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2012 Lexus IS 250 Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2012 Lexus IS 250 Overview

If you’re looking for a sporty, nimble, and affordable luxury sedan, look no further than the 2012 Lexus IS 250.

Even though there aren’t any changes to the 2012 Lexus IS 250, you will still find plenty to rave about. The IS 250 sedan seats five and is also available as a convertible (the IS 250C is reviewed separately) or in a more-powerful model (IS 350). The IS 250 competes with other compact luxury sedans such as the BMW 328, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C300.

The 2012 Lexus IS 250 is powered by a 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6, which takes premium gas and is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for auto-manual mode. The IS 250 features a double-whishbone front suspension, multilink rear suspension, and the choice between rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive. If you live in an area of inclement weather, the all-wheel-drive model sends 70 percent of power to the rear wheels when the going is smooth. But when the IS 250 encounters low-traction surfaces like gravel, snow or ice, power is distributed to the front and rear wheels equally. The IS 250 receives impressive fuel efficiency ratings of 19-21 mpg in the city and 27-30 mpg on the highway.

The 2012 IS 250 is definitely sportier than other Lexus offerings, with a long-wheelbase, wide stance, and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and 18-inch alloy wheels are optional. The F Sport package adds front-lip and rear-deck spoilers, an F Sport grille, and 18-inch Dark Graphite-finished wheels.

Inside the 2012 Lexus IS 250, you’ll find a rich appointments, black metallic trim, and bright electroluminescent instruments and gauges. An available 14-speaker, 300-watt Mark Levinson audio system, heated/ventilated front seats, voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, and power moonroof offer luxury. Lexus’ Enform service, which is included with the navigation system and is free for one year, is a virtual concierge and helps you not only find where to go but what to do. A USB port for your iPod and other mobile devices is standard.

The 2012 Lexus IS 250 is designed to keep harm away with a backup camera, ultrasonic parking sensors, all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, a full suite of airbags, and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management, which integrates all systems to react faster to potential accidents. The Safety Connect service notifies the authorities of an accident and provides roadside assistance.

Turn your daily commute into daily fun with the 2012 Lexus IS 250.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 - 20 MPG
  • Highway: 27 - 28 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Acceptable