Saturday, May 3, 2014

From Conservative to Eye-Catching: The 2014 Lexus IS Stands Out

Although Lexus has long been well-known for offering upgraded technology, excellent handling and exceptional cars from a function standpoint, they have always been a bit on the conservative side when it comes to design.  The 2014 Lexus IS is built to dispel this notion of conservative with unique front grill stylings, smooth curves and a beautiful roof line.

Awarded as both one of Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best LuxuryCars Under $40,000 as well as one of AutoTrader’s Top Seven Entry-Level LuxuryCars, the newly redesigned Lexus IS has turned quite a few heads already.  Offering an upgraded suspension and chassis for 2014 the IS allows for exceptional handling and improved steering over previous models.  Responding quickly to every driver input the steering is agile and with an impressive array of insulation all road noise is left outside the cabin for the driver to enjoy their choice of musical selections and not the noise of the streets.  The Lexus IS is offered  in many versions with a V8 engine options as well as a convertible option making this a very versatile model and one that should please many shoppers.

Starting with the Lexus IS 250 power plant a 2.5 liter V6 is under the hood bringing 204 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.  When partnered with the six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive the fuel mileage comes in at 21 city/30 hwy mpg and at 20 city/27 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive.  This is a decent fuel mileage considering the Lexus IS does not offer a four-cylinder engine at all.

Next up is the IS 350 and IS C (C standing for convertible) using a 3.5-liter V6 engine showing up with 306 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque.  When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission the rear-wheel drive version offers a fuel mileage of 19 city/28 hwy mpg, 19 city/27 hwy mpg for the convertible version, and 19 city/26 hwy for the all-wheel drive.  This engine even though it is a bit larger does keep the fuel mileage in line with the 250 model and is the choice for an owner looking for a bit more power but not a huge loss of fuel mileage.

At the top of the list with the IS F model  is a massive 5.0-liter V8 engine bringing a hefty 416 horsepower and 371 lb.-ft. of torque to the pavement.  This performance laden beast is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission offering a modest 16 city/23 hwy mpg but with this engine the driver isn’t thinking about fuel economy as much as sheer raw power.

In the cabin is found an interior that is lush in Lexus signature luxuries.  With simple sophistication and easily accessible controls and devices throughout the control area, driver easy and intuitive positioning were well thought out by Lexus to ensure the driver could remain focused on the road ahead.   Offering rear seat passengers a bit more leg room than the 2013 model, the 2014 model provides a nice addition of comfort even for the back seat.  Offering  a beautiful two-toned look throughout the cabin the seats and all surfaces are laden with excellent materials for style and elegance throughout.

Outside the Is is sleek, stylish, and shows off with interesting lines and curves from every angle of the vehicle.  With a uniquely wide hour glass shaped grill, deep set headlights, smooth body curves, a sleek and sweeping roofline, and a wider and longer stance with the extended wheel base, the Lexus IS is  certainly a sharp-looking car. The convertible brings a simple yet elegant folding hardtop roof to take this creature from simple to sublime in a short period of time.

Even though this car brings in a very modest price tag for its class, the Lexus IS comes well equipped even on the base model.  Many of these features include xenon headlights, an eight-speaker audio system with a seven-inch LCD display, keyless entry and start, LED running lights, faux-leather upholstery, a 60/40 split rear seat, a moon roof, ten airbags, electronic stability controls, Safety Connect with automatic collision notification, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location.  That’s a lot of features for a car that brings in such a reasonable price tag, it almost seems there wouldn’t be any optional features left.

Even with that said, there is area few optional features that should be considered such as the navigation system, a 15-speaker MarkLevinson sound system, LED headlights, heated/ventilated front seats, real leather upholstery, and a windscreen for the rear passengers of the convertible model to reduce buffeting.  With all these additional items any car buyer can really make a Lexus IS that fits their style and fits their price range with ease.

Starting out at a modest price of just under $37,000 for the IS 250 base model, a standard IS 350 starts just over $40,000 which is still pretty reasonable for a luxury car, especially one stamped with the Lexus emblem on it.  With all the options included the IS will come in at $51,000 and a convertible starts at $43,600 and moves up from there.  The beast of the bunch, the IS F model starts at just under $63,000 which is getting much closer to the base price of many other luxury cars.

The 2014 Lexus IS shows up remodeled and redesigned to throw away the conservative look of yesteryear and ring in new and improved stylings with a beautiful and updated body and interior. With an impressive list of standard features and some really enhancing options to choose from any one of the four different IS models is sure to catch the eye of many car shoppers.

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