2014 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sdn RWD

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The 2014 Lexus IS 250 reaps significant benefits from its all-new design features, while delivering above-average engine and safety equipment. This sedan also rides and handles better than most vehicles in its class, making it an excellent purchase overall.



The 2014 Lexus IS 250 is an all-new car this year, offering new and improved bodywork, excellent performance and a wide array of special features. This sedan (also available as a convertible) definitely leaves a very good first impression – though once you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a few issues, which might detract from the overall experience. Despite a few outstanding problems, this new Lexus is still a much more likeable car than its predecessors, so if you thought those models were subpar, you might still like this one.

What you’ll notice first is the new and revised exterior, with IS’s “spindle grille” being the most obvious addition to the proceedings. The F Sport variant also gets a completely black mesh grille, located within the spindle silhouette. This results in an open “jaw” that endows the car with a sporty face. In fact, there’s a sense of sportiness to the whole body, not just the face, thanks to the car’s lovingly chiselled sides and pointy taillights. As a whole, the new Lexus IS looks clean and simple, which is exactly how it should be.

This simplicity and cleanliness can be easily found on the inside as well – since the cabin has received a complete redesign too. Thanks to a two-tier dashboard, everything seems much more upscale and refined. You’ll also notice that the controls in the centre stack have a very clear layout, which makes them incredibly easy to use. The LCD screen could use a few improvements, however, since its display has a surprisingly low resolution. On top of that, the screen isn’t controlled by your fingers, instead relying on a joystick off to the side. It’s not terrible by any means, but it is a bit clunky and unintuitive.

Another issue you’ll encounter is the size of the cabin – it’s just not as spacious as the competition, with the 3-series BMW being much larger. The Lexus is 183.7 inches long overall, featuring a 110.2-wheel base. While these numbers aren’t bad, they’re not exactly great either. The back passengers might have a hard time fitting in, especially if they’re very tall, while some of your cargo may be too big for the IS’s admittedly modest trunk.

The engine that this 2014 Lexus carries is not too bad, but it could be better. Its 2.5-litre V-6 can pump out 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. This is a decent output, but it’s not top-of-the-line – since the 3-series BMW can produce a bit more. What’s worse is that the Lexus IS also fails to deliver competitive fuel economy, leaving it a somewhat forgettable car in this aspect. You may also be surprised to find out that this car is missing manual transmission, offering only a six-speed automatic.

Despite failing to provide a reasonable engine, the new IS manages to excel in other areas – like handling and ride. Lexus has re-tuned suspension and stiffened the chassis, which allows the sedan to handle like no other vehicle in its class – even the 3-series BMW fails to compete against it. That said, the handling here is a mere improvement over the last year’s model, not the next step in its evolution. As for the ride, it’s smooth enough to make you forget road bumps even exist, which is something that other vehicles in its class fail to do – at least, on the same level.

In the end, the feeling that you’re likely to walk away with after test-driving the 2014 Lexus IS 250 is that it’s not particularly memorable. While many other vehicles in its class offer speed and eye-catching looks, the Lexus IS has focused on giving you precise handling and a stable ride, both of which often end up being overlooked. So, if you’re more interested in how a car “feels” as opposed to how it looks or how fast it drives, then the new Lexus may be for you.



The 2014 Lexus IS 250 has received a very significant redesign this year, looking much more aesthetically pleasing than the last year’s model. Available either as a sedan or a convertible, the new IS 250 is a treat for the eyes.

The first thing you’ll notice is the IS’s new “spindle” grille, which looks sort of like an hourglass, and provides that aggressive edge, which was missing in the older models. You’ll also notice that the sedan features angular and rigid lines around the front end, including the grille, as well as slim and elegant curves on the sides and at the back. In fact, the IS 250 has the most expressive side profile in the small luxury segment. The only car that can measure up to it is the new Cadillac ATS. That said, it’s missing the IS’s perfect blend of luxury and ferociousness, so it’s not quite as unique or appealing in its appearance.

You may, however, feel a little turned off by the Lexus IS’s somewhat silly daytime running lamps, which look like the Nike swooshes and feel completely detached from the styling of the car’s headlights. That said, it’s still a very decent vehicle that puts up a very good fight against its stiff competition, which includes the 3-series BMW and Cadillac ATS.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
4dr Sdn RWD$37,300 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn AWD$39,900 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

October 26, 2014 thru October 31, 2014
Cash
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
4dr Sdn AWD$39,900$0$1,000
4dr Sdn RWD$37,300$0$1,000
Finance
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
4dr Sdn AWD$0$1,0000.90%0.90%1.90%2.60%N/AN/AN/A
4dr Sdn RWD$0$1,0000.90%0.90%1.90%2.60%N/AN/AN/A
Lease
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
4dr Sdn AWD$0$1,0000.90%0.90%1.90%2.60%N/AN/AN/A
4dr Sdn RWD$0$1,0000.90%0.90%1.90%2.60%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

EnginePremium Unleaded V-6
Horsepower @RPM204
Displacement2.5 L/152
Torque @RPM184
Fuel SystemDirect Gasoline Injection
Fuel Economy (Hwy)6.5 L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)9.8 L/100 km
Body type4dr Car
Passenger5
Drive TrainN/A
TransmissionN/A
Power and Performance:

Under the hood, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 doesn’t offer as many changes as in its design, but it’s still decent. The sedan comes with a 2.5-litre, direct-injection V-6 engine that produces 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. If you’re familiar with the last year’s model, then you’ll realize that this is the exact same engine. Just like before, it offers a six-speed automatic transmission only. Despite this minor flaw, the fact that Lexus comes with a V-6 instead of a generic four-cylinder, means that it’s a notch above all the other vehicles in its class. Even the BMW 328i has lost its V-6 privileges, making Lexus the undisputed king of this segment.

