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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Lexus IS 250

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Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 20 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard safety features
  • Upscale interior
  • Great steering feel
Cons
  • Lazy manual mode on automatic models
  • Non-folding back seat
  • Back seat somewhat cramped

Introduction

Available in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations, the IS 250 is powered by a 204 horsepower 2.5-liter V6. The rear-wheel drive IS 250 utilizes a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic with Formula 1 inspired paddle-shifters available as an option. The all-wheel drive IS 250 uses the six-speed automatic transmission standard. Safety features include driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The brakes are large and effective four-wheel discs, clamped at the front by aluminum four-piston calipers. Augmenting the big brakes are ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist. Traction control also comes standard. The IS 250 receives smart stop technology for 2012.

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