2011 Lexus IS 250 Overview
With an all-new grille and front bumper and a host of tweaks all over, the 2011 Lexus IS 250 sedan has the look and the feel of a sports car.
Powering the 2011 IS 250 is a 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine, which is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This all-aluminum engine features direct injection and variable valve timing for maximum performance and efficiency. Fuel economy ranges from 19-21 mpg in the city and 27-30 mpg on the highway. The IS 250 is available in a coupe/convertible model (IS 250C) and a more-powerful version (IS 350), and competition includes the Mercedes-Benz C300, Audi A4 2.0T and BMW 328.
The rear-wheel drivetrain enhances driving pleasure, as does the optional rear-biased all-wheel drive system with its unique planetary-gear center differential. Adding to the IS 250’s robust stance is an all-new grille and front bumper. For crisper handling, a new F Sport Package includes a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and front and rear spoilers. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, while rain-sensing wipers and a backup camera with front and rear parking sensors are optional.
Inside, the 2011 IS 250 seats five in standard leather-appointed front seats with 10-way power adjustability. Dual zone climate control and a power moonroof are also standard, while models equipped with all-wheel drive include heated front seats. When it comes to music, a 13-speaker, 194-watt stereo with six-CD changer powers the excellent Lexus Premium Audio System.
If you think that’s not enough, then step up to the Premium Plus Package featuring perforated leather seating with heat and ventilation, wood trim, and an available Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound system with 14 speakers and ten amplifier channels. A DVD-based navigation system with touch-screen controls tops the options list.
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is the mastermind of all dynamic safety systems, including electric power steering, Vehicle Stability Control, antilock brakes, brake-force distribution and brake assist. The available Pre-Collision System includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which maintains a pre-set following distance behind the vehicle ahead and readies the seatbelts and brakes for impact when necessary. The available Lexus Enform™ system with Safety Connect™ provides useful satellite communications in the event of a vehicle impact or theft. A full set of airbags, including front-side, front knee and two-row head airbags joins a great safety structure. Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights are new on the IS 250.
A sport-influenced design, coupled with nice fuel economy and a host of cutting-edge safety technology and luxurious amenities are sure to get the 2011 Lexus IS 250 noticed.