Lexus set its sights on the European competition with its 2001 introduction of the rear-wheel drive IS 300. And it came awfully close. With a blend of performance, safety and reliability, the compact luxury sedan became a viable alternative for drivers who typically purchased BMWs or Audis.
Following a 2006 redesign, the IS 250 serves as an entry-level model, now available with all-wheel drive. Still intent on battling European rivals head-to-head, Lexus offers up a bevy of options, features, and technological gadgets that secure a spot for the IS 250 on shopping lists in a highly competitive market.