- Completely redesigned for 2014
- New styling is aggressive and athletic
- V-6 power under the hood for both the IS250 and IS350
The 2014 Lexus IS250 gets a complete redesign and returns sporting brand new styling inside and out to go along with a few mechanical upgrades which improve the driving experience.
The outgoing IS250 was overdue for a redesign, as its design and powertrains had fallen behind the times and left much to be desired. All of these issues were addressed with the latest version of the new IS, which makes a quantum leap forward on both fronts to immediately become an intriguing option in a crowded sport sedan segment.
Competing with iconic cars like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4, the 2014 IS250 had to find a way to stand out from the other contenders in this segment and thanks to its bold exterior, it has. Up front the IS250 features a large variation of Lexus’ spindle front grille which has slowly been making its way across the product lineup. Its hourglass shape is eye catching and modern, and feeds nicely into sharp headlight clusters. A prominent lower side skirt gives the IS250 definition, even in profile, and feeds directly into aggressive taillight clusters.
Under the hood, the engine for the 2014 IS250 is a carryover from last year. Instead of opting for turbocharged four-cylinder power like many of its competitors, the IS250 keeps its V-6, a 2.5-liter mill that makes 204-hp and 185 pounds-feet of torque. What has changed is the suspension, which now features a new multilink rear suspension lifted from the GS sedan. Fuel economy ratings check in at 21/30 mpg city/highway.
The IS250 arguably got more interior than exterior changes, which is saying something for a car that has a completely revamped look. The wheelbase has been stretched three-inches, which means a welcome 1.5-inches of extra legroom for rear passengers. Also added for 2014 is a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a feature that was curiously missing from the old IS but is now added for easier storage of longer cargo. The dashboard is all-new, highlighted by a standard 7-inch display that contains controls for the audio system. Navigation and Lexus’ Enform infotainment system are optional, while Bluetooth connectivity, powered front seats, and a pair of USB ports are standard.
The 2014 IS250 did very well in crash testing, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. 10 airbags come standard, as do antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. A full range of advance safety technology is available, including lane departure warning, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alerts, and automatic high beams.