2014 Lexus IS 250 fails to get the “Recommended” rating from Consumer Reports

Article by Christian A., on October 22, 2013

Although the 2014 Lexus IS 250 sedan is a beautiful car in our opinion and we do like it a lot, it appears that Consumper Reports magazine managed to find some issues with it regarding fuel economy and handling. Priced from $36,860 including destination and handling taxes, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 is, according to Consumer Reports, neither sporty or luxurious and has the worst road test score posted by any Lexus sedan in the recent memory.

Regarding the handling, Consumer Reports says that it is short on finesse and the road noise is elevated. The magazine tested the model equipped with the 2.5-liter V6 engine rated at 204 hp.

Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman, told the reporters from Automotive News that the company will discuss with Consumer Reports in order to get more direct feedback on their experience with the car.

For those who don’t know, Honda also had a problem with the new Civic Sedan, but managed to improve its score and get the “Recommended” status from Consumer Reports. Infiniti Q50 also failed to receive the “Recommended” rating.

The new Lexus IS has an expressive design, sporty proportions and sleek surfacing – all reflecting the advancement made to its performance and dynamic capabilities.

Compared to its predecessor, the latest Lexus premium compact sedan is around 80 mm longer (at 4,665 mm overall) and 10 mm wider. Its wheelbase is also longer (by 70 mm to 2,800 mm) while its front overhang has been increased by 10 mm.

Just like the new generation of the Lexus GS, ES and LS models, the all-new IS now dons the premium brand’s dynamic frontal design featuring the new Lexus spindle grille. This new front end design allows the premium compact sedan to exude a more powerful presence on the road, a more assertive elegance and a stronger brand identity.

The new Lexus spindle grille is bordered on the sides by higher-positioned headlamp clusters. Thanks to its new pop-up hood design, the new Lexus boasts of the lowest possible vehicle front profile as well as an optimized pedestrian impact protection. Meanwhile, the headlamps of the new IS premium compact sedan are accentuated by Lexus hallmark L-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRL) placed just below the cluster.

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