2014 Lexus IS F

 
2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2014 Lexus IS F

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2014 Lexus IS F
 

2014 Lexus IS F

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$64,525
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$61,027
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 23 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 5.0 L Premium Unleaded V-8, 416 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The mid-size performance sedan segment is a popular place, but the Lexus IS sedan more than holds its own among the offerings from Infiniti, BMW and Cadillac. While powertrains remain the same for 2014, top-to-bottom refinement everywhere else -- along with Lexus' unbeatable build quality -- has made the IS a bigger and yet more dynamic driver's car.

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What's New For 2014

While the Lexus IS 350 and 250 sedans are completely redesigned for 2014, the sport model, the IS F, carries on with last year's model. The IS250 and IS350 exterior styling is much more aggressive than that of the outgoing models, with a pinched, angular grille and rocker panels that flow seamlessly up and into the rear wheel arches.

While the IS F still carries over the 2013 model, the IS 250 and 350 ride on an all-new, slightly longer chassis and is available in either rear- or all-wheel drive and powerplants remain unchanged: The IS250 soldiers on with its 204-hp 2.5L V6, while the IS350 remains with its 306-hp 3.5L V6. The previous 6-speed automatic transmission carries over as well, though rear-wheel-drive IS350s now come equipped with an 8-speed direct-shift automatic. The 6-speed manual transmission has been discontinued. Underneath, front suspension components carry over as well, though a new multi-link rear suspension has been sourced from the GS sedan, along with the power steering system.

Inside, the IS sedan benefits from more space, including nearly an inch more front legroom, and 1.6 inches in the rear. A 60/40 split-fold rear seatback is new this year. Other interior features have been revamped as well, with a nod to the excellent LFA supercar, including the center stack, which now boasts a 7-inch screen and a host of touch-sensitive capacitive switches. Lexus claims that more than $1,400 in previously optional equipment has been made standard on the 2014 IS.

The 2014 IS F gets a standard carbon fiber spoiler and new LED fog lamps for 2014.

Pricing for the IS250 starts at $35,950, while the IS350 starts at $39,465. The IS F starts at $63,350.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2014 Lexus IS F

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Lexus Premium Audio System -inc: 13 speakers w/high-power amplifier, AM/FM ETR, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, Bluetooth w/streaming audio capability, digital signal processing w/Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), electronic crossover network, integrated XM Radio receiver (complimentary 90-day trial subscription), MP3/WMA auxiliary audio and iPod/USB plugs, rear glass-imprinted radio antenna w/separate FM diversity antenna and theft-deterrent design
  • Exterior Features
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P225/40R19 93Y Fr & P255/35R19 96Y Rr
    • Wheels: 19" x 8.5" Fr & 19" x 9.5" Rr Forged Alum
  • Interior Features
    • 10-Way Power Heated Front Sport Seats -inc: Including power lumbar support, 3-position memory for driver and front passenger, enhanced lateral support and "F" logo embroidered in sides of seat cushions and all 4 headrests
    • Bucket Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 4 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Ignition
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Console Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Alcantara Simulated Suede Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Tracker System
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 5.0L V8 DOHC 32-Valve -inc: aluminum block and cylinder heads, intake camshaft electric Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-iE), exhaust camshaft hydraulic Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i)
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift Automatic -inc: paddle shift and manual mode
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 2.94 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 65-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 100 Amp Alternator
    • 4658# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 16.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.3
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded V-8
    • Displacement - 5.0 L/303
    • Fuel System - Port/Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 416 @ 6600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 371 @ 5200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 107.5
    • Length, Overall (in) - 183.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 55.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 16.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 85.7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 30.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.7
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.7
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 23
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 33.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lexus IS F
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40YR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P255/35YR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.60
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.72
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.86
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.46
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.23
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.18
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.82
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.68
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.2
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3780
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Liquid Platinum Matador Red Mica Nebula Gray Pearl Obsidian Ultra White Ultrasonic Blue Mica
  • Liquid Platinum
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Ultra White
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica

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Introduction

When you’re a luxury car brand trying to make it in the ultra-competitive sport compact segment, you can’t afford to rest on your laurels. Especially if you aren’t German.

Nobody knows this better than Lexus. New for the 2014 model year is the latest iteration of the Lexus IS, the sporty sedan that’s all too often dismissed as a runner-up to the BMW 3 Series. With a bold new look, sharper driving dynamics and the bevy of electronics that we’ve come to expect in new luxury cars, the 2014 Lexus IS holds its own on winding roads and racetracks alike.

