience in our half day behind the

The IS is a small four-door sporty with sleek roofline and I it a challenge to get into and out of both and rear seats. I’ll to report, though, I’m bigger, and less flexible than on whom the IS is focused. Otherwise, I nothing to grouse about. have more to say once had the opportunity for a full review.

The new IS models are expected at Lexus this summer.

Look out 3-Series – there’s a new in town.

©Steve Purdy, Productions, All Rights Reserved

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