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2014 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 F Sport

The IS 250 / 350 series is certainly the sportiest of all the cars built by Lexus, the luxury subsidiary of Japanese automaker Toyota. The 2014 models have been completely redesigned, offering a surprising level of style that should surprise Lexus fans. In fact, the bold changes make the IS more distinctive, giving it an aggressive look. The first obvious change is the brand new grille and sleek new headlights accented by a bottom row of LEDs, seen as fashionable in recent years of automotive styling.

Surprisingly, from a profile view, the IS looks like a BMW, which is not entirely displeasing. In general, everything in this new version of the IS aims to entice a younger audience that is eager to acquire a sporty set of wheels with qualities that exceed the usual standards. Lexus has taken a risk with the new IS, and it was well worth it, considering the results.

The interior has also been redesigned, also offering a more sporty feel. By looking at the lines of the dash, centre console and steering wheel, it's a little hard to believe that this is a sedan and not a sport coupe. The ergonomics are excellent, the finish level is remarkable and it all pulls together nicely. The materials that Lexus selected are refined and work well together. Everything is tasteful. While undertaking this redesign, Lexus also increased the wheelbase of the IS, allowing rear passengers to enjoy a little more legroom and more trunk space than seen in previous models.

With such a "look", one could be forgiven for expecting an engine to match the sporty styling of the 2014 IS. Unfortunately, this is where Lexus disappoints. Reminding us that this is just a sedan and not a sports coupe, the IS has only a small 2.5-litre V6 that generates only 204 horses under it's hood. Given the size and weight of this sedan, it's only just enough to give the sensation of power and speed. To get more oomph, look to the more attractive 3.5-litre V6 version that puts out 306 HP.

Transmission wise, you'll find a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The IS F Sport version comes equipped with a surprisingly speedy 8-speed automatic. Depending on what you need or crave, you can choose between AWD, or rear-wheel drive, which is actually standard on the 2014 IS.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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