Lexus IS - A Complete Review
|   Friday, June 07, 2013
The Lexus IS has been in the market for the past 14 years but Lexus has failed to achieve a strong foothold in the market despite two executive class models in this lucrative market segment in Europe. Lexus was highly popular back in 2007 and even back then the company could sell close to 15,000 units per year. The Lexus IS was a direct rival to the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 although the IS held an edge as it had a more fuel efficient and low CO2 emitting engine.


The new Lexus IS had the capability and power to make it to the top of the European car segment. Lexus planned on using Toyota's successfully tested hybrid electric power train which emitted less than 100 g/km CO2on a singular ride. This along with a competitively priced vehicle made Lexus the class leader in the executive class.

The petrol powered IS 250 costs just £3000 less than the IS 300h although the 2.5 liter engine in the 250 is more powerful than its elder sibling. A four cylindered engine is used in both the vehicles and that makes linear displacements possible on both machines. The executive class sedans now feature turbo charged engines and this has become a very important part of vehicles in this class.

On paper though the Lexus IS 300h displaces 178 BHP over the 141 BHP displaced by the four cylindered engines placed in the 250. However, on road the turbo charger kicks in and that changes the game completely. The interior of the IS 250 is also quite intricately designed and this helps to enhance the characteristic of this vehicle. The material quality is high and this lifts up the appeal of the vehicle and makes it suitable for use in the executive class.

The reworked chassis makes the IS 300 stand out in the crowd and these vehicles have a typical Lexus design and feel on it. Lexus has failed to design many successful vehicles in its tenure in the market, but when they hit it right, they do it by a mile. This is portrayed perfectly by The IS 250 and 300 as well as their latest supercars – the LFA and the LF LC.

Some of the characteristic features of executive class sedans from Lexus are its wider steering column and lower suspensions. These enhance the handling of the vehicle and give a sporty feel to even the IS series. Lexus is known for its sports and sedan class vehicles and with the IS 250 and 300h, the company wanted to merge the characteristics of both into a single mould.

However, the IS was never a sports sedan and the company is planning on introducing a hybrid version of its vehicles. This could be a relief to some as the IS consumes more fuel than people would like to it, at times. But then this is an executive class sedan and mileage should not pose a problem for people for whom the car is meant.
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