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2014 Lexus IS Review and Track Test (IS 250, IS 350 and F-Sport models)

Every car company hates the BMW 3-Series. It's always the benchmark, always the sales champion, always the golden boy. BMW shifted nearly 100,000 3-Series models in America last year and they did so not by being "the best" luxury sedan, but by pandering to the shopping public's desires. Buyers have shown they want a comfy ride with a luxury logo on the front, they want good fuel economy and they want to hear journalists say how well the car handles on a track. The average buyer will never be on a track, but it's critical to know your car belongs there. The old IS was a good car on the track, but its demure looks sold more on Lexus' reliability and dealer reputation than the car's track diaries. As we know from Volvo and Lexus' sales numbers in this segment, two things don't move metal: reliability and safety. For 2014 Lexus went back to the drawing board completely redesigning the IS sedan to be their most dynamic sedan ever. Does it have what it takes to take on the Germans and Infiniti's new Q50? Join us as we head to Austin to look at the all-new 2014 Lexus IS 250, Lexus IS 350, Lexus IS 250 F-Sport and Lexus IS 350 F-Sport. Music by Kevin MacLeod Statistics powered by ChannelMeter http://channelmeter.com


 


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2014 Lexus IS250 Start Up and Review 2.5 L V6
Like Us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camerons-Car-Reviews/349462695066112?ref=hl Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4.5/5 Powertrains: 2.5 L V6 with a 6-Speed Automatic or a 3.5 L V6 with a 8-Speed Automatic Features: Leather Seats, Powered Seat(s), Backup Camera, LED Daytime Running Lights, Power Outlet(s), Cruise Control, Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Satellite Radio, Navigation System, Lexus Enform, Dual Zone Climate Control, Sunroof, SOS Safety Connect, Garage Home Link, Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and Hands Free Calling, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, Heated and Ventilated Seats Engine & Performance BASE ENGINE SIZE 2.5 L CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC) CYLINDERS V6 VALVES 24 VALVE TIMING Variable TORQUE 185 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm horsepower 204 hp @ 6400 rpm TURNING CIRCLE 34.2 ft. Fuel ENGINE TYPE Gas FUEL TYPE Premium unleaded (required) FUEL TANK CAPACITY 17.4 gal. RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 365.4/522.0 mi. EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 21/30 mpg Weights and Capacities MAXIMUM PAYLOAD** 1169 lbs. EPA INTERIOR VOLUME 101.0 cu.ft. GROSS WEIGHT 4630 lbs .DRAG COEFFICIENT 0.28 Cd CURB WEIGHT 3461 lbs. CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 13.8 cu.ft. Warranty BASIC 4 yr./ 50000 mi. DRIVETRAIN 6 yr./ 70000 mi. Competitors: Infiniti Q50, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Mercedes C Class, Audi A4 What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the 2014 IS: For 2014 the every popular Lexus IS gets a full makeover boasting more technology and better fuel economy and exterior design language. The Lexus IS debuted in 2001 and while it had intentions of beating the BMW 3 Series in sales in never really did so. The 2nd generation IS however was 3 times more popular than the 1st generation but it still did not beat sales of the 3 Series. So can this 3rd generation finally reach it's goal after 13 years? Powertrains in the new IS are pretty much the same as the outgoing model a 2.5 L or a powerful 3.5 L V6 are still present, however the new 3.5 L comes with a new 8-Speed Automatic which makes better fuel economy. Room on the interior is roomier than it's every been before, however it still feels cramped even with 4 full size adults the new 2014 Infiniti Q50 and Cadillac ATS will fit the bill if you want more room. On the exterior design Lexus has flared it up a bit, while some can still easily tell it's an IS things are changed from the LED Daytime running lights separating from the main headlights to the sleek taillights and to the new spindle grill design that some love or hate. Everything feels quite familiar on the new IS within the interior with nice supportive and extremely comfortable front seats and to it's mouse like pad that can be a distraction but it's very easy to use. High quality materials are also very evident. There are many packages to choose from on the new IS, however one of the more notable packages will be the F Sport Package which will add even more flare to the exterior design. Driving dynamics on the IS are not bad, however the 3 Series and ATS will be the one if you want better driving dynamics. Pricing on the new IS starts at around $35,000 and can run you to almost $50,000 depending on options you choose from. Now compared to it's competitors the new IS is definitely an improvement over the outgoing model and we really praise it for it's ultra luxurious interior and a flaring design as well as the powerful 3.5 L V6. We also really love the improved fuel economy numbers and more technological features. So is the new IS competitive? Yes it is, most IS buyers are looking for a luxurious interior with a nice amount of technology as well as decent driving dynamics.





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