Stylish inside and out; upscale cabin; adult-friendly back seat; strong acceleration in IS 350; generous equipment list
So-so fuel economy; outdated engine in IS 250; convertible is an older design
The IS sedans are fully redesigned, though the IS C convertible is a carryover from last year.
The best IS really depends on your driving needs. For drivers who don't need power or performance, the IS 250 may be fine. Shoppers who need a little more muscle will upgrade to the IS 350, while those who want the ultimate in handling and performance will find the IS 350 F Sport an easy choice. Best of all, shoppers who live in areas with harsh weather or rough roads can get each of these models with all-wheel drive. Find a Lexus IS F for sale
The 2014 Lexus IS model is offered in two trim levels: IS 250 and IS 350. All-wheel drive is optional on both (sedans only). The high-performance IS F sedan is reviewed separately.
The IS 250 sedan ($36,860) includes standard perks such as 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, selectable driving modes that alter the car's feel, paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, the mouselike Remote Touch Interface with a 7-in central display, a color 4.2-in TFT driver information display and real-time traffic and weather with no subscription required. The audio system is an 8-speaker setup with Bluetooth/USB connectivity.
The IS 350 sedan ($40,375) adds the larger V6 engine but is otherwise similarly equipped.
Options include 18-in wheels (mesh-style for IS 250, 5-spoke for IS 350), a navigation system (which includes a rearview camera), a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a lane-departure warning system, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation
There are also a few packages on offer. The Premium package adds LED headlights and heated/cooled seats. The Luxury package consists of the Premium package plus rain-sensing wipers, enhanced exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, driver memory functions and wood interior trim. The F Sport package starts with the LED headlights and adds 18-in staggered-width alloy wheels, unique front-end styling, a sport-tuned suspension (with adaptive dampers on IS 350 RWD), exclusive TFT instrument displays, heated sport front seats, an F Sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals and optional variable-ratio steering (IS 350 RWD only).
The IS 250 C convertible ($43,620) gets some of the same standard features as the sedan, such as 17-in wheels and dual-zone climate control. However, its previous-generation interior does not come with the Remote Touch Interface, and it also lacks the sedan's standard xenon headlights and LED running lights (they're optional), upgraded instrumentation, nicer materials and the various other elements of the redesign.
The IS 350 C convertible ($47,900) gets the bigger V6 but is otherwise similarly equipped.
IS C options roughly mirror those of the IS sedan, though the optional navigation system is a much older version with a touchscreen display and different software.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
BMW 3 Series -- The 3 Series is the dynamic star among the IS model's rivals. Pricing is generally higher, but some will happily pay the premium for its badge and handling prowess.
Infiniti Q50 -- The Q50 doesn't offer an IS 250 competitor, but it now touts a hybrid variant that may interest environmentally conscious shoppers.