Lexus IS 250 is a compact sedan offered in two trim levels: base and crafted line. The IS 250’s aging 2.5 liter V6 sticks out like proverbial sore thumb. The IS 250 trailed the IS 350 by a significant 3.1 mpg. Its estimated fuel economy stands 24mpg combined with rear wheel drive and 23 mpg combined with all wheel drive.
Lexus IS 250 has a nice interior with supple leather, wood and metallic accents. Basic controls throughout the cabin are intuitive and easy to use. The mouselike remote touch controller for the navigation system is an intriguing idea, there is no convenient hard back button. Icons are the same dull colors, differentiating among them without taking eye off the road is needlessly challenging. The IS 250 has nicely shaped front seat that provide exemplary comfort. It has boasting legroom and adequate headroom. The trunk can hold maximum of 13.8 cubic feet of luggage which is above average and the seatbacks fold down for additional load flexibility.
The Lexus IS 250 rides harshly on rough pavement and the rear end has a tendency to bounce around. It stretched wheelbase gives it more substantial feel on the highway. On curvy road, the IS 250’s steering is unexpectedly communicative and precise. Lexus IS 250 lacks the grip to compete on segment’s highest levels. The Lexus is powered by a 2.5 liter V6 that produces 204 horsepower and 185 pound feet of torque. A six speed automatic is the sole transmission between rear and all wheel drive variants. A rear wheel drive IS 250 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.