Most noticeably, the new third-generation Lexus IS adopts the hourglass-shaped front spindle grille that first debuted on the latest-generation GS flagship, and which is, for better or worse, becoming a signature styling cue across the entire Lexus family. The Lexus IS is further differentiated by new LED daytime running lights akin to angular Nike swooshes that sit below the headlamp cluster.

Beneath the sheet metal, the 2014 Lexus IS is built on a new, rear-wheel-drive platform. The chassis has been strengthened with additional bracing and other technologies like adhesive bonding (also used on the Lexus LS), which in total make the 2014 Lexus IS more than 20 pounds lighter than the old model.

Suspension has been redesigned for 2014 for added stiffness and reduced body roll. A new multi-link rear setup not only keeps the car more planted, but, according to Lexus engineers, it allows for a bigger trunk (which is curious, considering cargo space in the new IS has shrunk). Updates have also been made to the all-electric power steering, including a revised gear ratio and improved steering feel. Brakes are still four-wheel discs, and have been tweaked for better performance.

Under the hood, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that makes 204 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s good for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds and gets an unofficial manufacturer-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway on RWD models and 20/27 mpg on AWD models. That’s nearly identical to the outgoing model’s EPA ratings of 21/30 mpg for RWD and 21/27 mpg for AWD.

2014 Lexus IS 350 models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 306 hp and 277 lb.-ft., with a track-worthy 0-60 mph time of only 5.6 seconds. Preliminary fuel economy estimates are 19/28 mpg city/highway with RWD and 19/26 mpg with AWD, one mile per gallon in city driving compared to the official EPA estimates for the outgoing IS 350.

A hybrid version of the IS is available in Europe and Japan, but Lexus has no plans to bring it to the U.S.

Toyota’s 6-speed automatic transmission carries over on IS 250 models and the IS 350 AWD. The IS 350 gets the 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission found on the current-generation IS-F performance sedan. Lexus dumped the manual transmission available on the last generation, and one marketing exec proclaimed that manuals are dead, arguing that lightening-fast shift times and predictive ability of electronics systems make old-fashioned gear-rowing obsolete.

For now, the IS-F performance sedan remains unchanged, and carries over with the previous body style.

Interior updates include a new instrument panel design, including a revised climate control panel that uses electrostatic controls for the temperature. On cars with the F-Sport package, a cool TFT display from the IS-F replaces the standard instrument cluster in front of the driver. Standard upholstery is NuLuxe polyurethane, which interior designers say holds its shape over time better than leather. Leather is optional.

Competitors to the 2014 Lexus IS include the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, although one could argue these are different animals in the same zoo. The C-Class is a more relaxed luxurious cruiser, whereas the BMW remains a true driver’s car, provided the driver knows what she’s doing. The Cadillac ATS is a new, but worthy challenger.

Lineup

The 2014 Lexus IS comes in two basic variants: The IS 250 ($35,950) and the IS 350 ($39,465), both rear-wheel drive. The IS 250 AWD ($38,485) and IS 350 AWD ($41,700) add all-wheel drive. (All prices are MSRP and do not include $895 delivery fee.)

Standard features on both models include NuLuxe polyurethane upholstery, automatic climate control, power door locks/windows/mirrors, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with multifunction controls, cruise control, analog clock, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, first aid kit, Bluetooth handsfree phone and streaming audio connectivity, 7-inch display screen with complimentary traffic and weather information, an 8-speaker audio system with CD player, HD radio, satellite radio capability and voice recognition, USB port, power moonroof and 17-inch wheels. All-wheel-drive models also get standard heated front seats.

Options include a Navigation system with the Lexus Enform telematics system, rearview camera and real-time weather, sports, stocks and fuel prices with one-year included subscription ($2,085); a Mark Levinson premium sound system ($3,225) that includes the navigation package. The Premium Package includes heated/ventilated seats and twin-projector LED headlights; the Luxury Package includes heated/ventilated seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, memory driver’s seat, leather and wood-trimmed interior, rain sensing wipers, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and twin projector LED headlamps.

Standalone options include Backup Monitor ($350); front and rear Intuitive Park Assist ($500); and 18-inch wheels ($935) with summer or all-season tires.

