2014 Lexus IS – Specifications, Pictures, Prices

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Lexus IS350

2014 Lexus IS

Things are more restrained inside, with a low dashboard and a sloping center stack providing a simple but elegant feel. Material quality is superb throughout, and rear seat space – a major shortcoming of the previous model – has been significantly increased.

Entertainment and navigation info is displayed on a center-mounted LCD screen, which is controlled by a mouse-like infotainment controller that many find effective once mastered but not terribly intuitive at first.

Powertrain Options

Lexus offers the IS in two different models – the IS 250 and IS 350 – which both come standard with rear-wheel-drive but can be spec’d with all-wheel-drive as well as a performance-minded F Sport package.

The IS 250 is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 that makes 204 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. That’s less muscle than many competitors’ base engines offer, and its mileage of 21 city/30 highway mpg (20/27 mpg with AWD) is similarly unimpressive. On the plus side, the diminutive six is a smooth operator that produces its power in a refined and linear fashion.

For more output, buyers can step up to the IS 350, which is fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 that uses an unusual port and direct-injection system to churn out 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. At 19/28 mpg (19/26 mpg with AWD), it only requires a small efficiency sacrifice compared to the smaller motor.

RWD IS 350 models shift through an eight-speed automatic transmission; a six-speed auto is used in all other IS derivatives.

Standard throughout the lineup is a Drive Mode Select system that tailors the transmission, steering ratio and steering effort to the driver’s preferences.

All IS models can be equipped with a racy F Sport package, which brings an aggressive bodykit, a firmer suspension with an adaptive damping system, unique interior trim – including TFT instrumentation inspired by the LFA supercar – and more.

Standard and Optional Features

Standard kit on the IS includes automatic climate control, NuLuxe synthetic upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/HD radio sound system with dual USB ports, complimentary traffic and weather updates, a seven-inch VGA screen, a proximity key with push-button start, HID headlamps with LED running lights, foglights, a sunroof, cruise control and 17-inch wheels.

Stand-alone options include 18-inch wheels, a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert, a front and rear park assist system, a lane departure warning system and dynamic radar cruise control with pre-collision alert.

Lexus IS350

An available navigation system comes bundled with a back-up camera and Lexus Enform, which includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and more. It can be spec’d with a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound system.

The Premium Package adds twin projector LED headlamps and heated/ventilated front seats.

The Luxury Package brings twin projector LED Headlamps, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, two position memory functionality for the driver’s seat, mirrors and steering column, heated and ventilated front seats and wood trim.

The F Sport package includes twin projector LED Headlamps, unique 18-inch wheels, model-specific front fascia and grille, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive damping (RWD only), TFT instrumentation, heated and power-adjustable sports seats, a perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum pedals, silver trim, stainless steel scuff plates, black headliner, an intake sound generator and high-friction brake pads. It can also be equipped with a variable gear ratio steering system.

Occupant Safety

All IS models are equipped with dual front, front knee, front side, rear side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.

Key Competitors

The IS faces off against a wide variety of worthy competitors, including the Audi A4. the BMW 3-Series. the Cadillac ATS. the Infiniti Q50 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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