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2014 Lexus IS (continued)

Summary

2014 Lexus IS

The 2014 Lexus IS is an enthusiast's car. Its electronic aids and easy drivability makes one feel like a better driver, on or off the track.

Laura Burstein wrote this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Lexus IS models near Austin, Texas.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Lexus IS 250 ($35,950); IS 350 ($39,465); IS 250 AWD ($38,485); IS 350 AWD ($41,700)
Engines:6-speed automatic with paddle shift; 8-speed automatic with paddle shift
Transmissions:driver's and front passenger's airbag, driver's and front passenger's knee airbag, front seat-mounted side airbag, front and rear side curtain airbags, antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control
Safety equipment (standard):driver's and front passenger's airbag, driver's and front passenger's knee airbag, front seat-mounted side airbag, front and rear side curtain airbags, antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):rearview camera, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, automatic park assist, lane departure warning, dynamic cruise control with pre-collision alert
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Tahara and Kyushu, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Lexus IS 350 ($39,465)
Standard equipment:NuLuxe ployurethane upholstery, climate control, power door locks/windows/mirrors, manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with multifunction controls, cruise control, analog clock, 60/40-split folding rear seat, first aid kit, Bluetooth handsfree phone and streaming audio connectivity, 7-inch display screen with complimentary traffic and weather information, 8-speaker audio system with CD player, HD radio, satellite radio capability and voice recognition, USB port, power moonroof, 17-inch wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):F-Sport Package ($3,620) includes sport-tuned adaptive suspension, 10-way power driver's seat, 8-way power passenger's seat, contrast upholstery stitching, perforated leather steering wheel, TFT instrument cluster, unique front fascia and grille, F Sport badging, 18-inch wheels; variable gear ratio steering ($400)
Destination charge:($895)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $44,380
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.5-liter V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):306 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):277 @ 4800
Transmission:8-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:110.2 in.
Length/width/height:183.7/71.3/56.3 in.
Track, f/r:N/A
Turning circle:34.2 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.2/54.3/44.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.9/54.0/32.2 in.
Cargo volume:10.8 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:double wishbone with high-mount upper arms, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:multilink with coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:5.3 in.
Curb weight:3593 lbs.
Tires:255/35YR18
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Fuel capacity:17.4 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of April 29, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-872-5398 - www.lexus.com


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