Lexus stepped into the third generation of its popular Sports sedan IS. The car made its debut is Texas and Austin and now is planning to hit the floors of other regions. For the 2014, Lexus offered two models the IS 250 and the IS 350. This year, you will notice a more defined and aggressive look of the Sports sedan with the addition of lots of appealing and new features.
Exterior and Interior Specs
This year, Lexus made lots of notable changes to the new luxury sports sedan and this year the car receives a new trapezoidal upper grille, a slanted lower grille, “L” shaped daytime running lights, new and charming headlamps, a three inch longer wheelbase and for a sportier look, Lexus is offering an F sport package.
The interior of the car is spacious and is designed in a neat, sophisticated and decent manner with the help of quality materials. The driver’s seat is redesigned and now it is offering more comfort for even long driving hours. The interior is inspired from the LFA and is looking like a cockpit but is offering good room for rear passengers. Other interior features include 4.2 inch colored screen for multi information, dual zone climate control, audio controlling LDA display and increased cargo space. The car sits on standard 18 inch Y-spoke wheels.
Under the Hood
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 employs 2.5 liter V6 gas engine that generates 204 horsepower and a torque of 184 lb ft. The engine is mated with an automatic six speed transmission box. The IS 350 employs a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine that sprints out powerful 304 horsepower and 277 lb ft of torque. The engine is mated with an eight speed automatic transmission offering improved fuel economy. The IS sports sedans are offered with new Drive mode select system that offers choices ECO, Normal, Sports and Sports Plus.
For the better safety of the passengers, the new 2014 Lexus IS sports sedan is constructed with a strong steel body structure and features adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system, 10 SRS airbags, Brake assist, full length side curtain airbags and two dual stage front airbags.
Price and Competition
The 2014 Lexus IS sports sedan didn’t receive its official price tag however it is expected that the models cost something around $36,000 as a base price. Key rivals of the 2014 Lexus IS Sport sedan are the BMW 3 series and Infiniti Q50.
- Redesigned exterior
- Two engine choices
- Superior quality and high tech interior
- No price tag
- Tough competition
- No hybrid
The 2014 Lexus IS sports sedan is a good addition to the segment of luxury entry level sedans. This year it is able to compete against some popular names with full confidence because of its improved and impressive features.