Written by Tim Marsh:
Although some had doubted the Japanese automaker, the all-new IS series for 2013 shows that beyond the shadow of a doubt that Lexus is back in a big way and shaking up an Australian market that has been dominated of late by Germany’s usual suspects. Continue reading for our 2013 Lexus IS250 review and our assessment of how the 2013 Lexus IS250 price and feature set stack up against the competition.
The 2013 Lexus series is defined by the three engine types that are available. All models are rear-wheel-drive sedans by default.
Convertible is also an option, which seats four rather than five in the standard sedan. Consumers can also opt to upgrade to all-wheel drive. Both the IS250 and IS250C have a six-speed automatic transmission and a 2.5-liter V6 engine. The IS350 comes with the more powerful 3.5-liter V6 motor instead.
Exterior and Styling
The IS250 is a car that has to compete with the BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4. That means distinguishing itself among some very stiff competition. This hadn’t necessarily been the case in the recent past, but with the 2013 Lexus IS250, the Japanese automaker is putting the competition on notice. As we started the 2013 Lexus IS250 review, we were immediately impressed by the alluring, aggressive styling, stunning visual cues and strong dynamics. This car looks like it means business from front end to tail end.
Interior and Comfort
The 2013 Lexus IS250 price is up a bit, and perhaps the biggest reason for the hike is the interior overhaul. This is something special. Lexus has replaced the traditional centre stack with a technical design that finds inspiration in the LFA supercar. The plastic
dashboard is gone too. In its place is a layered dash that integrates metallic accents and premium stitched leather. It’s also the same interior that you’ll find in the much more expensive IS350.
Under the Bonnet
As mentioned, the IS250 comes with 2.5 petrol V6 under the bonnet, and it delivers 153kW and 252Nm of torque. The 0-100 time is about 7.9 seconds, but that time rises to about 8.3 seconds with the AWD version. Standard fuel consumption is 9.2 L/100km but slightly less with the AWD model. The overall output is a bit below average for this class, but the motor is a smooth and consistent performer and sure to satisfy all but the most demanding drivers.
On the Road
The 2013 Lexus IS250 has even weight distribution, and the smoothness translates to the ride as well, which feels like a luxury driving experience. The default handling is excellent. Consumers can choose to sharpen it by opting for the F Sport package, but that option comes at the cost of a stiffer ride and not something that the average IS250 driver will prefer. It is, however, a reasonable option for those who want to maximise performance.
The IS250 has performed adequately in safety tests and quite well within the context of its class. In addition to driver and passenger air bags, the vehicle offers side, side head and rear head air bags. The IS250 also features traction control, electronic stability control, a 4-wheel antilock breaking system and brake assist.
Value for Money
The 2013 Lexus IS250 price is about $55,900 for the IS250 Luxury model. Upgrading to F Sport costs $64,900, and the Sports Luxury costs $77,900. The price of the standard model within this automotive segment is quite good, and the consumer really does get a lot of value in terms of performance and standard features at this price point. If you want to be among the first to know as those prices come down, be sure to sign up for notification using our contact form.
For car buyers considering the Lexus IS250, the primary alternatives are the Audi A4, the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series. All three companies are without a doubt paying close attention to what’s going on with Lexus’ resurgence. This is an increasingly competitive segment, and a Lexus resurgence is only going to benefit consumers as prices fall and standard feature sets become more robust.
What Lexus set out to do with the all-new IS lineup was very ambitious, and perhaps the biggest surprise of this2013 Lexus IS250
review is just how successful they were in pulling it off. This is particularly true with the IS250 Luxury, which is right in the mix now in the most competitive aspect of the segment. The IS250 is well-featured for the class, and the consumer does not have to move up to the higher equipment packages to achieve the sense of luxury that one wants from a car like this. Compared to the German equivalents, the value advantage offered by Lexus here is very hard to ignore.
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