Recall Alert: 2006-2011 Lexus LS, GS and IS

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 423,000 luxury sedans, including model-year 2007-10 Lexus LS sedans manufactured between May 9, 2006, and July 20, 2010; model-year 2006-11 GS sedans manufactured between Jan. 6, 2005, and Sept. 10, 2010; and model-year 2006-11 IS sedans manufactured between Aug. 30, 2005, and Sept. 10, 2010

The Problem: Due to anticorrosion plating remnants, fuel may leak from where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe. In the presence of an ignition source, this increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Lexus manufacturer Toyota will begin notifying owners in December, and dealers will clean and reseal the fuel pressure sensor mounting area for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus IS 250, IS 350: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Siri Eyes Free voice recognition for iPhones now standard

Price change: $450 higher across the board for sedans

On sale: August

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

The IS 250 and IS 350 sedans were redesigned for 2014 with a racier look and improved handling, so they get few changes for their second season. In addition to Siri Eyes Free, LED fog lamps are standard on base models. A heated steering wheel is now a stand-alone option and part of the Luxury and F Sport packages for all-wheel-drive models, and heated/ventilated seats are added to the F Sport Package. The Lexus Enform apps suite adds Slacker radio.

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The 250C and 350C convertibles carry over for the second year in a row on the previous design for the IS.

By Rick Popely | July 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Car Seat Check

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Sometimes parents have to choose between fast and stylish and roomy and comfortable. The Lexus IS with the F Sport Package is the perfect example. The compact sedan is powerful and stunning, but a cramped backseat made it tough to install child safety seats. Excellent Latch anchor exposure was a nice bonus during our tests, however.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | November 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 102,000 Lexus Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 102,000 model-year 2006-11 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 vehicles.

The Problem: Bolts used to secure the variable valve timing control device can become loose. This could cause the vehicle to stop while being driven. "Early warning for this condition can be an abnormal noise just after start-up," Toyota said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners will be notified via registered mail. They can also call 800-331-4331 or go to www.lexus.com/recall for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus IS: Track Tested

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With the redesigned 2014 IS sport sedan, Lexus is trying hard to appeal to buyers intent on getting a compact luxury car that's not only luxurious and well put-together, but also fun to drive. So focused is Lexus on this goal that it's holding regional media drive events at racetracks around the country for journalists to sample the IS' current variations on closed road courses.

We already reviewed the new 2014 IS earlier this year at its launch in Austin, Texas, but we're not going to pass up the opportunity to drive sport sedans around a track. So I trekked out to the media gathering Lexus held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., a track familiar to NASCAR Sprint Cup fans as the home of the Pure Michigan 400 and other races.

The course laid out for us took us onto an infield road course before dumping the cars onto the front stretch of the oval track and then back into the infield course at the end of pit lane. It was a relatively simple course, but it provided a good opportunity to see just how well Lexus has tuned the new IS as an enthusiast's option.

By Aaron Bragman | May 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Lexus Prices 2014 IS

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When the redesigned-for-2014 Lexus IS arrives at dealerships this summer, the luxury sedan will offer a number of newly standard features at a 2% discount from last year's price for IS 350 buyers, the automaker announced today. The rear-wheel-drive IS 250 will start at $36,845 and $39,380 for all-wheel drive; the IS 350 will start at $40,360 for rear-wheel drive and $42,595 for all-wheel drive (all prices include an $895 destination fee).

The IS 250 has a 2.5-liter V-6 good for 204 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque, while the 350 has a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 306 horsepower. Both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 250 come with a six-speed automatic transmission, as does the all-wheel-drive 350; the rear-wheel-drive model gets an eight-speed automatic.

Standard features include high-intensity discharge headlights, L-shaped LED running lights, drive mode select, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, a new touch-screen multimedia system with 4.2-inch color display, 10 airbags, and real-time traffic and weather information without a subscription. Lexus said the previously optional equipment totals $1,400.

By Matt Schmitz | April 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Lexus IS

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With the 2014 redesign of the IS, Lexus made its sports sedan more practical, fun to drive, luxurious inside and a lot hotter looking outside, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The third generation of the rear- or all-wheel-drive IS goes on sale this summer. Although it probably won't set the segment on fire, Mays says, it's still pretty appealing.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 25, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Lexus IS Video

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Lexus' rear-wheel-drive compact sedan is redesigned for 2014. The new Lexus IS has a more aggressive front end with an updated version of Lexus' spindle grille and expressive-looking headlights.

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With a larger backseat and high-quality materials throughout the cabin, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the interior is top-notch, but wonders how drivers will like the sedan's new touch-sensitive climate control panel. Check out the video below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Photo Gallery

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Lexus’ small sports sedan gets an entirely new look for the 2014 model year. Outside, the design now resembles other new Lexus sedans with an oversized spindle grille dominating the front bumper. Dagger-like LEDs accent the headlights, which are integrated into the bumper.

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Inside, the 2014 IS gets a layout similar to those of the newer GS and ES models. The cabin features touch-sliding controls for the climate control, a roomier backseat, new multimedia system and a batch of available active safety features. Check out the photos below.

By Robby DeGraff | January 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Up Close

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The Lexus IS' dominant design theme is its oversized spindle grille, which looks great in the F Sport trim on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. LED daggers below the headlights complement the pinched upper area of the grille, and the dagger theme is mimicked in the taillights.

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The interior sees even bigger changes than the outside, with an all-new dashboard design that adopts the slightly industrial, stacked design of other recently redesigned Lexus models. The F Sport's black-and-red interior looks great, too.

By Mike Hanley | January 16, 2013 | Comments (13)

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