Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 9, 2013

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):$44380
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.5-liter V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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 weigth: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 (MSPR) effective as of May 9, 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