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2012 Lexus IS 250 - Review

 

Like Infiniti's G25 Sedan is to the G37, the Lexus IS 250 is essentially a doppelganger to the IS 350, with the main difference being that of power. And it's a big difference.

The reason for the power difference is the engine: instead of the IS 350's 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, the IS 250 uses a 2.5-liter V-6 rated at 204 horsepower. Paired with the six-speed manual transmission, it's a fair, if not peppy, powertrain. With the automatic gearbox, however, it's a bit sluggish.

Unlike the Infiniti, however, the IS sedan line doesn't appeal to the enthusiast market, as its driving dynamics are decidedly on the comfortable end of the spectrum. It does comfort quite well, though, and the cabin is very well-appointed.

In design terms, the inside is growing a bit dated, with some textures and materials you won't find in most of today's luxury sedans. Cabin noise can be a problem, too, especially when compared to more recently redesigned competitors like the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C Class.

The 2012 Lexus IS 250 does offer many technology upgrades and other luxury features, including some of those found in the brand's higher-end (and larger) sedans, like voice-activated navigation, ventilated front seats, and Mark Levinson audio.

For the full details on the 2012 IS 250, visit The Car Connection.

Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
4-Door Sport Sedan (1)
Manual RWD Specs $33,795 $31,430 19 28
4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic (2)
AWD Specs $37,425 $34,805 20 27
RWD Specs $34,965 $32,518 21 30
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