First drive: 2014 Lexus IS 250 AWD has grip, just not enough glory | Digital…

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Lexus IS 250

First drive: 2014 IS 250 AWD has grip, just not enough

For an introductory drive of the 2014 IS, chose North Carolina’s Resort and Rockingham Speedway, is fitting, because those two represent where this brand is, and where it wants to go.

in 1895, Pinehurst is one of the best in the world to golf. Rockingham is a racetrack.

Lexus wants to younger buyers. In other people who don’t spend time at the country club, but do a bit of vigorous driving.

“We can’t the importance of the IS and the entry luxury Lexus national product manager Owen Peacock referring to the segment dominated by cars like the BMW 3 Series and ATS.

So has Lexus pulled it We started at the bottom of the lineup to out.

That face

The first one notices about the 2014 IS 250 is its The headlines include Lexus’ “spindle” grille, which like a gaping maw threatening to passing Geo Metros, a set of LED strips the headlights, and a curved line starts at the bottoms of the rear and meets the pointed edges of the

This is by far Lexus’ most attempt to create a styling that is both exciting and to the brand. The results are mixed: some angles, the car looks perfect, but from others the unusual details just jibe.

Either way, the IS will definitely get noticed. not something we’ve ever able to say about a Lexus short of the bonkers IS F.

Gauging enthusiasm

The transformation on the inside, with a decidedly interior.

The wood and tan leather we associate with Lexus has replaced by a more functional and center stack that the larger GS. The analog clock though.

Nestled between the is a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display, can show everything from the radio station to a compass. not as flashy as the LFA-inspired digital on the performance-oriented F Sport models, but it is easier to read while

The seven-inch center stack which displays audio, control, and navigation menus, is cooperative. While Lexus allow drivers to prioritize they’re seeing with a home screen, the graphics something to be desired.

The IS 250 we drove was with the optional Remote controller. It’s basically a that controls infotainment with a cursor and a click. easier to use than most screens, but that’s not saying We’d prefer old fashioned

Ergonomically, the rest of the interior is well sorted. The seats are and decently bolstered, all of the controls are easy reach, and the top of the steering is flat, allowing the driver to view the TFT display.

Headroom is even for drivers under six tall, but a stretched wheelbase inches longer than year) yields decent

Another plus is that all IS models, including ones navigation get free real-time and weather updates.

That’s all you get standard, however. Navigation, includes 3D maps and a “street with computer generated is optional, as is Lexus’ Enform App

Lexus IS 250

It’s a sedan, but is it sporty?

On it doesn’t seem so. The 2014 IS 250 has the 2.5-liter V6 as last year, 204 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. available with either or all-wheel drive. However, not the whole story.

It’s a the IS 250 doesn’t have more because the chassis is capable of it. The all-wheel drive IS 250 we drove at were composed and confidence-inspiring in the much more so than the IS 350 AWD Lexus brought along for Regardless of which wheels are driven, the ride was smooth.

the same story on the road. is adequate, but the chassis continues to Cruising down U.S. 1, the IS 250 settled down, providing ride and transitioning from sedan to luxury car.


The 2014 IS 250 starts at which nets a solid with a good chassis, power, and a few tech toys. if you want your IS to be better good, you’ll have to pay

Buyers looking to up the tech will want to consider the system and Mark Levinson (bundled together for $3,225), or a camera ($350).

Anyone for a real sports sedan seriously consider upgrading to the IS 350 and its 306 hp 3.5-liter V6.


Overall, the Lexus IS range offers an combination of luxury, sportiness and but not at the bottom of that range. The IS 250 shows that Lexus has a fundamentally good car, a stylish exterior, luxurious and well-sorted chassis.

However, the IS 250 doesn’t give buyers of those qualities. Whether you a car that is truly sporty, or want to load it up with you’ll need to start option boxes. Otherwise, be stuck at the country club.

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