2010 Lexus IS 250 Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
June 15, 2010

The Lexus IS 250 sedan is virtually indistinguishable from the IS 350 sedan, with the most significant difference found under the hood and out on the open road.

While the Lexus IS 350 sedan gets a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that gives this compact sport sedan very strong acceleration, the IS 250 has quite a different, understated personality—mostly due to its smaller, 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine. The IS 250 can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive, while the IS 350 comes only with all-wheel drive. Between the two, we’d recommend against an IS 250 with the six-speed automatic transmission as it’s just a little sluggish; with the manual transmission the IS 250 feels like a real driver’s car, with nice balanced handling and good poise. There’s not much of a real-world fuel economy difference between the two, however both engines require premium unleaded gas.

The IS isn’t particularly roomy inside, nor is it a safety standout, but it can be loaded with high-tech features, including a rear backup camera, a voice-activated navigation system, ventilated front seats, and a Mark Levinson audio system.

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