2006 Lexus IS 250 2.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Pentathalon Gold Medal

2006 Lexus IS 250 - Consumer Review

2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 6cyl 6A)

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2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 6cyl 6A)


This car is not the fastest or the best handling in the sports sedan category. However,it has got to be best all-around. What other all wheel drive sports sedan can consistently achieve 26 mpg in mixed city/hwy driving with legendary Toyota reliability? It was unstoppable in snow with all weather tires and the vehicle stability control kicks in when you need it. I bought it used and have had no mechanical issues other than routine maintenance/one recall. My Lexus dealer always has a loaner. In the five categories of performance (handling, power, mpg), comfort (interior noise, hvac - okay my Volvo had comfier seats), reliability, value and style (black with blacked out windows)it gets the gold.

Favorite Features

Everything works smoothly. It is a refined car. Very cool styling. The six-speed automatic shifts precisely and also gives you varied settings and paddle shifters. But my favorite is AWD, the blend of style, luxury and performance and 26 average mpg. I don't get many complaints from back seat.

Suggested Improvements

Agreed that the transmission bump in the driver's footwell is a little too intrusive. The center pod of the instruments housing the audio and hvac controls is functional but boring. Backing up and parallel parking is a challenge with the high window sills and the wide roof pillar in the back.
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