An F Sport Package is available for IS 250 ($3,115), IS 250 AWD ($2,675), IS 350 ($3,620), and IS 350 AWD ($3,180) that features special suspension tuning, 10-way power driver’s seat and 8-way power passenger’s seat with contrast stitching, perforated leather steering wheel, TFT instrument cluster, unique front fascia and grille, F Sport badging and 18-inch wheels. Rear-wheel-drive models include adaptive variable suspension with Sport S+ driving mode. Optional on RWD models with the F Sport package is a variable gear ratio steering, which also includes a power tilt/telescoping steering column ($400).

Safety features include driver’s and front passenger’s airbag, driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbag, front seat-mounted side airbag, front and rear side curtain airbags, Antilock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control. All-wheel drive can enhance stability in slippery conditions. Optional rearview camera can help the driver spot a small child behind the car when backing up.

Walkaround

The big-mouthed spindle grille is the most noticeable design change on the 2014 Lexus IS. Love it or hate it, this new face is becoming a signature across the entire Lexus lineup. Models with the F-Sport package have a particularly gaping maw, covered with mesh and uninterrupted by horizontal lines, unlike the classier, more understated fascia of the base models. Then again, much of the grille will be covered in states requiring front license plates, at least for owners who abide by these laws.

Daytime running lights shaped like Nike swooshes, or leaning check marks, sit below the headlights, which is unusual these days; most manufacturers favor integrating the DRLs into the headlamp assembly to reduce costs. On base models, round fog lamps are set into deep, angular housings. Curiously though, Lexus deleted fog lamps from U.S. versions of F-Sport models, even though they appear on cars earmarked for Japan and Europe.

From the side, the IS has a high, deep beltline that runs straight from the hood seam to the trunk lid. Rocker panels sweep up toward the rear fender. Standard 17-inch wheels look plenty big on this car, in part thanks to wheel arch hemming, or tucked-in seams along the wheel arches. This allows the wheels to be set further out, making the wheels look more prominent. Still, the F-Sport's 18s look even better.

In back, the bumper line is high, with black plastic covering the dual exhaust pipes. Angular wraparound taillamps start narrow on the inside and grow wider, with lower outside corners that sweep down and into the rear quarter panel like butterfly wings. A triangular line frames the license plate holder, topped with the high, sharp-lipped deck lid.

Interior

In the cockpit, it's instantly apparent that everything on the redesigned instrument panel is set high-up. It's so high, in fact, that, unless you're quite tall, you can't see the car's hood from the driver's seat. The logic behind this is to keep the driver's eyes from drifting too far below the windshield.

The standard 7-inch display sits at the top of the center stack and is set far back. While some carmakers are switching to touchscreens, Lexus opted to keep its hands-off setup with a separate control button located on the center console. Although this design might frustrate iPad junkies, it does cut back on reaching over and fidgeting around while driving. Not to mention it keeps the screen free of fingerprints that can make touch-screens hard to read in bright sunlight.

Real-time traffic and weather via HD Radio are included on all models subscription-free, unlike other systems that require a monthly fee. In addition, the system uses predictive traffic information, which will give you an estimate of traffic based on historical data. On cars equipped with navigation, the map will automatically display nearby gas stations when fuel levels are low.

Beneath the screen and flanked by air vents sits an analog clock, which looks a little silly for a car that's supposed to be at the forefront of technology. Underneath is an upward-slanting panel of air conditioning controls that take up a vast amount of space a plethora of buttons. Sadly, this control panel already looks dated and doesn't match the otherwise futuristic cabin design. Temperature can be changed via electrostatic controls; simply tap, or drag your finger up and down the narrow metal lines. But we found it strange that fan speed isn't also controlled this way.

The shifter, drive mode selector and arm rest sit on the driver's side of the center console, while the passenger's side gets the rectangular knob that controls the infotainment system, as well as two cupholders that will average-sized cans and bottles.

A new steering wheel comes with buttons that control a driver information display, audio functions, Bluetooth, the voice recognition system and more. F-Sport models use a configurable TFT meter cluster, the same one found on the Lexus LF-A performance sedans, which can be configured for two different drivers.

Standard seats on all models are upholstered with NuLuxe polyurethane, which designers say holds its shape over time better than leather. Lexus is so confident in the faux stuff that they don't even offer a genuine leather option for the performance F-sport version. Those who really want to plop their backsides down onto cowhide must opt for the Luxury Package on the IS 250 and IS 350 models.

