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)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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In Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the 2014 Lexus IS 250, he says the new model's practical improvements are what make it stand out among competing sport sedans, but in a field where being fun to drive is the key concept, it stands little chance of leading the pack. The same goes for its chances on our list of most-read reviews, where the IS 250 — the lone newcomer to this week's list — finished sixth. Still at No. 1, where it has now spent a full three months, is the seemingly unstoppable 2013 Toyota RAV4 — though it's worth noting that the 2014 Subaru Forester came within about 400 page views this week, closer than any review in recent memory.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2013 Honda Accord
4. 2013 Ford Fusion
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2014 Lexus IS 250
7. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
8. 2014 Mazda CX-5
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
10. 2013 Ford Explorer
By Matt Schmitz | March 30, 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.

2014 Lexus IS Review

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

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our video featuring PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the Ford Atlas at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit refused to budge from the top spot on the list of this week's most-watched videos. The concept truck was in good company this week as another video of the Atlas finding its way to the show floor in Detroit entered the list at No. 3. Yet another heavy-duty pickup truck from the Detroit auto show, the 2013 Ram HD 3500, joined the list in fifth place. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

1. Ford Atlas Concept
2. 2014 Kia Sorento
3. Ford Atlas Concept at the Detroit Auto Show
4. 2014 Lexus IS

5. 2013 Ram HD 3500

By Matt Schmitz | February 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

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The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along with a closer look at a host of exciting cars that made flashy debuts at the Detroit auto show.

The 2013 Chicago show — the 105th time the event has been held since 1901, according to organizers — will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, with media and charity previews Feb. 7-8, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Organizers promote the Chicago show as the largest in terms of exhibit space used, as it occupies 1 million square feet of floor space and hosts about 1,000 vehicles.

For those most interested in the latest thing, the Chicago show will host the world debuts of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Kia Cross GT Concept. That's in addition to the North American reveal of the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2014 Ram ProMaster van and the custom Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid also are expected to be unveiled.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2006-12 Lexus IS

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Toyota's luxury arm is voluntarily recalling around 270,000 model-year 2006-12 versions of the Lexus IS due to a problem with the windshield wipers, the automaker announced this morning. It's Toyota's second recall today after this morning's Corolla and Matrix announcement.

In the affected vehicles, the front wiper arm nuts may not have been sufficiently tightened. If snow builds up on the windshield, the extra weight may cause the wipers to fail, obscuring visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners "in the near future," according to a statement, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Lexus at 800-255-3987 or visit www.lexus.com/recall for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's the Ford Atlas' world this week, and our other most-watched videos are just living in it. The video, featuring PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the Atlas concept truck at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit hauled straight to the top of the heap. The rest of the top five videos also are from the Detroit auto show, including last week's lone holdover — the show-stealing 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; it moves up one spot to third place this week. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

1. Ford Atlas Concept
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2014 Lexus IS
5. 2014 Kia Sorento
By Matt Schmitz | January 26, 2013 | Comments (2)

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.

More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

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.

More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage 

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)

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