Lexus IS 250 Review, Price and Specifications

June 29th, 2012 | Category: Lexus | 1594 Views

Lexus IS 250 Review, Price and Specifications – If you’re shopping for an entry-level luxury sedan with a sporty disposition, you’ll undoubtedly come across the compact Lexus IS 250. Although modestly powered for a premium-brand sport sedan, the IS 250 offers all the other virtues of the current IS series, including precise handling, a top-quality interior and an extensive array of high-tech features. However, choices are many in the highly competitive entry-luxury sedan market. The IS 250 is a respectable pick, but its lack of serious speed will deter hard-core enthusiasts, as will its muted steering feedback. And in terms of comfort, a cramped backseat means it won’t be the best choice for families or those who frequently take on passengers.

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Current Lexus IS 250 :
Lexus sells the IS 250 in a single trim level, with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For power, the 250 comes with a 2.5-liter V6 rated for 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Rear-drive models can be had with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the AWD car is only available with the automatic. If you’re looking for more power, the more potent IS 350 is reviewed separately.

The standard equipment list includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, power front seats, leather upholstery and a 13-speaker sound system. Major options include xenon headlights, heated/ventilated front seats, a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a navigation system and an F Sport package that includes a sport-tuned suspension and sport seats.

On the move, the Lexus IS 250 is smooth-riding and quiet but a bit light on emotion. Handling is secure and precise, particularly with the sport package fitted, but the IS never communicates with its driver the way many of its rivals do. Acceleration is adequate for a car in this price range, but with 0-60-mph estimates of 7.5 seconds, we’d hardly call it pulse-quickening.

Inside, the leather-lined Lexus IS 250 feels luxurious even in standard spec. Seat comfort and passenger legroom are excellent up front, but the backseat offers considerably less legroom than most competing luxury sport sedans.

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Prices for the Lexus IS 250: $ 33.795 – $ 37.425.

Lexus positions its cars along two tracks one plush and detached, the other more visceral and sporty–and the 2012 IS sedans fit into the latter. If you want to make the most of that performance feel, though, just don’t go with the base 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6; it’s smooth but remarkably short on power, especially with the automatic transmission. IS 250 models come with a much more enjoyable 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 but unfortunately only come with the six-speed automatic. They’re a good, responsive team, and overall the IS feels quite agile but never quite on the same high dynamic ground as the BMW 3-Series or Infiniti G37. Rear-wheel drive IS models have a better steering feel than AWD versions.

Inside, the 2012 IS 350 and IS 250 models are true luxury sedans in that they come with leather upholstery, top-notch materials, and a long list of standard features, even in base versions. But as with most compact sport sedans in this class, there’s quite a bit of tire thrum and road coarseness. Front seats are well contoured and firmly padded, bit the IS sedans are tight inside; adults trying to ride in back will find a severe shortage of headroom and legroom, and some taller than six feet might find headroom tight up front.

The 2012 IS Sedans are completely up to snuff with respect to features. Bluetooth hands-free capability is included across the model line, and upgrades include a nav system, retractable moonroof, ventilated front seats, dynamic radar cruise control, adaptive front lighting, and a backup camera. The base sound system includes 13 speakers and 194 watts of power and has iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming. A 300-watt Mark Levinson surround sound system includes ten separate amplifier channels and also has the capability to play audio DVDs and DVD movies.

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Posted by: Neo Anderson
Title: Lexus IS 250 Review, Price and Specifications
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