Seats on all models are well-bolstered and comfortable, and a larger colleague remarked that they seem wider and roomier than the last generation. F-Sport models have bigger bolsters for even more support.

Front legroom has increased a smidge to 44.8 inches, versus 43.9 inches in the old IS. It's sufficient for drivers of nearly any size, although the low-sitting airbag compartment will force many front passengers to keep their feet flat on the floor; no leisurely crossing of the ankles.

In back, rear legroom is improved but still tight. At 32.2 inches, the 2014 IS gains slightly more than an inch and a half over the old model, but it's still nearly three inches less than the BMW 3 Series sedan. Slimmer seatbacks on the IS do allow for slightly more rear knee room. Headroom remains the same at 36.9 inches, compared with 38 inches in the Bimmer, keeping the IS back seat off-limits for anyone taller than most Formula 1 drivers. The center rear seat is best for small adults or children, or left empty altogether. In addition, the attached rear headrests make for tight rearward visibility.

Cargo space measures 10.8 cubic feet, down from 13 cubes on the last generation. Still, that beats that Cadillac ATS at 10.2 cubic feet, but falls short of the C-Class and the 3-Series sedan at 12.4 and 13, respectively. However, the standard 60-40 split folding rear seat helps open up more space for luggage and other gear.

Driving Impressions

Perhaps the best thing about the Lexus IS is that it's easy to drive. Three selectable modes on base models adjust throttle control, steering and fuel management to suit your mood: Eco, Normal and Sport. Sport mode uses Lexus's G-force Artificial Intelligence (G AI-Shift) technology, which will select the optimal gear based on information from sensors that read lateral G-force. F-Sport models have Sport S and Sport S+ modes for an even more aggressive setup.

Suspension has been redesigned for 2014 with a new multilink rear setup and sway bar for reduced body roll. F-Sport models have an available adaptive variable suspension. Updates have also been made to the all-electric power steering, including a revised gear ratio and improved steering feel. A variable gear ratio steering is also optional for IS 350 models with the F-Sport package and RWD.

The top-seller will most likely be the entry-level IS 250, powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that makes 204 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's good for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds and gets an unofficial manufacturer-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway on RWD models and 20/27 mpg on AWD models.

On winding roads, our IS 250 handled the sweepers and off-camber turns with ease. The 6-speed automatic transmission was smooth and shifted in the right spots. The ride was relatively smooth, although we did notice road and wind noise, especially on rougher streets.

IS 350 models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 306 hp and 277 lb.-ft., with a track-worthy 0-60 mph time of only 5.6 seconds. We found the IS 350 had plenty of acceleration and low-end thrust. Braking is firm and instant, courtesy of four-wheel ventilated discs with brake assist.

On the track, the IS 350 with the F-Sport package can make you feel like a pro, even if you dive into the apex a little early or don't track out all the way to the rumble strips. The revised electric power steering is crisp, and provides plenty of feedback without feeling overly heavy (the latter is a characteristic often favored by some boy-racers). The updated suspension keeps the car firmly planted, while allowing just enough body roll to feel where you are in space while cornering.

A comparison run in the Mercedes-Benz C350 couldn't come close. The soft brakes, light steering and comparatively sloppy handling (even in sport mode), confirmed that the Benz is best left to street cruising. That's not a bad thing, it just serves a different purpose.

The BMW 335i was a different matter altogether. One lap in this perennial favorite, and we remembered why it's the benchmark by which other performance cars are measured. With its fat steering wheel, deep rumble and turned-off traction control in Sport-plus mode, it's a machine meant for someone who really knows what she's doing. But the Bimmer isn't nearly as forgiving, as one automotive journalist from another publication discovered when he went off-roading in the 335i coming into the front straight.

The IS, on the other hand, is nearly effortless. It keeps you in check. It lets you push the boundaries but won't get out of hand. It's tossable, despite being about 40 pounds heavier than the BMW. Weight distribution is estimated at 54/46, versus the Bimmer's near 50/50 setup.

A sound generator on all models except the AWD 250 pipes in engine sound from an intake chamber. While we could hear the IS 350 F-Sport plenty well around the track, its exhaust note is distinctly different from that found on any other car in its class, and is much higher and whinier than the BMW's deep, distinctive rumble.

Summary

The 2014 Lexus IS is an enthusiast's car. Its electronic aids and easy drivability makes one feel like a better driver, on or off the track.

Laura Burstein wrote this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Lexus IS models near Austin, Texas.

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About These Prices

As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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