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2011 Lexus IS250

  • 2011 Lexus IS250 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      204/185
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,295
  • 2011 Lexus IS250 C Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      204/185
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $42,360
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2011 Lexus IS250 Review

Might not be a true sports sedan but great value anyway

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Lexus IS 250, which can be configured as either a sedan or a hardtop convertible, is a sporty-looking luxury car with attractive styling and reliable quality. Equipped with a 2.5 liter V-6 engine that produces 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, the Lexus IS 250 comes with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. With RWD, a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission is available, but with AWD only the automatic transmission is offered. The IS 250 C version is a retractable hardtop convertible that retracts its top in only 20 seconds.

Although the IS 250 looks like a sports sedan on the outside, underneath it is refined and quiet, with a smooth, comfortable ride and a full array of luxury features. What it gives up in sportiness is made up for good fuel economy in the 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway range. Full standard safety features are what you would expect in a Lexus luxury car.

New for 2011

For 2011, the Lexus IS 250 received a new grille, front bumper, and exhaust tip. The interior trim has changed been changed to a black metallic finish. The C version convertible added a new Luxury Package with additional interior colors, while the sedan offers an optional F Sport Package with18-inch wheels, sport suspension, and sport seats. Adaptive front lighting was discontinued.

Essentials

Engines: 2.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Body Styles: Sedan, convertible
Trims: Base Sedan, C Convertible

On the Outside

The 2011 Lexus IS 250 is now adorned by a new front grille and bumper, while revisions to the rear end helped update the back of the vehicle, making the style more modern and sporty, especially with new 17- and 18-inch wheels.

From the Inside

Luxury inside the Lexus IS 250 consists of leather and wood trim throughout the interior. Options include heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory, 14-speaker surround sound audio, Bluetooth, and navigation system.

Driving Performance

Sporting an excellent chassis, the Lexus IS 250 is fun to drive on curving roads due to its high cornering limits, which are even higher if you get the F Sport Package. It can accelerate from 0-60 in around 7.5 seconds but other cars in its class are quicker.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Lexus IS 250 are dual front airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted side airbags. Also standard are four-wheel disc brakes, four-channel ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control, and stability control.

Gas Mileage

IS 250, 250C: 18-21 mpg city/ 26-29mpg hwy

Plusses

  • F sport package
  • Luxury interior
  • Superb chassis

Minuses

  • Unforgiving suspension
  • Annoying stability/traction control

Rating

Might not be a true sports sedan but great value anyway

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