2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport Sedan
The 2014 Lexus IS250 F Sport is a combination of high highs and low lows. Class-leading build quality and interior refinement are plagued by awkward, unintuitive controls. Superb steering is countered by low grip and a weak, inefficient engine.
PerformanceLexus may have taken the crown away from the 3-Series for best steering in the sport sedan segment, but a weak motor and low grip keep the IS250 from being anywhere near a class leader.
The 2014 IS's 2.5-liter engine provides adequate acceleration, but the engine feels reluctant to rev. Active sound enhancement makes this V6 sound better than it performs.
Firm pedal with linear effectiveness. Panic-stop distances are comparable for the class.
Lexus has transformed the IS into a machine that is highly responsive and incredibly communicative. Perhaps the best steering in the sport sedan segment.
The IS250 F Sport is hampered by its stock tire option. Understeer arrives very early.
The Lexus IS250 F Sport is far more likeable as a daily-driver than a sport sedan. Everything works exceptionally well until you try to push it and have fun.
ComfortHampered by the F Sport suspension tuning, this version of the IS250 rides like a sports car but lacks the benefits.
Once again, the IS250 F Sport sides with the comfort set. The seat is plush and comfortable for hours. Bolstering isn't terribly effective during hard driving.
The F Sport's firm suspension roughs up the IS250's ride quality. Impacts are harsh, and the rear end can get bouncy.
Road noise from the summer performance tires is noticeable. The enhanced sounds from the V6 are, too, but they're quite nice.
InteriorAn eclectic mix of very good and very awkward keep the 2014 Lexus IS firmly in the middle of the pack when everything is put together.
Lexus' Remote Touch Interface is difficult to use when the car is moving and requires looking away from the road for too long. Even early iDrive was more usable.
Still a mainstream IS at its core, this car is easy to enter and has a high seating position.
Like early IS's, this generation has a very narrow cockpit that drivers will either find comforting or claustrophobic.
Outstanding seating position, low beltline and thin pillars add up to produce superb sight lines with virtually no blind spots or dead zones.
Average trunk space with limited interior storage options.
ValueWith a starting price of $36,845, the IS250 comes well equipped and with very good build quality. It's a competitive base price, but engine offerings are nil unless you step up to the IS350.
Build Quality (vs. $)
It takes a lot to stand out in this hugely competitive segment, but the IS does with gorgeous materials, fit and finish. Everything feels high quality.
The 2014 Lexus IS250 gets more standard features than last year, but the options it offers quickly raise the price.
Again, the Lexus is simply competitive with others in the segment with a starting price of $36,845 or $39,960 for the F Sport.
The IS250 is tentatively rated at 24 mpg combined and returned similar numbers during our testing. On our 116-mile evaluation loop, the IS managed 23.3 mpg.
Lexus offers a 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty and a 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty.
There is no free scheduled maintenance available on the Lexus IS250. Roadside assistance is available for 48 months.
Fun To DriveThanks to highly precise steering, the IS250 F Sport is very rewarding to drive up to a point. A rough ride, low power and minimal grip hurt its sporting pretensions.
The 2014 Lexus IS250 F Sport is a delightful car to drive until you want to drive it like a sport sedan. At that point, it simply can't match the class leaders.
With a new one-piece front fascia the 2014 IS250 F Sport draws a lot of looks -- both good and bad. No one will accuse Lexus of aiming for the middle on this design.
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