After debuting at the 2013 Detroit auto show to the third generation of the Lexus IS sport sedan is mere weeks away from showing up at your local Lexus dealer. The new 2014 model is the latest in series of redesigns nor the automaker overhauls its me and reinvents lineup with a new Itself.
In a nutshell, the exterior design is not bad, but the IS ‘new face seems a bit too visually busy, with lots of elements competing for Wikipedia, but not really working well nj together. From the front and back wheel wells, the rest of the IS ‘sculpting is actually quite good. I particularly like the rear quater and the way the elements of wraparound taillights integrate and flow into the profile.
Behind the Lexus’ spindle Grill, you’ll find one of two engine options, two transmission options, and two drivetrain options.
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 is the entry point and is EQUIPPED to with a 2.5-liter, direct-injected V-6 engine. Output is stated to at 204 Horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That engine is mated to a six speed with automatic transmission with a manual shift program accessible via the shift lever or steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
The entry-level engine is not wanting for power – it’s got good pickup for highway-speed passing maneuvers and decent midrange torque for city competent performance, but Those wanting performance to match the aggressive looks Will probably lean Toward the more powerful IS 350 .
The bigger bumps Its engine displacement V-6 up to 3.5 liters, uses a combination of direct injection and port injection to Improve Across the board performance, and Steps up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Output jumps up to 306 Horsepower to and 277 pound-feet of torque and the stated 0-60 time drops from the 250’s 7.7 seconds to 5.6 seconds. Also Fuel Economy drops to 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.
2014 Lexus IS 250 and the IS performance brand Should be the sportiest of all Lexuses (or is it Lexi or Lexer? Apparently, eventual Lexus does not know how to pluralize its me name.) So it’s IMPORTANT That get the Lexus IS F-Sport right.
Available on the 2014 Lexus IS 2014 Lexus IS 250 and 350 in. Both RWD and AWD configurations to the F-Sport package focuses primarily on handling with the aerodynamic, and styling upgrades. Starting from the ground up and working, the package adds 18-inch wheels shod in either summer or all-season Tires. Fitted with The brakes are upgraded, high-Friction pads. The eventual features more aggressive body styling and the HID headlamps are upgraded to LED units.
Step on the go pedal and you’ll notice to That the F-Sport’s engine sound is more pronounced thanks to an intake resonator pipes That sound induction into the cabin at Certain engine speeds.
Not all F-Sport packages are Created equally, though. For IS 350 F-Sport models, not just the suspension is firmer and Lower, but is upgraded to with adaptive dampening tech that allows it to firm became When cornering to but Supple When soaking up bumps. The drive mode selector Also Gains That a Sport + setting firms up the adaptive suspension and power steering and adjusts the transmission shift points.
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 models come with the rear-drive power train Also have the option of adding Variable Gear Ratio Steering, Which adapts to the responsiveness of the electronic power steering depending on vehicle speeds. All-wheel-drive models do not get that option.
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 F-Sport that I tested boasted gorgeous Rioja Red and supportive sport seats and a dashboard inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar. The crown jewel of That dashboard is a F-Sport adaptive digital instrument cluster Meter, Which uses a combination of an 8-inch TFT LCD bezel with a Physical Defining the boundary of a virtual power plant tachometer. At the press of a button, the whole thing slides to the right to reveal more screen space for infotainment Auxiliary date. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Inside every IS features a dashboard That feels well put eventual Together at the entry level, but Also facing a very premium feel When EQUIPPED with optional upgrades. The general in a configuration of the center console, the design of the dashboard vents to and the styling of the steering wheel all Remind me, again, of the LFA supercar. However, the standard IS EQUIPPED swimming models with the F-Sport package Conventional feature gauges with good old-fashioned Needles.
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 features two Levels of tech dashboard, Both of Which are based around a standard 7-inch display at the top of the center stack. The audio system display Gives access to basic audio sources with the including standard Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, AM / FM radio with HD Radio tuning, satellite radio, and USB / iPod connectivity, and is operated to with a control knob on the center console.
Step up to the Navigation package to and hard-drive based navigation with turn-by-turn directions gets added to the list of features, Bringing with it a rear camera, voice command, traffic and weather information, and the Lexus Enform telematics and app That suite Previously we’ve seen in the LS, ES, and GS sedans.
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 Will start at $ 35.950 and the IS 350 Will Carry a price tag $ 39.465 When the sedans hit dealerships later this year. All-wheel drive and the F-Sport Packaging will add to the bottom line. A fully with the optioned IS 350 F-Sport RWD like the one I was Able to test Will come in just below the $ 50,000 mark.