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.
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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
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.
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.
BASIC 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
DRIVETRAIN 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
Competitors: Infiniti Q50, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Mercedes C Class,
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.