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Lexus IS 250/350 2014 Review

Posted by on February 2, 2013 in New Cars, Reviews - 1 Comment
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The design features of Lexus IS

The Lexus IS model was showcased in the recently organized Auto show held in Detroit. Two variants of it were released, these being the Lexus IS 250 and Lexus IS 350. Both these variants are released under the luxury segment category. With the release of Lexus IS, the manufacturers are aiming to compete with the BMW 3 series segment.  The IS 250 variant is equipped with a 2.5 liter V6 engine. The IS 350 variant houses a powerful 3.5 liter V6 engine. Read on to know more about the vehicle.

Exterior design features

I think the manufacturers have spent quite a lot of time modelling the exterior design features of the car. A special mention has to be made on the design of the headlights. Theyare very prominent, with an abundance of stylized curves and twist that sets them apart from what you see on other sedans. And as you all know, the Lexus model is famous for its spindle grill. The combination of these two gives the car a special appeal.

The interior design features

When you talk about the interior of Lexus IS 250, the first feature that comes to mind is the fully equipped central gauge display. This component houses a digital speedometer and a tachometer, both on the single central gauge. The concept is borrowed from the LFA super cars in order to impart a sports sedan look.The digital display of  both the meters slide can be made to superimpose with the press of a button. The conventional car status information is displayed around the digital tachometer. These include the usual readings: temperature gauge, outside temperature, fuel gage, tripmeter etc.

Lexus IS model

Lexus IS design features review

When it comes to the seating options, what strikes you is the height of the seats. The seat heights are kept low in order to effect better riding comfort. The unspoken invitation  to have a feel of this beast is unmistakable, as any driver would attest. Due to the low positioned seats, the cabins of Lexus IS models are very airy and spacious.

Special features of Lexus IS model

Both the models are equipped with a drive mode option. The 250 variant is equipped with three driving options: the Normal mode, the Eco mode and the Sports mode. The 350 variant is equipped with an additional option, the Sports+ mode. The Sports+ mode can bring about the adrenaline rush that most of the sports car enthusiasts crave for. It not only gives a better throttle release, but also helps to enhance the handling of the vehicle. The different driving options can be selected with the help of the mode selector knob, situated conveneiently close to the gear lever.

Transmission of the vehicle

The latest Lexus IS version make use of a 8 speed automatic transmission system, though it benefits can only be fully utilized with the IS 350 variant.

Compared against the BMW 3 series

When we compare both the sedans, I feel that BMW 3 series has a slight edge over the Lexus IS Sedan. I think that The BMW 3 series is a little more finely tuned than the Lexus IS.

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