That said, the IS 250 doesn’t quite perform so well in the fuel efficiency area, carrying very average rates. The regular sedan variant has EPA ratings of 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. Equipped with the all-wheel-drive, the sedan gets those ratings up to 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. Finally, the IS 250 C – or the convertible – bears the same ratings as the base sedan model, so there’s nothing special here. Overall, you won’t find much to hate about these numbers, but they could be better, that’s for sure.

Interiors and Special Features:

The 2014 Lexus IS 250 features the same lean and crisp aesthetics on the inside as it does on the outside. It has a wide centre console dashboard and a two-tier dashboard that practically screams “luxury.” In other words, this interior matches what you’ll find in much more expensive vehicles this year. Materials, such as plastics, are also very impressive, especially those further away from the driver’s normal reach. In fact, the IS 250 features the best plastics in its class, outshining even the 3-series BMW.

In terms of front comfort, the sedan outshines almost every single car in this segment, including the Audi A4, Mercedes C250, Cadillac ATS and even the base BMW 328i. The two cars that the IS 250 doesn’t have beat are the new Volvo S60 and the top trim of the 328i. Otherwise, this Lexus is very, very cosy at the front. You also get extra 1.6 inches of legroom in the back and a much bigger trunk than in the previous model. In spite of that, the 3-series provides three inches more backspace and a slightly bigger trunk too – because the last year’s BMW was roughly as big as this year’s IS.

But one of the biggest turn-offs, however, is the car’s somewhat questionable infotainment system. Almost all the IS 250 models, with the exception of the base one, come with the famous Lexus Remote Touch joystick, which can be used to control the software interface that appears on the car’s seven-inch LCD screen. The issue with this is the fact that the joystick is far too clunky for this sort of task – especially since the screen was initially designed to be a touchscreen. On top of that, the resolution of the interface is low too, making it difficult to read. That said, the actual features are easy to navigate and use, so it’s not bad in that regard.

Other features include an eight-speaker audio system with in-dash CD and HD Radio plus SiriusXM, basic voice recognition, automatic climate control and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Optional features are a Mark Levinson audio package and 15 speakers of 7.1-channel surround sound.

Safety features:

When it comes to safety, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 has definitely upped its game. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded it four stars for frontal tests and five stars for side impact and rollover tests, adding up to five stars overall. This rating is one star greater than that of the last year’s model, which is nothing but a good thing. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it top “good” ratings in all tests except for front crash prevention, which has earned the car just a “basic” rating.

The safety features include the infotainment system that provides free traffic and weather updates, ten airbags, lane departure warning, blind spot notification, cross-traffic warning and optional crash prevention system.

Brakes

Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft) 10.8

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100

Emissions

G/km Of CO2 Emissions 191
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A

Engine

Displacement 2.5 L/152
Engine Type Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 204
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 184

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in) 56.3
Length, Overall (in) 183.7
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61
Wheelbase (in) 110.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.9

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 66

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 38.2
Front Hip Room (in) N/A
Front Leg Room (in) 44.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft) 88.3
Second Head Room (in) 36.9
Second Hip Room (in) N/A
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.7

Mileage

Battery Range (km) N/A
Cruising Range - City (mi) 1583.25
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 2387.06
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 9.8
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 6.5
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - City N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Combined N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Hwy N/A

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire Size P225/45VR17
Rear Tire Size P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size Compact

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A

Transmission

Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.58
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Trans Type 6

Vehicle

EPA Classification Compact Cars

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3461

Wheels

Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact

MECHANICAL

Engine: 2.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve -inc: dual Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i), Direct Injection System (DIS) and Electronic Throttle Control System w/intelligence (ETCS-i)
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT) and Sequential Multi-Mode shifter
Rear-Wheel Drive
3.73 Axle Ratio
65-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
100 Amp Alternator
4630# Gvwr
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
66 L Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 17" Aluminum Alloy w/Wheel Locks
Tires: P225/45R17 AS -inc: compact spare tire
Steel Spare Wheel
Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint
Body-Coloured Front Bumper
Body-Coloured Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Coloured Door Handles
Body-Coloured Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
Front License Plate Bracket
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: Lexus Premium Audio AM/FM CD -inc: MP3/WMA player, audio auxiliary input jack, USB audio input, Bluetooth capability, integrated XM satellite radio, 8 speakers, diversity antenna, glass imprinted antenna, satellite roof mounted fin antenna and steering wheel audio controls, Single In-Dash DVD
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Radio Data System and DVD-Audio
194w Regular Amplifier
Audio Theft Deterrent
Digital Signal Processor
Wireless Streaming

INTERIOR

Front Heated Sport Seats -inc: driver seat adjustments including 8-way power adjustable driver seat and power lumbar support, and passenger seat adjustments including 8-way power
NuLuxe Leatherette Bucket Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Bench Front Facing NuLuxe Leatherette Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
5 Person Seating Capacity
Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Front Cigar Lighter(s)
Ashtray
Compass
Proximity Key For Doors And Ignition
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim, Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim and Carpet Mat
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest and Rear Centre Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
First Aid Kit
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

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