Capsule Review: Lexus IS250 AWD | The Truth About Cars

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Lexus IS 250

Capsule Review: Lexus AWD

It’s happened, all in a neat of threes. By my decree, the third of the Lexus IS has surpassed the BMW 3 Series. BMW has been busying itself niches for increasingly grotesque Lexus has turned out a pair of great sports sedans, in the GS and now in the new 2014 IS. This from a who’s top sellers are Camry

After spending a week the 2014 Lexus IS250 AWD it me another couple weeks to up about it. That rarely and when it does, it means the car is simply fantastic. You’re all incredulous now, especially this isn’t even the F version with its stiffened tune. This IS should be the exciting of all, except not.

There’s something the way this car is pieced together and burnished that transcends the 2.5 liter V6 and its equally-tiny 204 hp, not to mention the 184 lb-ft of torque. A base-model Malibu has 10 more lb-ft and as much horsepower from a cylinder. A six-speed automatic, with paddle shifters, in comparison to the eight- and nine-speed and the IS has always been known for its dimensions. And yet, it all comes to just feel right.

Let’s get real for a minute. A 204 hp V6 in era is only noteworthy for what it but look past the cylinder and you’ll find that the numbers square with the That Malibu I cited has a 2.5 liter four cylinder, when you think about it, why the torque is better and the horsepower is the same. The Lexus uses 4GR-FSE V6, which has 77 mm of stroke, the Ecotec in the Malibu has a 100 mm stroke. your torque difference, there, though the Chevy’s 88 mm is also larger than the 83 mm diameter of the Lexus V6, which bigger pistons travelling a distance and fewer firing to go around. So, while it rocks a V6, the power level is right on the for a 2.5 liter engine, and because a 60-degree V6, it doesn’t rock a four.

The BMW 3 Series, the clear for anyone making this of car, now uses a four as its standard engine, and back it was still an “E” instead of an “F,” it was the same size as the 2014 IS. The 3 Series has put on inches and pounds the IS 250 has stayed tight. The new Lexus language, Spindle Grille and is at its most handsome here, characterful taillights that seamlessly into the creased line that runs the tops of the doors and the pointed edges of the lenses align with a feature line from the rocker panels. The new IS is a car.

Because of its standard V6, the IS 250 has fewer bad to manage, and maybe that’s why so good vibes are able to their way to the palms of your and the seat of your pants. The IS to feel tiny and old. It was than a Corolla, kinda and didn’t reward the driver for up with any of its shortcomings. The 2014 IS is still about Corolla-sized. In there’s significantly more legroom in the lowly Toyota, and dimensions, like wheelbase, length and trunk size are spitting distance of each Just looking at the numbers give you the impression what the IS is a Lexus Corolla, but that’s not so.

Have you stopped dreaming what a Lexed-up Corolla be like? It’s not likely you’ll confuse the workaday with the sufficiently premium IS. Getting into the IS 250 is a reminder of a when cars didn’t visibility for crash test The base of the windshield is nice and and from the driver’s seat an easy lean to adjust the passenger side HVAC The IS is a cozy environment, with the A topping out just above forehead. And of course, there’s back seat with a 32.2 inches of legroom. just 101 cubic feet of volume, claustrophobes need not

Lexus IS 250

The benefit of this dimensional is that it makes the tired, car writer phrases work. really *do* “fall at hand,” for example. The materials are quality, from the supportive, widely-adjustable seats to the plastics on the and door panels, right to the knobs. The 2014 IS 250 feels in your hands, even the controls. The acorn-colored, handsomely-stitched with heat and ventilation very agreeable, though the bolstering of the available sport would have been welcome.

Control stalks feel the steering wheel has nubbins to a proper grip for getting the out of the chassis, and even the touch-sensitive temperature adjustment is responsive and not like the button-free options in or Lincoln models. It may be somewhat of whimsy, but the interior of the 2014 IS is a den of quality. The Lexus mouse is there, too, giving you over the infotainment system can link up with your and an online account and apps. The can read text messages to you and are also canned responses you can send back through paired phone while You can add to the presets, as well, and that’s slick, if not a whole lot less than fumbling with a

The IS is now highway bomber happy to along in the fast lane at extra-legal speeds without the least bit perturbed by it. It may be powered by a engine, and the AWD version I drove has underbits to sponge up acceleration, but tiny V6 is a heart of gold. In while the IS 350 has 100 more horsepower surely entertaining in its own right, the IS 250 lack for grins. There’s places where you can exercise the stable, anyway, but you can enjoy the ride and handling balance is a just-right blend of control and absorption. Someone at Lexus how to tune a suspension, and again, isn’t even an F-Sport. corner becomes an opportunity to the line, you get useful feedback the steering wheel and it even up through corners just it’s supposed to.

If you’re looking to be astounded in take a 2014 Lexus IS for a Start with the 250. I it’s all I’ve cracked it up to be. To use tired-ass hack autowriter the 2014 IS 250 AWD is truly a Goldilocks It’s always entertaining, it has AWD for weather (probably only useful when paired winter tires), it’s a car that’s very comfortable and composed, and even with the V6, it’s confident and assertive on the if not outright speedy.

Here’s the highest praise I can a car: I would buy this. right. If I had $45K to spend on a the 2014 Lexus IS 250 AWD would be a I’d happily make. Now you know the of what the car pundit would if this industry paid as as we wish it did.


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Lexus IS 250
Lexus IS 250
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