2006 Lexus IS 250 Consumer Review: Refined, solid, human factors

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Refined, solid, human factors nightmare
By Chuck on


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


The most quiet and refined ride in class, soothing my 100+ mile daily commute. All the power needed and a surprising 30+ mpg at 75 MPH. Solid handling, though steering a bit twitchy at high-speeds. High res NAV map much prettier than Acura, but input is illogical, can't find many destinations. Human interface is awful and totally Big Brother. Can't input NAV destinations while moving, seat belt chime obnoxious, gets even worse if ignored, resets if you come to a stop, then start up again (drive thru window, parking garage, gated entry). Some NAV system displays (eg: Audio/XM page) "time out" and automatically return to MAP. Arrgghh! Acura has MUCH better human factor design.

Best Features

Quiet, refined ride once I got rid of the OEM tires; it's only available with 18" dry performance tires, totally inappropriate for northern winters - first purchase was >$1K Michelin Pilots. Bluetooth phone awesome but won't dial when moving! Keyless entry is cool. Surprising good MPG.

Worst Features

Split rear seat. Option for same size F/R wheels, all-season tires. Get rid of obnoxious seat belt chime. Illuminate temp controls. Enable NAV dest entry & phone dial while moving (safer than looking down at phone keypad). Allow NAV/Audio/Climate sys displays to stay on if desired.
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