Fitting with its tagline, Lexus is in pursuit of perfection with the newest version of the IS 250 as it guns for competitors like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. While known for its refinement, Lexus has boosted the aggressiveness of the IS 250's style and demeanor to appeal to buyers who want driving excitement in this segment.
The 2014 IS 250 carries over with the last model's 204-horsepower 2.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The previously available manual transmission is gone.Read more »
The IS250 comes comprehensively equipped, but there are several packages that add even more features. The sole engine choice is a 2.5-liter V6 with 204 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, xenon headlamps, front fog lamps, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power front seats, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, an eight-speaker audio system with HD radio and iPod/USB connectors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Lexus' Safety Connect telematics system is also standard. Cars with all-wheel drive also include heated front seats.
Options include a Navigation Package with a navigation system in a 7-inch color screen, a backup camera and Lexus Enform telematics that includes apps such as Bing and Pandora. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with surround sound is available with the Navigation Package. The Premium Package adds LED headlamps with heated and cooled front seats. The Luxury Package bundles leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control and a collision warning system. The Luxury Technology Package, available only with navigation, goes further with lane departure warning and intelligent high beams.
The F Sport package adds 18-inch alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension, along with unique front and rear styling.
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Stylish, well-priced and has a strong engine, but front-wheel drive layout on base models won't appeal to purists and the controls aren't easy to use
Good driving dynamics with relatively roomy interior and great fuel efficiency, but has bland styling and expensive options
Sharp handling and nice to look at, but controls are frustrating and the rear seat is tight
Stylish with a well-built interior, low base price and strong engine, but handling is not sporty and infotainment systems aren't the most advanced